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Ntchisi Forest Reserve

Ntchisi Forest Reserve is one of the remaining indigenous rainforests in Malawi. It covers approximately an area of 57 square kilometers surrounded by rolling hills and dotted with traditional villages. Before becoming a protected area, the forest was used as a refuge by the Chewa tribe against attacks by the Ngoni warriors in the 19th century.

The forest is home to abundant birdlife, monkeys, baboons, hyenas, bushbucks, and wild pigs as well as a black leopard that has been sighted on the mountain near the lodge. The Montane Forest and grassland provide a contrasting habitat of open forest and bush. It is an excellent hiking and mountain biking territory gives a stunning display of wildflowers each year when the rains start.

Things To Do

Hike the beautiful nature trails and spot some incredible bird life. Take gentle strolls among the beautiful flowers before settling down for well-deserved meals overlooking the valley of trees. The private cabin of The Commonage Lodge offers a beautiful mix of a large glass front wall for stunning views and a cozy fireplace to warm up you up on colder nights.

Must Dos

  1. Guided Walks:
    One of the most fascinating activities at Ntchisi Forest Reserve is to go on a walk through the forest with a local guide. This is a chance to learn about the forest’s history and its importance to the surrounding communities. It’s also a chance to breath in the fresh air, relax and recharge.
  2. Bird Watching:
    Home to many wild animals, Ntchisi Forest Reserve is a habitat for several bird species due to the varying types of trees and unspoilt ecosystems. We recommend taking a local guide for a walk who will show and explain the behavior of the animals.
  3. Orchid Tours:
    In the months of December to January, Ntchisi Forest Reserve offers a range of naturally grown orchids. If you wish to discover these and other hidden flowers, we recommend paying a visit to this beautiful piece of paradise.

Where to stay in Ntchisi Forest Reserve

The Commonage

The Commonage sits on the foot of one of the last remaining indigenous rainforests in an isolated spot near Lilongwe.

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