Tongole Experience

Explore the remote African wilderness

Enjoy a range of exciting nature experiences from a luxurious riverside base at Tongole Wilderness Retreat.

Our activities

  • Bird Safaris
    View some of the most varied birdlife in East Africa.
  • Bush Walk and Treks
    Explore the remote and pristine Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve on foot.
  • Cultural Experiences
    Meet the local Malawian community schools and local artists and craft makers.
  • Fly Camping
    Camp under the African star canopy in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.
  • Fly Fishing
    Enjoy fantastic fishing the whole year round in the Bua River.
  • Explore by River
    Drift along the tranquil Bua River on a relaxing canoe safari.
  • Wilderness Safaris
    Gentle game drives through the pristine and varied wilderness.

Both Tongole and the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve strive for low environmental impact.  All of the activities are designed to maximise the experience whilst preserving the reserve and its inhabitants. Game drives are a great way to spot the animals, whilst covering more ground, however the majority of our safaris are on foot or by canoe.

Enjoy the majestic Bua River where you can catch a lake salmon or meander downstream in a canoe to take in the sights.

A trekker’s paradise, the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve offers 1800 km of unspoilt and varied wilderness biomes and the option to climb Chipata Mountain.

A trip to one of the local Malawi communities is highly recommended.  Mingle with locals and be immersed in Malawian life.

Back at the lodge, Tongole offers a luxurious river-side base.