Chelinda Lodge stands at the centre of Malawi's wild and remote Nyika National Park. Lying on a spectacular plateau, Nyika's high altitude grasslands and Afro-montane forests are a complete contrast to the low-lying Lake Malawi area, and provide an entirely different experience to the rest of Malawi - and indeed to most of Southern Africa.

Set in a pocket of pine forest with beautiful views over Nyika's grasslands, Chelinda Lodge is a cosy and atmospheric haven in this chilly mountain wilderness. Summer days at Chelinda can be spent on game drives and guided nature walks where you're likely to see large herds of roan and eland antelope and Crawshay's zebra. Exciting night drives offer a great opportunity to spot hyena, serval cat and side-striped jackal. You can also explore the area by mountain bike or go fly-fishing in the network of trout-stocked lakes close to the lodge.


  • Unique mountain & grassland environment
  • 6 different vegetation communities
  • Game drives & walking safaris
  • Mountain biking, horse riding, & fly-fishing trips
  • Large herds of roan, eland & zebra
  • Spacious cabins with log fireplaces
  • Highest concentration of elusive leopards
  • Great fishing in nearby dams

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The main lodge has a spacious lounge and dining room arranged around a large central fireplace and leading out onto a tiered deck that maximises the view of Nyika's rolling hills.

Unwind on chilly mountain evenings in the atmospheric stone bar.

General Facilities

    Laundry service


The lodge offers a full English breakfast, light lunches and delicious three course dinners in the cosy dining room in front of a roaring log fire.


Connected by wooden walkways and showcasing magnificent views of Nyika's grasslands, the eight double storey wood and stone cabins have an open-plan bedroom and lounge area with a fireplace for chilly nights. There is an en suite bathroom on the ground floor.


    En-suite bath and shower

Other Room Types

If you are travelling as a family, you can request Chelinda's slightly larger Family Cabin.


  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Night drives
  • Fishing

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"The crisp highland air, fresh smell of pine and cosiness of the fire-warmed log cabins are a sure recipe for relaxation and rejuvenation."

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