You know when you discover a wonderful band/film/artist before 'the masses' (and then you kind of resent it when other people start to find out about it and it becomes popular)? Well, Ruarwe will give you that same bitter-sweet feeling of superiority. Sweet, because you've seen and experienced quite possibly the closest thing to the myth of Eden; bitter, only because you have to leave. Even better - the remote location means that Ruarwe and Zulunkhuni River Lodge probably won't be over-run and spoiled any time soon. Thank goodness, I can always go back...
Getting there - I caught the Ilala in and hiked out. The hike was fantastic. Easy to do in a day, with stops for meals/swims/chats along the stunning way.
I spent a week here and didn't run out of things to do. Walks, swimming, snorkeling, diving off various rocks and balconies... The food is great, the company even better.
Malawi was by far my favorite country in southern Africa, and Zulunkhuni very high on a long list of places visited. Don't miss it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled amongst granite cliffs, indigenous forest and cascading waterfalls, our low price lakeside accommodation is complemented by a fantastic restaurant/bar, and activities on offer include hiking, snorkeling, fishing, cliff jumping and cultural tours of the surrounding communities. Supporting the local economy, we also offer volunteering opportunities. ... more less