Malawi is fast becoming the most complete destination in Africa. After being awarded No.3 on Rough Guides ’Top Places to Visit in 2018', there’s no wonder the country’s accommodation is undergoing huge changes too. From upgrades and improvements of popular lodges and hotels in the country’s hotspots, to lakeside expansions and brand new camps in the country’s top wildlife reserves, developments in Malawi’s accommodation shows no signs of letting up and are in full swing ready for a thriving and prosperous 2019.
Here are some of the accommodation highlights of the past year and what to expect in the coming months:
Headline grabber in 2018 was Robin Pope Safaris Kuthengo Camp which opened to rave reviews in Liwonde in April. Although not quite a stand alone new lodge, Makokola Retreat’s brand new Lake Suites and Lake Villa are set apart from the rest of the accommodation and have their own exclusive pool and bar area, offering a (large) touch of private luxury coupled with access to all the resort’s fantastic facilities. At the other end of Lake Malawi, old favourite Chintheche Inn will also expand in 2019 with 4 new luxury rooms.
Hot on the heels of its ground-breaking #500 Elephants project, Nkhotakota Reserve is a current ‘hotspot’ for developments: Kachenga Bush Camp (sister property to Tongole) officially opened this year and is already being expanded and developed; under new ownership, Bua River Lodge is being fully renovated with new woodland accommodation and a larger, family tent has already been added; and there are exciting plans by the owners of Ngala Lodge to open the brand new Rafiki Camp just outside the Reserve very soon.
Malawi is a hidden gem. It is the unique combination of Landscape, Wildlife, Lake and the People which makes this one of Africa’s most fascinating destinations. Safe and friendly, Malawi offers visitors a fascinating variety of sights and experiences. The diversity of landscapes, the huge lake and the national parks and reserves provide the foundation for the unrivalled choice of safaris, water sports and outdoor activities on offer.