Due to lack of water at the lodge, we regret that the backpackers' accommodation is closed until further notice.
Bua River Lodge has now opened economy accommodation for backpackers, next to the iconic camp site. Two rooms, one with a double bed, one with one single, sleeping a maximum of three people, are available. Ablutions are shared with the camp site, and include flush toilets and hot showers.
You can choose between eating at the lodge (main course dinner $15, full breakfast $12, lunch $10) or fully or partially self catering. There is a small kitchen with a double drainer sink unit and a braai area, with plentiful supplies of free firewood. The lodge also stocks a good variety of cold drinks. We do NOT provide cooking utensils.
To reach us drop at Lozi trading centre about 12 Km north of Nkhotakota and 9 Km south of the Bua Bridge, on the M5 Lakeshore Road. There you will find bicycle taxis that will ferry you to the lodge for about MK 1,000 per bicycle but you will have to negotiate!
You can also contact Blessings Msuku on 0999584313 for a motorcycle taxi - Lozi to Bua River Lodge K 3,000, Nkhotakota to Bua River Lodge K 5,500.
If you are feeling very fit, then drop at our signboard, 800 metres north of Lozi and walk the 10 Km to the lodge.
Please note that if you are using public transport or cycling around Malawi, you will no longer be allowed to walk or cycle from the reserve gate to the lodge. This is due to the ongoing introduction of up to 500 elephants into Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve from other parks in Malawi. As we have no phone network at the lodge, it is essential that you send a text message or email at least 24 hours before your arrival so that you can be met at the gate and escorted in.
Alternatively, with a day’s notice, by text message or email (there is no phone network at the lodge), we will collect you from Lozi (US$10 each way) or Nkhotakota (US$ 20).
Whether you’re travelling south from Nkhata Bay or Kande or North from Senga Bay or Cape Mac, Bua River Lodge provides a refreshing change from the lake and the chance of experiencing one of Malawi’s last, true wildernesses.
Rooms are US$ 15 per night single, US$30.00 sharing, on a self-catering basis.