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10 Day A Taste of Malawi

Blantyre – Majete Game Reserve- Liwonde National Park – Lilongwe

Overview

The southern part of this small (by African standards) landlocked country is the most populated and the most developed. Economically dominated by the small city of Blantyre and physically by the great Shire Valley and Mount Mulanje, there is a great diversity of wildlife to be seen in Majete Game Reserve, Liwonde National Park and on the Shire River. Staying in luxury lodges and camps, your wildlife safari, starts with two days staying in the historic and atmospheric Huntingdon House situated on Satemwa Tea Estates and finishes with a few days of relaxation on the beautiful shores of Lake Malawi. Here you will be staying in the cottage that was once home to the legendary Norman Carr, famous for his walking safaris in Zambia. This idyllic and romantic retreat was built by him in the early 1970s.

Safaris

2 night in Huntingdon House, Satemwa Tea Estates
2 nights in Thawale Lodge
2 nights in Mvuu Camp
3 nights in Norman Carr Cottage
10 day/9 night Safari

Days 1 & 2 – Huntington House, Satemwa Tea Estate
You will be met on arrival at Chileka International Airport, Blantyre and transferred to the Satemwa Tea Estates for Huntingdon House. The house represents the soul of the estate and guests are invited to experience the rebirth of this historic property as it enters its next glorious era with modern comforts tastefully complementing charming 1920’s pieces. Huntington House is the original family home and the rooms are named in accordance with who used to sleep where. It is a great place to stop and relax, surrounded by sprawling manicured gardens with secret da huntingdon nurserypatios and terraces waiting to be discovered. Perfect for visitors that enjoy a temperate climate and a diverse scenery which ranges from tropical evergreen forests to riverine thickets and rolling hills. Activities on offer at the Huntington House include mountain biking, tea tasting and guided walks. Dinner is included on this day.

The following day, explore the tea estate, take a picnic at the magnificent viewpoint or relax with a bird book and binoculars on your veranda. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Days 3 & 4 – Majete Game Reserve
After breakfast you will depart Huntingdon for Majete Game Reserve and Thawale Lodge. The lodge is a down-to-earth bush camp that provides excellent accommodation for visitors wishing to enjoy game viewing in the newly restocked reserve; it is unfenced so animals regularly visit the camp. Majete has been the scene of an impressive programme of re-location of a great range and impressive number of animals including elephant, buffalo, black rhino, sable antelope, zebra, eland, hartebeest and kudu. The wildlife reserve has recently undergone a transformation and guests can enjoy Thawale tented_chalets_inside_the wildlife from their private chalet balcony with a sundowner as they watch the evening flow of animals come to the waterhole to drink

Boat ride and game drive are included.  Other activities available include bush walks, bird walks, bush breakfasts and opportunities to visit the local community. Hike Majete Hill or learn about Majete past and present. Board rooms are also available for hire. On day four, enjoy the peace and tranquility of the camp and also explore the reserve further with a morning game drive and afternoon boat trip.

Day 5 – Liwonde National Park
After Breakfast clients will depart Thawale Lodge and head towards one of Malawi’s finest parks – Liwonde National Park. You will drive through the Ulongwe village and take a two minute transfer by boat across the Shire Mvuu View from BedroomRiver to Mvuu Camp. You will be staying at Mvuu Camp which revolves around boating trips on the Shire River and game drives. Nature walks and bike rides are also possible. Optional extras include rhino tracking and Mvuu Tent InteriorNjobvu cultural village tour. Dinner is included. Day six will be a full day of game viewing activities included in itinerary cost – game drives, nature walks and boating safaris. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Days 7 – Liwonde National Park
This morning after breakfast you will depart Mvuu Camp for the southern lakeshore where you will be staying at Norman Carr Cottage. The lodge is situated at the beautiful Namakoma Bay at the Southern Lakeshore of Lake Malawi. With only eight rooms, Norman Carr Cottage retains that small lodge feel and creates a true ‘home away from home’ experience. The emphasis lies on quiet relaxation and good food. Nothing may be a vexation to the spirit.  The Norman Carr Cottage is a gentle and restful place with an idyllic sandy beach front that guarantees pure rest and relaxation. Lunch and dinner are included here. Optional activities include morning snorkeling and a sundowner cruise. Evening and morning boat trips on the lodge boat ‘Alfie’ provide wonderful opportunities for snorkeling, swimming and feeding the fish eagles. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. On day eight, relax on the beach with a good book and take a swim in the inviting waters of Lake Malawi. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 – Departure
After Breakfast, depart Norman Carr Cottage to Blantyre for your international departure flight.

Location

Malawi, a small (by African standards) landlocked country, bordered by Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia, is known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’.

Experiences

Snaking through the region, the Shire River (pronounced ‘Shri-ee’) drains Lake Malawi and follows the Rift Valley southwards. The Lower Shire Valley is broad and flat and only over one hundred kilometres away is Malawi’s highest peak, the great Mount Mulanje - the highest mountain in the whole of central Africa. To the west of Mulanje is the region’s other massif, the Zomba Plateau. This is a table-like mountain with sheer edges and it’s possible to drive to the top of the plateau to explore the forested interior and take in the stunning views from the edges. The south also has more national parks and wildlife reserves than any other region. Three of them are in the Lower Shire Valley - Majete Wildlife Reserve stretches west from the Shire River and is currently being re-stocked to become a ‘Big 5’ destination; Lengwe National Park has a good variety of antelope, including the beautiful nyala and is easy to explore using driveable tracks; Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve is the most remote but is now being developed under a community-based conservation project. The area furthest south in the Lower Shire Valley is Elephant Marsh – notable for its birdlife. Further north and on the upper reaches of the Shire River, is Liwonde National Park, Malawi’s premier game park, which offers boat safaris in addition to the usual walking and 4x4 safaris.

Accommodations

High-end luxury safari lodges

Useful Info

Capital: Lilongwe

Time: Two hours ahead of GMT.

Money: The Malawian Kwacha is the currency of Malawi.

Health: All visitors should get vaccinated against Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Poliomyelitis. Precautions should be taken against Malaria.

Water: Tap water is not safe to drink in Malawi, only drink bottled water.

Climate: Malawi has a sub-tropical climate, which is relatively dry and strongly seasonal. The warm-wet season stretches from November to April, during which 95% of the annual precipitation takes place.

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