Reviews of Nkwichi Lodge
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Heaven on Earth
We spent seven days at Nkwichi Lodge in late October 2013 as part of our honeymoon. We loved every moment of our stay.
We chose Nkwichi Lodge for the location and we were not disappointed. The sand is as white, and the water as crystal-clear as promised. We spent many happy days swimming, snorkelling, walking, reading and napping. All the while enjoying the beautiful surroundings and delicious weather (hot!).
We were delighted by our charming chalet (Nkwazi) which was immaculately maintained by housekeeping during our stay. The service provided by "Guest Management" was exceptional. A highlight was meeting the wonderful hosts/managers Malcolm and Kristina who obviously set the tone for Nkwichi - genuinely warm and friendly.
We also had a terrific time with the other guests at sundowners and group dinners.
We have read that some people have found Nkwichi daunting to get to. We travelled for the best part of two days from New Zealand to Mozambique and we really enjoyed the journey from Lilongwe to Likoma Island via Cessna; and then the boat trip from Likoma Island to Nkwichi (with a stopover in Cobue for immigration). You are taken care of every step of the way and the journey is a colourful adventure.
We were especially impressed with Nkwichi's commitment to responsible tourism and investment in the local community.
We dream of returning to stargaze on the Lake of Stars.
Nkwichi Lodge review
Apart from the transfer (detailed in the Kaya Mawa details), our stay was exceptional. The staff were so helpful and our trips out (including one to the farm project were interesting and the effort that they are putting in to the Manda Conservation project is amazing - the team are so passionate about it.
The site is stunningly beautiful with a great beach. Our room was amazing with birds, vervet monkeys and baboons visting the Merula tree above our lodge at daybreak - perfect start to the day, along with the coffee delivered at the same time! And the sand really does squeak when you walk on it! The choir visit on the beach on the last evening was magic!
One thought - Nkwichi is more like a safri lodge in style than Kaya Mawa, which is slightly more "sophisticated". It would appear more logical to visit Nkwichi first and then move to Kaya Mawa at the end of the holiday.
Was this paradise or just a dream
Nkwichi is an extraordinary place - and will long be so as long as it remains a hassle to get to! The journey is not for the faint hearted or for those who want things to happen quickly. Once you have found the right immigration officers and received the appropriate stamps, and chugged up the Mozambican coastline, you cannot imagine what a wonderful place this is to arrive at.
Shari and Simon and Douglas and all the rest of the staff make it such a relaxed place to be. The way the rooms are sculpted into the landscape is amazing and none of us will ever forget Christmas night, having a drink on the beach, being entertained by the choir from the local church and lightning and fireflies providing the light show.
What makes the place even more special is the work that is going on with the local communities - the farm was really interesting and in three days it was difficult to tear oneself away from the beauty and calm in order to see some of the other Manda Wilderness projects. This may just be the perfect place.