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Luwawa Forest Lodge
Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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9 reviews
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“Nicest place ever!”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

We spent just a week in Malawi and decided to skip Mt Mulanja to seek for a bit more quietness. We found the Luwawa Forest Lodge which gave it all:

1. Local bus transportation from Lilongwe experience with chickens/fish/hours of waiting
2. Oasis at the forest lodge itself. Beautiful rooms, friendly people, take really good care of you, beautiful scenery, hot showers and even a sauna. I am barely naming 10% of the things they offer.
3. The most beautiful three day hike through nature ending at Lake Malawi. The path was quite "hard" (that is more than doable for most your people, even children of say 12, but take good shoes and just expect a lot of walking!). The first night we slept on the top of a hill with beautiful scenery. The friendly guide+carriers (we were as a couple with one guide and two carriers) cooked a very delicious meal, made the fire, set up the tents. They even make sure that you get some privacy (so they don't eat with you but do share some time to talk). The second night we even slept at a school. About 20 children joint us there, sweetest children ever seen (between say 4 and 12 years old). Not shy at all for the camera and playing with some self made toy's (bring a football or so if you can). At the campfire, they even sang a song for us (Gospel song, proud little children singing as hard as they can, really beautiful and breathtaking).
4. Ending at Lake Malawi, allowing a nice rest to recover from the trip.


The first night you enter, they will ask you what meal's you would like to eat during the hike, which is really nice, they took such good care of us. Be aware that it is a forest lodge, which means that they need to generate their own electricity and things. It makes it a very homely place, but it is most suitable for nature lovers. You can also arrange other activities (bikes, rock climbing, canoeing) at the lodge, we haven't tried that, but looks great too.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

We had a very pleasant two days at the Luwawa Forest Lodge - taking advantage of the surroundings to go hiking, running, canoeing, and then relaxing in the garden for some reading and sun worship. The managers have done a very nice job building up the facility - with lots to discover wandering around - a rock garden, a sauna, a tree tower, local fauna. Our room (Chalet #1) was comfortable, very spacious and clean - with a windowed wall facing the garden and small lake. The food was tasty and used some locally grown produce - although the portions seemed rather spare after a day of excercise. We did a few hikes - sadly viewing the clearcutting that is devouring the forest, but also providing insight into the means of making a living in the highlands. The price was a bit steep - especially on the meals - but still we would recommend the splurge for a unique forest outing.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Aalst, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2011

We spent 1 night as a stopover on their campsite (we drove a landrover with rooftop tent), and this is just the perfect place for it, the scenery is great, plenty of things to do when you're there, we just did a short walk. The campsite is small and has flush toilets and hot showers (donkey), the owner came to greet us personally (well appriciated), although must said that it's not really an open space campsite, which if you've got a rooftop tent gives limited possibilities. We understood that you also can have dinner in the lodge, but this was our first camping day, so we kept it with a braai .. we recommend this place to people wanting to break up the long drive from Lilongwe to Nyika.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2010

Our room contained about 5 beds, so you can take your pick. Basic bathroom, but with hot water. Reasonable food, very pleasant staff with good humor. The main attraction is the fantastic scenery here.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Mainz
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Reviewed September 15, 2010

I loved this place! Luwawa Forest was totally different than I would have expected! The landscape an scenery in the mountains is so beautiful and the lodge is such a lovely place. You should not miss that place when you're travelling to Malawi. The rooms are very nice and the staff is so friendly! I would definitely go there again!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hilo, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2009

Two couples spent two night of a 25 day self drive safari arranged by SafariDrive. Beautiful area very different from the other places we went. Lots of activities including hiking, mountain biking, fishing and kayaking to name just a few. Large comfortable multi-room units. The dinning room, sitting area and bar with large beautiful fireplace were unique, homey, and comfortable. The food was very good. George the owner operator greeted us personally and joined our table for diner the first night. He gave us a brief history of the area and informed us of the many available activities. He was very helpful and willing to answer our many questions. I particularly enjoyed the "Indigenous Forest" walk with it's many butterflies and wildflowers and the lake in the early morning with mist rising off it.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Luwawa Forest Lodge
Address: 43 Private Bag | Mzimba, Near Luwawa Dam, Lilongwe, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Central Region > Lilongwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Lilongwe
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luwawa Forest Lodge is an Eco -Tourism Lodge and Outdoor Adventure centre. Located 240km North of Lilongwe in the mountains of the North Viphya Forest Reserve. A very beautiful and peaceful Location far from the madding crowds. ... more   less 

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