Dedza Pottery Lodge
Dedza is the highest town in Malawi and Dedza Mountain, forms the backdrop to this attractive lodge which is situated in beautiful gardens within the grounds of the famous Dedza Pottery, known both for its handmade pottery and for its coffee and cheesecake. The restaurant is cool in hot weather and has a roaring log fire in the clear crisp evenings of June and July. Recently the restaurant was awarded a silver medal in the “Best Restaurant in Malawi” competition. The air-conditioned conference room seats 50 delegates.
The lodge has six spacious rooms, two ‘standard’ and four ‘superior’, carefully placed in a quiet part of the site but conveniently near to the restaurant. The lodge faces west with a wonderful outlook onto Mzengeleza Mountain. There is mains electricity and a backup generator, and the rooms are attractively furnished each with its own ensuite tiled bathroom, hot shower, mini bar and secure safe. Superior rooms also have TVs and kitchenettes with complimentary tea and coffee. All rooms have mosquito nets, electric heaters for the cold weather and fans for the hot season. Both the restaurant and the rooms have been designed with the physically challenged in mind and there are ramps for easy wheelchair access.
We welcome payment by:
*Visa and *Visa Electron (credit or debit cards)
Cash, including Malawi Kwacha (MWK), USD ($), GBP (£), Euro (€) and Rand (R)
Cheques with guarantee card
Direct bank transfer
Mpamba phone banking
*Note: a 5% charge is added for bank cards issued outside Malawi and PayPal payments.
To obtain further information and book your accommodation, please get in touch. Remember to ask for any special rates that we might have at the time.
What We Offer
Towering over Dedza Town is Dedza Mountain at nearly 2,200m. From the top, on clear days, there are stunning views. Lake Malawi and Mozambique can be seen to the east, and Zomba Plateau and Mulanje Mountain are in the south. The mountain peak is walkable from the pottery lodge in a few hours. There is a rough road, suitable for vehicles with high clearance, to the peak. There are numerous paths within the forest for those that want a more leisurely walk. The lodge has its own guides and can provide picnics for those wishing to spend time on the mountain.
Apart from buying or placing orders at the pottery, visitors can have a full tour of the pottery production workshop.
In the foothills surrounding the pottery there are many prehistoric cave paintings, some estimated to be over 10,000 years old, in an area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our guides have been trained by the Malawi Government Department of Antiques to escort visitors to view this unique rock-art. Further information and prices are available on request.
Culture And Art
Less than an hour’s drive away is Mua Mission, built by the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) over 100 years ago. Father Claude Boucher, originally from Canada, spends much of his life at Mua Mission teaching carving and painting, studying Malawian traditions, and interpreting the gospels into a Malawian context. In the year 2000 he opened Chamare Museum to present the different Malawian cultures.