Day Visitors

This enormous reserve begs to be explored, whether on foot, by vehicle or canoe.

Experience Nkhotakota

Nkhotakota is known for its spectacular scenery and excellent walking and hiking opportunities – including up Chipata Mountain. There’s also a game-viewing hide on the Bua River and a scenic viewpoint on the Kaombe River, while the Day Visitor Centre has food, coffee and education all on hand.

Self-drivers should enter via the Bua Gate, which is open from 06h00 to 18h00.

Self-drive through Nkhotakota

Nkhotakota is open from 06h00 to 18h00 daily. All visitors can enter via Bua Gate to explore the reserve on an 8km road network.

Game Drives

Day visitors can book a game drive through the reserve in a 23-seat game-viewing vehicle. The experience can include a fascinating talk at the Environmental Education Centre.

Photo credit Bua River Lodge

Guided Nature Walks

Nkhotakota offers ranger-guided day walks led by a scout – these must be booked in advance.

Man at the top of Chipata Mountain looking down from the mountain in Nkhotakota

Climb Chipata Mountain

A hike up the nearby Chipata Mountain is an exciting challenge. At an elevation of 1633 metres above seal level, Chipata offers breath-taking views and a unique Afromontane forest ecosystem to explore.

Birding Safaris

There are 324 bird species in Nkhotakota, and bird walks are the best way to see them. Day visitors can book through the reserve, while all lodges inside the reserve also offer this activity.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre comprises the Environmental Education Centre and Mphatso Restaurant. The Environmental Education Centre aims to promote the understanding of the values of wildlife conservation to all visitors.

Mphatso Restaurant and Coffee Shop

Enjoy delicious meals, refreshing drinks and hot coffee in the restaurant, in the cosy outdoor dining area – or take it to go, and enjoy it on a picnic blanket somewhere with a stunning view. Open on weekdays and no reservation required.