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Zomba Forest Lodge

Zomba Forest Lodge

An intimate homelike setting awaits guests of Zomba Forest Lodge, which is situated within the forest reserve next to Malawi’s Zomba Mountain. Sixty acres of woodlands, wildlife, birds, and orchids (during the rainy season) provide plenty of space to enjoy nature at its finest. Known for its great hospitality, amazing food, and wonderful views, Zomba Forest Lodge is a unique ecolodge where you can expect to be relaxed and recharged.

Zomba Forest Lodge’s small colonial cottage offers four en-suite bedrooms. Each cozy room is tastefully decorated, lit by paraffin lamps, candles, solar lanterns, and roaring log fires (no electricity on premises but plenty of hot water). Guests enjoy delectable food prepared by those who take food very seriously. One guest described it as “out of this world,” while another said, “The menu was an absolute treat every day . . . Homemade jams and chutneys, morning muffins and buns, pies, tasty veggies, lovely slow cooked dishes, and delicious, inventive desserts” all make for a memorable dining experience.

As if the food is not impressive enough, the area around the lodge is home to vervet monkeys, numerous antelope species, rare birds, and colorful butterflies. Search for some of these magnificent species while listening to the tranquil sounds of pine forest, indigenous rainforest, and eucalyptus gardens.

Hiking 1.5 hours up to the Zomba Plateau rewards guests with magnificent views, and orchid hunts are a favorite pastime during the rainy season. A drive to the plateau takes 25 minutes, and you will want to be sure to stop at landmarks such as the “bottomless” Chingwe’s Hole, Mulunguzi Dam, William’s Falls, and more.

Formerly the capital city of Malawi, Zomba is only 25 minutes away by car. Sights worth seeing in the city are the botanical gardens, old colonial houses, colorful market, and war memorial.

The lodge owners are happy to arrange cultural visits for a taste of rural Malawi. Be prepared to visit the local school and church as well as sample nsima, the staple food of most Malawians. Besides relaxing in the lush gardens, you may want to try other adventures in the area such as horseback riding, exploring Liwonde National Park, elephant watching, and visiting nearby tea estates.

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