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Thawale Lodge

MAJETE WILDLIFE RESERVE- MALAWI

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Fully-catered lodge in the Big 5 Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

Thawale Lodge overview

In a prime location, Thawale overlooks a waterhole that regularly attracts a wide variety of wildlife, including a family of elephants that often frequent the area. The lodge is completely unfenced to give guests a natural safari experience. Thawale is located a short game drive from the entrance to Majete Wildlife Reserve - near the most productive game viewing areas. The word ‘thawale’ means a natural pan that fills with water after the rainy season.

Thawale is a fully-catered lodge featuring eight ensuite canvas tented suites with stone walls (one of which is a honeymoon suite) and two concrete and stone family chalets, each with two ensuite bedrooms. The thatched central dining and restaurant area overlooks the active waterhole, as does a bird-watching platform. Exploring Majete by vehicle or boat is best – both activities are offered to Thawale guests.

See below our photo gallery for more detailed information about Thawale Lodge.

International guests

Africa citizens & residents

Standard tent / Family Chalet

Per person sharing

US$220

US$170

Single person supplement

US$50

US$50

Children: 6-12 years old

US$110

US$88

Everything you need to know about Thawale Lodge

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Lodge fenced in

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Dining/lounge/bar area - covered

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Outdoor dining, social area + fire pit

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Curio/boutique shop

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Selling local honey only

Business centre

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Wine cellar

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Child-minding facilities

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Laundry

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No charge

Gym

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Yoga/workout kit

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Disabled people-friendly?

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Steps to access rooms + communal area

Spa/massage

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Swimming pool

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Natural rock/bio pool

Television (satellite / streaming)

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Wifi

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In main area only

Mobile phone reception

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In reception area only

Star-bed / sleepout

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Telescope/astronomy

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Kids program/area

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Credit card facilities

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Number of units

Number of rooms

Standard tented suite

7

7

Honeymoon tented suite

1

1

Family chalets

2

4

Other

Total

10

12

Bed size & configuration

Queen & twin

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NO

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Air conditioning

✔️

Fans

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Standing fan

Amenities

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Basic: soap+ shampoo, coffee/tea tray

Basins

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Double

Flush toilet

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En-suite bathroom

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Outside shower

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Bath

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Only honeymoon suite

Lounge area

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Only family unit

Private covered patio

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Private pool

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Safe

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Complimentary water

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Filtered

Mini bar

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Additional bed for child

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On request

Mosquito net over bed

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Security

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Airhorn

Cuisine/style

South African - 3-course meal

YES

NO

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In-room dining

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Communal table

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Separate tables

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Bush breakfast

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Bush dinner

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Wine list

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Order beyond the menu?

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Limited variety

Kosher/Halaal

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Dietary restrictions - vegetarian/vegan etc

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Limited variety

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NO

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Honeymoon

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Honeymoon suite has open-plan outdoor bathroom

Welcome drinks/hand towels on arrival

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Chaperoned to room after dark

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Private game drive vehicle

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On request

Road/village noise

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Exclusive use

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By prior arrangement

Staff singing/dancing

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YES

NO

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Children permitted?

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4 years and older

Children on game drives?

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8 years and older

Malaria

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Yellow fever

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Tsetse flies

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Medical facilities

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Emergency medical evacuation

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SATIB24 (Nyasa Express Charter = Air Ambulance)

Thawale offers a variety of activities, including
  • morning and afternoon game drives - self-drive or guided;

  • boat excursions on the Shire River (subject to river conditions);

  • Nakamba Hide sleep-out;

  • bush/bird walk;

  • community guide (accompanying in your private car) - including bird specialists;

  • community visit;

  • explore the far reaches of the reserve – the areas of Pwadzi and Pende – on specialised game drives;

  • cultural dancing performance.

Note that some activities are included in your daily rate, and others are optional extras. Refer to 'Includes/excludes' below.

Guests are welcome to enjoy meals at the  Mwembezi Restaurant and make use of its adjacent swimming pool. The restaurant offers breakfast and lunch menus, and dinners can be had if arranged in advance. It is situated at the reserve’s main entrance and has a small shop where basic travel amenities and curios can be bought.

Includes / excludes

The number of activities included in your daily rate:

International guests - two activities per day

Local guests - one activity per day

Thawale Lodge is in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. Click here for more information about Majete and how to get there.

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