Chintheche Inn

Lake Malawi, Malawi

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Chintheche Inn

Chintheche Inn on the western shore of Lake Malawi is known for its white sands, warm clear waters and age-old fishing villages. The area boasts some of the finest beaches on the entire lakeside and the distant Viphya Mountains form a dramatic backdrop.



We Love
  • Lake Malawi National Park at Cape Maclear in the south is the first in the world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish and has been classified as a World Heritage Site.
  • The Mumbo Island Camp is partnered with Malawi's Department of National Parks and Wildlife to put an end to illegal fishing operations.
Need to Know
  • Mumbo Island Camp is closed seasonally between 11 January and 22 February.
  • Children of all ages are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
  • Please check Children’s Policy for age restrictions for each activity.
  • The full board tariff includes all meals and activities but bed and breakfast with or without dinner tariffs do not include the cost of activities.

The Review

Chintheche Inn is set on the western shores of central Lake Malawi. The pristine sandy beaches curve endlessly away to the horizon - palm-fringed, dotted by fishing villages and patches of lowland tropical forest. It's no wonder that Chintheche Inn is located in what is considered to be the most verdant region of Malawi.

Lake Malawi supports over 2000 species of freshwater - a greater variety than any other lake on Earth, more than all of Europe and North America combined. The majority of these are colourful fish called cichlids (locally named mbuna) of which Lake Malawi contains more than 400 types, or 30% of all known species.

Your Stay
Accomodation at Chintheche Inn consists of ten comfortable, brightly furnished rooms with on-suite bathrooms. Each has its own beach-view balcony overlooking the panoramic shoreline of Lake Malawi. The extensive grounds and gardens feature a lively campsite and a large pool. There is a central dining area and bar, although dining usually takes place (weather permitting) under the stars.

Chintheche Inn is an ideal spot for families and groups wanting a comfortable base from which to explore the region.

There is a central dining area and bar, and meals often take place (weather permitting) under the stars or in a shady corner of the garden. There is a large pool, and campsites are discreetly situated in the ample gardens.

Activities at Chintheche Inn are directed not only at the obvious watersports of a lakeside resort, but also at land based activities and explorations of nearby tropical forest. Knowledgeable local guides are on hand to lead birding walks or hikes in the area, head up mountain biking trails, or to arrange visits to the local fishing villages. The nearby Bandawe Mission also offers a fascinating peek into the country's colonial past.

Watersports at Chintheche Inn include swimming and snorkelling; beach barbeques are an excellent reason to just hang about and get some sun. And for the intrepid, a trip out to deeper waters on a fishing expedition with local fisherman should not be missed.

Getting There

The Chintheche Inn is set on the western shores of central Lake Malawi about 40km south of Nkhata Bay, 90km from Mzuzu and 350km north of Lilongwe. It can be reached by air from Lilongwe in about an hour. However, the landing strip at Chintheche is not always serviceable and this may mean landing at Dwangwa Strip 100km to the south and then transferring by road. When serviceable, Chintheche is also connected with other properties in Malawi, namely Club Makalolo (1 hr),  Blantyre (1 hr 30 mins), Mvuu Lodge (1 hr 15 mins), Chelinda Lodge (35 mins) and Liloma Island (20 mins).

Chintheche Inn Lake Malawi, Malawi