Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Reviews of Tongole Wilderness Lodge

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Below are independent comments from 7 of our travellers who have visited Tongole Wilderness Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs P from Harrogate
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Pure luxury in a remote setting

A very personally tailored all-inclusive experience at this small luxury retreat 30 km down a dirt track into the wildlife reserve. Activities included a couple of guided walks in the reserve, a trip to a beautiful waterfall and a sundowner kayak trip on the river.
Staff could not have been more attentive and helpful. The food was excellent and the rooms huge and very comfortable.
Not really the place for prolific wildlife viewings, although we did have an elephant in the camp one night. We did see crocodiles and some interesting bird life. Emanuel was a wonderfully informative and interesting guide on the walks in the reserve.
A really relaxing end to our trip.


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Peter & Helenka from UK
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A must visit place.

Very welcoming nothing was too much trouble. Fantastic situation overlooking the river.

Limited wildlife apart from a few elephants in the lodge grounds on the first night. Did a drive, a walk and a Canoe up the river all superbly run. Cannot praise the staff enough All, even including the chef, came down to the airstrip to wave us off. Would have liked another night at least.

The reserve is being restocked by African Parks and in a few years will be as good as Majete for wildlife. However, the scenery is spectacular and its worth going just for that alone.

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Mr & Mrs SA from Norfolk
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tongole Magic River Lodge

Tongole Lodge is both an uplifting story and a worry. The wild life park has been fenced leaving Tongole Lodge outside the park. The animals have been moved into the park thus there should be few four footed animals to see. The birds of course fly over the fence. The water for the park is via the Bua river which when we were there had ceased to flow and was just a few water holes. With 3 months before the rains we wondered what the animals would do for water when the holes dry. Tongole always has a length of the river flowing past the lodge since the river is fed by a series of springs which have never been know to dry up. If the park elephants get too thirsty they may well knock the fence down despite the 7000 volts on it. We were not allowed into the park, a third of which had been burnt [by poachers it is thought], since there were few roads and the animals needed time to settle in after the move. A lot had come from the Shire river area. We had no particular desire to go into the park to see more elephants and the tsetse flies were everywhere.

Tongole Lodge was a fantastic few days which we spent mostly canoeing up and down the river watching birds. My highlight was the Fish Eagle which flew from a tree and snatched a large catfish out of the river in front of us. Our host and guide Emmanuel was a fund of knowledge on all the flora and forna though his speciality was birds. Birds were varied and plentiful.
The lodge cook was a genius and each meal perfectly cooked. The accommodation was up to the best safari lodge standard.
The service was embarrassingly good, made more so in that we were the only tourist there for three of our days. What a pity that the lodge did not have more guests though I suggest that this lodge is not for those who want to watch big game since there is little to see. We did see monkeys, two elephants, bush buck and crocodiles.

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Expert Africa comments

There seems to be some confusion with regards to the recent wildlife translocation into Nkhotakota and the fenced sanctuary. Tongole Wilderness Lodge is located in the centre of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and has not been fenced outside it. Just to clarify, African Parks took responsibility for the management of the reserve in August 2015 and in July and August 2016 they commenced the first phase of one of the largest elephant translocations ever.

These animals have initially been released into a 19,000 hectare fenced sanctuary to ensure their safety and well-being. Approximately 250 more elephants will be introduced in 2017.

Due to the vast size of the reserve, its not feasible to fence it initially, which will be the plan sometime in the future. So African Parks are doing this in phases, extending the boundaries of the sanctuary each time, with the second phase already underway.

Mr & Mrs D from Staffs
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tongole Wilderness Lodge review

Donna and Stephen were excellent managers and Emmanuel was a really good guide.

Donna must have really enjoyed our company as she came on all the excursions including 2 boat trips, which apparently is unheard of. Even though it was not Ann's birthday until later in the week, she arranged a local small band and a separate group of dancers.

We were told this was only the 4th time in 2 years this has been done. The staff really enjoyed it. as did we and it made for a special stay.

The food and accommodation were excellent and hot water bottles were provided for the cold nights.

The birds were good, particularly on the dinghy trips on the River Bua. We did not see any elephants or large antelopes, but we were right in the middle of the trans location from Liwonde and many animals were fenced into compounds until they settle in..

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Ms M & Mr G from Scotland
Arrived on: 14-May-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tongole treat

Love Tongole, my favourite place. Facilities, food, staff, wildlife all great.

A new swimming pool to enjoy in completely relaxed surroundings.

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Ms M & Mr G from Scotland
Arrived on: 21-May-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A treat at Tongole

As we stepped out of our vehicle and shook hands with our welcoming hosts, we just knew we were in a very special place and that's before we met with the local elephants - the icing on the cake!

It became clear we had a natural connection with the staff. We embrassed their relaxed but competent manner. Their knowledge of nature, their surroundings & their ambiance with people was very appealing.

Tongoli was to be the 'treat' on our adventure around Malawi - and what a treat. With our luxury lodge housing a large comfortable bed - like camping in real style.

Enjoying a soak in the massive bath while a crocodile basks on a mud bank down at the river - don't get that every day! Dined by lantern light on the terrace. Menu choice amazing for the remote location. Varied locations for sundowners - so relaxing.

Wilderness luxury.

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Mr & Mrs H from Middlesex
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Beautiful, peaceful, great for relaxing

We had a wonderful time here. The lodge and accommodation were beautiful and very comfortable. The service was very helpful, personalized and friendly. The food was excellent and personal preferences were responded to. We had a great time just relaxing, enjoying the scenery and lodge, watching the birds, reading. We very much enjoyed the walks, the climb up the local hill and the game walks/drives with sundowners in beautiful spots at the end.

Donna and Steve were fantastic hosts

Thank you to everyone for a great start to our Malawi holiday.

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