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Thawale Tours

Set on the edge of the beautiful Majete Wildlife Reserve in the lower Shire Valley, Thawale is a rustic haven that offers guests the opportunity to experience the Big 5. The accommodation is comfortable and spacious and you can enjoy the views over the watering hole from the comfort of your private veranda.


Drives, Walks and Boat Trips

Activities include night drives, game drives, bush walks, bird walks, boat trips and hill hikes. There is so much to do and enjoy in this picturesque reserve. They can tailor your trip to suit you and will do what they can to pair you up with the best guide depending on your interests. Whether you want something more relaxed or adventurous you will enjoy one, if not all, of the activities Thawale has to offer.


The Setting

Situated in Majete Wildlife Reserve, in the Lower Shire Valley, Thawale is one of only two lodges within the reserve. The experience at the lodge is exclusive which makes your safari unique and exciting. The area is made up of beautiful woodland, granite hills and a picturesque river. The lodge is a peaceful haven and is visited by the wildlife on a regular basis.


Wildlife and The Big 5

Majete is the only official ‘Big 5’ national park in Malawi and is one of the biggest success stories in African conservation. A lot of hard work and development over the years has gone into the reserve and has turned this magical and special location into one of the best places to visit when in Malawi. Their reserve is rich with wildlife, and, although includes the Big 5 there is plenty else to see here, including, Eland, Sable, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Zebra and an impressive population of birdlife. The wildlife flourishes here and we can promise it will be a trip to remember.

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.

  • Can not fault!

    Where do we start… we stayed at thawale lodge for 3 nights over new years, and honestly can not fault the experience. Firstly, the accommodation blew away any expectations we had. We stayed in the luxery tent, and it was comfortable, the outdoor bathroom was beautiful and there is no experience like waking up and seeing wildlife outside your tent. The food was incredible.

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • So Many Animals!

    We loved this small lodge. The staff were friendly and helpful and the tent rooms well equiped. But for us the fact that we could sit on the veranda and watch an almost endless stream of wild animals from elephant to guinea fowl visit the water hole just 50m away was the highlight. We almost didn’t need the game drives but these were also excellent with good animal and bird sightings. We were given the luxury tent.

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Birthday Weekend at Thawale

    My boyfriend and I spent one night at Thawale, we enjoyed the place so much. We had very good service, the food was excellent and our room was comfortable and perfect as it was my birthday, Lester had us in the honeymoon tent. The game viewing from the dining area and our tent (tent 6) was just perfect as well we got to see a lot, so much activity happening by the water hole.. The birthday cake was so tasty, thank you all for a perfect stay 🙂

    A TripAdvisor Member

Fast Facts

  • Location: Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
  • Internet connection:Yes (But limited)
  • Fans/Air ConFans and Air con
  • Number of rooms:8 tented chalets and 2 family chalet
  • Child policy:Children of all ages are welcome
  • Swimming poolYes

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