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Chelinda Lodge

Chelinda Lodge

Chelinda Lodge is located within the Malawi’s Nyika National Park, the country’s largest national park. The area is a wild and remote upland area and is distinguished as the only big game Afro-montane area in south central Africa. Chelinda Lodge is set against hagenia woodland and overlooks vast tracts of the park’s rolling grasslands.

Accommodation at Chelinda consists of eight pine log cabins, each offering a fireplace, en-suite bathroom, and an upstairs viewing area or room for accompanying children. Two of the chalets are joined to form an interconnected family unit, and elevated wooden walkways link all the cabins to the main building.

The main building has an outside deck for sundowners, an inviting dining area around a fireplace, and lounge area where the activities of the day can be discussed and new friends made. The lodge offers a full English breakfast, cold lunches, and delicious three-course dinners in the spacious main lounge or on the grand outdoor deck that overlooks the grasslands. The Chelinda staff pride themselves on extending the greatest care and service to guests.

In the 1960s the Chelinda Pine Plantation was planted as an agricultural experiment. Both Chelinda Lodge and its sister Chelinda Camp, are situated on the edge of this forest, with the trees serving as both a windbreak and source of firewood and timber in this grass-dominated environment. These non-indigenous trees are slowly being cut back under a government program to ultimately rehabilitate the original grasslands. Plans are to keep a core forest remaining around the Nyika National Park headquarters as the pines are not invasive and do not threaten the integrity of the ecosystem. In some small way, they will continue to add to the overall ambience and experience of the high plateau at Chelinda Camp.

Days at Chelinda can be spent on game drives and nature walks where you're likely to see large herds of roan antelope, eland, and Crawshay's zebra. Night drives offer a great opportunity to spot hyena, cerval cat, and side-striped jackal. You can also explore the area by mountain bike or go fly-fishing for trout in the network of lakes close to the lodge.

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