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Tongole Wilderness Lodge Prospering in Malawi's Nkhotakota Posted on: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Tongole Wilderness Lodge has truly delivered on its objectives to create a lodge like no other in Malawi and become one of the best in Africa. Nestled deep within the rugged and breathtakingly beautiful miombo woodland of the 1,800 km² Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and a mere 30 km west of Lake Malawi hugging the forest-clad banks of the Bua River, this is an eco-tourist sanctuary as well as being a luxury lodge.

In addition, Tongole is about creating sustainable employment and new careers for local people which will have far reaching benefits for the wider community through tourism.

Education for children and animal conservation are also part of the lodge’s plan and this will be made possible through the recently formed Tongole Foundation. If you are interested in finding out more visit out Foundation website, thetongolefoundation.org

Guests have been spoilt by elephants of various size herds from as few as 5 to as many as 53 including males in must. Other sightings include bush buck, water buck, bush pigs, long crested eagle, fish eagles, crocks and plenty of Vervat monkeys and troops of baboons.

Tongole’s trusted scouts Chris and Shai, are happy to accompany guests up the lodge’s closest mountain, Kasukusuku which is some 3000 metres in height. A brisk climb can be completed in around 2 hours, however the record is 45 minutes so for those who like a challenge, that's the time to beat!

The Parks and Wildlife department are now preparing to create a sanctuary within the reserve into which they will re-introduce more lost species. Lion and leopard remain in the reserve but a boost in numbers will make for a healthier predator population. Watch this space on that one!

More walks and tracks have been opened enabling guests to see new areas and plains from erected viewing platforms along with game viewing and fly camping, a must for the adventurous!




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