The Setting... Sit back, relax and imagine this scene. You are in Africa, sitting under the shade of a fig tree, looking out over one of the world's largest freshwater lakes.
To your right rock pools filled with crystal clear water, teem with fluorescent coloured fish darting amongst smooth ancient boulders.
On your left lies a white sandy beach stretching away from you, backed by pristine forest. All you can hear is the warm waters of this tropical lake lapping against the beach. Out on the lake the silhouette of a fisherman in his wooden canoe passes by as he paddles home with his day's catch.
Sounds like the perfect place to relax? At Nkwichi Lodge, on the shores of Lake Niassa in Mozambique, it's just the end of another day in this peaceful corner of Africa.
CHALETS - When you arrive by boat you would never know there is a lodge here. Each Chalet has been carefully tucked away in the tree line so that the pristine lakeshore scenery is unspoilt.
There are 6 chalets in total, allowing only 14 guests to sleep at the lodge at any one time. The chalets are located far enough apart to provide privacy. Each one is designed differently with their own unique characteristics. Some are built around rocks and trees surrounding the chalet. All of them are spacious attracting the breezes from the lake under the shady thatched roofs.
The central feature in each chalet is the enormous, 4-poster bed, made of old tree trunks and covered in a beautifully crafted white mosquito net. The sheets are freshly pressed as are your beach and bathrooms towels. Alongside bedside tables with flowers are carefully arranged by the lodge's staff. In the evenings there are electric lights in each room.
Each chalet has its own en-suite bathroom cleverly designed so that you can bathe outside under the tree canopy in complete privacy. All of the bathrooms have showers hung from overhanging branches with hot and cold running water. Some have bathtubs carved out of the living rock.
Each chalet has a thatched veranda to cool guests from the midday sun, complete with carved armchairs and hammocks for siestas.
FOOD AND DINING - Meals are an important part of everyday life at Nkwichi. No 2 meals are ever the same with the chef's delicious range of recipes and the numerous locations where guests can dine for different meals during the day. One of the highlights of people's stay is the walk to one of the largest baobab in Africa. It is estimated to be well over 2000 years old. Lunch is served under the shade of this spectacular living antique.
Dinner is a moveable feast. There are a number of locations for dinner. One of the guest's favourite spots is down on the beach beside the lake under the stars.
Alternatively dinner can be served at people's chalets or on the lakeshore deck. Try a new place each evening.
The lodge chefs use their imagination and skills to provide a mixture of western recipes along with more traditional African food. Flexibility and attention too detail is their ultimate goal in providing excellent service for your stay at Nkwichi Lodge.