Ngala Beach Lodge, located on the Northern Lakeshore of Lake Malawi, was the victim of a tragic fire 18 months ago which burned the beloved lodge to the ground. But with sheer determination and a community effort, Ngala has risen from the ashes. Owners Trish and Dan share their story in their own words:

On Saturday the 18th July 2020 whilst preparing for guests to arrive for a dinner booking disaster struck at Ngala Beach Lodge! Shaken by cries of “Fire! Fire!”, we rushed to the lodge like Olympic sprinters. We could immediately see some small flames licking from the roof of our main lodge building so we used every available resource to extinguish the fire. But with the heavy Mwera winds it was humanly impossible – the thatch roof was burning at an incredible rate and within five minutes the entire building was razed to the ground. The fire took out our power supply and, unable to pump water, we spent the next 36 hours, day and night, working in shifts continuously dowsing the embers and remaining buildings with buckets of water from our swimming pool in a bid to prevent the fire spreading to adjacent buildings. Then came the resulting realisation that our restaurant, lounge, bar, kitchen, food, refrigeration, storage, drinks stock, tableware, kitchen equipment, furniture and artwork had all been totally destroyed! We were devastated! But, once the tears had resided, we became determined to recover and rebuild! We set about assembling a crack team of highly skilled local trades people, Ngala lodge employees and ourselves. Incredibly within only 6 months with all hands on deck we managed to rebuild a stunning new 265 square meter facility, using all locally sourced materials. Every item has been hand crafted – from the timber doors and windows to the dinning furniture, roof thatching, carvings, window glazing, furniture, and artwork. Local craftspeople and trades people in our community really came together to demonstrate their superb skills, creating a stunning building that stands testament to Malawian craftsmanship.

The new lodge features an impressive timber and thatch roof construction. The reception area accesses a large dining space with an impressive 9m high roof pitch and incredible views out to the lake and Vipya mountains beyond. The restaurant gives access to a large bar area with comfortable lounge seating and the same stunning views, and the bar and lounge also gives access to our infinity swimming pool. A new outside deck area has been created with lake views and ,of course, our chefs are very happy cooking delicious food in our new kitchen!

A special thank you to our loyal customers, friends, family and local community for your support during this difficult time. Without you it would not have been possible.

We are extremely proud of our beautiful lodge and our new building and we look forward to welcoming our guests to the new and improved Ngala Beach Lodge!

Trish, Dan and the Ngala Beach Lodge Team.

Ngala Beach is located on the central lakeshore, 18km north of Dwangwa, 3.5 hours from Lilongwe, 2.5 hours from Mzuzu. We offer both accommodation and camping services. For further information please contact us: Email T: +265 (0)999075566

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