Unrivalled Luxury in the African Wilderness

Tongole Wilderness Retreat

Experience Malawi's last true wilderness in the heart of Africa

Tongole Safari Awards 2018

The Tongole Experience

Explore the Malawian wilderness with a range of exciting nature experiences.

Tongole Wilderness Retreat

Experience a luxurious retreat in the heart of the wilderness.

Accommodation and dining

The only high-end lodge in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve with breathtaking views over the beautiful Bua River. A truly exceptional nature experience awaits.

Luxurious, open-plan river-view suites offer the perfect retreat for you to relax after an exciting day of exploration. Guests highly rate our alfresco dining as the best, in Malawi!

Responsible Travel

Tongole Wilderness Retreat is dedicated to operating in a sustainable manner and uplifting the surrounding communities. Our nature activities have as low an environmental impact as possible and Tongole was built with locally sourced materials and eco-friendly systems. The lodge provides training and employment in a very poor region of the Malawi. At the heart of Tongole Wilderness Retreat is The Tongole Foundation; our community charity committed to a lasting positive impact, providing hope and pride in this beautiful area.


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Snapshots of Tongole Wilderness Retreat  View the lodge and river setting, the reserve and its wildlife and the community. Malawi Safari - Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Customer reviews

“The food was excellent, the service attentive, they could not do enough for us. We enjoyed an early morning guided hike in the forest to the top of the mountain with amazing wildflowers and spectacular views; a canoe trip where we saw lots of birds, incl. fish eagles, as well as spotting buck and baby crocs; we had plenty of time to relax in the lodge, read, take in the sun and chat with the friendly and knowledgeable staff and guides.”

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