Dzalanyama Forest Lodge
Tucked away in an obscure corner of SW Malawi, tight up against the Mozambique border is Dzalanyama Forest Lodge.
If you’re coming from Lake Malawi, climb up the escarpment to Dedza then on towards Lilongwe. Pause for lunch at the Dedza Pottery (the cheesecake has an international following!) and skirt around Lilongwe to reach Dzalanyama, 37 miles southwest of Lilongwe. It’s set in a range of steep sided hills running NW to SE that form the border between Malawi and Mozambique.
Dzalanyama Forest House
Dzalanyama Forest House is an authentic forest retreat with just four bedrooms, a large lounge and dining area with open fireplace. The newly built verandah is the perfect place to enjoy al fresco lunches and appreciate the serenity of the area. Lighting is provided by gas lamps and candles, and there’s a gas fridge-freezer. The Lodge is semi-self-catering! That’s to say, guests are required to provide their own food supplies, which will be prepared by the resident cook. If this doesn’t appeal full catering can be provided.
The house overlooks the Makata Stream, set amongst Brachystegia trees, which attract a wide variety of birds and butterflies. Brachystegia is called “Msasa” locally which translates as “rough plant” in Swahili. It is more commonly known in this part of Africa as “Myombo” and is widespread. It’s a medium-sized tree with compound leaves and racemes of small, fragrant green flowers which are so attractive to butterflies and insects. It has a distinctive reddish-amber colour when the young leaves sprout during spring (August-September). Dzalanyama is the ideal retreat from which to enjoy bird watching, walking, hiking or to simply sit on the verandah and enjoy the solitude of the surrounding forest. Hyena, leopard and a small group of sable antelope have been sighted, and baboon and duiker are regular visitors. This is a peaceful place to spend your last day or two in Malawi.