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LUXURIOUS SURROUNDINGS: Tongole Wilderness Lodge is proving a great way to see some of the best Malawi has to offer.

RAPIDLY EMERGING African destination Malawi was in the spotlight at the 2018 Safari Awards, held at the World Travel Market in
London earlier this month. This was largely due to the huge success of Tongole Wilderness Lodge, which received Best in Africa
awards in three categories.

Based in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, the lodge is an exciting and evolving story in a particularly disadvantaged region of Malawi. Two main objectives were at the heart of its conception. Firstly, to establish an eco-friendly business that would create employment opportunities and long-term benefits for people from a particularly disadvantaged region of Malawi.

Secondly, to provide a sustainable link between tourism, conservation and communities around the reserve. Tongole has proved itself to be an ethical and responsible safari destination, whilst offering the highest standards in all aspects of guest experience.
The lodge is perfectly situated, overlooking the Bua River in the heart of Malawi’s Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve (NWR).

The reserve has also been in the spotlight a lot recently, due to one of the largest elephant translocations ever; with 500 more elephants being introduced, making Nkhotakota a vital sanctuary for the conservation of Africa’s elephants.

As part of its ecological focus, Tongole offers a unique ‘slow safari’ experience, with guests exploring the reserve primarily by canoe or on foot and motorised activities kept to a minimum. This allows guests to fully appreciate the tranquility of this magnificent 1,800 square kilometre reserve, in which Tongole is the only luxury lodge.

The lodge offers a variety of other activities to keep guests occupied, with community visits providing an interesting opportunity
to discover some authentic Malawian culture, and also witness firsthand how the Tongole Foundation uses its reach to affect the area in a positive way through its conservational efforts. Indeed, Malawi is benefiting from the biggest conservation project in Africa at the moment.

The wildlife translocations by African Parks and rehabilitation of three of the country’s parks and reserves are transforming
Malawi’s safari experiences. The impressive work has helped bring them on a par with the nation’s stunning beaches, glorious scenery and rich culture.

With new lodges being built and existing ones thriving, it is fast emerging as one of Africa’s most exciting destinations.

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