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Begin your 11-day self-drive tour of Malawi at the Lilongwe International Airport where you are chauffeured to luxurious Kumbali Lodge for your overnight stay. With some time for relaxation before dinner, you soak up marvellous views of the countryside.

Then drive your rental vehicle through the Thyolo region to grand Huntingdon House, which is surrounded by the rolling hills of tea plantations. Enjoy picnics on the estate’s beautiful gardens and guided birding walks that have marvellous views of Mount Mulanje. You visit Satemwa’s tea factory, which produces some of Malawi’s finest export teas and observe the production process from leaf to cup.

Next up is Mkulumadzi Lodge situated within the Majete Game Reserve where your home is an open-fronted riverside chalet overlooking the captivating wilderness. Stalk rare antelope through the reserve on guided 4×4 game drives and enjoy walking safaris through the shallow Mkulumadzi River valley and observe the glorious Kapichira Falls on an afternoon boat cruise.

Your last stop is Pumulani Lake Lodge, where your vehicle will be left at reception, collected and taken back to Lilongwe for you. From your thatched suite set in lush hills on Lake Malawi’s southern shore, experience barefoot-luxury with land and water-based activities to meet anybody’s idea of holiday recreation.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Stay on a historical estate & working tea farm
  • Picnics & guided birding walks near Mount Mulanje
  • Barefoot-luxury & impeccable service on Lake Malawi
  • Open-fronted chalet overlooking Majete Game Reserve
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Tour Duration: 10 Days
Start: Malawi
End: Lake Malawi, Malawi

Destinations visited

Accommodations visited



Huntingdon House
3 Nights


2 Nights

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Pumulani Lake Lodge
4 Nights


Day to day

You are met at Lilongwe International Airport where you collect your rental car and drive to Kumbali Lodge, just 10 minutes from Lilongwe’s city centre. This secluded retreat on a working maize and dairy farm is set in an expansive garden and offers stately thatched suites which feature Wi-Fi access and balconies overlooking the splendid countryside. The serene lodge is adjacent to Malawi’s presidential palace. Dinner is enjoyed in the elegantly appointed restaurant where the kitchen serves cuisine made largely from ingredients produced by the farm itself – cue deliciously creamy desserts – and full English breakfast accompanied by your choice of fragrant Malawian tea or coffee. The fully-stocked bar offers comfortable outdoor seating with a splendid garden view while the swimming pool provides a place to keep cool during the day.

Expert Opinion

We know because we go
Ramona Cilliers

Ramona Cilliers

Africa Safari Expert

If you want the best Malawi has to offer, you have found it! You can expect authentic Malawian hospitality whilst exploring some of the most breath taking areas of this hidden Gem in Africa

What's Included?

  • Car hire with comprehensive insurance and unlimited mileage
  • Drinks at Huntingdon, Pumulani, and Mkulumadzi (excludes premium drinks)
  • National Park fees

What's Excluded?

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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