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  • 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


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.


  • Tour Duration: 8 Days

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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.
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Days 1-3: Big 5 in Majete

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Days 1-3: Big 5 in Majete | 3 Nights

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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.


Days 4-7: Magical Lake Malawi | 4 Nights

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Lake Malawi, Malawi

After breakfast, you travel to Lake Malawi, one of Africa’s Great Lakes and home to more species of fish than any other body of fresh water. The underwater attractions are comparable to a tropical island surrounded by coral reefs – there are a whopping 1,000 species of cichlid in these waters. The heavenly beauty of the water sparkling beneath the night sky gave rise to the nickname Lake of Stars. Your home for the next four nights is Pumulani Lake Lodge. Only 10 luxury villas are set in the forested hillside above the shore offering spectacular views over the lake.

Pack your days with action – cruising on a traditional dhow, birding, guided nature walks, lakeside picnics and plenty of non-motorised water sports. Snorkelling, kayaking, water skiing and scuba diving are key attractions here. The infinity pool with its views and private beach on the shore below invite you to simply laze in the sunshine within easy reach of the lodge’s friendly service.

The food here is nothing short of superb. A varied menu makes the most of fresh, local ingredients and the settings – from lakeside bar to dining with a view and nightcaps around the open fire – makes the most of the lake’s natural beauty.


Day 8: Farewell

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Malawi is rightly called the warm heart of Africa, stealing a little of your own heart after a week of fresh air, sunny days and friendly service. The uncrowded wilderness of Majete has brought you close to the stars of the Big 5; you snorkelled in the lake’s underwater paradise and toasted the setting sun from the deck of a traditional dhow – all these memories you carry home with you.

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