Ntchisi Forest Lodge is a refurbished old colonial building dating back to 1914, that has just recently had additional improvements done. There is now a renewed solar energy system- ensuring guests have electricity, and an extension to the facilities with two luxury tents and a forest cabin ideal for families (to be completed by Oct 2014). The height of Ntchisi Lodge means there are no mosquitoes and the climate is ideal for a few days spent exploring the area. Days can be spent hiking in the rainforest, walking through local villages or simply gazing out over the hills from the lodge down to Lake Malawi with the mountains of Mozambique sometimes visible on the horizon.
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Ntchisi Forest Lodge is located adjacent to one of Malawi's last remaining rain forests. Ntchisi Forest Lodge is in rural central Malawi. It is situated about 2 hours from Lilongwe City Centre and 1.5 hours from the airport. Alternatively, you can get there via the lakeside road.
Hotel Address: Ntchisi Forest Lodge, Ntchisi
From Lilongwe (this information has been taken from Ntchisi Forest Lodge website)
From Lilongwe, take the M1 north past the airport. At Mponela, take the right turn on tarmac road, signposted 'T350 Ntchisi'. After approximately 35 km, you pass Ntchisi Hospital and the road comes to a T-junction. Turn right on to the dirt road, signposted for 'Dowa'. Follow the dirt road for approx 10 km. Shortly after passing a tall radio transmitter take the left turn, signposted 'Ntchisi Forest Lodge'. Follow this road for approx 12 km. Once you pass through the large village of Chintembwe, where Nkhoma Synod is based, you will find yourself on a ridge road with the tree-covered Ntchisi Mountain on your right. Take the next right turn by a small, yellow house, signposted 'Ntchisi Forest Lodge'. Follow this road straight for approx 4km to Ntchisi Forest Lodge.
From Salima/Senga Bay- Southern Lakeshore (this information has been taken from Ntchisi Forest Lodge website)
Take the main road towards Lilongwe. Approximately 8 km out of Salima, turn right at the Total petrol station onto the Lakeshore Road (M5) towards Nkhotakota. Continue straight for approx 60 km until you reach the Mwansambo turnoff on your left, signposted Mwansambo Health Centre and with lots of small shops lining the turn-off. (If, on the Lakeshore Road, you reach the turn-off to Nkhotakota Pottery, you have gone too far by about 20 km).
Turn left onto the dirt road, where you can soon see the forested Ntchisi Mountain straight ahead in the distance. Carry on straight for around 45 km, following the main road and ignoring all small offshoots. Eventually you come to a T-junction, where Ntchisi Forest Lodge is signposted to the right. Turn right and follow this road for 1 km into the forest reserve. The lodge is on your right soon after entering the forest.