Zomba Forest Lodge is a colonial cottage nestled into Zomba Mountain. If you want intimacy and a cozy relaxed atmosphere, then here is the perfect destination for you. You are treated like family and friends when staying at the lodge, you are, after all, in the home of the owners. Enjoy time to yourself in the gardens and listen to the sounds of the forest around you, or head up through the mountain on a hike and enjoy sightings of birds, Samango (Blue) monkeys and the gorgeous forest all around you.

Zomba Forest Lodge is off the grid. This means they rely upon the sun and never have power cuts! There are solar lights in the bedrooms, paraffin lamps and candles in the lounge/dining room. They have limited charging capacity with their office solar panel so it’s best if you try to ensure devices are fully charged before arrival.



Zomba Forest


4 rooms (all en-suite)

Good for

Forest walks and no contact to the outside world

Children Welcome

Yes (no age restriction)


All Year

Ideal Length of Stay

2 Nights


No need (it’s a cool location)


No WiFi. Mobile phone hotspot available if needed.


If you want to get away from the world then Zomba Forest Lodge is the perfect place to unwind and detox from technology. With no access to power, you can totally switch off, relax and enjoy what the gorgeous Zomba Plateau has to offer. Relish in the beautiful gardens or take a hike on one of the many walking trails around the area. There are beautiful picnic spots to enjoy too – with beautiful views overlooking waterfalls.

With just 4 small rooms (each en-suite) decorated with a true Malawian touch, they are simple but stylish and you feel like you are staying with family at Zomba Forest Lodge. The owners, Petal and Tom are incredibly accommodating and want you to feel right at home. The dining area is small and quaint too and has beautiful touches throughout. In the colder months you can get cozy and warm up by the log fire – the perfect atmosphere with family or loved ones.

We don’t know what their secret is but the dishes that they create are absolutely superb. Their creations not only sound delicious when reading the menu board but they are full of love and flavour. In fact, they are so delightful that people head up to the lodge just for lunch or dinner. If you aren’t staying here and wish to head up – it is advised to call ahead as they get booked up pretty fast.