Responsible Tourism

Dedicated to sustainable tourism

Tongole Wilderness Retreat is committed to operating in the most environmentally friendly way possible.


Tongole’s mission to raise the prospects and benefit the community whenever possible, meant that it was imperative to use local tradesmen in the construction of the lodge. Over 100 jobs were created during the two-year period of construction.

The lodge continues to employ staff from the local community, providing significant employment and ongoing training in a very poor region of Malawi.


All building materials were locally sourced and are sustainable. The lodge was thoughtfully designed to blend into the natural surroundings.


Hot running water and 240v power is generated by a self sustainable solar-powered system.

Low impact safari activities

Tongole Wilderness Lodge advocates low environmental impact activities to ensure the protection of the area. Most of the safari activities are foot or river-based so that guests observe rather than chase wildlife.


Wherever possible, food supplies are locally sourced.

The Tongole Foundation

The Tongole Foundation was set up both to create a sustainable business (and with it crucial employment opportunities) and a children’s education charity, providing support to local schools. Find out more about The Tongole Foundation.