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Inside the lodge

On the banks of the beautiful Bua River in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Central Malawi, Bua River Lodge offers fine, en-suite, tented accommodation to a very high standard but at moderate prices. Open for nearly five years, Bua River Lodge is now highly acclaimed for the friendliness of our staff, the quality of the accommodation, the standard of service and our excellent food! We have been awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for both 2014 and 2015 and now have over 80 reviews all but three in the Very Good and Excellent categories.

Since September 2105, Nkhotakota Wildlife is being managed by "African Parks". This exciting new development will mean vastly improved management of the reserve and, by mid-2016, to the establishment of a sanctuary area close to Bua River Lodge that will be stocked with some 600 antelope and 300 elephants.

Small and owner-managed, with staff drawn entirely from local communities, you can be assured of a relaxing and friendly stay with us. Whether you choose the luxury Island tents, or the smaller Hillside, you will always be made to feel at home and given as much (or as little) attention as you wish.

Latest News

We have long suspected that Pel's Fishing Owl is resident around the lodge. But yesterday, the best sighting yet as one flew in front of Island A and posed in a tree just next to the room, very obligingly staying until we could get into position for a clear shot. More...
So, the long wait is almost over! African Parks has almost completed fencing of the 15,000 Ha. elephant sanctuary, enclosing Bua River Lodge, and the first elephants will be arriving in the southern part of the sanctuary tonight. More...

Bua River Lodge 'to be within new wildlife sanctuary area' in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

In the short time since the signing of the partnership agreement with the Malawi Government, African Parks has made great strides in beginning the process of securing Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve as a major conservation area for Malawi as well as an elephant sanctuary for this region of Africa. An almost full complement of staff with many years of excellent experience between them is in place. More...
Since September 2015, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is now managed by African Parks. This exciting new development will mean vastly improved management of the reserve and, by mid-2016, the establishment of a sanctuary area close to Bua River Lodge that will be stocked with some 600 antelope and 300 elephants. More...
We are delighted to announce that, for the second year running, we have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Please visit us to find out why!. More...
We are pleased to announce that the camp site and backpackers' are now open. . More...

She's back ...

After a long wait, the elephants are back at Bua River Lodge. A herd of 6 or so congregated at Namndinga pool about 500 metres upstream from the lodge this afternoon (10th September) and made their way on to the Island, only 25 metres from our island B tent, from where our new guests had their first view. More...
The wonderfully clear, cool nights of winter are here. The skies are ablaze with stars and the Milky Way is glorious . More...
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Three hearty meals per day, as well as afternoon tea, are served in the unique timber and thatch multi-level lodge, placed right on the bank of the Bua River, with wonderful views downstream and across to the wilderness on the opposite bank.

If you prefer to cater for yourself, the iconic Bua Camp Site has hot showers and flushing toilets, a barbecue are and dish-washing facilities. Clean, comfortable budget accommodation for backpackers is also available. Campers and backpackers are welcome to use the lodge facilities.

We are developing a network of wilderness walking safari trails inside the Reserve for those of you who prefer a more active holiday. See the Activities page for details.

Whether you want to fish, watch birds, walk in the wilderness or just chill on the extensive deck of your tent, Bua River Lodge is the place to get away from it all and just relax.