Experience the journey of a lifetime with a trip to Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa. Malawi is defined by stunning topography of lush forests, mountainous highlands, vast plains, dramatic river valleys and the picturesque Lake Malawi. On this 13-day highlights tour, embark on safari in the wildlife-rich Majete Wildlife Reserve, wander the scenic paths of tea and coffee estates, explore the beauty of the Zomba Plateau and find adventure along the shores of Lake Malawi. Ideal for those looking to combine "bush and beach" without unnecessary layovers, a trip to Malawi is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Kayak above crystal clear waters on Lake Malawi
Search for wildlife while on safari in Liwonde National park
Welcome to Malawi! Upon arrival at Chileka International Airport, your guide will welcome you and transfer you to Mkulumadzi, situated right within Majete Wildlife Reserve, one of the outstanding success stories of African conservation. Mkulumadzi Lodge will be your home for three nights during your trip.
Surrounded by 7,000 hectares of private concession, Mkulumadzi enjoys an idyllic location at the confluence of two rivers, shaded by giant leadwood trees. It is the perfect combination of splendid isolation and first-class facilities. Undiscovered by tourists, Majete is a true wilderness where every trip into the bush with a team of experienced guides will feel like an adventure.
Today you will rise and go on your last activity in Majete Wildlife Reserve before being jetted off to the stunning Satemwa Tea Estates. You will spend the following two nights at the magnificent Huntingdon House.
Go for guided walks around the estates, play croquet on the lawn, take a tour of the coffee factory, and do some tea tasting. Do not forget to take a trip up to the picnic spot for sundowners for a bird's-eye view of the estate and far beyond.
You can even take a day trip to Mount Mulanje and do some hiking before returning to the house to enjoy a home-cooked meal and a tea- or coffee-related cocktail by the fire in the drawing room.
Today you will travel to the Shire River, where you will be greeted by the Kuthengo Camp staff, who will take you by boat to your home for the next three nights.
You will settle into your room on arrival and rest. That afternoon, you will be taken on your first game drive to explore the wildlife of Liwonde National Park. After your activity, you will be brought back to the camp in time to freshen up before enjoying an al fresco dinner and campfire stories.
The next morning, get up bright and early for your morning activity! Game drives, walking safaris, and boat safaris are all options! Go bird-watching on your private deck before lunch or jump in the pool after your activities. After lunch, why not have a siesta or read a book by the pool before your evening activity? A game drive, dinner, and a good night’s sleep lay ahead.
After breakfast, travel by boat back to the mainland to meet your guide. Your guide will transfer you to Lilongwe International Airport to catch your flight to Likoma Airport, meet and greet you, and transfer you to Kaya Mawa Lodge. You will stay here for the last four nights of your tour.
Day 13: Lilongwe | Return Home
Transfer this morning to Lilongwe Airport in time for your departure home. Board your flight with memories of Malawi's friendly people, exceptional wildlife and stunning natural beauty. Or, choose to extend your time in Africa with a visit to neighboring Zambia!
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!