Tongole Wilderness Lodge

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Suite 2, Burfields House, The Plain, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 1AE
Member Number: 204665 Tel: +44 208 123 0301

Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Tongole is the only luxury lodge in the reserve, drawing those who seek an exceptional wilderness experience in one of Malawi’s last truly unexploited wildlife areas. Tongole is made for adventure, but with a focus on low environmental impact activities, allowing guests to truly enjoy the tranquillity of the pristine wilderness around them. With complete freedom to choose how they spend their time, guests may trek through the bush accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, canoe down the Bua River looking out for the diverse birdlife and animals, enjoy a spot of fly fishing, take a gentle drive through the reserve to a scenic sun downer spot, or relax at the lodge watching elephants come down to the river to drink. The luxury suites, which blend perfectly with their surroundings, are situated on the banks of the Bua River. Each possesses a super-king size or twin beds, shower, twin marble basins and a large sunken bath – doubling as a plunge-pool ‘with a view’. Raised wooden decks afford a private space to relax and watch the river and wildlife go by. Tongole offers guests a varied and exquisite Bush Cuisine experience, with meals taken at leisure at one of many fabulous deck areas. Tongole prides itself on friendly, yet unobtrusive service. From the moment guests arrive every request is enthusiastically attended to. Discover the Warm Heart of Malawi, within the Warm Heart of Africa!

Where we operate

  • Malawi

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Weddings

Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism

Tongole is committed to responsible tourism, executing the following ethos':


Tongole’s mission is to raise prospects and benefit the community whenever possible. It was imperative to use local tradesmen in the construction of the lodge. Over 100 jobs were created during the two-year period of construction.The lodge continues to employ a growing team of over 30 staff from the local community providing significant employment and training opportunities in a very poor region of Malawi.


All building materials used during the construction of the lodge were locally sourced and sustainable. The lodge was thoughtfully designed so that it blends in with the natural surroundings and remains unobtrusive to the wildlife.


Hot running water and 240v power is generated by a self-sustainable solar-powered system.  Using solar is more efficient and much more environmentally friendly than other fuels, helping to drive down CO2 emissions.

Low impact safari activities:

Tongole Wilderness Lodge advocates low environmental impact activities to ensure the protection of the area. Most of the safari activities at the lodge are foot-based or river-based so that guests can enjoy the unexploited wilderness in a peaceful manner. Guests enjoy observing rather than chasing the wildlife.


As part of Tongole’s fine dining experience, trained chefs use local produce whenever possible.



The Tongole Foundation

Many people in the Nkhotakota district of Malawi, live in extreme poverty. Registered in 2010,The Tongole Foundation was set up to meet the social, economic and environmental needs of the some of the most vulnerable communities within the region through education, training and employment. This is achieved whilst encouraging support for the protection of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. The foundation focuses on two core objectives: •To create a sustainable business (Tongole Wilderness Lodge), creating desperately rare employment and training opportunities in a deprived part of Malawi. •To found a children’s education charity that provides support to local schools. Sustainable business The Wilderness Lodge took over two years to build, creating over 100 jobs for local tradesmen during that time. Once the lodge was complete, over 30 people from the local community were employed on a full-time basis. Typically for every employed person, twenty people are directly affected! Children’s charity The Tongole Foundation initially supports three local schools (with long-term aims to include more). Currently the foundation is working with The Mwalawatongole F.P. School, Wozi J.P. School and Chankhokwe F.P. School and using the funds provided by the foundation, work has included vital storm-damage repairs to class-rooms and school buildings, mending the school roof and installation of toilet blocks. Through employment and the education, The Tongole Foundation actively works to reduce the poaching rate in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, promoting the conservation of endangered species and there are currently discussions underway to reintroduce a few species of wildlife back into the region.


09 May 2019

Animals free to visit Tongole

Tongole Wilderness Lodge is excited to finally be within the fenced sanctuary area of Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve (NKKWR). The fence was initially erected by African Parks to ensure a safe and controlled release of the 500 elephants and other wildlife that was translocated from Liwonde and Majete to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in 2016 and 2017. The fence line has now been extended further to include Tongole, making the sanctuary a huge 80,000 hectares; almost half of the NKKWR.

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