Nkwichi Blog

Niassa, a Lost World of Wonder

In Mozambique, Niassa is a land of superlatives; the largest, poorest, most forested and least populated province in the country. For many, it is also undeniably the most beautiful.

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The Cichlids of Lake Malawi

Imagine a creature so savage that it targeted only the eyes if its prey, ripping them out with its teeth and chomping them down. Or another that only savours the taste of the young. They may sound like villains straight out of a cheap horror film but they are, in fact, two of the species of Cichlid fish from Lake Malawi/Niassa, and these are just some of the weird and wonderfulways that these endemic rainbow-coloured fish have developed over the years in order to catch their prey.

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Tales of Lost Treasure

‘Arrrrrr!’ The bearded pirate exclaimed loudly, frightening the nearby Bohm’s bee-eaters off their branch. ‘By Jiminy, at Nkwichi lies a treasure, the likes of which the world has never seen…’

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Chambo’s Charm

With his hearty, high-pitched laugh, towering figure and impeccable manners, there aren’t many guests at Nkwichi who have left not feeling charmed by Mr. Chambo. Frequently mistaken for Pattison or Patterson, Patson.

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Definitely not paddle bored!

Nkwichi now offers another activity to immerse yourself in the wonder of Africa’s 3rd largest lake; stand up paddle-boarding.

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All a-board!

After 5 years in the planning and construction, the Girls Boarding House at Cobue has finally been completed. Built with funds raised by the Manda Wilderness Community Trust (MWCT), based out of Nkwichi Lodge, the Boarding House is the area’s first, and will allow 40 girls from far-flung villages the opportunity to attend Secondary School in Cobue.

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The Lake Fly Burger

Confounding many visitors to the shores of Nkwichi are the exploding plumes of smoke which often appear on Lake Malawi, hovering above the water hinting at distant fires. It’s always a pleasure to see the look of surprise, mixed with either delight or disgust, when the guests are informed that the smoke is actually vast clouds of lake flies, known locally as Nkungo.

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FROM THE BLOG...

A Sky Full of Stars

With no light pollution for many miles around, Nkwichi’s beach is perfect for stargazing. Gazing at the stars while sitting around a campfire inevitably leads to everybody sharing stories. This is a story that was told that I can not help but sharing with you.

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An eco lodge by nature, not just by name. Thank you for a very special time.

Lou, UK, December 2014