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On the Northern shores of Lake Malawi lies Chitimba Camp. Chitimba is a village situated 122 km south of the Malawi/Tanzania border at Karonga, and 143 km from the capital of the north, Mzuzu.
The lodge / campsite is set on a beautiful golden sandy beach, amongst banana palms and papaya trees, surrounded by the famous Livingstonia and Nyika mountains. It lies off a tarmac road that runs straight through the country, from the border of Tanzania all the way to the capital city of Lilongwe.
As you enter the property through a large wooden gate the main focus is the large thatched bar/restaurant/lounge. On the right side of the 1.8 hectares are 8 single rooms, 7 twins rooms, 2 double rooms and a dorm with 4 beds. On the beach you'll find a block with 4 en-suite rooms and 3 luxury en-suite rooms with toilet and shower. There is space for 80 tents and there is a separate toilet en shower block for males and females.
The lodge/campsite is mostly visited by overland trucks, backpackers and by independent travelers with own transport. During the day (from 6:00 am. till 18:00 pm.) it is possible for people to visit Chitimba camp to have a drink or eat something. Chitimba Camp is the first (heading south) or last (heading North) stop in Malawi for overlanders.
At Chitimba Camp we have space for over 80 tents. On the beach or on the lawn.
Basic room with 4 beds using public facilities.
Chalet with 1 single bed using public facilities
Chalet with 2 single beds using public facilities
Chalet with double bed using shared facilities
At the moment we are rebuilding our 4 double ensuite rooms
Luxury room with double bed and toilet and shower.
We offer "home cooked" cuisine for all our meals.
The restaurant is open from 7:00 am. until 20:00 pm. daily.
Breakfast hours are from 7:00 am. until 10:30 am.
Lunch hours are from 10:30 am. until 16:00 pm.
Our dinner will be served around 18:30 pm. in the restaurant area (order before 17:00 pm.)
We have a fully stocked bar which is open from 6:00 am. until 10:00 pm.
The bar is located in the main lodge overviewing a big sandy beach and lake Malawi.
Our guests are welcome to explore the local area. For the more adventurous, explore trails in the natural surroundings of the famous Livingstone mountains and enjoy the spectaculair views of Lake Malawi while hiking to Livingstonia, the Manchewe falls or Chombe Mountain.
You can also enjoy other activities such as the village walk, woodcarving lessons or visiting the witchdoctor.
There is a beach volleyball court in front of the bar or play beach soccer with the local people.
Feel free to walk along the beach past the fishing villages and do some bird watching along the way.
This cultural walk is an easy walk and will take you about 3 hours through the village of Chitimba.
This tour is an easy walk and will take you to the witchdoctor in about 1 our 2 hours.
This cultural walk is an easy walk and will take you about 3-4 hours through the village of Chitimba. You will also visit the witchdoctor.
Let the guide take you through the beautiful and serene surroundings all the way up to the First Free Primary school of Chihanga. This walk is a normal hike in a hilly environment which at some parts can be slippery during the wet season and will take about 3,5 to 4 hours.
You go for a wonderful trip up the mountains. Enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Malawi and Nyika Mountains. If you are up to it the guide will lead your through many short cuts which have been used for ages by the local people. The trip by normal track 16 km one way, if you use the short cuts it will be several km less. It will be a steep and tough walk which takes between 8 and 12 hours.
You go for a wonderful trip up the mountains. Enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Malawi. If you are up to it the guide will lead your through many short cuts which have been used for ages by the local people. The trip by normal track 11 km one way, if you use the short cuts it will be several km less. It will be a steep and tough walk which takes between 6 and 10 hours.
An elevation standing mountain, high above the surrounding area with small summit area, steep slopes and local relief of 300 meter or more. Our guide will take you all the way up to this wonderful mountain. If you want fantastic views, this is the one! It will be a steep and long walk which takes between 12 and 13 hours. One way is about 21 km but using the short cuts it will be several km less.
Try your hand at carving at Mphetas School of carving.
Make your own jewelry with Kizito.
Arrange a beach soccer match on chitimba beach.
Mantchewe waterfalls: - Before you get to the top of the mountain you will visit the Mantchewe waterfalls and a natural swimming pool. You can have a nice cool-down in the natural pool.
Livingstonia Mission: - You will visit Stone-house and the museum where you can learn about the history of the early Scottish missionaries who once settled in Livingstonia (Dr. David Livingstone). After that you will have a chance to visit Livingstonia Church. You will have spectacular views of the area from the top of the church. In Livingstonia is also a small coffee shop where you can buy drinks and food.
In November 2006 Chitimba Beach Camp was taken over by new owners and it was renamed Chitimba Camp.
The place is now owned and managed by Ed and Carmen for more than 11 years.
We live on the camp, ensuring constant supervision and maintenance of the lodge/campsite's standards.
Both of us travelled through Africa many times.
During these visits we were impressed by this continent.
At one day we decided that our future was not in The Netherlands anymore but somewhere in the southern part of Africa.
In the past few years several constructions have been done to improve the lodge/campsite.
We wil keep busy with reconstructing and expanding to make a beautiful place from Chitimba Camp and to make our dream come true.
Chitimba Camp(Rates are per person per night)
|$13 per night|
|Twin / Double Chalet:
|$25 per night|
|$35 per night|
|$50 per night|
|Camping (Per Person):||$7 per night|
|Dormitory (Per Person / Bed):||$11 per night|
|*Campsite: Usage of electricity for trucks, campers & cars $2 per day.|
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