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Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Nkhotakota Malawi
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#4 of 13 Speciality lodging in Nkhotakota
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.
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Elidas B wrote a review Sep 2021
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The experience at Tongole was amazing! The booking staff, the guide/office manager and all the hospitality staff were so helpful and welcoming. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous. The food was excellent! You will definitely need to spend more than a night to take it all in- the 'roof' deck offers such a peaceful scenic view overlooking the river and forest. We unfortunately missed the elephants but spotted a few rare birds and crocs on the boat ride.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Kapi wrote a review Sep 2021
Lilongwe, Malawi1 contribution
Tongole Wilderness Retreat is a class above the rest. We had a memorable time there and we will go back soon. The room was spacious with natural air-conditioning which for me is a huge plus. The food was excellent ly👌 done. The place offers a lot areas for relaxation and cooling off from normal hustle and bustle of everyday. This is a great place to unwind, relax and reboot your energy. The activities the planned by the staff for visitors create a memorable experience for the visitors and the guides are so knowledgeable of the area, the animals and the history of the area. This offers a 360 view to everything. For one to have a full experience, the visit should be planned for more than one night! In short, Tongole Wilderness Retreat provide A-class service and great experience. Tongole is a class above the rest.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Ndifanji N wrote a review Sep 2021
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All the pictures I have seen fail to capture the true beauty, luxury and peace Tongole gives. From arrival to departure the service was ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. To travel into the wild and find the best chef; gives it the extra touch. Wholly enjoyed the sunset scenic drive and tea at the waterfalls and the early conoeing. The manager is superb, polite, helpful and knowledgeable. The housekeeping and the bar attendants and waiters including the guards all so , five star service. Was lucky to see an elephant just before dinner .
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Carry insect/mosquito repellent . And of course one is provided. Give yourself 2 nights minimum...
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raquel c wrote a review May 2021
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I spent two nights at Tongole in March and absolutely loved it! I was hesitant to go at first because, as it was the end of the rainy season, there were less chances to see animals. But I ended up making my way there and did not regret it at all! I did not get to see big animals then, but the beauty and tranquility of the place, together with the amazing service, definitely made up for it. All the staff, from security guards to waiters were fantastic, and the guides were incredibly knowledgeable and personable. I had such a great time that I had to go back again in May... and this time I saw elephants from the comfort of my bathtub!!! Needless to say, I am now planning my visit there in June!!!
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Date of stay: May 2021
Sarah wrote a review Apr 2021
22 contributions2 helpful votes
The staff were absolutely amazing, they really looked after us, from the driver who picked us up, to everyone at Tongole. Emmanual was an amazing guide and had tons of knowledge. And we felt really safe on the Dingy activity, which had a beautiful sunset on the way back. We loved the activities, although we did not see any animals (it's the end of rainy season) it was lovely to go out for a nice long walk, go on a sunset drive and also get to go across the river. We had a great time and really loved the different types of activities. The facilitates were excellent, amazing place to eat, especially up on the deck with the view. Food was great and lots of it. Nice pool with lots of loungers, well looks after. The room was probably the best we have stayed in Malawi. So well designed and comfortable with the biggest bath we have ever seen. Lots of hot water all of the time, and incredible views. Stunning! Very luxurious!!!
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tongole Wilderness Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Tongole Wilderness Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a lounge, free parking, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Tongole Wilderness Lodge?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tongole Wilderness Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Tongole Wilderness Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Tongole Wilderness Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Tongole Wilderness Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.