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Bua River Lodge

Address: Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Nkhotakota view map

Bua River Lodge is a newly established and highly acclaimed tented lodge, located on the banks of the beautiful Bua River within Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, in Central Malawi. This is the first permanent accommodation in the Reserve. Accommodation is in purpose-made safari tents in three categories, Island, Riverside and Hillside, all en-suite with open-air bathrooms and located to give privacy and seclusion. Lighting is with paraffin lanterns and solar-powered lamps, so no noisy generators to disturb the tranquility – eating in the lodge at night is a wonderful experience. Wilderness walking, fishing, birding and photography will keep you busy but, if you prefer, you can just relax in the very peaceful atmosphere of the lodge.

Bua River Lodge

John Dickinson the current owner, who lives on site, built and manages the lodge. You will be made to feel very welcome from the moment you arrive. Dedicated to providing guests with a memorable experience his bush wilderness retreat is a credit to his determination to open up this beautiful part of Malawi.

Caring for Destination
This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.

Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:

The accommodation makes an effort to hire and purchase locally.

Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:

The lodge hires staff members from the nearby communities as a way to contribute to the economic sustainability of Malawi. Local products are also bought when possible to support the local people.

Traveller Feedback
Score for how travellers see this initiative ... both in terms of impact and commitment.
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2.25 out of 3 Fantastic
Mr Jeremy S.
- Malawi
on 24 Mar 2015
Mrs Priscilla T.
- South Africa
on 30 Sep 2014
Mr Jörg T.
- Germany
on 13 Nov 2013
Mr Jacob v.
- Netherlands
on 01 Aug 2013
I am not sure what is: caring for destination...
Mr Terry A.
- United Kingdom
on 19 Mar 2013
Ms Emma D.
- Malawi
on 02 Jan 2013

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