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12 Day Malawi Highlights

Malawi

Overview

This fantastic tour will give you a real insight into this beautiful country in central Africa, known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’. You will have time to get acclimatised after your flight staying at Kumbali Country Lodge in Lilongwe, before being transferred to Huntingdon House on the Satemwa Tea Estate. From here you will go to the impressive Zomba Plateau where you can go horse-riding or mountain walking and then on to stay at a luxury camp in Liwonde National Park. On the way to the Livingstonia Beach Hotel, you will get an insight into Malawian culture by visiting the Chamare Museum Staying in Luwawa Forest Lodge, you will really appreciate how green and mountainous Malawi is. Your last three nights will be spent at Makuzi Beach Hotel on the shores of Lake Malawi, where you can relax and enjoy the enchanting waters of this beautiful stretch of water.

Safaris

1 night Kumbali lodge, 
2 nights Huntingdon House, 
1 night Kuchawe inn, 
2 nights Mvuu Camp, 
1 night Livingstonia Beach Hotel, 
1 night Luwawa Forest Lodge 
3 nights Makuzi Beach Hotel  

Day 1 - Kumbali Country Lodge 
Arrive into Lilongwe International airport where clients will be met and assisted to the transfer vehicle. Road transfer from Lilongwe airport to Kumbali Country Lodge on the outskirts of Lilongwe (30mins). Clients will have the afternoon at leisure to rest and relax after their long international flight.

Day 2 - Huntingdon House 
After breakfast clients will transfer by road to Satemwa Tea Estate in Thyolo in the far south of the Country. On the journey from Lilongwe to Thyolo the clients will pass through the small town of Dedza. There will be the option to stop here at the Pottery workshops – there are some lovely items to buy and they have a coffee shop there as well.

Day 3 - Huntingdon House 
Full day of exploring Satemwa Tea Estate – with activities such as tea tasting, walks and mountain biking. All activities can be arranged through Satemwa Tea Estate .

Day 4 - Kuchawe Inn
After breakfast guests will transfer by road from Thyolo to Zomba (3h). Accommodation at Ku Chawe Inn, situated on the rim of Zomba Plateau. Zomba was the capital of Malawi until 1975 and was the seat of parliament until 1994. The town in dominated by Zomba Plateau which is an impressive mountain rising to 1800m. The hotel, Ku Chawe Inn, is located near the top of plateau and has amazing views across the south of the country. Afternoon of exploring Zomba – walking on the mountain, birding, horse riding. All activities can be arranged through the hotel. 

Day 5 - Mvuu Camp 
Road transfer from Zomba to Liwonde National Park to Mvuu Camp (2h) plus short city tour of Zomba on journey to Liwonde (1 hour). Note - During the green season (Nov to end May) it may be necessary for clients to take a one hour boat transfer up the Shire River to/from Mvuu Camp inside Liwonde National Park. Situated on the banks of the Shire River, Liwonde National Park is one of Malawi’s Premier game parks. It offers some of the most scenic game viewing in beautiful riverine surroundings. There is a wide variety of game – from elephants to sable antelope and warthogs. The park is well known for its prolific bird watching 
opportunities

Day 6 - Mvuu Camp 
Full day of game viewing activities included in itinerary cost – game drives, nature walks and boating safaris. 

Day 7 - Livingstonia Beach Hotel 
After breakfast clients will transfer by road to Senga Bay on the central lakeshore (4h).
The hotel is set in beautiful spacious gardens and has its own private beach on the shores of Lake Malawi. On the road journey from Liwonde NP guests will visit Mua Mission. This is the KuNgoni Centre of Culture and Art and the highly acclaimed Chamare Museum (entry fee included). This fascinating collection of art, history and language gives a clear insight into Malawian culture. There is also an interesting wood carving centre where is it possible to purchase beautiful handmade

Day 8 - Luwawa Forest Lodge 
After breakfast guests will transfer by road to Luwawa Forest Lodge (5h) located in the Vipya Mountains in central Malawi. 
The drive affords guests some wonderful views as they climb from the lakeshore up into the Vipya mountains about 1200m above sea level, set in landscaped gardens overlooking a large dam.  Luwawa Forest is made up of conifers and native trees of Malawi. 

Day 9 - Makuzi Beach Hotel 
Today guests will continue their journey to Makuzi Beach Lodge on the northern shores of Lake Malawi (4h). 
The lodge is situated in a secluded tropical bay which is home to an abundance of birdlife. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

Day 10 - Makuzi Beach Hotel 
Activities available at extra cost include snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, boat trips, visits to local communities, horse riding and Scuba diving (Off site).

Day 11 - Makuzi Beach Lodge 
Activities available at extra cost include snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, boat trips, visits to local communities, horse riding and scuba diving (Off site).

Day 12
Early morning road transfer from Makuzi Beach to Lilongwe (5h) to connect to international 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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