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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

A variety of activities is offered at Bua River Lodge: walking safaris, fishing in Bua River, birding and photography.

Wilderness walking

We have a variety of trails, tailored to all levels of fitness, varying from gentle afternoon strolls along the banks of the river, to all day hikes in the forest and hills. Early morning walks are often followed by a bush brunch on the banks of the river.

Night walks, on the evenings just before full moon, are particularly magical.

We offer all day excursions to Chipata Mountain, beginning with a drive through the reserve in the early morning – the best time to see wildlife – the bush breakfast, followed by the climb itself, through awesome evergreen forest to the rocky summit, with spectacular views over the reserve.


The main season for fishing in the Bua is from late April through to early June, when the Mpasa or Lake Salmon are spawning. Fishing can be rewarding throughout the dry season. Bua River Lodge now has rods for hire.


Being located in the riverine forest of the river, with areas of thicket, reeds and the miombo woodland just a few metres away, birdlife is rich and varied. Already over 200 species have been identified in the area around the lodge including finfoot, black stork, Pel’s fishing owl, Boehm’s bee-eater, Dickinson’s kestrel and half-collared kingfisher. There are doubtless other species to be discovered.


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  • Bushwalking/Hiking/Trekking

Languages Spoken

  • English