Daniela Kartscher, owner-manager of Usisya Beach Eco-Lodge, writes:
I wanted to let you know that Usisya Beach Eco-Lodge, in the village of Usisya, the first ferry stop on the MV Ilala as it heads north of Nkhata Bay (see p280 of the 7th edition), has experienced several new developments in recent months.
The temporary grass huts mentioned in the book have now been replaced by permanent purpose-built chalets. We also offer good value tented accommodation and camping areas. Rates for accommodation are as follows:
- camping US$6 per person
- tent with bedding US$8 per person
- chalets US$25/35 single/double (every extra person US$10pp)
Another new addition at Usisya beach lodge is a boat, which assists with transport. Fishing and snorkeling trips can be arranged, as well as hiking trips to a nearby waterfall and guided hiking trips to Ruarwe.
It is also a 100% eco friendly lodge, environmentally conscious and community orientated, for example supporting a permaculture garden and livestock farm, advocating alternative building styles, and using a compost toilet with a lake view, a solar-heated open-air shower. It is involved in recycling and sustainability projects, as well as promoting natural medicine. The food available in the lodge ranges from vegan to vegetarian or meat on request in advance.
The booking office for Usisya Beach Eco-Lodge, called the Magic Roundabout, is located at my house in Nkhata Bay. It also serves as booking office for Zulunkhuni River Lodge, for the safari company Go Untamed, and for Wakwenda Retreat Lodge on Chizumulu Island.
The phone number for Usisya Beach Eco-Lodge is +265 (0)995 636585, (text only because of lack of network) or bookings can be emailed to D.Kartscher@gmx.de.