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Why we love Bua River Lodge
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Bua River Lodge Tours

Situated right on the banks of the beautiful Bua River and located within the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, this Lodge is a peaceful and heavenly retreat. Relax on your very own deck of your safari tent or in the main lodge area and enjoy watching the ever-changing river and landscape around. It is a gorgeous and unique location with wonderful hospitality, guides and delicious food.

To be visited in 2022

Walk with the Ellies

Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, also known in Malawi as the Elephant Sanctuary, had 500 elephant moved from other parks within Malawi to this special location. If you want to enjoy the wilderness and have a love for the glorious African Elephant then this is the place to head to. Head out on a short walk along the river bank or head out on a hike to the more remote areas. One of the wonderful guides will help track a herd of elephant, there are so many of them to see around and if you catch them on a good day they can be extremely entertaining.

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A Relaxing Retreat

Relax in one of the hammocks with a cold drink in hand and enjoy the sights of the river or woodland that surrounds the area. The wilderness is on your doorstep and at Bua River Lodge you can hear all the wonderful noises of the bush that surround you. Nothing is too big or too small when staying here, the times are set around you, you choose when you want to do an activity, what time you wish to eat and if you want to enjoy the wild then you are left to do just that – a home away from home.


The accommodation at Bua River Lodge offers 5 Safari Tents with thatched roofs, each with its own en-suite bathroom and gorgeous views over the Bua River or the woodland around. The windows are made of mosquito gauze which keeps out the pesky insects but allows for the cool air to pass through the tent, even on the hottest days it stays cool. The tents are secluded and private, and the furniture locally made, constructed from dead wood that has been found within the lodge site. Stay on Elephant Island, accessible via a stone bridge, the tent is surrounded by woodland and looks out onto the River. Each of the tents is unique and offer a different perspective of the reserve.

OPEN: All year round



  • Lush green scenery and best sunsets
  • Flowers, birds and baby animals galore
  • Few tourists
  • Cheaper rates


  • Beautiful green scenery after rains
  • Fantastic photography opportunities
  • Dry weather
  • Mild temperatures


  • Dry scenery, best for spotting game
  • Abundant wildlife – fewer water sources
  • Warm/hot temperatures
  • Prime time for walking safaris

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.

  • Back to nature, fantastic food & great people

    When we arrived we immediately had a very warm welcome from Mike & Dileen. Our tent was nice, equiped with its own private bathroom, hidden in the green surroundings of the Park. Just a note for future guests: there is no electricity in the tents, but you will be provided with a solar light at night and you can charge your phone at the main lodge at all times.
    The lodge is situated in the midst of nature, close to the river, which makes a beautiful view.
    Also the food was absolutely delicious, one of the best we had in Malawi!
    Above all that the staff is really friendly and always ready to help.
    African Parks just brought in new animals, so in a few years chances of seeing animals are higher.

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Scoping out stay for future group visits

    A wonderful, rustic, real African bush experience. What an opportunity to live among nature, within the trees and with stunning views (and sounds) of the river. My room/tent offered an authentic, special retreat while the lodge/bar area provided a chance to chill for the day, reading my book, taking in the sights and sounds of the river and surrounding wildlife… before heading out for a wilderness walk to get even closer to nature. A real energising of the senses… loved it.

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Great place and awesome people

    I had a lovely visit, and most importantly was attended by amazing people, staff, managers, guides, every single person was always available to help. As a solo traveler this kindness makes you feel less far from home. The place is situated in a wonderful place, and even if we weren’t lucky seeing big animals the flora and beautiful river make the walks worth it. Will definitely recommend it for those who love to explore and connect with nature.

    A TripAdvisor Member

Fast Facts

  • Location: Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
  • Internet connection:Yes (But limited)
  • Fans/Air ConNo
  • Number of rooms:x5 Safari tents (x1 family unit for 4 guests)
  • Child policy:All ages are welcome (12+ years only for walking safaris)
  • Swimming poolNo

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