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Experience the very best of warm-hearted Malawi on this 9-day safari and beach adventure that begins in the dense floodplains of Liwonde National Park and ends on the waters of Lake Malawi.

Arrive in Blantyre and transfer to Mvuu Camp on the lush palm-fringed banks of the Shire River in Malawi’s premier Liwonde National Park for four days of superb game viewing. Be thrilled by early morning cruises through waters teeming with crocodiles and hippos, walk with a guide through mopane woodlands, and savour sundowners on a mirror-still lagoon.

Then fly north from Lilongwe to tiny Likoma Island in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi and switch off and relax at beautiful Kaya Mawa, which is tucked away at the southern tip of the island. Soak up the sun on the lake’s beach and choose from a range of water activities, from sailing and kayaking to windsurfing to water-skiing.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Game drives through 12m high mopane forests
  • Search for rare black rhino & 400 bird species
  • Thrilling water sports on Lake Malawi
  • Dive with tiny cichlids
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Tour Duration: 9 Days
Start: Malawi
End: Lake Malawi, Malawi

Destinations visited

Accommodations visited



Mvuu Lodge
4 Nights

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Kaya Mawa Lodge
4 Nights


Day to day

On arrival in Blantyre, meet your representative who will be standing by at Chileka International Airport to transfer you to Mvuu Camp in Liwonde National Park, a 3-hour scenic drive from the airport, with an exhilarating 30-minute boat journey during the wet season.

Set on the banks of the Shire River, Mvuu means ‘hippo’ in the local Chichewa language. Settle into your spacious stone-and-canvas chalet, freshen up after your journey, and then relax for a moment on your verandah and gaze out over the river, which is home to dense populations of crocodile and hippo.

Liwonde National Park is hauntingly beautiful, with its languid floodplains and riverine forests that support a rich array of animals, among them vast herds of elephant. As you retire for dinner in the thatched dining area between two enormous baobab trees, look forward to an extraordinary four days of game viewing.

After breakfast, spend your mornings cruising the river, where crocodiles bask sleepily in the sun or slide silently off its banks into the water. Weaver birds rustle among its reeds; vervet monkeys gambol in the canopy above.

Mvuu Camp offers day and night boat trips, as well as game drives and walks with qualified scouts. Encounter elephants, hippos and sable antelope along the water’s edge. Birdlife is prolific as Liwonde National Park one of the finest birding spots in Africa: see African open-bill storks, squacco herons, African fish eagles, malachite kingfishers and blue-cheeked bee-eaters.

Embark on a game drive through the Rhino Sanctuary and its surrounding mopane woodlands for excellent sightings of rare black rhino, as well as herds of hartebeest and buffalo. Alternatively, spend the afternoon at camp, lounging around its natural-rock swimming pool or relaxing with a book on your private verandah, bringing the day to a close with a sundowner beside the river as animals come down to the water’s edge to drink. Dinners are served under the stars in the traditional boma or along the banks of the river, with bat hawks swooping over its waters and Pel’s fishing owls calling into the dusk…

Expert Opinion

We know because we go
Ramona Cilliers

Ramona Cilliers

Africa Safari Expert

Kaya Mawa offers one of the most unique beach vacations in Africa. Crystal clear waters, incredible staff and a laid back atmosphere. Coupled with the wonders of the Liwonde Park its nature at its best in both locations

What's Included?

  • Flights Lilongwe/Likoma Island/Likoma
  • Game viewing activities at Mvuu Lodge
  • Non motorised water sports at Kaya Mawa
  • Road transfers Lilongwe/Mvuu Lodge/Lilongwe

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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