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R221206-MW: Rafiki Safari Camp - Ecolodge for Sale in Malawi

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Posted: 9 December 2022 - Last Updated: 12 September 2023

Sale by: Chris Buckley, Co-owner

Sale Price and Currency: USD 650,000 (Negotiable)

Property Name: Rafiki Safari Camp

Property Address: Near Pendwe Village, Nkhotahota, Malawi

Company Name: Rafiki Investments Ltd

What is being sold: Rafiki Safari Camp as a going concern. Land Rover (see picture) included in the sale.

Property Website:

Annual Revenue: To be discussed

Annual Cash Flow: To be announced

Fully licensed as an accommodation facility? Yes

Currently in operation as an accommodation facility? Yes

Number of Rooms: 5 en-suite lodge rooms with private verandah and 4 campsite rooms

Number of Bathrooms: All bathrooms have showers rather than baths and altogether there are 5 ensuite lodge rooms, 4 campsite hot showers and flushing toilets, 2 guest toilets in the lodge.

Room Facilities: 5 ensuite rooms with covered verandahs (2 x family rooms with 1 king size bed and 2 single beds in 2 separate rooms and 3 x double/twin rooms) mosquito nets, fans, clothing storage. The campsite rooms comprise 2 x twin rooms and 2 x single rooms with mosquito nets, fans and clothing storage.

Common Area Facilities: Dining area, kitchen, lounge, honesty bar, swimming pool, Internet, guest toilets, laundry, storage rooms and staff toilet.

Total Land Area: 38.5 ha

Built-up Area: 1100 sq.m

Is it allowed to add more buildings to the property? Yes, no limit

Year of Construction: 2018

Year of last Renovation: Ongoing maintenance

Key Materials of Construction: Clay bricks, stone, cement, concrete, treated gum poles, steel handrails and window frames, canvas tents, thatching grass.

Eco-Architectural Features: All roofs are thatched; Energy efficient lighting fixtures and appliances; efficient heating, cooling and ventilation; Windows placed strategically to maximise natural light; grey water re-use; landscaping with native vegetation; used local construction materials to reduce transportation and costs.

Energy Sources & Energy-Saving Features: All power is provided by solar including water supply (borehole) and water heating. Solar system is equipped with Pylontech Lithium ion batteries throughout. We are totally off-grid and do not have a generator for back-up power. Cooking is done using LPG. 

Water Sources & Water-Saving Features: Water is provided from a borehole. Water is potable. Only our herb and vegetable garden is watered regularly. No watering of natural gardens.

Waste-Management Facilities: Plastic bottles are re-used by the local kindergarten (built by us). Tin cans are re-used by local farmers to fashion tools etc. Septic tanks and soak-aways are provided for all toilets. Glass bottles are sent to Lilongwe for glass cutting by street children.

Awards and Guidebook mentions: TripAdvisor "Travellers Choice 2022". Registered with Malawi Travel Marketing Consortium. Represented by all major Malawi based tour operators.

Description of Location: Rafiki Safari Camp is located adjacent to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve on the western side and the Bua river on the northern side.

Distance in Km from nearest Beach: About 20km from sandy beach in Nkhotakota on Lake Malawi.

Nearby Attractions (within 50 km): Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Lake Malawi, Golf at Dwangwa, Game trails inside the reserve, Cultural village walks.

Nearest Airport: Lilongwe 192km

Nearest Hospital or Clinic: 20 km St Annes Hospital, Nkhotakota; 45 km Matiki Clinic, Dwangwa.

Nearest School: Kachere Kindergarten (built by us) 1km, Pendwe Primary and Secondary 2km

Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - TripAdvisor

Other Info: There is an owner/manager house with 2 bedrooms both ensuite, Lounge/dining room, guests toilet, and full kitchen. There is also a garage/workshop which can accommodate 3 vehicles with a vehicle hoist and has an attached office, laundry scullery and staff toilet.