Chelinda Lodge has panoramic views over the Nyika Plateau.
Chelinda Lodge: Our full report
For many years we've worked closely with David and Robyn Foot, who ran the comfortable ,Chelinda Lodge. However a very unfortunate series of government actions at the end of 2007 led to the this lodge closing. However in July 2010, after a major refurbishment it has reopened. Standing on the edge of pine forest, with panoramic views over the plateau, the lodge is built entirely out of timber and stone collected from the plateau. It has a cosy central lounge/bar, a curio shop and a dining room with a large outdoor deck for warmer days. Connected to the central area by wooden walkways, each of the eight double-storey log cabins has an open plan lounge and bedroom, with double bed, a private veranda and en-suite facilities - including a separate bath and shower.
Being at such a high altitude, Nyika is malaria-free, but this does also mean that the air temperature can be cold so it's best to bring warm clothing with you all year round. Fortunately, the lodge has numerous log fires and you will often return to one roaring in your room in the evening.