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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.

Community Visit: Visit the local community.

Ntchisi is currently managed by a Malawian young man Innocent who has taken over from Tom and Petal.

Ntchisi has 10 local staff who will be happy to inform you about the local area and make you feel welcome during your stay. It is a close knit community at Ntchisi and this make guests feel very much at home.

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:

  • Local Produce
  • Local Employment
  • Ecotourism

Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:

Ntchisi Forest Lodge is committed to ensuring the local community benefit from tourism and supporting the local economy is an important part of a stay at the lodge. Local community members are encouraged to produce goods that they can sell to visitors and nearly all the produce served at the lodge is bought from local suppliers, for example the home-made fig jam at breakfast. The lodge has set up Ntchisi Forest Lodge Community Trust, which is a committee of people from the locals who propose development projects in the hope that slowly tourism can bring prosperity to the local community. They are keen to push tourism in the area and ensure the community as a whole benefits from ecotourism activities.