Lake Niassa camps - Nkwichi


Nkwichi is onomatopoeic; mchenga nkwichi means the “sand that squeaks" which is rather a lovely thought. A little bit of beach paradise on the shores of Lake Niassa (as it is known in Mozambique), Nkwichi is the product of a few adventurous friends and their interest in conservation and helping the local community. Simple, warm, friendly and relaxed, the little stone and thatched lodge is set on a perfect white bay with a backdrop of forested hills that run into the Lake.

Lake Malawi is one of the largest in the world and is home to an amazing array of tropical fish. It isn’t salty so is lovely and soft to swim in and its calm, clear blue/green waters are utterly inviting. Thatched rooms are built around the big smooth boulders in amongst the trees and there is a sense of being a bit of a castaway here.

You can happily fill your day doing just about nothing here. Alternatively you can explore the beautiful forest on foot, keeping an eye open for the plentiful birds, monkeys, bushbuck and even leopard. You can snorkel, swim and canoe or take a spin in the lodge’s catamaran. It should be noted that Lake Malawi is not crocodile free but they do seem to avoid the clear shallows and so you can take advice from the lodge on where is safe to swim.

Nkwichi falls into that exclusive category of lodges which are little bit of a mission to get to – which is half its wouldn’t be the same if you could just arrive there. It is more easily approached via Malawi than Mozambique and makes a good “beach stop" at the end of a safari in Zambia or Malawi itself.

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