Welcome to Chelinda Lodge in Nyika National Park

AboutChelinda Lodge

Chelinda is set high in the Nyika Plateau, in woodlands on the banks of a dam overlooking amazing panoramic views of rolling hills and high altitude grasslands. This is another perfect example of the many surprising delights Malawi has to offer!

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Key facts of Chelinda Lodge

Open All Year
Country Malawi
National Park Nyika National Park
Accommodation 8 rooms
Policy Minimum 6 years
Rolling hills of Chelinda Lodge
Chelinda Lodge

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Chelinda is located within Nyika National Park, in a woodland forest on the banks of a dam overlooking panoramic views of rolling hills and high altitude grasslands. Many have likened the Nyika Plateau to the Scottish Highlands but with the delights of the African wildlife!

This is Malawi’s oldest and largest Park, established in 1965 and 3,134 square kilometres in size. Built entirely out of timber and stone collected from the plateau, Chelinda is quite similar in fact to Swiss Alp chalets.

Nyika is excellent for plains game (eland, roan, zebra, reedbuck and bushbuck) plus hyena, side striped jackal, warthog and less often leopard as well. Keen birders will be delighted to know Nyika is home to 400 bird species.

Chelinda Lodge
En suite
Family unit
No WiFi


Each of the 8 double-story log cabins has a fireplace, most welcome for those chilly evenings. The rooms are spacious with en-suite bathrooms, a lounge area and a balcony where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of one of the surrounding beauty.

Chelinda Lodge cabin

Nyika Plateau has great herds of roan, eland and Crawshay’s zebra, reedbuck, bushbuck, warthog and side-striped jackal. By night there is a chance to see leopard, serval, hyena, and other nocturnal game. Birdwatchers will be delighted with the over 400 bird species available here. Rufous-naped Lark, Baglafecht Weaver and Red-winged Francolin are some of the endemic species found here. Black-lored and Churring cisticolas, Chapin’s Apalis, Blue Swallow, Jackson’s Pipit, Scarlet-tufted Sunbird, Yellow-browed Seedeater and Montane Widowbird are other species found here. October/November, during the dry season, is probably the best time for birding with an influx of migratory species around.

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