News from Bua River Lodge


We have long suspected that Pel's Fishing Owl is resident around the lodge. But yesterday, the best sighting yet as one flew in front of Island A and posed in a tree just next to the room, very obligingly staying until we could get into position for a clear shot.

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So, the long wait is almost over! African Parks has almost completed fencing of the 15,000 Ha. elephant sanctuary, enclosing Bua River Lodge, and the first elephants will be arriving in the southern part of the sanctuary tonight. This massive undertaking - transporting 250 elephants, as well as other mammals, this year alone from other parks in the country - will be the largest translocation of elephants ever.

At Bua River Lodge security of our guests is paramount. There will be stricter rules relating to movement from rooms to the lodge and away from the lodge, walking safaris will be more limited and cyclists and backpackers will no longer be allowed to cycle/walk through the reserve to get to the lodge. Please see the activities page and the camping and backpacker sections to see how this might affect you.

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Bua River Lodge 'to be within new wildlife sanctuary area' in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

In the short time since the signing of the partnership agreement with the Malawi Government, African Parks has made great strides in beginning the process of securing Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve as a major conservation area for Malawi as well as an elephant sanctuary for this region of Africa. An almost full complement of staff with many years of excellent experience between them is in place. The game rangers have been given the resources, training and, perhaps most importantly, the incentive to begin serious anti-poaching and anti-encroachment patrols.

Excitingly for Bua River Lodge the boundary of a 15,000 Ha. fenced sanctuary has been decided and the Lodge will be included inside this fence. This means that as antelope, zebra, buffalo and perhaps as many as 500 new elephant are translocated into Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, so Bua will be one of the natural magnets for large mammals seeking water in the dry season.

The fencing contractor is due to start work early in 2016 and, if all goes according to plan, by July next year the first translocations will be taking place.

Watch this space!

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Since September 2015, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is now managed by African Parks. This exciting new development will mean vastly improved management of the reserve and, by mid-2016, the establishment of a sanctuary area close to Bua River Lodge that will be stocked with some 600 antelope and 300 elephants.

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We are delighted to announce that, for the second year running, we have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Please visit us to find out why!

We are pleased to announce that the camp site and backpackers' are now open.

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She's back ...

After a long wait, the elephants are back at Bua River Lodge. A herd of 6 or so congregated at Namndinga pool about 500 metres upstream from the lodge this afternoon (10th September) and made their way on to the Island, only 25 metres from our island B tent, from where our new guests had their first view. Then, later, as our guests were enjoying their afternoon tea at the lodge, this lone female made her way into the reed beds in front of the lodge. At first a bit nervous and frisky, she soon settled down to her own afternoon tea of reeds. She is, in fact, one member of the trio who visited us frequently last dry season. Clearly, she remembers the royal reception she was given the last time!

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The wonderfully clear, cool nights of winter are here. The skies are ablaze with stars and the Milky Way is glorious ....