Chelinda Lodge

Nyika Plateau, Malawi

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Chelinda Lodge

Chelinda Lodge is set against a pocket of hagenia woodland and overlooking vast tracts of Nyika National Park's rolling grasslands dotted with large herd of roan, eland and zebra. This forest backdrop to Chelinda Lodge provides perfect shelter for an idyllic escape in the highland wilderness of Malawi.


We Love
  • Chelinda Camp and Chelinda Lodge are currently central to discussions with the Malawi's Department of National Parks & Wildlife regarding collaborative conservation efforts which can be implemented in the region.
  • The Camp is partnering with The Nyika-Vwaza Trust, an independent organisation that is involved in environmental and wildlife conservation in the Nyika area.
Need to Know
  • Nyika is unique-the only possible way to enjoy it properly is to plan a 3 day programme that incorporates the myriad of experiences and habitats on display.
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
  • All rooms have Paraffin lamps. The Camp has a 220v generator for emergency.

The Review

Chelinda Lodge is located within the Nyika National Park, Malawi's largest park. It is a wild, untouched and remote upland area, boastingthe distinction as being the only big game Afro-montane area in south central Africa.

A variety of animals can be seen around Chelinda Lodge - particularly in the famous Nyika Grasslands which harbours important populations of roan, eland, Crawshay's zebra, southern reedbuck, bushbuck, warthog, spotted hyaena and side-striped jackal. Elephant can be seen at times and leopard can be seen in the daytime owing to the temperate climate.

Birders visiting Chelinda Lodge will gain access to the approximately 400 bird species. Easily seen specials include Red-winged Francolin, Pallid Harrier, Augur Buzzard, Mountain Cisticola, Mountain Marsh Whydah, Blue Swallow (seasonal: August to April) and Denham's Bustard.

Your Stay
Accommodation at Chelinda Lodge consists of eight log cabins, each with fireplace for those icy highland nights. Chelinda Lodge Cabins are double storey. The ground floor features an open plan bedroom and lounge, with en-suite bathroom, queen-sized beds, wing-back chairs and a veranda. Upstairs there is a viewing area which functions as additional living space and is ideal for children. One of the log cabins is slightly larger, offering ideal accommodation to families.

All the cabins are connected by wooden walkways which are beautifully landscaped on the hillside around Chelinda Lodge. The main building has a convivial dining area around the fireplace, a quiet lounge which opens onto an outside deck for sundowners.

Activities at Chelinda Lodge revolve around day and night nature drives which explore the rolling hills and patches of evergreen forest of the Nyika Plateau. Nature walks and mountain biking are also very popular.

Getting There

Situated in the north of Malawi within Nyika National Park, the Chelinda Camp overlooks a clear water dam with views onto the open grasslands of the High Nyika Plateau. It can be reached by air from Lilongwe in 2 hours, from Mzuzu in 25 minutes, from Chintheche in 40 minutes and from Likoma in one hour.

The Camp can also be reached by road though road condition will vary from excellent to poor depending on time of year. It is usually in reasonable condition but definitely only for high clearance vehicles. Travel time from Mzuzzu is 4 hours, from Chintheche is 6 hours and from Lilongwe 9 hours.
The last 110km from Rumphi is on a dirt road.

Chelinda Lodge Nyika Plateau, Malawi