15 Day Grand Malawi Tour

  • 15 Day Tour
  • Malawi
  • This tour gives travellers the opportunity to experience some of the most amazing areas around Malawi. The country is referred to as the Warm Heart of Africa, and it is easy to see why. You will be greeted with big smiles everywhere you go. The beauty of Lake Malawi has to be seen to be believed...crystal clear waters, clear beaches and extreme serenity!

Tour Details

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation as per above schedule
  • Meals as indicated
  • Game Park Fees
  • Game drives
  • Kayaking safari, walking and hiking
  • Non motorized watersport activities
  • Services of Guide with vehicle, fuel & taxes.



Tour Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Visas
  • Meals not indicated above
  • Activities not Indicated above [Nyika night drive]
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Spending

Accommodation

13 Night Lodge Accommodation



Price Guide

  • £2295 based on 2 people sharing
  • £300 - Single Supplement

 

Dates 2018

  • 15th - 29th April
  • 13th - 27th May
  • 10th - 24th June
  • 8th - 22nd July
  • 12th - 26th August
  • 23rd Sept - 7th Oct
  • 14th - 28th Oct
  • 4th - 18th Nov
  • 2nd - 16th Dec

 

 




Itinerary

Day 1 - Dedza Mapiri Lodge (B,L,D)+

Today you will be collected from the airport and its a 2 hr drive to Dedza. Arrive mid afternoon at our overnight lodge. For those that wish, an afternoon sunset excursion up Dedza mountain is available. Mapiri Lodge has eight rooms and two self-catering suites. All rooms are ensuite, with a shower or bath, have mosquito nets, TV and phone. There is a large comfortable lounge and bar serving minerals, beer, wine and spirits. The dining room has an extensive menu. Please note - You will be joining others that are on an existing tour that have just come from Dzalanyama and Zambia.

Day 2 - Game Haven (B,L,D)+

Breakfast then its a scenic drive through Malawi, along the Mozambique border and through the commercial Capital of Malawi - Blantyre- till you reach your overnight. There are a number of interesting stops enroute like the rock paintings, viewpoints overlooking the lake from the escarpment and market stall alongside the road. Game Haven is a serene, beautiful game park and lodge is set in the indigenous forests and grasslands of the Shire highlands of Southern Malawi. Experience exceptional viewing of the wildlife which include kudu, roan, eland, sable, giraffe, zebra, and a prolific birdlife. As part of the unique Game Haven experience, enjoy the internationally designed Matkovich & Hayes 9 hole golf course, beautiful but challenging; The relaxing sound of the cascading waterfall at the swimming pool and fishing and braaing on the scenic lawns of Lake Bvumbwe. As the sun sets, enjoy a drink in the Victorian styled bar followed by exceptional international cuisine at our Ambrosia restaurant. Overnight Dinner, bed and breakfast basis. [260 km , 4 hrs. driving time

Day 3 - Game Haven (B,L,D)+

After breakfast you explore the area. A highlight will be a walking tour of the world recognized Satemwa Tea estate, followed by a tea tasting workshop. They produce a variety of white, black, gold and flavoured teas. After the tasting, return to the luxurious Huntingdon House where we will have a superb lunch. After lunch its a short drive and walk up into the estate , to Thyolo mountain - a wonderful picnic site with excellent views of the estate and the lower shire valley. For keen birders the forest surrounding this picnic site is home to the rare and endemic Thyolo Alethe. Mid afternoon, return to Game haven to relax around the pool, walking, mountain biking or even a round of golf. Overnight Chalets on Dinner bed and breakfast basis.

Day 4 - Cape Maclear (B,L,D)+

Drive to Lake Malawi - Cape Maclear. En route we pass Zomba and a visit to the vibrant Zomba Market is offered, then cross the Shire River, through the historical Mangochi town and continue to follow the lakeshore northwards. Arrival at Cape Maclear is mid Afternoon with time to enjoy a sundowner whilst relaxing on the beach. Here we again stay in a choice of 3 similar lodges - Chembe Eagles Nest, Cape Mac Lodge or Annie's Lodge - depending on availability. Each lodge offers en suite chalet accommodation, nicely situated on the beach and in an area to enable easy exploration of the surrounding village. Overnight Lodge on dinner, bed and breakfast basis. [280 km , 5 hrs. journey time]

Day 5 - Cape Maclear (B,L,D)+

Day on the beach at leisure - non motorised watersports included. Explore the village, walks into the surrounding mountains, visit local pubs, historical graves, swimming, snorkeling, scuba to skiing is all possible. Overnight Lodge on dinner, bed and breakfast basis

Day 6 - Kayaking Safari (B,L,D)+

This morning you prepare for your Kayaking experience. Transfer just down the beach to Kayak Africa Base camp and here you are familiarized with the kayaks and equipment and then set off for the island. The protected waters of the National Park bring sea kayaking within reach of anyone, irrespective of fitness or experience. The two-person kayak is stable and allows easy paddling. For those not wishing to paddle, it is possible to go by powerboat to the island. Arrival at the Island camp is before lunch with the remainder of the afternoon to explore the peaceful beauty of the place. Explore the island and surrounds by kayak, walking and swimming / snorkeling. Overnight Island Tented Camp inclusive all meals with the remainder of the afternoon to swim, snorkel or kayak on the calm lake. On the island there are only limited en suite chalets and some clients will be staying in non en suite dome tents - en suite chalet preference will be given to those clients that did not have en suite facilities at Dzalanyama. Overnight tented camp on dinner, bed and breakfast basis

Day 7 - Kuti Wildlife Reserve (B,L,D)+

Paddle back to the mainland [or return by boat] , then its a 2.5 hr. drive to Mua Mission - Mua is the site of the KuNgoni Centre of Culture & Art. It provides insights into the history and culture of Malawi through the Chamare Museum, the Carving Centre and the new Research Centre/Library. The museum describes the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao cultures, their rites of passage, their interaction with one another and their encounters with Islam and Christianity. It also holds a unique display of Gule Wamkulu masks, texts and images and dances can be arranged. It is also home to a thriving community, including an arts and crafts center whose students create Malawi’s finest wood carvings and who go on to make a living from their own handiwork throughout Malawi. After this, its a hours drive to our overnight. Kuti is a stunning 2000 hectare reserve located just outside the town of Salima. The habitat ranges from Brachystegia and Miombo woodland through to grasslands, wetlands and marshes, making it a haven for wildlife, including mammals like Sable, Zebra and Impala. Afternoon game drive, walk or cycle ride. Overnight in Chalets on all meals inclusive basis. [210 km , 5 hrs. journey time]

Day 8 - Nkhotakota Reserve (B,L,D)+

This morning you have the opportunity to go on an early morning game drive, a walk or a cycle ride in the reserve, before returning for breakfast, then departing for a 3 hr. drive to Nkhotakota reserve. Here we stay at either Bua River Lodge or Kachenga bush Camp. Both places offer en-suite, chalet accommodation. Small and owner-managed, with staff drawn entirely from local communities, they assure a relaxing and friendly stay. Arrive after lunch and the afternoon a walk is offered. Accommodation is chalet style. Overnight chalets on dinner, bed and breakfast basis. [160 km , 3 hrs. journey time]

Day 9 - Makuzi Beach Lodge (B,L,D)+

Morning game walk for those that wish then return for a later breakfast [Brunch] after which you depart to Chintheche. Makuzi Beach Lodge, is located along the northern shores of Lake Malawi. Delightfully sited in its own private bay, the lodge is ideal for that perfect “Retreat to Paradise”. Makuzi Beach has stylish en suite thatched chalets - all nestled in manicured gardens overlooking the lake’s warm, clear waters. The lodge is perfectly positioned to offer guests spectacular views of the lake while enjoying a quiet drink at the bar. The restaurant has an excellent reputation for outstanding cuisine and guests are encouraged to enjoy the full African experience while dining under the stars. There’s a wide variety of activities: swimming, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking or just wallowing in the lake. Makuzi Beach is involved in community projects, one of which is the village tour and includes a visit to the historical missionary site, museum and a taste of the local cuisine. Horse riding and scuba diving can be arranged off-site. Bird watching opportunities are some of the best along the lake. Overnight lodge on Dinner, bed and breakfast basis. [110 km , 3 hrs. journey time]

Day 10 - Makuzi Beach Lodge (B,D)+

Day at Leisure on the beach and exploring the area - visits to Bandawe Point, the nearby local village to see the community project. Overnight Chalets on Dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 11 - Chelinda Bedrooms (B,L,D)+

After an early morning departure, you drive through Mzuzu and continue up to Nyika Plateau. Picnic lunch en route and arrival in Nyika is mid afternoon. Chelinda Camp, facing a clear water dam, consists of six twin bedded en suite rooms. There’s a restaurant and bar overlooking the dam. Activities include game drives, walking, mountain biking, birding and fly fishing for trout. Overnight rooms inclusive all meals. [320 km , 8 hrs. journey time]

Day 12 - Chelinda Bedrooms (FB)+

Morning and afternoon game drives and walks - Optional Night drive. Overnight Rooms inclusive all meals

Day 13 - Chelinda Bedrooms (FB)+

Morning and afternoon game drives and walks - Optional Night drive. Overnight Rooms inclusive all meals

Day 14 - Luwawa Forest Lodge (B,L,D)+

From Nyika continue through Mzuzu again and onto the Viphya Plateau. Luwawa Forest Lodge is an international guesthouse and outdoor adventure centre in the unspoilt wilderness of the Viphya Plateau. At 1600m, the area is malaria-free. The lodge overlooks a large, well-stocked lake. Much of the Lodge’s electricity is from solar energy and the water supply from a mountain stream. Fresh vegetables prepared in the kitchen are from the lodge’s permaculture garden. The lodge is dedicated to being in tune with its natural surroundings. The latest addition to the facilities is a Sauna & bush shower. Luwawa has prolific birdlife and antelope can be seen close to the lodge. Further afield are monkeys, baboons, leopards and hyenas. Numerous activities are offered such as squash, canoeing, abseiling, orienteering. Luwawa is ideal for family and individual holidays. The lodge is committed to responsible tourism through its many local community assistance projects in which guests can be directly involved. Winner of the Malawi Government’s Tourism Award 2008 for “Community Participation and Sustainable Tourism Practices”. Overnight Lodge on dinner bed and breakfast basis. [385 km , 8hrs. journey time]

Day 15 - Home (B)+

Today we co-ordinate your departure to arrive in Lilongwe in time for your return flight or onward journey [Luwawa to LLW is a 3 hr. drive and check in is 2 hrs. before your international flight]. Breakfast. [210 km , 3 hrs. journey time]

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