Nkwichi Lodge

Lake Niassa, Mozambique

Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge is an intimate beach retreat, located on the shores of Lake Niassa, Mozambique, a short distance from Likoma Island. It has just seven guest chalets, some with access to their own private beaches.

Nkwichi Lodge is a secluded beach retreat situated opposite Likoma Island on the shores of Lake Niassa, Malawi. There are no roads within 10 miles of Nkwichi, meaning that this remote lodge can only be reached by boat, creating a real sense of seclusion from the moment you arrive. This secluded location, and the fact that there is space for only 14 guests, helps make Nkwichi Lodge the most exclusive beach retreat in the region.

Small and unobtrusive, Nkwichi blends in easily with its natural environment. Seven beach chalets nestle among the fig trees that line the lakeshore, while the raised dining and lounge area are hidden amongst granite boulders. Local rock, wood and grass thatch have been used to good effect in the construction of the lodge, contributing to its rustic, natural feel.

There's a huge variety of activities available at Nkwichi Lodge, ranging from Likoma Island tours to water sports, safaris in the Manda Wilderness Reserve and dhow boat rides on Lake Niassa.

We are always happy to recommend Nkwichi Lodge as one of Mozambique's loveliest retreats. The welcoming staff, together with the secluded location, make for a wonderful atmosphere.


Nkwichi Lodge offers six guest chalets and one two bedroom villa, all individually decorated and located far enough apart to ensure privacy. The rooms vary in size and decor but have a number of features in common, including generously-sized four-poster beds made from roughly cut tree trunks. Full en-suite facilities are available in all of the chalets, including outdoor showers (some rooms have bathtubs). The highest category chalets enjoy access to their own private section of the beach.

At the front of the chalets are shaded verandahs complete with comfy arm chairs and hammocks—perfect for a midday siesta! Sandy footpaths lead through the trees to the Nkwichi's main public areas and beach.


Fresh produce from the kitchen gardens is used each day to prepare a tasty blend of traditional African and international cuisine. Breakfast is served on the Lakeshore Deck with beautiful views of Lake Niassa. Picnic lunches are provided for day trips and excursions, while dinner is served in the main dining area of the lodge, privately on the beach or within your own chalet.


- Dining room
- Viewing deck
- Bar


- Birding
- Walking
- Water sports: snorkelling, swimming, canoeing, sailing
- Dhow rides
- Visit the Manda Wilderness Reserve

Child Policy

Children of all ages can be accommodated at Nkwichi Lodge. Those under the age of twelve stay free.

Environmental Policy/Responsible Tourism

Nkwichi Lodge has been involved in a number of initiatives to protect the local environment through community projects, the establishment of a wildlife reserve and the careful management of waste and resources. The lodge is run as part of a community conservation scheme, employing almost all of its staff from the local community in order to provide training and income. Many safari lodges in Africa make similar claims to Nkwichi, which aren't always credible, but from what we've seen Nkwichi Lodge is a genuine example of responsible tourism in action - it has been awarded a Tourism for Tomorrow Award.