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Welcome to the warm heart of Africa and one of this continent’s best kept secrets. Malawi is uncrowded, blessed with superb natural attractions and her people are as beautiful as the landscapes they call home. This 7-night safari combines a premier wildlife reserve with Lake Malawi, a body of fresh water so vast that it resembles an inland sea.

Mkulumadzi Lodge is located in the Majete Wildlife Reserve, a flagship Big 5 destination in the southern wilderness of the country. Encounter the celebrities of the African wilderness along with rare species like sable antelope on game drives, guided nature walks and boat safaris. After exploring the wilds of Majete, it is time to transfer to the tropical paradise of Lake Malawi.

Your home for four nights is Pumulani Lake Lodge. The lodge’s villas are set on the lush hillside above the lake but its private beach on the shore ensures you enjoy the best of both – elevated views and an exclusive beachfront haven. Soak up the sunshine around the infinity pool or take advantage of Africa’s third largest and second deepest natural lake with snorkelling and scuba diving among its multitude of colourful freshwater fish. Kayaking, water skiing, dhow cruises and guided walks provide plenty of opportunities to explore this tranquil haven.

Malawi will delight first-time travellers and experienced safari-goers alike – it is romantic, uncrowded and immensely beautiful.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Explore a premier Big 5 reserve
  • Excellent birding throughout
  • Game drives, walks & boat safaris
  • Private beach front on Lake Malawi
  • Scuba, snorkel, kayak & cruise on dhows
  • Excusive & intimate accommodation
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Tour Duration: 8 Days
Start: Malawi
End: Lake Malawi, Malawi

Destinations visited

Accommodations visited



3 Nights

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Pumulani Lake Lodge
4 Nights


Day to day

Welcome to the warm heart of Africa! On arrival at Malawi’s Lilongwe Airport, you transfer to Nchalo Airstrip for a 45-minute flight to Mkulumadzi Lodge in the Majete Wildlife Reserve. The lodge is set beneath giant leadwood and mango trees across a picturesque footbridge suspended over the Mkulumadzi River. Malawi is an uncrowded destination and Mkulumadzi Lodge makes the most of its hidden gem ambience with intimate luxury and excellent service.

Majete is one of Malawi’s few reserves where the Big 5 can be seen, which is the result of a remarkable conservation partnership between government and tourism. In addition to elephant, black rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion, the reserve is home to sable antelope, zebra, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and eland. Take in this game-rich wilderness on drives, nature walks and boat safaris. For wildlife enthusiasts and keen photographers, the lodge has a hide at the waterhole, providing impressively up-close game viewing. You can even enjoy an authentic cultural encounter at the local village.

If you simply want to rest and recharge, there are plenty of lounging spots to choose from – favourite retreats are beside the sparkling pool or on the timber viewing deck.

Expert Opinion

We know because we go
Ramona Cilliers

Ramona Cilliers

Africa Safari Expert

The ultimate in Malawian charm and luxury, experience two of Malawi’s gems with one of our best partners on the ground. Discover a unique and interesting wilderness at Majete and explore the waters of Lake Malawi both enriching and rewarding.

What's Included?

  • All activities (except motorized water sports)
  • All transfers by road, including road transfers to/from airstrip
  • Laundry
  • Local drinks
  • Meet & greet in Lilongwe
  • Park fees and tourism levy

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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