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Chintheche Inn

Chintheche Inn

Chintheche Inn is situated between Malawi’s soaring Viphya Mountains and the pristine, palm-fringed beaches of Lake Malawi. The lake’s warm, crystal-clear waters lap tranquilly against a shoreline dotted with patches of lowland tropical forest and fishing villages. The panorama seems to be ripped from the pages of a novel, and at times visitors do have to pinch themselves to make sure they are not dreaming!

Lake Malawi is Africa's third largest and second deepest lake, measuring about 400 miles north to south and fifty miles wide in places. The lake dominates the eastern side of Malawi, constituting roughly 20% of the country’s surface area. Lake Malawi is an essential part of the cultural heritage of Malawians and is a vast trove of natural resources. Fish makes up the primary source of protein for nearly 20,000 people that live on the lakeshore and beyond.

Accommodation at Chintheche Inn consists of ten rooms. Most remarkably, each room has doors that open onto the beach. The rooms also offer en-suite facilities with a shower and fans. Six of the rooms have lockable inter-leading doors and can be converted into family rooms.

With a beach-view balcony overlooking the panoramic shoreline of Lake Malawi, extensive grounds and gardens, a campsite, a tennis court, and a large pool, there is much to enjoy. The inn has a central dining area and bar, though dining usually takes place under the amazing African stars. The dining/bar areas are on raised wooden decks that wind around African ebony and sycamore fig trees. The lounge tent has comfortable sofas and offers its own breathtaking views of the lagoon.

Miombo woodland and baobab occur on the shores of Lake Malawi. Mammals including baboon, vervet monkey, dassies, and hippo are most commonly sighted. And it is no surprise that bird life is also abundant, with more than 100 species recorded. Lake Malawi is dominated by the ubiquitous African Fish-Eagles, but fowl enthusiasts will be rewarded with sightings of the shyer and less common forest birds such as the north-eastern hypoxanthus variety of Sombre Greenbul. Other species seen include African Harrier-Hawk, Trumpeter Hornbill, White-breasted Cormorant, Water Thick-Knee, African Paradise-Flycatcher, and a variety of herons, weavers, doves, and starlings.

Lake Malawi supports a wide range of underwater habitats. Its more than 2,000 species of freshwater fish are a greater variety than any other lake on Earth and more than all of Europe and North America combined.

Activities at Chintheche Inn are directed not only to the water sports of a lakeside resort, but also to land-based activities and explorations of nearby tropical forest. Knowledgeable local guides are on hand to lead birding walks or hikes in the area.

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