Slow down at the remote and stylish Mkulumadzi Lodge in the heart of the Majete Game Reserve. Set on a river bank that’s home to sunbathing crocodiles and noisy hippos, you’ll feel adventurous crossing the Indiana Jones-inspired rope bridge to the mouth of the main lodge, flying through rapids in the safari boat, and breakfasting on the sandy river bank. Speaking of dining, the food is some of Malawi’s best. Resident chefs create daily menus filled with artisanal canapés and decadent deserts that will have you filled to the brim but wanting more. Like the food, Mkulumadzi’s chic but minimal interiors push the envelope for Malawian luxury. With a fresh, neutral palette and modern chrome accents, the indoor spaces feel spacious and soothing. Indoor-outdoor divides are blurred with features like glassed-in soaking tubs, outdoor rain showers, and spacious private observation decks. The chalets are perched on stilts along the river’s edge, all boasting views over the brush to the rushing water. When it’s time for bed, switch on your air-conditioned mosquito and enjoy the total absence of human noise.

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