High up on the Nyika alpine plains of Malawi, amid sweeping green grasslands, lies Chelinda Lodge. The road to get there is long. Bumpy for the most part, it’s best to go with a 4X4 vehicle, but it’s oh-so worth it. Nyika National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Malawi, and it’s not for nothing that the park boasts diverse landscapes – from green rolling hills, rocky outcrops, patches of woodlands and an abundance of wildflowers. It is in this veritable eden that the inimitable Chelinda Lodge, a Wilderness Safari camp, is nestled.
Chelinda Lodge exemplifies all that Wilderness’ prestigious line-up of lodges stand for: remote and exclusive, resplendent, and evocative of the spirit of the land. Wilderness Safaris are renowned for the unparalleled experience they offer, and here, offering an exquisite Malawian experience, it comes with all the bells and whistles of luxury travel.
Chelinda is an upmarket subsidiary of Nyika National Park. Situated high on the plateau, guests are treated to the unique thrill of being entirely surrounded by wildlife. Expect to spot indigenous beauties ranging from the graceful eland to playful zebra, and feast your eyes on the roan antelope and reedbuck that constantly dot the horizon.
Experienced guides are always on hand to enhance your experience and understanding of the African wilderness and guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to modes of exploration, as on-foot treks, safari-vehicle trips as well as horseback or mountain bikes options abound.
What’s more, Chelinda Lodge also overlooks a stocked trout dam where guests can fish to their hearts’ content.
Consisting of six log-and-pine en suite units, all beautifully appointed and rustic yet luxurious, the lodge’s twin-bedded rooms are fitted with huge fireplaces and all the modcons necessary for a relaxing stay. There are also four self-contained, self-catering cottages, for those who want to opt for a more private kind of holiday.
There’s an exclusivity and remoteness to Chelinda that truly reflects the transience and essence of Africa, complete with a central boma that houses an immaculate restaurant and bar.
- Game Viewing
- Game Walks
- Horse Riding
- Mountain Biking