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Tongole Wilderness Lodge
Conservation Project
Eco Lodge
Nkhota Kota Wildlife Reserve, 250 km from Lilongwe, Malawi
-12.9112972, 34.05021944

 

Foreslake Limited (Trading as Tongole Wilderness Lodge) has signed a concession with African Parks Network which is the organization which manages the whole Wildlife Reserve covering 1,800 square Kilometres. It is within this Reserve that Foreslake Limited operates the Lodge as a Concessionaire.

Foreslake Limited is a company which was formed in 2009 to build and operate an eco-lodge. Vitu’s family, Bentry and Molly Kalanga and Hannah’s family, David and Sue Cole then decided to do something in Vitu’s memory but with a difference from the usual. Vitu died in UK on 31st January, 2007 in a tragic car accident at the age of 16. He aspired to train as a Doctor. The two families decided to create a two part project: A sustainable business which would create employment and training opportunities in a very deprived part of Malawi on one hand and a Foundation on the other hand, that would work with the community to uplift their lives creating a mutually beneficial relationship between the operator, community and guests through conservation of the environment and wildlife.

Vision: The Company’s Vision is a business which benefits owners, community and guests.

Mission:  The Company’s mission is to offer employment opportunities to local community and excellent hospitality experience to guests in a pristine natural environment of Nkhota Kota Wildlife Reserve.

Foreslake Limited (Trading as Tongole Wilderness Lodge) desires to represent hope and compassion; motivated by personal tragedy with the primary aim of benefitting many, it is an exciting and evolving story in a particularly disadvantaged region of Malawi. We want guests who stay at Tongole to become a part of.

It is the only luxury lodge situated in the pristine 1,800 square kilometer Nkhota Kota Wildlife Reserve, central Malawi and has quickly established a reputation as one of the best lodges in Malawi. This has been recognized in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Safari Awards (see at www.tongole.com) and reflected by consistently excellent guest feedback on Trip Advisor.

 

Conservation Highlights:

  1. To protect the natural surroundings by promoting low environmental impact activities in the concession area so that guests love the truly pristine and un-spoilt environment. We are dedicated to maintaining this and most activities at the lodge are non-motorized and typically foot-based or river-based.
  2. To create employment and training opportunities for local people living in the peripheral areas of the reserve in a very deprived part of Malawi
  3. To work with the community to promote formal education, conservation of the environment and wildlife education amongst children in schools around the reserve.
  4. To promote alternative ways of earning livelihoods other than from poaching in the communities around the Wildlife Reserve.
  5. To ensure quests interface with the communities to learn about the local peoples culture in the area.

 

Future Aims:

  1. To provide excellent hospitality that makes guests appreciate the pristine environment
  2. To improve and provide School infrastructures such classrooms, desks and teachers houses so that children learn in a conducive environment.
  3. To create livelihoods projects in the community that caters for the needs of the lodges in and around the Nkhota Kota Wildlife Reserve (vegetables growing, Poultry keeping to supply eggs and chickens, honey etc)
  4. To work with African Parks to control the infestation of Tsetse flies in the protected area.
  5. To train local staff in order to obtain formal certification in the specified area of their work.

 

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