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Zulunkhuni River Lodge

Located in: Malawi - Ruarwe

Imagine a cove so remote, so exquisitely untouched that no road leads there. Now imagine yourself surrounded by pristine forest and clear cascading waterfalls where your every whim is catered for..

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General facilities
Cocktail Bar/Pub
Continental Breakfast
Dining Room
Room Service
Wake-up Service
Room facilities
Balcony or Terrace
Laundry Service
Sea View
Child policy
We are child friendly as long as you are happy to keep an eye on your wee'uns - there are no safety gates and a very deep lake/ high cliffs. We cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to your children!
Contact details
Charlie Harper
Zulunkhuni River Lodge
Ruarwe Village
T/A Boghoyo
Nkhata Bay District
Local Tel: 00265 993620778
Int Tel: 00265 999492774
Cellphone: 00265 995636701


Zulunkhuni River Lodge..
(formerly “Wherearewe?”)
…is located near the small fishing village of RUARWE, 60km north of Nkhata Bay.

Between Nkhata Bay and Chitimba is the least developed stretch of coastline on the Malawi lakeshore. This area is populated by tiny fishing communities, often cut off from the rest of the country with access only by boat. This is due to the unique topography of steep forested escarpments and roaring waterfalls which make the area a road builder's nightmare, and therefore an ecologist’s paradise. ZULUNKHUNI RIVER LODGE is an eco lodge set within this paradise.

How do I get there?
From Nkhata Bay: 
- MV Ilala leaves Nkhata Bay on Sunday 7am going north. 
- Nyauyaya Local Boat Taxi leaves Nkhata Bay on Wednesday around noon going north to Ruarwe. This however is rather unreliable and must be checked beforehand.
-A boat can be arranged to take you to Ruarwe anytime through the week as long as there is a minimum of four people staying in chalets. This will cost MK2500 per person.

From Chitimba and Livingstonia:
- MV Ilala leaves Chilumba on Mondays very early in the morning.
- For the more adventurous, a challenging but very rewarding guided hike from Livingstonia to Ruarwe can be arranged through Mushroom Farm in Livingstonia. Tel: 0999652485 or 0888591564

From Mzuzu: 
- There is a stunning road through the North Viphya mountains to Usisya which you can travel either by your own high clearance car or using local matolas which leave Mzuzu every day at 11am from outside Chenda Hotel. From Usisya you can then walk (four - seven hours along the lakeshore; porters can be arranged for heavy bags) or take a boat north to Ruarwe. Please note: the road is unsurfaced so a 4x4 car is recommended after rains.

- Superb vegetarian restaurant (meat may be available with enough notice)
- Excellent hiking trails 
- Waterfall walk
- Fishing trips 
- Snorkelling 
- Rock jumping
- Village tours
- Visit with local herbalist

How To Find Us

We are found 60km north of Nkhata Bay on the lakeshore. Please see establishment description for details of how to get to us.

Pricing Details

Accommodation (per person, per night)

Stone House 2500mk B&B
Chalets 1700mk
Dorm 1000mk
Camping 500mk

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