Woodlands Lilongwe

Youth Drive City Centre, Lilongwe Malawi
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The Woodlands Lilongwe previously known as the Sanctuary Lodge is a boutique hotel built in a river fronted nature reserve in the heart of Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi, 'the Warm Heart of Africa' and land of the 'Lake of Stars! Under New Management, the hotel offers luxurious accommodation in lilongwe in a pristine indigenous natural woodland of miombo trees spread over 9 hectares. Individual chalets offer secluded and exclusive accomodation each with its own private veranda set in a protected wildlife park with a prolific birdlife as well as monkeys, bush pig, buck, porcupines, bush babies and crocodiles. The Woodlands Lilongwe hotel is the perfect place to work or play for guests and visitors alike. It's an idyllic location for business meetings, lunches, dinners, wedding receptions, birthday parties, or simply meet for a casual drink after work. A fabulous campsite set apart from the main buildings and the chalets is equipped with excellent ablution, washing and cooking facilities with banks, restaurants, supermarkets and shops located within walking distance making this an ideal location for campers, overlanders and backpackers.
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Free parking
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Business Centre with Internet Access
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Dave D wrote a review Sept 2023
37 contributions8 helpful votes
Woodlands was a good stopover in Lilongwe. The room was spacious, with a big wardrobe and a verandah where we could sit and watch animals. Dinner was good, with an Indian emphasis. We were disappointed to find that, as in every place we stayed, having travelled all the way from the UK, we were offered a full English breakfast. We happened to be there on the last Saturday of the month and so were delighted to be able to wander around the Farmer’s Market held in the grounds of the hotel.

Despite what Bradt says about this being a peaceful location, we found that there was a lot of noise late into the night, both from the road and what sounded like people partying nearby.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kena Yellowtop wrote a review Jul 2022
Lilongwe, Malawi758 contributions437 helpful votes
I went to the restaurant after over 6 years and one obvious improvement is a bigger bar in an open area unlike the old one which was like hidden in a dark corner.
With my two colleagues we thoroughly enjoyed our birthday lunch and happy to have noticed that one colleague liked his veggie dish.
The service was excellent and we enjoyed the red wine. The wine menu is perhaps one of the best in Lilongwe.
Lots of parking.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: When receptions or cocktail parties take place, it’s not the usual tranquil place
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Luc Victor wrote a review Aug 2022
.782 contributions136 helpful votes
If colonial, rustic and bucolic is your thing, then staying at the Woodlands might be something you would like to consider. You will undoubtedly commune with nature and if lucky, you would be able to see a variety of birds and game (a duiker came close to my chalet). Although the location is in the city, the place itself is calm and quiet.

The restaurant has an amazing expansive menu with a wide variety of selections that can please all types of cravings. There is enough in the menu for meat lovers, vegetarians/vegans, pasta aficionados, seafood searchers, and the adventurous.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Ndifanji N wrote a review Jun 2022
Lilongwe, Malawi14 contributions6 helpful votes
Probably the best prawns in Lilongwe. I have never been disappointed; Peri-Peri prawns always hits … highly priced but that’s prawns 🦐. I love sea food.

The service on this particular day was also on point considering that we got there 9pm😎😎
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Theo W wrote a review Dec 2023
Lilongwe, Malawi52 contributions3 helpful votes
On December 20th, my wife and I, went to Woodland for dinner. We come often because we like the atmosphere. Yesterday we had an experience that didn't excite me.
I ordered a pepper steak with chips. When I was served the food, I saw that it wasn't a pepper steak but a thin slice of beef. This had nothing whatsoever to do with a pepper steak. The meat was so tough and hard that I had difficulty cutting it and eating it. I asked for the cook and asked him what it was supposed to be. He said a pepper steak,
I informed him that this is not a pepper steak and not worth the price of 21000 MK.
He tells me he doesn't have any other meat in the kitchen, to which I said he can't offer pepper steak.
I recommended that he has to buy the meat from Chipiku, they have good quality and also steaks that live up to the name.
He said he was buying there, I said, but probably the cheapest thing there is and then it is sold in the restaurant for expensive money and is different from a pepper steak.
We bought 2 juicy Sirloin steaks days ago for 6837 MK for our own.
I showed him example pictures from the internet of what an pepper steak looks like.
That’s a Peppersteak ! Also asked to inform the manager that he would come to our table to take the complaint. No manager came.

I wrote an E-Mail to managers address, till today no reply

I advise the manager to consider compensation for me, the best thing would be to serve me a steak at your expense on my next visit, which deserves the name and not a slice of meat as thin as a slice of sausage at breakfast.
I send pichtures into my mail what shows a filet steak served by Vincent’s at Capitol Hotel Lilongwe.

That’s the different, the price in Vincent’s is even not much higher than yours. But the quality is worlds apart.

Im waiting still of an answer form the mangement of Woodlands.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Please don't eat steak in the Woodlands, they are as thin as schnitzel and as hard as the sole of...
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Riz Khan wrote a review Feb 2020
Lilongwe, Malawi43 contributions45 helpful votes
At first the menu is a little intimidating but once you navigate your way through there is some great options. Staff are very knowledgeable of the menu so ask for advice. Food was really appetizing and fully of flavour with very healthy portions. Well worth a visit with lovely semi-outdoor sitting area
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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AndyMacpherson wrote a review Jan 2020
Harare, Zimbabwe75 contributions58 helpful votes
Woodland is located in a nice green and quiet part of Lilongwe, no far from the city centre. However, it badly needs an upgrade and modernisation. The bathroom was not well cleaned, and the hot water switch was defective, meaning I did not get hot water the first day. The room safe was locked, and it took some hours to get it opened. Very primitive door locking. The individual chalets are spacious, but very dated. The paths and roads also need a lot of attention. Very modest breakfast bar. The place is over-priced for what you get.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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FoodLoverMumbai wrote a review Mar 2023
Mumbai, India112 contributions26 helpful votes
Woodlands is a hotel owned by a second generation Indian residing in Malawi and within this there is the restaurant. Visited there for lunch and it has plenty of vegetarian and non vegetarian options. Menu ranges from bhajias and samosas to the whole range of vegetables including paneer options, biryani, naan roti etc. Alcohol is also available here. Seating is semi open air overlooking the pool and garden as well as a patio. There is also air conditioned dining.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Parking is available at the venue quite easily
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jai g wrote a review Jan 2024
Toronto, Canada7 contributions4 helpful votes
Had dinner at the restaurant with a colleague. The food was bland and cold. Service was mediocre and the restaurant was dark. Guess they are trying to create a romantic atmosphere by dark and candle light are different things. Won’t come back again.

By the way we had Indian food for dinner so cannot comment on their other cuisine.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled on business
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GeraldineUK wrote a review Oct 2023
Malmesbury, United Kingdom217 contributions81 helpful votes
A 10 chalet place (but expanding) run by a Malawi British man. Each chalet set alone in nice grounds and a central building with restaurant and a nice pool. They have an extensive menu and employ 4 Indian chefs. A lot of people choosing to come and eat her and they offer take away.
A very nice atmosphere, helpful staff And the pool was great
We really enjoyed our stay here.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Good Morning The can from the airport will cost you U$35 each way to or from the airport. This is for 1 and up to 3 people plus luggage. This amount is payable directly to the driver. Please let us know if you want us to arrange it for you. Look forward to seeing you in August.
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Dear Guest Thank you for your e-mail. Unfortunately we are not allowed to include our e-mail in messages via Trip Advisor. Our telephone number is: +265 991775203 or +265 1775200 You may also book through Trip Advisor. We look forward to welcoming you in April. Regards Dhiren Thakrar Woodlands Lilongwe
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Hello Guest Apologies that you could not get contact details. Our details are: tel: +265 (0) 991775203 We look to receiving your booking for April and welcoming you to The Woodlands. Regards Dhiren Thakrar Woodlands Lilongwe
Theo W wrote a tip Dec 2023
Lilongwe, Malawi52 contributions3 helpful votes
"Please don't eat steak in the Woodlands, they are as thin as schnitzel and as hard as the sole of a shoe. The price is way too expensive for"
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FoodLoverMumbai wrote a tip Mar 2023
Mumbai, India112 contributions26 helpful votes
"Parking is available at the venue quite easily "
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Kena Yellowtop wrote a tip Jul 2022
Lilongwe, Malawi758 contributions437 helpful votes
"When receptions or cocktail parties take place, it’s not the usual tranquil place"
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Braggyking66 wrote a tip Apr 2019
Bath, United Kingdom29 contributions17 helpful votes
"pool area and near the main dining area"
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crony-club wrote a tip Jan 2018
Durban, South Africa37 contributions21 helpful votes
"all rooms are garden cottages"
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PRICE RANGE
R 2,079 - R 2,551 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
The Sanctuary Lodge
LOCATION
MalawiCentral RegionLilongwe
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Woodlands Lilongwe
Which popular attractions are close to Woodlands Lilongwe?
Nearby attractions include Lilongwe Wildlife Centre (2.7 km), Kumbali Cultural Village (6.8 km), and World War I Memorial (2.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Woodlands Lilongwe?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Woodlands Lilongwe?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Woodlands Lilongwe?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Woodlands Lilongwe?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Woodlands Lilongwe?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ama Khofi, Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant, and Lark Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Woodlands Lilongwe?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Woodlands Lilongwe have airport transportation?
Yes, Woodlands Lilongwe offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Woodlands Lilongwe offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.