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.

UNLEASH IT: UNDER SHADY TREES ALONG WHITE SANDY BEACHES, OVERLOOKING THE LAKE MALAWI.

 

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.

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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

Chintheche Camp

Rating                         Adventure Camp
Type                           Safari Lodge
No of rooms                 10
Max Occupants             20 guests plus tour leader/guides
Friendly                       Children
Special Interests           Adventure Birding, Nature, Wildlife, Watersports, Hiking
Location                      Central Lake Shore
Electricity                    220v mains power.

Standard Rooms
There are nine standard rooms which are made up of eight twin bedded rooms and one double bedded tent.

Family Rooms
There is one family room consisting of two inter-joined rooms with a shared bathroom. There are two separate access doors leading to the beach.

Leader/Guide Rooms
There are two twin-bedded guides’ cottages (guides/tour leaders will be accommodated in guest rooms if they are available, otherwise in these staff cottages).

Room details
All rooms in Chintheche Inn open out onto the beach. Six of the ten rooms have lockable inter-leading doors and can be converted into family rooms. All rooms have en-suite facilities with a shower. Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents are supplied in each room. Rooms have ceiling and mosquito nets.

Activities
Boating in 1 x 10-seater wooden fishing boat
Snorkelling (snorkelling equipment is available for guests' use)
Mountain biking (4 bikes) through some of the prettiest villages in Malawi
Village visits (2 hours duration).
Day trips to Nkhata Bay and Bandawe Mission

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
07h30 – 09h00 - Breakfast
12h00 – 13h30 - Lunch
19h00 – 20h30 - Dinner, table d’hôte, buffet or braai (barbecue)

Seasons
One rate all year: 11 January 2013 to 10 January 2014


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of all ages are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
    Children up to 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    Walks with children under 13 can be arranged, whereby, children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.
    The minimum age for snorkelling activities is 12 years.
    For the mountain biking activities children below 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Other Policies
    Drinks are not included in the nightly tariff and are charged to the guests’ account.
    Daily service included in the nightly tariff if guests are on the full board rate.
    Payment can be effected by cash or the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard and American
    Express.

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
    Minimum stay:    1 night

 

Lake Malawi - Central Lake Shore

At approximately 600km long and up to 80km wide, Lake Malawi constitutes roughly 20% of Malawi's surface area. It dominates the eastern side of the country and harbours a wide range of underwater habitats. There are also a number of granitic islands dotted across the Lake while on its the shores, fertile soils, lush woodland and baobabs occur amongst numerous fishing villages and mammals such as baboon, vervet monkey, rock hyrax, sun squirrels and hippo are frequently seen. Along the lakeshore, numerous bird species are found, particularly waterbirds. Nearby remnant patches of lowland forest harbour further exciting bird species including Grey-olive Greenbul and Narina Trogon. The central lakeshore is renowned for its golden beaches.

Underwater life
The lake has a wide range of underwater habitats, including sandy, weedy, rock-sand interface and reed beds, harbour an abundant wealth and diversity of mostly endemic aquatic life. 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.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides - US$10.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff - US$5.00 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

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).