Mpale Cultural Village

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#7 of 12 lodges in Mangochi
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Mpale Cultural Village is the first purpose built Cultural Tourism Village designated by the Ministry of Tourism in Malawi.Situated on top of the rocky Chinaphale Hill within Mpale Village in Mangochi, the village offers you the unique opportunity to take a cultural expedition into past and present Yao culture.In the past the area surrounding Mpale Village supported a thriving elephant population, in fact the road leading to Mpale Cultural Village was once a path used by wild elephant herds, en-route to grazing sites. In 2009 under the auspices of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife together with several conservation partners, the elephant population surrounding Mpale were included in a successful program to relocate the animals to Majete Game Reserve in the Lower Shire Valley.The ‘Mangochi Elephants’ as they came to be known are now free to roam majestically within the 75, 00 hectares of Majete’s savannah landscape. All that remains of the elephants at Mpale Cultural Village is the village folklore of ‘Yalidji Ndembo Sitatu’ (The Three Elephants), legend has it that in order to evade capture during the translocation program 3 elephants hid from game rangers in the vast bushes by night and during the day magically transformed into human beings. After successfully evading capture the elephants became over confident and were cornered be a tranquilizer wielding game ranger , knowing that they were about to be captured the smallest elephant pleaded in a human like voice (‘Please don’t shoot us’), astounded by what had just happened the game ranger fled dropping his tranquilizer gun on the spot. Is this true? Find out for yourself, visit Mpale Cultural Village.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Shuttle bus service
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Bar / lounge
Photo copier / fax In business centre
24-hour security
Mosquito net
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Room service
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Clothes rack
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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Opposite Sun n Sand, Mangochi 265 Malawi
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Elt M wrote a review Sept 2014
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Discover the yao cultural and hospitality and watch Lake Malawi caves
Best Spot for Sun Rise
You have never been in mangochi if you have never visited Mpale Cuiltural Village because you can find the Lake Malawi In Salima, Nkhotakota but the difference is the Yao Cultural Village as this is what trademarks mangochi Lake from The Rest, Visit this Place and you'll never regreate
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Date of stay: September 2014
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Comfortable quite fully air conditioned
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Madalitso Aline... M wrote a review Jun 2018
Mangochi, Malawi
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I enjoy some quietness on a Sunday afternoon. This place is magnificent and I enjoy the sound of the wind whilst looking at the view of a lake from the hill top.

I have never enjoy a great place so serene!! This is a place to be if you looking for some quite time for new ideas, reading and just some fresh air.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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liketravelling2016 wrote a review Nov 2016
Blantyre, Malawi
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a definate for me coming back again. This place is no where near the beach, you can see the water but cant hear it. Amazing because its a retreat, this lodge is on a high hill so constant pleasant wind, all rooms have an AC and hot water. Menu is very limited, but no issues because of good quality. Rooms are very good, thick pillows, nice sheets, and good mozy nets. Bathroom nice. Do stay at this place after you have done the beach thing and if you had enough of the beach, because on your way out of Mangochi you need to freshen up and this is a decent place to do so. Not for budget backpackers, but more suited to mature guests who want to enjoy sunrise and sunset in all its glory, beautiful views. Rooms $35per person, $40 for two people in same room, but worth every penny. Bar well stocked. The tourism board have tried to create a Malawian village living experience, so the layout is beautiful. Inside the room is luxurious for Malawi standards, they will also keep generator on all night in case of power outage. Someone asked for their contact details +265957663 +265888371897 +265881838961
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Date of stay: November 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Elt M wrote a tip Sept 2014
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Comfortable quite fully air conditioned"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mpale Cultural Village
What are some of the property amenities at Mpale Cultural Village?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Mpale Cultural Village?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Mpale Cultural Village?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Mpale Cultural Village?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are any cleaning services offered at Mpale Cultural Village?
Yes, laundry service and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Does Mpale Cultural Village offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
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