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9 Day DIY Malawi

Kamuza – Madzi Kuwala Lake Retreat – Mvuu Camp – Lilongwe


This nine-day self-drive tour of Malawi starts off in the capital of Lilongwe, where you will load up with supplies for you five-stay on Lake Malawi. After overnighting at Burley House, you will drive to Lake Malawi where your home for the next few days is the luxurious Madzi Kuwala Lake Retreat. Here, you can snorkel and dive in the tropical water or simple relax on the beach. Your next destination is Mvuu Camp, transferring by boat into Liwonde National Park, one of the best in Malawi. Boating trips on the Shire River and game drives mean that you will have great opportunities to see Liwonde’s abundant wildlife.


1 night in Burley House
5 nights in Madzi Kuwala Lake Retreat
2 night in Mvuu Camp

Day 1 - Burley House
You will arrive into Lilongwe on a Saturday and be met by an Adams and Butler representative on arrival. You will be transferred by road from Kamuzu International Airport to Burley House.  Once settled in, a driver/guide will pick you up and take you shopping for supplies to last you the five nights at Lake Malawi. Dinner is included.

Days 2 to 6 – Madzi Kuwala Lake Retreat
After breakfast your hire car will be delivered to Burley House. You will receive one of our new Kia Sportage 4×4 vehicles or a similar vehicle, subject to availability. These vehicles have plenty of space for four soft holdalls (no big suitcases). The guide will give you directions and brief you on your trip. He will also suggest places to visit en-route and whilst at the lake. You can travel at your leisure, to arrive at Madzi Kuwala Lake Retreat when you wish. These next five days will be spent in the luxury of Madzi Kuwala Lake Retreat, relaxing at this beautiful private house surrounded by magnificent trees, rocks and a stunning section of Lake Malawi. You may wish to tour the Lake area, take snorkeling or diving excursions. We can book these in advance if you wish. Alternatively you can simply enjoy the house with its six bedrooms, four bathrooms, luxurious design, pool and full staff compliment. You are guaranteed an amazing experience, completely at your own rhythm. A continental breakfast is included today.

Over the next four days, enjoy the peace and tranquility of Lake Malawi and the glorious environment that is Madzi Kuwala Lake Retreat. If in the mood, take snorkeling or diving excursions or simply enjoy the lake area on foot or in your hired jeep.

Days 7 & 8 – Mvuu Camp
Depart from Lake Malawi after breakfast and drive to Liwonde town. Here you will leave your car in the secure compound and be transferred by boat into Liwonde National Park. This is a thirty kilometre trip along the Shire River offering excellent chances of both game and bird viewing along the way. You will be staying at Mvuu Mvuu View from BedroomCamp on a full board basis. Activities revolve around boating trips on the Shire River and game drives. Nature
walks and bike rides are also possible. Breakfast is included today. Spend day eight enjoying what the camp has to offer. Activities include rhino tracking & the Njobvu Cultural Village Tour. Lodging is on a full board basis.

Day 9 – Departure
You will rise early and after breakfast you will boat back to your car before driving to Lilongwe International Airport where you will return the car. From here you can catch your flight home or continue on your African adventure.


Malawi, a small (by African standards) country, bordered by Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia.


Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is an African Great Lakeand the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.The Lake Malawi National Park at Cape Maclear is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so the waters and fish are protected, making the lake into a veritable aquarium of tropical fish. Between Monkey Bay and the historic Mangochi are a long line of wonderful sandy beaches. The lake is home to more species of fish than any other lake, including about 1000 species of cichlids. Its approximate dimensions are 365 miles north to south and 52 miles broad and this is the reason it is known as ‘the calendar lake’. 


Resort-style hotels along the lake shore

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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