The Safari Beach Lodge is located in the Senga Bay Forest Reserve, which is also on the shores of Lake Malawi.The lodge is situated a quick 23km (14 miles) east of Salima. The Safari Beach Lodge is perched on cliffs providing guests not just with great views over Leopard Bay, but also access to the Lodge’s own small private beach. Patrons are able to hike around the 10 hectare property or they can simply sit by the pool and enjoy the lush green gardens.
Our Verdict :
The lodge offers a relaxed atmosphere and great views over Lake Malawi. The staff are attentive and friendly. We especially enjoyed the bar that’s perched on the cliffs, offering stunning sunsets. The food served was simplistic, yet well-prepared and tasty. The rooms are a little dated, but the views definitely make up for it.
Note : The local monkeys and baboons can get a bit annoying, but remember you are in Africa…
- Rooms : 4 En-suite rooms that overlook the garden and swimming pool. Sleeps 2 people per room. Rooms are air-conditioned. Breakfast Included. @ 80 US$ per person (double occupancy)
- Chalets (Gazebos) : 6 Chalets total = 4 Chalets sleeping 2 people each & 2 Chalets sleeping 5 each. Chalets offer beautiful views over Lake Malawi. Breakfast Included. @ 80 US$ per person.
- Camping : Small campsite overlooking Lake Malawi. @ 10 US$ per person per night.
Tip: Some of the chalets (gazebos) have outside “hut” toilets. Be sure to ask for one with an en-suite bathroom if you’re looking for more convenience and privacy.
- Closest Town : Salima
- Rooms : See Above.
- Telephone : +265 (0)1 263 143
- Alternative Number : +265 (0) 993 265 538
- Address : Senga Bay Forest Reserve , Salima , Malawi
- Internet : Wi-Fi at a charge
- Payment : Cash or Visa (6% fee)
- Swimming Pool : Yes , at the main lodge.
- Breakfast : Breakfast included in price.
- Restaurant : The restaurant has a big veranda that overlooks Lake Malawi.
Variety of dishes served, with a focus on locally caught fish.
- Bar : The bar, built atop rocks, offers beautiful sunsets and sunrises.
- Transfers : Yes, transfers to Lilongwe and other places can be arranged.
- Water-based Activities : Kayaks and snorkeling equipment provided free of charge. Kayaks are a great way to explore the surrounding area.
- Boat Trips : Boat trips to the nearby Lizard Island are always a favourite amongst guests.
- Hiking : Guides are on hand to show you the Senga Bay Forest Reserve. You are most likely to see baboons, monkeys , lizards and a variety of birds.
- Birdwatching : Over 300 bird species have been spotted in the reserve. These include Fish Eagle, Boehm’s Bee Eater, Blue Waxbill, African Pied Wagtail and African Jacana.
Salima Information :
Whether you’re coming from Lilongwe (M14) , Blantyre (M5 north) or Nkhotakota (M5 south) you’ll need to go to Salima first.
- From Salima take the Senga Bay Road (S122) towards the lake.
- After about 20km (12 miles) you’ll arrive at the entrance of the Sunbird Livingstonia Beach Hotel.
- Here you’ll see the signpost directing you to the Safari Beach Lodge.
- Turn left at the signpost and go onto the good gravel road.
- You’ll arrive at the lodge a couple of km’s later.