We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Prices from our online travel partners are not available
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Nkhotakota
11/06/2017 12/06/2017
Show Prices
View Map
Add a photo
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

47 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 47: English reviews
Start your review of Tongole Wilderness Lodge
 Click to rate
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Off seasons have it's Pro and Cons. I had more of "pros".. We got this lodge inclusive of all meals, soft drinks and 2 activities on off price because of low season and we enjoyed every bit of it. After 4 hrs drive you will get what you expect!!! Welcome drink, cold towels, awesome, earthy and luxury view of resort....

Thank Mukul S
Reviewed 22 January 2017

I was here for a week with my mom and to say we had a fantastic time would be a great understatement--it was epic! Everyone at the lodge was beyond caring, kind, and went above and beyond to make our stay as memorable as possible. I have dietary restrictions and the chef even made me special desserts during tea time...

2Thank Jordan A
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 20 December 2016

There are not enough wonderful words to describe this incredible place! My week with my daughter at Tongole Wilderness Lodge was unforgettable and will definitely be a place to return to for another dose of gentle, kind, wonderful five star staff, epic scenery, spectacular food and comfy and gorgeous accommodation. I can't wait to return! This is a not-to-be missed...

1Thank linzi904
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

We were there for 2 nights in November this year and we had the most amazing experience! Very welcoming and friendly staff and the food and the way it was presented was divine! They took the time to make sure every bit of our stay was perfect and the lodges were out of this world! We will be back next...

1Thank Vicki B
Tongole, General Manager at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Vicki B, It was an absolute pleasure to host you both and we are extremely happy that you found our food and customer service amazing! We appreciate you taking the time to write us this review and we look forward to your return next year. All the very best, Stephen & Donna

Reviewed 2 December 2016

We booked into Tongole after we discovered the Bua River Lodge was closed because they did not have any water. Tongole is much more expensive. It is a classic, high end, African Safari lodge. The rooms are enormous, the service attentive, and the setting fantastic. At present they are outside the fenced area of the park so they do not...

Thank ShropshireOldfart
Tongole, General Manager at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, responded to this review

Dear ShropshireOldfart, Thank you for taking the time to review Tongole Wilderness Lodge. We are happy that you found your stay with us overall good and are glad that our staff, guiding and the activities we offer, to your liking. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your dinner options. This has come as a surprise to...

Reviewed 26 October 2016

Enjoyed a Sat-Sun getaway from Lilongwe. Fantastic staff and customer service. Beautiful property. The evening and morning canoe rides were great. Saw baboons, waterbuck, bushbuck and many birds, including the Pel's fishing owl, fish eagle, African green pigeon and what we think was a Palm-nut vulture. Food was as great as advertised and our chalet was huge, with wonderful views...

Thank Brian L
Tongole, General Manager at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Brian L, Thank you for your very kind review. It was a pleasure to host you both and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. The extensive burning is indeed a unfortunate event. We can confirm that African Parks are doing all they can to control these bush fires and bring those responsible to justice. We look forward...

Tynemouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 September 2016

After two weeks travelling in Africa, we arrived at Tongole for a super, recharging two night stay. As we completed the journey by car off the main road through the game reserve our hosts Donna and Stephen were waiting to greet us with drinks and a very warm welcome. A bit of an anxious traveller, with 9 year old daughter...

1Thank JaneAtLeisure
Tongole, General Manager at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, responded to this review

Dear JaneAtLeisure, It was an absolute pleasure to host you and your family here in the wilderness. We are so grateful for your kind review. Thank you for taking the time to detail each part of your experience for others to read. We are proud of what we have been able to achieve with our fantastic team based deep in...

Reviewed 13 September 2016

I have been very fortunate to stay in many lodges in Malawi, from budget to luxury. Tongole tops them all! Every detail was perfect, the location is stunning, the activities are very pleasant, great food; the chef Paul is super talented - cooking the best food I've had in Malawi, the staff is extremely personable and highly knowledgeable of the...

1Thank Rory G
Tongole, General Manager at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Rory G, Thank you ever so much for your wonderful review. Thank you for dubbing Tongole as the 'Best Lodge in Malawi' we are proud of what we have and still achieve here in the middle of the wilderness. Paul (chef) thanks you for your kind words and wishes to cook for you again in the future! We are...

Reviewed 12 September 2016

We spent two nights at Tongole and it was just perfect. I have no word to describe the beauty of the place: every detail is wonderful, the decks facing the river are the place to be to admire nature, the swimming pool is ideal during a warm afternoon, the fire place is perfect for a drink at sunset, rooms are...

1Thank Cloé A
Tongole, General Manager at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Cloe A, Thank you for your kind review, We are glad that the team took very good care of you during your stay and you enjoyed your time at Tongole! We hope to see you again soon , Stephen & Donna General Managers

Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

I stayed at Tongole Wilderness Lodge for 4 fantastic nights. Perched above the Bua River, Tongole is a luxurious resort in a beautiful and tranquil location. My chalet, Kabawi (Marshall Eagle), was huge - with a big, comfortable bed, an enormous bath and a fabulous shower. From the veranda there are great views over the Bua River and during the...

Thank evansbarnaby
Tongole, General Manager at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, responded to this review

Dear evansbarnaby, Thank you so much for your very kind words. It really does mean a lot to the whole team to read such a wonderful review. We are extremely happy that you enjoyed your stay with us here at Tongole. The privilege was all ours being able host you. Exciting times are ahead as you mentioned. Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve...

69 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (45)
Hotel & Grounds (4)
Room/Suite (9)
View from Room (7)
Pool/Beach Area (3)
Dining (4)
Bathroom (1)
Other (17)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (24)
Hotel & Grounds (9)
Room/Suite (5)
Dining (1)
Other (9)

Near Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Top-rated Attractions Nearby
Top-rated Restaurants Nearby


  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Things to do
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Family Rooms
  • Suites
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Discover Tongole Wilderness Lodge. A luxury eco-lodge nestled deep amongst the breathtaking Miombo woodlands of the 1,800km² Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Tongole is unique in being one of only two lodges in the reserve and the only lodge to boast high-end, luxury accommodation and first class facilities. Nestled in the South East corner of Africa, sandwiched between Zambia and Mozambique: Malawi and the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve are your playground. Each experience in the wilderness is unique. Your adventure at Tongole is fully customisable. Whether a first time explorer. Or a veteran of the safari. Your escape is personally tailored to allow you to be as wild or laid back as you wish. Traverse the snaking Bua River on a canoeing adventure. Trek through the rugged wilderness bush with an expert guide. Or if that all sounds too much like hard work, relax in your suites hand-built sunken bath before enjoying a meal under the African star-lit sky. Adventure or relaxation. Whatever your desire it's waiting for you in the wilderness. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Address: Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Nkhotakota, Malawi
Region: Malawi > Central Region > Nkhotakota
Price Range: €246 - €309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Tongole Wilderness Lodge staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“3rd room "KABAWI"”
  • My Challet
  • Front of the room
  • Bath tub in room with view
  • Forest View
, 20 Apr 2017 | Read review
“All rooms have spectacular river views”
linzi904, 20 Dec 2016 | Read review
“They are all glorious”
roryg237, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Dine on the floating deck, Chipata deck, and you will be treated to panoramic views of the reserve!”
JK1005, 7 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Only 4 rooms there and they are all beautiful!”
911lesleyw, 28 Jul 2016 | Read review
5 of 5