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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It remained a wonderful experience. Having visited Luwawa Forest Lodge I was much tempted to visit Ntchisi Forest Lodge which was near to Lilongwe. We are much appreciative of staff of lodge for preparing vegetarian meals for us. That was extraordinary and out of way experience. Not forgetting ecofriendly management of whole setup. Cleanliness of entire area was catching eyes....

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Malmo, Sweden
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only the fact that this lodge is located in the last remaining rainforest of Malawi makes it unique. We Stayed in the forest chalet. Any Scandinavian or Finnish architects wet Dream. Just a beautiful Little house with glass walls, fireplace, nice furniture and the forest just outside. A truly unique Place not only for Malawi but for the whole...

Thank David H
NtchisiForestLodge, Manager at Ntchisi Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Hi David, It was a pleasure having you two at our lodge and we are glad you enjoyed your stay here. Our Forest Cabin is the ideal accommodation for couples, or families and even with all the glass overlooking the forest it offers lots of privacy. Besides the Communty Tour with one of the local guides we also offer guided...

Blantyre, Malawi
Reviewed 20 September 2016

nice place, nice people, the food was very nice, the forest and the history of the place is amazing. Was lucky enough the weekend I visited there was a a music event, " Rythyms of the Rain forest" you would want to visit again and again

Thank fmeki
NtchisiForestLodge, Manager at Ntchisi Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review. We were happy that the two of you could visit us and enjoyed your stay! As we told you Rhythms of the Rainforest was the first music festival ever at our lodge and we are therefore happy that it turned out to be such a success. We will definitely organise this next year again. We...

Reviewed 13 September 2016

It's not easy to get to this remote lodge. It's takes a lot of time and effort but it's worth it, Actually, its remoteness is its highest virtue. It's located in a beautiful scenery and the indigenous forest (in which we walked the next morning) is very near by. The public areas of the lodge itself are very inviting and...

Thank Ohad A
NtchisiForestLodge, Manager at Ntchisi Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Ohad, Thank you for your comments. It was a pleasure having you and your daughter at our lodge last April. Ntchisi Forest Lodge is located right next to one of the last remaining parts of rainforest in Malawi. It is at the end of a 27 km dirt road, but still only 2,5 hours from Lilongwe. Our staff is...

Paris, France
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Looking for quite , relaxing place , and beautifull nature .That's the perfect place not far from Lilongwe .We went there coming straight from the airport .It' was the best choice to avoid Lilongwe and be in the real Malawi.

Thank grandkudu
NtchisiForestLodge, Manager at Ntchisi Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and your stay at our Forest Lodge. It was a pleasure having your family stay here. Ntchisi Forest Lodge is only a 2 hour drive from LLW airport and therefore a perfect first and / or last stop in Malawi, instead of staying at Lilongwe city. The quietness and beautiful surroundings of the lodge will give...

Washington, DC
Reviewed 27 July 2016

I loved my all-too-brief stay at the Ntchisi Forest Lodge. I traveled solo for a short weekend break between work meetings in Lilongwe. The lodge is rustic and lovely, with clean and well maintained rooms, and lovely open air dining underneath the stars. Eduard, the host, arranged a long hike through the rainforest with Eston, a 70+ year old dynamo...

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NtchisiForestLodge, Manager at Ntchisi Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you at Ntchisi Forest Lodge! The lodge is a perfect getaway from the city of Lilongwe and only 2 to 2,5 hours drive. We are always happy to arrange with transport to and from the lodge. We have three big vegetable gardens which our chefs always use when preparing dinner....

Machadodorp, South Africa
Reviewed 14 July 2016

We visited Ntchisi in what most likely was the coldest weekend in many years in Malawi. Not the best idea to go high up in the mountains then, but what a wonderful experience! The setting is truly magical, and time we spent walking through the forest, isolated by the magnificent trees, one forgets about the freezing cold. The lodge itself...

Thank CapsLL
NtchisiForestLodge, Manager at Ntchisi Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciated your visit and are glad that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge. It can be indeed a bit chilly at night in July and August, but the beautiful stars at night will make you forget about the cold. During these cold days we often light the fire in...

Windhoek, Namibia
Reviewed 13 July 2016

We camped at this lodge and found the facilities were good and the grassy camping site very pleasant. The nearby forest is beautiful and we had some lovely walks among the ancient trees. A lovely insight into how Malawi must have looked in times gone by.

Thank Catherine M
NtchisiForestLodge, Manager at Ntchisi Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Brock Family, It was nice to have you at our lodge. Our nextdoor Forest is the last remaining rainforest in Malawi and has many of old and ancient trees. Together with the surrounding communities we try our best to protect the forest and to keep it as is for future generations. We hope you had a safe trip back...

Sint-Truiden, Belgium
Reviewed 8 July 2016

The lodge is cosy and well organised, comfortable without overdoing it. The food was incredible - I was at a loss for words when Sticky toffee pudding was served on my last evening. All this just makes the experience of walking/hiking in the superb forest reserve all the better. Well marked trails are easily followed with the handy and accurate...

Thank davidnartan
NtchisiForestLodge, Manager at Ntchisi Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Hi David, It was a real pleasure having you at our lodge. Thank you for explaining all the different birds that are around the lodge and in the forest. We are preparing a shortlist with pictures of the most common birds around the lodge so that everyone can identify the different species. We are planning a special birdwatching weekend including...

Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 July 2016

The lodge used to belong to a District Commissioner and was his weekend retreat. It's now a comfortable small hotel for up to c16 people - we were the only two there when we stayed, and had a large family room with good-sized bathroom. The manager Edouard is friendly (but a bit shy/reserved?) and the food is home-cooked and excellent...

Thank Heathermacc
NtchisiForestLodge, Manager at Ntchisi Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Heather, Thank you for your nice review. Our lodge is based in one of the oldest buildings in Malawi, which can be seen in many characteristic details. Our well trained chefs are always dedicated to serve the best food with lots of local ingredients. Besides the guided forest tour we also offer a meeting with the local traditional healer...

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Ntchisi Forest Lodge is a remote eco-lodge in a historial building in a rainforest location with the most stunning view in Malawi. Here you can experience the real Africa, either on one of our many rainforest or mountain hikes, or you can participate in some of our cultural activities in remote rural villages still untouched by tourism. We also arrange volunteering stays, on which you can spend a few days or weeks delving a bit deeper into Malawian culture and feel that you give something back as part of your holiday. The lodge runs enterily on renewable energy and we grow most of our own herbs and vegetables. You can stay in one of the 5 lodge rooms, our newly build Forest Cabin or stay in one of our two luxury tents. Here you can experience the real Africa in comfortable and safe surroundings and with a good conscience. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ntchisi Forest Lodge

Address: PO Box 1517 | Ntchisi, Bwanje, Malawi
Region: Malawi > Central Region > Bwanje
Price Range: €65 - €74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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“Do not miss camp fire if you are traveling during winter. And enjoy drinks from their verandah during rainy season.”
  • Sun rize view from verandah.
 of 5 bubbles 460anupp, 4 Dec 2016 | Read review
“The Forest Chalet is the best option.”
  • Sunrise from the room!
 of 5 bubbles N1824VQdavidh, 19 Nov 2016 | Read review
“for privacy stay in the luxury tents (quiet and very comfortable, no en-suite but who cares? theres a whole forest to pee in)”
 of 5 bubbles davidnartan, 8 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Rooms to the rear of the lodge are quieter, tents are great for the adventurous but cold at night, and quite a walk to the ablutions.”
 of 5 bubbles blairtoursb, 1 Jun 2016 | Read review
“if you like the outdoors the luxury tents are highly recommended.”
 of 5 bubbles sdfnomad, 2 Jan 2016 | Read review
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