Day 1: Arrival in Lilongwe
Arrive Lilongwe. Transfer from Airport to Lodge. Your guide will meet everyone at the Lodge for introductions and a tour briefing at 18H00, after the briefing dinner will be served. We will arrange airport transfers on this day as and when needed.
Day 2: Lilongwe - Luangwa National Park
Depart Lilongwe and travel on to Mchinji, where we complete immigration formalities and continue into Zambia. From the border it is another 2 .5hrs to Luangwa Valley - Mfuwe sector. A picnic lunch is enjoyed en route and ETA at the Lodge is mid afternoon. We use one of 3 lodges in Luangwa, namely, Marula Lodge, Wildlife Camp or Thornicroft Lodge - all lodges are of a similar standard and offer a good 2 star experience - Each chalet is ensuite with comfortable beds, mattresses & bedding ensuring you have the best nights rest possible, whilst being safely tucked inside your large walk in mosquito net. The restaurants serves good wholesome meals, whilst tea and coffee is available throughout the day. The bar serves a selection of drinks for all occasions and the lounge and swimming pool remains a popular "chill out" area especially during the hot summer months. Game drives are undertaken in specially modified 4X4 open safari vehicles led by a qualified guide with an intimate knowledge of the park and its fauna & flora. Morning and Afternoon game drives - All lodges have open game drive vehicles, en suite accommodation, good food and a pool to relax by during the midday break. Game walks optional extra. Morning and Afternoon Game drives. Midday visit to a local project or Tribal textiles.
Day 3-5: Luangwa National Park
Morning and Afternoon Game drives. Optional Game walk. Overnight Lodge on all inclusive basis.
Day 6: Luangwa National Park - Dzalanyama
After breakfast, depart for Dzalanyama Forest. We turn off and head South East before Lilongwe and drive towards Mozambique. Arrival is early afternoon. After checking into our chalets a walk into the surrounding forest and up Mtsongololo mountain is offered. The track takes us through the endemic forests where there is a profusion of miombo birdlife. Return back to the lodge as it gets dark. Overnight Forest House on all meals inclusive basis. The forest house has a variety of rooms available, 2 of which are not en suite.
Day 7: Dzalanyama
Today is a community visit day! - We visit the community that live just outside the reserve - you have the opportunity to walk through the village, meet the locals, learn how to pound maize, we will eat some local food, drink some local brew's and get a glimpse of what life as a rural Malawian is like. The Malawian people are known for their friendliness and this will certainly reaffirm this view - this visit is non staged and as authentic as living in the country is. Return to the house in the evening for sundowners followed by dinner.
Day 8: Dzalanyama - Dedza
From Dzalanyama head southwards to Dedza. Arrive in the area mid morning and our first stop is the rock paintings. Its a walk up to the site [allow about an hour or 2 here] - picnic lunch on return from the paintings, then we drive to Dedza Pottery - a tour of the pottery workshop is offered - or you can enjoy a delicious cheesecake on the restaurants verandah. Mid afternoon we arrive 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 - New tour participants may join on this day if they are booked on the Malawi only part of the tour.
Day 9: Dedza - Thyolo
Breakfast then its a scenic drive through Malawi, along the Mozambique border and through the commercial Capital of Malawi - Blantyre- till we reach our 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.
Day 10: Thyolo
After breakfast we 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 view site with excellent views of the estate and the lower shire valley. For keen birders the forest surrounding this 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.
Day 11: Thyolo - Cape Maclear
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.
Day 12: Cape Maclear
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.
Day 13: Cape Maclear - Domwe Island
This morning we prepare for our Kayaking experience. Transfer just down the beach to Kayak Africa Base camp and here we 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.
Day 14: Domwe Island - Kuti Wildlife Reserve
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.
Day 15: Kuti Wildlife Reserve - Lilongwe
Today we co-ordinate our departure to arrive in Lilongwe in time for your return flight or onward journey [Kuti to LLW is a 2 hr. drive and check in is 2 hrs. before your international flight].
Departure Days 2019: 03.03., 30.03., 28.04., 02.06., 29.06., 03.08., 28.09., 20.10., 17.11., 14.12.2019
Minimum number of participants: 2 persons
Handicapped accessible: This journey can be carried out handicapped accessible on request
Type of travel: Small group journey, can be also booked as individual journey
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This exemplary itinerary can individually be amended to your wishes. Of course, also other accommodations are possible. The exemplary route can be individually changed. We can for example shorten or lengthen the route, include additional stops, mix lodges etc.
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