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Embark on an unforgettable 11-day adventure in the heart of Africa with a thrilling journey to Malawi. Malawi offers a variety of experiences that will enthrall your senses and leave you with lifelong memories, from stunning landscapes to vibrant cultures. Visit the Chimwenya Game Park, also known as a wildlife game reserve. Discover the Satemwa Tea Estates, a renowned tea estate with quality production. No trip to Malawi would be complete without exploring the magnificent Mulanje Massif. Venture into the wilderness and discover the beauty of Malawi's national parks. Liwonde National Park is just one of the conservation areas that offer an incredible opportunity for wildlife spotting. Head to Lake Malawi, Dive into the crystal-clear waters, and witness the kaleidoscope of colorful fish species that call this lake home.
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  • Discover the heart of Africa in Malawi, a hidden gem waiting to be explored
  • Visit the Chimwenya Game Park, a protected area where wildlife roam freely
  • Learn how to make high-quality tea at Satemwa Tea Estate.
  • Challenge yourself to reach the peak of Mount Mulanje
  • Venture into the wilderness and discover Liwonde National Park
  • Dive into the crystal-clear waters, and see colorful fish in Lake Malawi
Places Visited
  • Africa
  • Malawi
  • Blantyre
  • Game Haven Lodge
  • Lake Malawi
  • Lilongwe
  • Liwonde National Park
  • Mulanje
  • Mulanje Mountain
  • Thyolo
  • Zomba
Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.

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Day 1: Arrive in Chileka | Chimwenya Game Park

Welcome to Malawi, the warm heart of Africa! Fly into Chileka International Airport for a meet and greet followed by guided transfers to Game Haven Lodge, situated at Chimwenya Game Park near Satemwa Tea Estates. You will spend the first night of your adventure here. 

Game Haven Lodge is situated at Chimwenya Private Game Park, Bvumbwe, just 25 kilometers from Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial capital. The lodge has an exquisite design, built with the golden rock found on the estate itself. The main area looks out onto beautifully manicured lawns, where you will often see the residents enjoying a morning or afternoon graze. Enjoy a drink and some nibbles on the veranda, where you can spot a spectacular view of the sun going down.

Day 2-4: Mount Mulanje Hike

In the morning today, your driver/guide will transfer you to Mulanje to start your three-night Mount Mulanje hike, a demanding and equally rewarding route traversing the wide cross-section of Mulanje’s unique areas, with spectacular views and optional side hikes to numerous peaks and pools. 

The trek culminates at Sapitwa Peak (3002 m), the highest point in Southern Tropical Africa. The highlights of this hike are to see the Namisire Peak, Elephant Head sunset viewpoint, and Dziwelankhalamba.

Day 5-6: Zomba Plateau

Today, after descending the mountain, you will be transferred to Zomba, the old capital city of Malawi. You will be staying at Zomba Forest Lodge, situated at the edge of the Zomba Plateau. You will spend the next two nights on your tour. On the second day of your stay, you will have guided walks on the Zomba Plateau.

The Zomba Plateau is a marvel and a unique feature; it is an upland region with farmland and forest covering a total area of about 130 square kilometers. It rises above the plain below and is a tranquil haven of beauty. The Zomba Plateau stands out significantly from its surroundings due to its cooler climate, rare plant species, breathtaking views, and overall tranquility.

Zomba Plateau forms part of the Shire highlands that extend from the southern end of Lake Malombe. At 2087 meters above sea level, it’s a wonder to see and visit.

Day 7-8: Liwonde National Park

Next on the list is Liwonde National Park. Your driver/guide will transfer you to Mvuu Camp, situated along the Shire River right within the park. You will spend the next two nights of your tour here. 

Mvuu Camp, based on the banks of the Shire River, is a haven for Malawi wildlife. From the plentiful crocs and hippos on the banks of the river to the large herds of elephants, antelope, and newly introduced black rhino, cheetah, and lion! Mvuu camp is affordable, and everyone here is highly skilled and has a great staff, from the chefs to the guides.

Day 9-10: Lake Malawi National Park

It's now time to cool off! You will be driven to Cape Maclear in Mangochi in the morning to board the boat that will take you to the stunning Mumbo Island. You will stay at Mumbo Island Camp for the last two nights of your tour. 

Mumbo Island is a 40-minute boat ride from the mainland. Let it take you away from modern distractions, mobile phones, and busy life. Instead, take advantage of sunset strolls along the white-sand beach, fine wine, and the clear, blue water that does not even require a snorkel mask to see the fish! Enjoy the island's rustic charm and breathtaking views by kayaking around it or reading a good book.

Day 11: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
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! 


Mvuu Lodge

Experience the beautiful solitude of Mvuu Lodge
Experience the beautiful solitude of Mvuu Lodge
Experience the beautiful solitude of Mvuu Lodge

Zomba Forest Lodge

A couple enjoying an evening walk at Zomba Forest Lodge
Relax in front of the fireplace after a full day of adventure
Simple yet comfortable interiors at Zomba Forest Lodge

Mumbo Island

Experience the beauty of Lake Malawi at Mumbo Island Camp
Experience the beauty of Lake Malawi at Mumbo Island Camp
Experience the beauty of Lake Malawi at Mumbo Island Camp

Game Haven Lodge

Game Haven Lodge
Game Haven Lodge
Game Haven Lodge

Mulanje Mountain Hut

Sombani Mountain Hut
Mulanje Moutain Hut
Trail Path

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  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Return boat transfers to and from Mumbo Island, all non-motorized activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, island walks and all park fees in Lake Malawi National Park
  • Access to Lake Bvumbwe and Mwana Park in Satemwa Tea Estate
  • One game drive during the stay with guided game, birdwatching walks, mountain bike trail rides (includes bikes), and access to swimming pool in Game Haven Lodge
  • An administration porters to assist with carrying bags, utensils and personal items with all meals and distilled water during the hike in Mount Mulanje
  • All meal inclusive of breakfast, lunch and a 3-course dinner and guided walks in Zomba Plateau
  • Guided Transfer from Chileka International Airport on day 1 to Lilongwe Airport on day 11
  • All park fees at Liwonde and Lake Malawi National Parks
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • Passport or Visa fees


When to Go

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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.


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