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    Bua River Lodge

    10 km Off the Main M5 Salima To Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Malawi
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      2 adults
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          Overview
          • Excellent82%
          • Very good14%
          • Average1%
          • Poor1%
          • Terrible0%
          Travellers talk about
          “dry season” (7 reviews)
          “african bush” (5 reviews)
          Free Parking
          Breakfast included
          Restaurant
          Bar/Lounge
          Paid Wifi
          Pool
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          Reviews (102)
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          31 - 35 of 102 reviews

          Reviewed 26 October 2014

          We stayed for 3 nights in October 2014 and loved the whole experience. John the owner and all his staff are so warm, friendly and attentive. The overall service was excellent. We were greeted upon arrival with a cool flannel and refreshing drink and such...More

          Thank Framsi
          Response from buariverlodge, Owner at Bua River Lodge

          Thank you for this wonderful review. It was our pleasure to host you and we love the opportunity to show off our wilderness with the overnight camping experience.

          Reviewed 19 October 2014

          We stayed five nights at Bua River Lodge and really enjoyed the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere, as well as the exciting close encounters with elephants, crocodiles and even a snake. Lots of interesting bird and monkey-life too. The staff are really friendly, welcoming and accommodating,...More

          Thank Grace C
          Response from buariverlodge, Owner at Bua River Lodge

          Thank you so much for your review. The staff at Bua River Lodge are always delighted when our guests appreciate their efforts. Btw - all the tents are safe from crocodiles ;) They never come out of the water except to bask!

          Reviewed 14 October 2014

          Bua Lodge is peaceful, the river forms a wonderful scenery in the african nature. Very good accomodation in comfortable tents with facilities and great food! Good hiking along the river. We can recommend Bua for a stay to anybody who wants to see animals and...More

          Thank 220maike
          Response from buariverlodge, Owner at Bua River Lodge

          Thank you for your review. It is unfortunate that at the moment wildlife is so difficult to see in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. I do try to make it clear that it is currently NOT a wildlife viewing destination. That is likely to change in the...More

          Reviewed 5 October 2014

          Bua River Lodge has budget "backpacker rooms" - but doesn't have the facilities to match. No kitchen, extortionate food prices, and no credit card facilities for travellers who don't like to carry too much cash. Further, we arranged a lift with John, the owner of...More

          Thank CLF555
          Response from buariverlodge, Manager at Bua River Lodge

          Thank you for your review. If you view my website you will see very clearly that I do not take credit cards. As we have no phone network at the lodge, we cannot use online credit card systems. Also as we have no network I...More

          Reviewed 23 August 2014

          I have been meaning to write this review for nearly a year now (sorry John!) but even through it is late I still think Bua River Lodge deserves it! We visited for 3 nights at the end of our travels around Malawi and it was...More

          Thank Zoe Y
          Response from buariverlodge, Owner at Bua River Lodge

          Thank you so much for your review and please accept my apologies for the long delay in responding. And thank you for visiting us! We all appreciate it a great deal when guests are satisified by our efforts. It makes the whole enterprise very worthwhile.

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          About
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          • Top amenities
          • Free Parking
          • Restaurant
          • Bar/Lounge
          • Breakfast included
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          • Free Parking
          • Breakfast included
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          • Restaurant
          • Bar/Lounge
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          • Price range
          • US$55 - US$95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
          • Number of rooms
          • 6
          • Location
          • Malawi >
          • Central Region >
          • Nkhotakota
          • Also Known As
          • Bua River Lodge Malawi/Nkhotakota
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          Nora B
          How can I get there via public transportation from Nkhotakota ?
          24 January 2017|
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          Response from Andrew B | Reviewed this property |
          You can't. It is quite a drive to the park gates from the main road and then another few kilometres inside the park. Ask about a car/taxi to the gate and then arrange the lodge to collect you from the park gate.
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          Rex A
          Hello at Bua Lodge. Do you have camping facilities at you lodge and if so what are your rates
          21 April 2016|
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          Response from buariverlodge | Property representative |
          Yes, we do. $10 per person per night. There are hot showers, a braai area and a basic kitchen for food preparation and dish washing. No electricity
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          Room Tips
          "Budget rooms had just a candle, bed, mosquito coil and mosquito net. I loved it, not for everyone!"
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          "The tents offer great privacy, and the feeling that you are truly in nature."
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          "The Island tents are the largest and in the best location"
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          "Island rooms are amazing but all rooms offer something special."
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