Chelinda Lodge is set amongst woodland in the North of Malawi overlooking panoramic views of the vast region of Nyika National Park. The gorgeous lodge cabins are similar to those you would find in the Alps, cosy and homely and built from wood and stone that has been collected from the Nyika Plateau itself. Each cabin has its very own fireplace for those chilly evenings. The rooms are spacious with en-suite bathrooms, a lounge area and a balcony where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of one of the surrounding beauty.
It’s peaceful and homely feel makes this a wonderful spot to enjoy a few days, with incredible views over Nyika and the open grasslands that surround you. The fireplace in the room, and hot water bottles in the beds were a lovely touch – especially on those cold nights.
Last visited by Tapiwa, Sales Manager – July 2017
Nyika National Park
8 Double Luxury Chalets (1 family unit)
Homely stay and lots of Antelope around
Yes (minimum age 6 years)
All year round
Yes (very temperamental)
Nyika itself offers a number of exciting and picturesque hikes. If you head up this way when visiting Malawi and are a keen hiker, then be sure to look into the Livingstonia Trail. Spend 2 nights and 3 days hiking from Chelinda to the famous Livingstonia Mission, which over-looks the vast and exquisite Lake Malawi. Trek through grass land, drink water from the streams, and hike down steep hills into forests and along the side of valleys. It’s a ‘wild’ camping experience with some of the most gorgeous settings around.
You see and experience a whole other world when out on a walk. Get one of the guides to take you around the lodge and into the woodland areas, familiarise yourself with the gorgeous flora and fauna around. You will capture wildlife and flowers that are very rarely seen when out on a drive. It’s a great way to get up close to nature and the quiet surroundings make this even more spectacular.
Due to the high altitude, Nyika is pretty cold all year round – very different from the rest of Malawi. Chelinda Lodge has a real sense of being up a mountain in the Alps (minus the snow of course) and the log cabins have a warm feel to them with wooden floors and wood-panelled walls. Each with its very own fireplace which roars heat every night, get cosy with a loved one and enjoy a hot cup of tea by the fire and relax in your cosy den.
Stayed for 3 nights and were overwhelmed in this beautiful landscape. The lodge rooms are extremely comfortable and stylish. Staff are amongst the friendliest I have ever encountered in East Africa and the walking tours are great. Mr Whyte took us around and showed us the beautiful landscape. Definite 5 stars.
We have just been lucky enough to stay for the second time at Chelinda Lodge. It was even lovelier than we remembered – the lodge looks amazing, Paul and the staff there are doing such a smashing job and we were so pleased to meet Nathan and Amy (Namy!). Memory, Titus, Stembridge, Watson and all the staff are absolutely lovely – so efficient and friendly – and we loved how Memory seemed to anticipate our every need from hot water for tea to offering to light the fire and popping hotties in to our beds!
Already the journey from the gate to the lodge is a lovely experiance as we enjoyed a spectacular scenery on the grass hills. Somehow we were reminded at the highlands in Scotland. There are many different Orchids and animals as Waterboks, Ducker