Lukwe EcoCamp & Organic Gardens

Lukwe EcoCamp & Organic Gardens

T305 Gorode Road, Auke Swennen, Livingstonia Malawi
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Lake View
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Free parking
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T305 Gorode Road, Auke Swennen, Livingstonia Malawi
1 Restaurant
within 10 kilometers
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Muggy_44 wrote a review Feb 2021
Blantyre, Malawi
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was one of my favourite places in Malawi as it combines peace, nature, views, walks with comfort. The cabins are designed with care and attention by the owner. You can sleep comfortably and wake up to the views in the glass- fronted cabins. Eco toilets are a little walk away, but are the best I have come across. Not suitable for very young children due to the location, but for slightly older children there are good walks nearby.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kat Ja wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very relaxing place with a stunning view and the most amazing food I had in Malawi so far. Rich breakfast surely made with love.
There is a menu where you choose breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner needs to be ordered to make sure it’s ready at 7 pm.
All chalets are made with love and have an amazing view.,
You really can reset from a stressful trip. The road up to Lukwe is a bit rocky but manageable with a 4x4.
You can go for a hike to see the waterfall but there is an entry fee of 500 kwacha which is fair as you pass a local village. You can pay a guide to show you around but you can also manage without.
We definitely come back to this lovely place.,
5 stars well deserved
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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lianerose wrote a review May 2017
Dongguan, China
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is one of my favourite in Malawi, and in this part of the world. Beautiful chalets and a common area which overlook the most mind-blowing scenery! You almost feel like you are floating above all the forests and hills below. There is so much to do here, especially if you like hiking and cycling, and the owner Auke has an obvious passion for this area which means he is full of information about things to do. You will never get bored! Everything in Lukwe has been made with care and the staff are also wonderful. Even if you don't like to hike, you will be happy just sitting looking out at the view and listening to the sound of the waterfalls, or checking out the permaculture garden, and eating the excellent food. Oh and there are lovely hot showers too... if you take a shower in the evening, you can watch the monkeys jumping in the trees around you. A very special place.
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Date of stay: April 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Elisabeth T wrote a review Mar 2019
Carlisle, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Waking up to views of sunrise over the lake from your pillow is hard to fault! The chalets are gorgeous with amazing views- glass fronts was a brilliant idea! The whole place is an ideal relaxation spot and the meals were exceptional too- highly recommend the falafel! Hosts were very helpful, loved the stroll to the waterfalls! Wonderful spot!
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tinus v wrote a review Sept 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here 2 nights but if you like silence you can easily spend a week here. We walked up with a guide from Chitimba. This is pretty heavy but doable for most people. Start early before the sun rises. Lukwe is less touristic and more quit then the Mushroom farm. We are really glad that we have choosing Lukwe. Everything is so beautiful! The cottages, toilets are wonderful, clean and well maintained. The staff is also sincerely friendly and the food is nice. Many lodges calling themselves eco friendly but Lukwe really is! Auke (Belgian owner of Lukwe) is a great guy. He even gave us a drive from Mzuzu to Lilongwe. During are stay we walked to the village Livingstonia but that was not really worth the 2 hour hike. It’s kind a ghost city. We hope to visit again!
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Warren K wrote a review Jan 2018
Johannesburg
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The thing to do in this part of the world. Chitimba was pretty ordinary both in terms of accommodation options (Chitimba Camp) and the actual lakeside - there is way better in Northern Malawi (check out Makuzi Beach Lodge in Bandawe for something special), but we were here to see "Malawi's most visited non-lakeside town" Livingstonia. We are trail runners so the uphill climb was a brilliant challenge, trying to run as much as we could in between just hiking. The muddy conditions kept vehicles away (we suspect) and the views up towards these really jurassic-like mountain scenes and down behind us hundreds of metres below to the beautiful blue lake were spectacular. Lukwe itself was a real gem, unbelievably positioned on the cliffside to take full advantage of the views, in the middle of the forest, basic but spotless, with the best (communal) toilets I've ever seen, with friendly service and great food. Recommended as a destination in itself. BUT THEN on to Livingstonia....OhMyWord why would anybody even go there at all, never mind that it's a fair (more hot & muddy) hike to get there. There is NOTHING there. We felt like we had crossed some kind of invisible twilight-zone barrier and all the good stuff was on the other side, invisible to us. Wow! "Clock-tower"? "Craft shop"? Wowowow! Anyway thank heavens for the friendly Stone House curator for providing us with some lunch or we could have been lost forever. Oh and as at today, road works around Livingstonia mean that all street signs are down. If you must go, ask directions constantly to avoid an extra couple of hours hiking.... Repeat, Lukwe worth the hike in itself!
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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hannah n wrote a review Mar 2017
Bagamoyo, Tanzania
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The facilities are beautiful and all handmade. The food was out of this world - I highly recommend the mushroom and chicken casserole, the Lukwe salad, and the filet. The best food anywhere I've been in Africa. The rooms are simple, comfortable, and clean. The place is a short walk from the waterfall and the hike up the Livingstonia. Very much recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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t w wrote a review Nov 2016
The Hague, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The bar and restaurant are at a unique spot directly on the cliff edge: your mouth will open with a ""WOW "". Run by a friendly Dutch-Kenian couple . All other staff are local from nearby Lukwe village. Only four bungalows ( all with a view , beds with good mosquitonets, small private balcony), some more designated camping places in the bush ( also suitable for campers ). Quiet place, no music, no TV, no WIFI, photo-voltaic electricity ( charging phone normally possible, laptop not ). Good restaurant with tasty veggies from their own nearby bio-gardens. Free drinking water from own well. Common bio toilets. Common hot showers. Some walks in the area signposted.
I walked ( 15 min , hot, hilly) to Mushroom Farm lodge and had lunch over there ( Lukwe kitchen is better, same price ). This is a completely different place than Lukwe : crowded, loud, use of pot in communal area; some camping spots with a view.
Walk to Livingstonia will take 2 1/2 hours ( hot, start early ) via a good, unsurfaced and dusty road. The history of this place is special, the few sights are not.
The trip up/down the escarpment to Lukwe and further is gruelling ( erosion gullies, potholes, large rocks) for the public overloaded pickups and passengers. Wait at the crossing on the main road for them or try to hitchhike ( better ). On sundays less frequent transport.
Arriving from the south, normal buses go as far as MZUZU. From there it is 150 km to the abovementioned crossing; transport by minibus abundant but uncomfortable, try to get a shared taxi. Return from that crossing to south : rather easy with minibus, very difficult with shared taxi ( a young excellent English speaking guy called ""Fishing"" helped me to finally get one, all the way to Lilongwe...at a price!).
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Date of stay: August 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: First , second and fourth bungalows doublebed. Third is big safaritent with four beds .
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vinylfire wrote a review Nov 2016
Nairobi, Kenya
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A hidden gem that lives true to the eco concept... simple wooden chalets with glass doors that let in amazing views of the mountains and sunrise, gardens that supply food to the restaurant, clean compost toilets, solar powered.
A beautiful place that blends in with the surroundings...you can hear the waterfalls, the owls at night and feel completely serene here. Magical place.
The staff is warm and friendly, the food is delicious, coffee is grown and roasted on site, the accommodations are comfortable, the showers are hot and beautiful hiking in the area. Also visit the gardens and take a tour with Alec to learn a bit about organic farming and permaculture. The current manager, Jesse, is friendly and ready to give travel tips and stories. Well worth the trip up there!
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Date of stay: October 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Chalet 4 has a spacious terrace where you can lounge and take in the views.
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DamianaIT wrote a review Jun 2016
UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately I had the opportunity to spend only one night, but I had a magnificent view from my cabin (#4). Everything was very clean, nice food ( quite big portions) and lovely staff. I would definitely recommend it and go again.
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Date of stay: June 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Will W asked a question Aug 2016
Sunshine Coast, Australia4 contributions2 helpful votes
I'm going to be working at the hospital in Livingstonia. How long does it take to walk/get to the hospital?
Answer from shannonEHM
Kigali, Rwanda37 contributions25 helpful votes
We drove (in a RAV4) and it was maybe 10 minutes. Walking would be around 45 minutes perhaps. The Mushroom Farm is just past Lukwe - both will be great food/relaxing options for you!
Richards_remarks wrote a tip Nov 2017
Stockholm, Sweden422 contributions129 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay in cabin Nr:2, it has an astonishing view."
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cojotent wrote a tip Sept 2017
Delft, The Netherlands968 contributions294 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Chalet number 1"
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AnneJeroen wrote a tip Aug 2017
33 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in room 4, which was beautiful"
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Destination Discovery wrote a tip Nov 2016
Menen, Belgium19 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"De hutten op de flank van de berg geven een zalig uitzicht vanop hun balkon"
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t w wrote a tip Nov 2016
The Hague, The Netherlands41 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"First , second and fourth bungalows doublebed. Third is big safaritent with four beds ."
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LUKWE ECOCAMP & ORGANIC GARDENS - Lodge Reviews (Livingstonia, Malawi)

Frequently Asked Questions about Lukwe EcoCamp & Organic Gardens
What are some of the property amenities at Lukwe EcoCamp & Organic Gardens?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Lukwe EcoCamp & Organic Gardens?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Lukwe EcoCamp & Organic Gardens?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Lukwe EcoCamp & Organic Gardens have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.