TIKO IS TRYING TO BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT AND VISITORS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THIS.
Tiko Lodge is our main form of income.
Accommodation varies from self-contained family rooms to simple dormitories, as well as a campground, with prices ranging from 5 $ to 25 $.
Accommodation Options and Rates (in US $)
Camping per person: 5
Dormitory bed (including African Hut) : 6
Single room – shared bathroom: 10
Double/twin room – shared bathroom: 15
Double room/twin – self contained: 18
Double room/twin – with hot shower: 20
Double/twin in African rondavel – toilet, shower: 40
Triple room – self contained: 24
Triple room – self contained with hot shower: 30
Family room (double and bunk beds) – shared bathroom: 30
Detailed list of rates: Tikondane Services and Rates August 2016
Tiko’s restaurant serves up three delicious meals a day including local traditional delicacies, or if you prefer we also have Western options. The Tiko garden and farm supply the restaurant with produce.
Tiko Lodge makes its own bread, jam and peanut butter, all of which is for sale. Most of the guestroom furniture is made at the Tiko carpenters’ workshop.
Tiko also has a promising conference centre, The Guernsey Great Hall which has a seating capacity of 500 people.
All articles at the Tiko gift shop have been made on premises. These include scented soap, shawls woven on a loom, stuffed African animals. knitted dolls, placemats and much more.
Our visitors include backpackers, travellers discovering Africa by car or bike, and people visiting the nearby hospital, a number of whom are volunteers. Tiko is located on the great Eastern Road near Katete and is a good stopover on the way to South Luangwa National Park and Malawi. Stay as long as you like – enjoy the community atmosphere and meet the friendly Tiko crew who are happy to invite you to their home.
Staying at Tikondane is authentic ethical travel. ALL income from visitors and tourism goes straight back into Tiko, so your stay directly helps the people in our community. Have a look at a sample program for your stay here.
More information about visiting Tiko as a volunteer, is available here.
Things to do:
A cultural safari – The Gule Wamkule, the Great Dance of the Chewa tribe, danced by Nyao, has been recognised by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. It is performed at the annual five-day Kulamba Festival in August, when some of the 12 million Chewa from across Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique gather together. The site of the festival is only 15 minutes drive from Tiko. Nyao dancers also perform at night throughout the year in local villages. You are invited to travel by oxcart to visit the village of Kachipu for this unforgettable experience.
We have just discovered another village where a woman is still making traditional pots and where her son-in-law is a traditional blacksmith.
- Visit Msoro and the Cathedral in the Middle of Nowhere, another unforgettable experience, only 2 to 3 hours drive from Tiko.
- Climb the nearby mountain with our guide.
- Visit the local market of Katete.
- Visit one of Tiko’s adopted villages with our guide.
- Visit St Frances Hospital with our guide.
- Help make peanut butter or soap.
- Play football with the Tiko Tigers.
- Help at the Kid’s Club on Saturday mornings.
Getting here and away
We are directly on the Great East Road that links Lusaka in the West to Chipata in the East.
If you’re arriving for the first time we can collect you from Lilongwe airport. Please contact us for current private transfer prices.
From Lusaka: Several buses leave from Lusaka Intercity Bus station each day and take about 7 hours. You can ask the bus to drop you here or just get off at Katete bus station and get a local taxi back to us in 5 minutes.
From Lilongwe: You can get a private taxi or public minibus to the Zambian border. Pass through Immigration, and get a Zambian taxi to Chipata, changing there for Katete. Don’t forget your passport and Yellow Fever certificate. This takes about 6 hrs.
Many people stay at Tikondane as a break from the road on the way to South Luangwa National Park, renowned as one of Africa’s best wildlife parks. Mfuwe is the closest town and there are a few ways we can help you to get there:
The direct bus from Lusaka to Mfuwe stops in Katete around 11am. Arrival in Mfuwe around 4pm.
Seats can be booked one day ahead by calling the reservation office in Lusaka. Please enter ZK 100 per person.
Private taxi direct to South Luangwa (ZK 900)