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Tongole Wilderness Lodge
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

the lodge is situated above Bua river, which can be roaring or quiet depending on the season. all one sees are hills and jungle as far as the eye can see. The chalets are very well appointed and intimate, the huge bed is very comfortable and very cozy when the extensive mosquito net has been drawn. one even has jungle view from the bed. The openness of the chalet draws one into the nature itself, and it is said that one chalet has nightly visits of a civet cat. the main lodge is open, with fantastic views, and one high-up dining/ relaxation area with incredible views. The food is heavenly, the kitchen overseen by Jo-Anne, a former restaurant owner from South Africa. Activities are many, mostly for the adventurous, such as bush walks, fishing and fly fishing, river trips, canoing, and cultural visits. One should not expect to see many animals, as in for example lodges in SA or Kenya, as -even if there are plenty of animals in Nkhotakota Game Reserve - they remain inside thick forest. Howe er, during the dry season, elephants are plenty, and a crocodile or two can always be seen.

Room Tip: I stayed in #1 with wonderful view, even from the bed, and not too far away from the main lodge.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Naki123
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Reviewed 13 December 2012

After our ten-day tour of Malawi, my wife asked both myself and the friend who had been travelling with us what our favourite place had been. Without hesitation, we both said: Tongole. It's a striking, recently built forest lodge in the Nkhotakota National Park; amazing building with a small number of beautiful, spacious and luxurious chalets - all looking straight on to the Bua River. On the final morning, we saw elephants cross from our room.

The food was excellent, the service was attentive and they could not do too much for us. We enjoyed an early morning guided hike through the forest to the top of the local mountain, with amazing wildflowers and spectacular views; a canoe trip where we saw lots of birds, including fish eagles, as well as spotting buck and some baby crocs; and had plenty of time to relax in the lodge, read, take in the sun and chat with the friendly and knowledgeable couple who manage the place as well as with the guides. Highly recommended and, although not cheap, worth every penny.

One word of warning - it really is quite remote so expect a fairly long and very bumpy ride on a dirt road to get there. We travelled in our friend's elderly Toyota saloon and only just made it - in rainy weather you would need a 4x4. The journey will be worth it.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank weepaddy
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

My wife, son (age 14) and I stayed here for 2 nights in August. The location, room and service were just excellent. A real luxury, relaxing break in the heart of Africa. We walked, canoed and fished in beautific surroundings and with knowledgeable, friendly guides. We will be back, as two nights was not enough and the bath was to die for.

Room Tip: Stay for three nights miinimium to give yourself enougth time for at least two full days at the lodge
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Brian H
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

My wife, our 12 year old son and I stayed at Tongole for eight nights in July 2012, and we have vowed that we will return very soon! It was a wonderful experience combining luxurious accommodation, attentive staff and high quality cuisine with a completely natural wilderness adventure. A great deal of thought has clearly been given to the design, layout and positioning of the main lodge, and the individual dwellings are spacious and cleverly equipped with all modern amenities, following a natural theme very much in keeping with the beautiful surroundings. A day or so before the end of our stay, we tried to put together a conclusive list of our 'favourite 5' events or features of our holiday - we failed, as there were just too many 'magic moments' to choose from! However, it might be helpful for the reader of this review to know that we all agree that such a list should include the following: The skill of the managers, Zane & Jo, in making absolutely everything appear as if it 'just happens' for your personal convenience - we literally didn't need to lift a hand to help ourselves and were given VIP level treatment throughout our stay; The food - every meal is a delightful experience eaten in the open air, served at the time of your choosing; The location is completely remote, and the position of the main lodge is superb, minimising the impact on the environment but maximising the viewing opportunities; The wildlife - we particularly enjoyed the birdlife, the elephants - and the crocs!; The friendliness and delightful attitude of each and every member of staff, from our initial welcome to our sad departure, there was not one single moment when we felt that their service could have been improved. To sum things up, my wife and I have stayed at most of the top Mayfair hotels and many 5* venues in international cities, as well as ski-ing holidays, villa stays etc.However, we have never cried on our departure before - ever! My advice is "Go" - think of it as the holiday of a lifetime - but, like us, I bet that you'll want to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank Allen S
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

TWL is undeniably in the wilderness but it is a 5 star oasis with all associated amenities. Managers Jo and Zane and their excellent team provide friendly and attentive care, with attention to every personal detail. Jo and Zane have recruited their staff locally and trained them themselves. The guys (the team are all guys except Jo) have all taken to their new roles with charm and enthusiasm and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. The lodge itself is a wonderful combination of being in harmony with the environment, whilst maintaining a high level of comfort and protection from it. The individual bungalows that comprise TWL accommodation are open and aircon is provided by the breeze that runs along the riverbank they stand on. Although the rooms are open, beds are protected by the largest mosquito nets ever to be seen and artistically fashioned 'burglar bars' on the windows keep out anything larger. The food is excellent, and as vegetarians we were well catered for. It was especially nice to have meals planned that took into account that vegetarians don't just eat vegetables. As a huge bonus during our 7 night stay we had no fewer than 3 elephant sightings - on 3 consecutive days. They crossed the river directly in front of the main lodge and as one of the occasions involved 53 elephants each event took a couple of hours. There were other sightings whilst we were there as well but we were elsewhere at the time. Apart from the elephants the bird population is quite spectacular, and we spotted various types of eagle, kingfishers and bee eaters. Other Activities included drives, bush walks, canoeing (to the sundowner spot) and plenty of eating and drinking although the Dawn chorus encourages early rising so we didn't do many late nights. Particular thanks to Jo and Zane and your super team for a great experience.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank GeorgeandJaki
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