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The Commonage Tours

The Commonage (formerly Ntchisi Forest Lodge) sits on the foot of one of the last remaining indigenous rainforests in an isolated spot near Lilongwe. You can relax whilst enjoying stunning mountain and lake views, experience the warm-hearted hospitality of a part of rural Malawi where tourists are still a rarity, and enjoy relaxing and walking in the beautiful scenery.

To be visited in 2022

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The Rainforest

There is lots to do in this quaint little spot due to its location, in the Ntchisi Forest Reserve. You can choose to head out on a lovely short stroll into the forest, or hike for a few hours and take a lovely picnic with you and sit near one of the rivers or waterfalls. Look out for the incredible birdlife around or the gorgeous orchids that continue to pop up along the way. Hard to imagine this is just outside the busy capital city…it is heavenly.

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The Forest Cabin

One of the newest jewels to the lodge, the forest cabin is perfect for an intimate and private stay, enjoy it with close friends, you and a loved one or even the family. Although hidden within the forest it is still close enough to the lodge itself. Enjoy some peace and quiet on your veranda and in the colder months you can enjoy a roaring fire in the comfort of communal area.

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Eco Friendly

Want to enjoy the simple pleasures in life in a gorgeous location just outside the capital of the busy Lilongwe? At The Commonage you can do just that, good food, a healthy climate and surrounded by natures beauty. The lodge uses minimum electricity, and everything is run on solar, including the hot water that is provided. Create your own atmosphere, candlelit dinners, warm roaring fires and the company of your loved ones…the simple things are sometimes just what we need to make memories and experiences.

OPEN: All year round



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


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


  • Warm/hot temperatures
  • Ideal time to combine with the lake
  • Ideal time to combine with safari

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.

  • The Perfect Overnight Stay

    We did a quick overnight trip to the lodge with or two children ages 3 & 6 and had the best time. Our daughters loved exploring the walking paths and watching the sun set with an incredible perched view. We stayed in the forest cabin which felt like something out of an Instagram post! It was so clean and cozy. The perfect size for our family of 4

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  • Love at first sight, at Ntchisi Forest Lodge

    I planned to stay just a while at Ntchisi Forest Lodge, but extended my stay up to nine days in total. What an idyllic place and charming colonial house. And don’t forget the lovely fresh and varied meals, with vegetables and herbs from their own garden. We had even strawberries and blackberries for breakfast !

  • Incredible hospitality in a beautiful part of Malawi

    I had an amazing stay at Ntchisi Forest Lodge. From the moment you arrive, you’re greeted by the amazing staff and instantly feel welcomed. The setting is amazing, with mountains all around, a tropical forest to go hiking with friendly and informative local guides (Gift was great!), and perfect spots for sunsets and sunrises. The food was the best I’ve had in Malawi so far, local produce and fresh.


Fast Facts

  • Location: Ntchisi Forest, Malawi
  • Internet connection:Yes (But limited)
  • Fans/Air ConNo
  • Number of rooms:Luxury tent, ensuite room, ensuite plus room, ensuite deluxe room, honeymoon suite & a forest cabin
  • Child policy:Children of all ages are welcome
  • Swimming poolNo

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