Chelinda Lodge

Nyika Plateau & Northern Malawi, Malawi

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Chelinda Lodge


Chelinda Lodge is located within the Nyika National Park, Malawi's largest park. It is a wild, untouched and remote upland area, boasting the distinction as being the only big game Afro-montane area in south central Africa. Chelinda Lodge has eight warm log cabins with interiors of pine with fireplace, bed, bathroom with bath and shower. There is an upstairs viewing area or room for accompanying children. Chalets are joined to the main lounge area by a wooden walkway.

The Nyika Grasslands 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. There are approximately 400 bird species including; Red-winged Francolin, Pallid Harrier, Augur Buzzard, Mountain Cisticola, Mountain Marsh Whydah, Blue Swallow and Denham's Bustard.

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.

We Love
  • Chelinda Lodge supports wildlife conservation in the Nyika area
  • Nyika Plateau is the largest and most famous of the rolling plateaus in Malawi
  • The plateau is also known for its pine plantations, orchids, wildlife and birding
  • A three-night stay is recommended to explore and take in the panoramic views
Need to Know
  • Chelinda is a Premier Lodge with 8 luxurious log-cabins
  • Activities undertaken are birding, nature walks and wildlife watching
  • Located near a large pine forest in Nyika National Park, north Malawi
  • Best for Couples, Off the beaten track, Adventure, Wildlife



Stay Chelinda Lodge consists of eight double-storey, log cabins, each with fireplace for those icy highland nights. 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. 

The Camp 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. The camp electricity is provided by 220v generator for emergency.

ChildCare Children of 6 years and above are welcome to stay at Chelinda Lodge. One of the log cabins is slightly larger, offering ideal accommodation for families. There are no specific or babysitting services available. 

Safari Nyika is unique and the only possible way to enjoy your stay at the Chelinda Lodge is to plan a 3-night programme that incorporates the myriad of experiences and habitats on display. Owing both to the pleasant cool climate and the distances of some of the game drive loops we will often suggest a full day’s drive with lunch en route so no two days are typical.

Experience Activities at Chelinda Lodge include game drives in closed vehicles with roof hatches in the Nyika National Park, including night drives to see nocturnal animals. The lodge also conducts informative walks, birding tours in the forest and mountain biking.

Chelinda Lodge Nyika Plateau & Northern Malawi, Malawi

Location Chelinda Lodge is situated in the 2607m high Nyika Plateau in the Nyika National Park. Located north of Malawi within Nyika National Park, the Chelinda Lodge overlooks a clear water dam with views onto the open grasslands. The High Nyika Plateau is home to eland, roan antelope zebra, reedbuck, bushbuck, klipspringer, duiker, warthog, bushpig and blue monkey.

Getting There Chelinda Lodge 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. Travel time by road 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.

When to go Malawi has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the rainy season, April to July is Malawi's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. Lake Malawi is at its clearest during the summer months, which are also best for bird watching, but game viewing is best in the winter months, when the bushveld is dry and animals seek out the waterholes.