Overview of Mkulumadzi

Set in a private concession, Mkulumadzi Lodge is shaded by giant leadwood and wild mango trees on the banks of the Shire River in Malawi. Within walking distance of the plunging Kapichira Falls in the Majete Wildlife Reserve, Mkulumadzi Lodge is situated in one of Malawi’s premier wildlife destinations. Despite its prime location, it remains virtually unknown, promising a unique and uncrowded experience. The lush surroundings and tranquil atmosphere provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and adventurous getaway.

A range of exciting activities awaits at Mkulumadzi Lodge. Traditional game drives provide the chance to see a variety of wildlife, including the Big Five, in their natural habitat. Guided walking safaris offer a more intimate exploration of the bush, allowing guests to learn about the smaller details of the ecosystem, from plants to insects and tracking animal footprints. Boating safaris along the Shire River present a different perspective on the wildlife, with opportunities to see hippos, crocodiles, and a myriad of bird species. Additionally, trips to the nearby village and community center give a glimpse into the local culture and way of life, fostering a deeper connection to the region.

Owned and managed by Robin Pope Safaris, one of Africa’s leading safari companies, Mkulumadzi Lodge guarantees high standards of accommodation, hospitality, guiding, and catering. You can expect luxurious lodgings that blend seamlessly with the natural environment, offering comfort and elegance in the heart of the wilderness.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Ideal location overlooking the Shire River in Majete Reserve
  • Game drives and seasonal boat excursions
  • Enjoy guided walking safaris with expert guides
  • Spacious and comfortable accommodation
  • Evenings around the camp fire
Bird watching

Bird watching

Boat excursions

Boat excursions

Cultural visits

Cultural visits

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walking safaris

Local village visits

Local village visits

Night drives

Night drives

Rooms at Mkulumadzi

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Bush Chalet

    The Bush Chalets provide a luxurious base, seamlessly blending spacious interiors with contemporary furnishings, many handcrafted from locally-sourced materials. Bathed in natural light, these chalets immerse you in the wilderness ambiance, ensuring a sense of tranquility without compromising on comfort or privacy.

    Step into the outdoor rain shower featuring stone-clad walls that provide a discreet open-air retreat. Adding an eco-friendly touch, each chalet boasts a sloping vegetated roof adorned with indigenous species like succulents, aloes, shrubs, and grasses. Beyond aesthetics, this green feature minimizes environmental impact and keeps the chalets naturally cool during the hot season, and enhancing your connection with nature.

    General Facilities

    Arriving by way of a footbridge suspended over the Mkulumadzi River, guests receive a friendly welcome to the world of Mkulumadzi Lodge. A sense of intimate seclusion in the lap of luxury is immediately evident: tucked away in this African paradise you have at your disposal indoor and outdoor dining, a lounge and terrace along with a bar and shop, a swimming pool, wooden viewing decks and a lapa for memorable evenings around the campfire.

    You can also visit a nearby village and community centre for a unique cultural experience. The lodge also has a hide located over a waterhole for close up photographs and offers guided hikes to the top of Majete Hill.

    Bar

    Bar

    Child friendly

    Child friendly

    Fire pit

    Fire pit

    Restaurant

    Restaurant

    Star bed

    Star bed

    Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

    Viewing deck

    Viewing deck

    Dining

    Mkulumadzi Lodge offers a variety of culinary experiences. Indulge in delicious safari breakfasts and lunches on longer game drive excursions or head for the restaurant for gourmet meals that you can enjoy indoors or outdoors. Afternoon tea is served on the terrace overlooking the magnificent African landscape and dinner is enjoyed beneath a canopy of stars.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Liesel van Zyl

    Liesel van Zyl

    Product Manager

    A little bit of romantic luxury in the wilderness; immerse yourself in nature with no windows or doors and hear the distant rumble of the nearby river which you can see from your huge sunken bath!

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    Traveller Reviews

    • JB

      First time we can finally see hypos outside of water. The best experience was the elephants crossing the air field just before we take off! The Room was really great. The food, I found it excellent.

      Jean-Sebastien Bres
    • FF

      I had a very nice time at Mkulumadzi, Craig and Emma were great hosts and do an admirable job of running the place. Somehow I missed the fact that the rooms were open to the outdoors, but I did get used to that. It was lovely to be able to see and hear the river from bed 🙂

      The bed cooling system they have in place does a wonderful job of cooling things down, otherwise it would have been quite uncomfortable as temps were consistently in the 40s. I also enjoyed spending time with the other guests that I met there.

      Femi Faminu