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.

UNLEASH IT: IN SPACIOUS LOG CABINS WITH SWEEPING VIEWS OF NYIKA’S GRASSLANDS, DOTTED WITH WILDLIFE.

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.

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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

Chelinda Lodge

Rating                       Classic Camp
Type                         Safari Lodge
No of rooms                8
Max Occupants           16 guests
Interests                    Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                    Nyika National Park

Standard Chalets
There are eight twin bedded chalets. The beds can be moved together to create a double bed.
Chalets are made of pine and are essentially warm log cabins with interiors of pine with fireplace, bed, bathroom with bath and shower, and an upstairs viewing area or room for accompanying children. Chalets are joined to the main lounge area by a wooden walkway. 2 chalets are joined to form a unique, interconnected family unit.

Electricity & Water
220v generator and Paraffin lamps
Plugs in the rooms and chalets
Please note the generator usually only runs for 4 hours each evening between 17h30 and 21h30.

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
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. 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 2 days are typical – rather we would suggest a minimum 3 night stay and an itinerary similar to the one proposed below

Day 1
Arrive and settle in. Take an afternoon game drive to Chosi Viewpoint for sundowners, returning after dark. Dinner

Day 2
Morning wakeup call at 0600h. Morning tea and depart for morning walk around Chelinda. Return by 0800h for breakfast before taking a full day’s drive around plateau stopping at one of many spectacular plateau viewing points for lunch and returning to chalet at dusk. Dinner.

Day 3
Morning wakeup call at 0600h. Breakfast and depart for full morning combination of game drive and montane forest walk. Return for hot lunch in chalet. Afternoon at leisure before returning for evening drive to viewing point and back after dark with spotlight. Dinner.

Day 4
Early morning walk prior to departure

Seasons
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 30 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 09 December 2013
    High Season: 01 July 2013 to 31 October 2013 & 10 December 2013 to 10 January 2014


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.

Other Policies
    Drinks are not included in the nightly tariff and are charged to the guests’ account.
    Available at a small charge payable locally.
    Payment can be affected by cash or the following credit cards: MasterCard

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:             2:00 PM
    Check out:        12:00 PM
    Suggested stay: 2-3 nights

 

Nyika National Park

The 3,134km2 Nyika National Park, Malawi's largest park, is a wild, untouched distinction of being the only big game Afro-montane area in south-central Africa. The vistas in this Park are immense with high-altitude grassland the most obvious feature of the Nyika Plateau. Isolated hills and ridges, and evergreen forest pockets bursting with endemism add further character to the rolling hills, whilst extensive swathes of broad-leafed miombo woodland dominate the lower slopes. Nyika is a botanist's delight in summer with alpine flowers that include n localised orchid species, exquisite dieramas, gladioli, protea and kniphofia. Nyika also harbours important populations of roan, eland, Crawshay's zebra, southern reedbuck, bushbuck, warthog, spotted hyaena and side-striped jackal. Elephant and leopard can be seen at times. Approximately 400 bird species occur in Nyika, many with highly restricted distributions, making it a key birding destination in Africa.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

Malawi has a hot sub-tropical climate with cool dry winters (May to October) and warm wet summers (November to April). 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.

Avoid the mid-summer months of January and February when temperatures can get uncomfortably hot and humid, rainfall is at its highest - and so is the risk of malaria - while some of the roads in the national parks becomes impassable.

Visa
For tourist visits, visas are NOT required by citizens of UK and most Commonwealth countries, the USA, Japan, most European Union countries and certain other countries. However, a full valid passport is required for entry into Malawi.

Health
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Check with your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. Please note:
There is no risk of yellow fever in Malawi. The government of Malawi requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the UK.


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.