Malawi’s Wildlife, Plantations & Lake Adventure

12 days
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Highlights

  • Bush and beach combination
  • Walking & boating safaris
  • Island living at Lake Malawi
  • Ample watersports available during your island stay
  • Tour of Satemwa Tea Estates

Overview

Discover the ultimate combination of a safari and island escape, all within Malawi’s diverse landscapes. Your journey begins in Mejete Wildlife Reserve at Mkulumadzi for an intimate, isolated experience. Relax and unwind amidst true wilderness and venture out into a private concession with expert guides. Each moment spent away from the lodge promises adventure and excitement, while the luxury camp offers rejuvenation and first-class facilities, ideal for the start of your trip.

From there, the colonial leg of your trip begins at the exceptionally beautiful Satemwa Tea Estates. The esteemed Huntingdon House will be your home-away-from-home while you enjoy picturesque scenery, lawn games, tea tastings, and even a tour of the coffee factory. There may not be any safari-style wildlife viewing, but a prolific aviary population ensure some sightings during your stay.

Bid the plantations farewell and transfer to the Shire River and on to Kuthengo Camp. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the pool or on your private deck before beginning your exploration of the lauded Liwonde National Park. Game drives, walking safaris, and boating safaris ensure your time here is adventure-filled with equal time for rest and respite.

Leave Kuthengo Camp behind in favour of the idyllic, warm waters of Lake Malawi. Mumbo Island Camp promises rustic, but lovely lake view chalets with an enticing array of water-based activities. This is the perfect opportunity to take your tour into your own hands – idle by the pool, take a meander around the island, discover hidden beaches, and enjoy sublime sunsets.

The island dream continues following your transfer to Nankoma Island, an unspoiled paradise protected by Lake Malawi National Park. As with your time at Mumbo Island Camp, your stay at Blue Zebra Island Lodge invites you to tailor-make your stay. Enjoy a variety of watersports, explore the island on foot, or simply relax by the infinity pool and on your private deck. It’s the ultimate island respite.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 12 Days

Accommodations Visited

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Itinerary

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Day 1-3: Welcome to Malawi!

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Detailed breakdown

Day 1-3: Welcome to Malawi! | 2 Nights

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On arrival at Chileka International Airport you will be met and transferred to the Majete Wildlife Reserve. Your home for the next two nights, Mkulumadzi is found in the heart of 7,000 hectares of private concession, and the confluence of two rivers.

Spend your days under the shade of giant leadwood trees and venturing out on twice daily game drives to discover your spectacular surroundings. Between the game drives, and walking safaris, enjoy endless opportunities for exciting wildlife sightings, including safari big hitters, the Big 5.

Each luxurious chalet enjoys views of the river, ample natural light, contemporary furnishings, and both indoor and outdoor showers. Wake to the sounds of dawn’s chorus and the rumble of the river before greeting the world from your private deck. As the property has no phone reception or Wi-Fi, it’s the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and embrace a holistic safari experience.

Day 3-5: Explore Satemwa Tea Estates | 2 Nights

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Enjoy one final activity in Majete Wildlife Reserve before your transfer to the spectacular Satemwa Tea Estates. For the next two nights, Huntingdon House will be your host.

Embrace old world luxury and play croquet and badminton on the lawn or take a guided walk around the estates. Guests would be remiss to leave without a tea tasting – sample a selection of teas with a comprehensive explanation of the full process from your guide. Despite being a tea-focused estate, Satemwa has also grown coffee since the 70’s, and in-season guided walks are not only scenic, but incredibly interesting.
Keep your bird book on hand as the estate is home to a seemingly endless array of aviary species, including the endangered Thyolo Alethe. For the adventurous at heart, take a day trip to Mount Mulanje, the third highest free-standing peak in Africa, and do some hiking. Before you leave, be sure to take a trip to the picnic spot for sundowners and sensational views over the estate.
In the evenings, enjoy a tea or coffee-based cocktail in front of the fire and a delicious home cooked meal before retiring to your unique suite – each room has its own story, so find out more about yours before departing.

Huntingdon House - En suite bathrooms

Day 5-7: Explore the wildlife of Liwonde National Park | 2 Nights

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Liwonde National Park, Malawi

Today, a transfer to the Shire River is on your itinerary. From there, a boat transfer will take you to the next exciting installment on your tour, Kuthengo Camp. On arrival, settle into your room and spend a few hours at leisure before your first game drive into the incredible Liwonde National Park. Your first evening promises and enticing al fresco dinner and fireside stories before a good night’s rest.

Rise and shine bright and early for your morning activity – make an impossible selection between a game drive, walking safari, or boating safari (water levels permitting). Whichever you choose, keep an eye out for resident wildlife such as sable and roan antelope, impala, and buffalo. Upon your return, enjoy a dip in the pool or do some birding on your private deck before lunch is served. Watch as hippos graze and herds of elephants make their way across the river, providing your mealtime entertainment. Have an afternoon snooze, read a book, or relax on the deck before your evening game drive and dinner.

This is the ideal time to rest and recuperate, both inside and out of your spacious safari tent. Set beneath beautiful baobabs and ancient fever trees, with views across the lush grass plains, the tents are designed to provide a tranquil oasis. At night, state-of-the-art Evening Breeze air-conditioned canopy beds ensure a comfortable sleeping environment, and a restful night.

A close-up view of elephants from a boat safari with Kuthengo Camp | Go2Africa

Day 7-9: Off to the Lake we go! | 2 Nights

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After breakfast, embark on a transfer to Kayak Africa Cottage in Cape Maclear for the second stage of your journey, a boat transfer to Mumbo Island. The warm waters of Lake Malawi and striking vistas welcome you to your new abode. Tucked away in an exclusive concession of the Lake Malawai National Park, the camp offers an idyllic island lifestyle for the duration of your stay. Gently sway in a hammock with the book you keep meaning to read, float along the lake’s surface, or make the most of all the activities on offer – from kayaking and bird watching to scuba diving and snorkeling.

As part of a World Heritage Site, Mumbo Island Camp has embraced a rustic, characterful design, complete with bucket showers and materials including timber, thatch, and reed – the epitome of eco-architecture.

There is no set itinerary during your stay here, it’s the ultimate opportunity to do exactly as you please. Sun loungers on the beach provide an ideal spot for relaxation while the watersport gazebo awaits any adventure activity you wish to undertake. Alternatively, take a walk around the island and discover hidden beaches and nature trails before a sundowner on the popular pod rock.

Woman sits on the banks of Lake Malawi on Mumbo Island, Malawi.

Day 9-11: Wake up to the sounds of nature | 3 Nights

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Say farewell to Mumbo Island and begin the next part of your journey with a boat ride back to the mainland to meet your guide. A transfer will ensure your passage to Whistler’s Cottage in Senga Bay where you’ll catch the Blue Zebra boat to Nankoma Island.

Discover the exquisite unspoiled paradise of the island during your time at Blue Zebra Island Lodge with nature trails water-based activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, and boat cruises. To experience ultimate relaxation, spend time at the on-site spa found under an ancient fig tree while listening to the water brush against the shore or take part in restorative yoga. For the thrill seekers and adventurous at heart, try your hand at watersports such as tubing, banana-boating, wakeboarding, and water-skiing on the spectacular Lake Malawi.

While there are ample activities to enjoy, the lodge is also a perfect place to relax and unwind by the infinity pool, or on your private balcony, while watching the prolific bird population fly by. Keep an eye out for the African Fish Eagle and migrating African Pitta during your stay.

Wake to the sound of birds chirping and the gentle ebb and flow of water, and dine in the open-air restaurant overlooking a baobab garden and across the pool area to the lake. In the evenings, head to the Fig-Tree Bar for sundowners before enjoying a leisurely dinner. Your stay at Blue Zebra Island Lodge offers the opportunity to be selective and spend your time as you please.

Day 12: Farewell

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Today, it’s time to say a fond farewell to Lake Malawi. A transfer will ensure your passage back to the mainland before another guide takes you to Lilongwe International Airport for the next leg of your journey.

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Inclusions

  • All meals included
  • All park fees at Liwonde National Park, Majete Wildlife Reserve and Lake Malawi National Park
  • Guided airport and inter-lodge transfers
  • Local and non-premium drinks at Mkulumadzi, Kuthengo Camp
  • Tea tasting and unguided tea walks at Huntingdon House All game viewing activities in Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve All non-motorized activities at Mumbo Island and Blue Zebra Island Lodge
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Exclusions

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

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Dates Price
2024-01-10 — 2024-03-31 $5,815
2024-04-01 — 2024-06-30 $6,165
2024-07-01 — 2024-09-30 $6,955
2024-10-01 — 2024-10-31 $6,165
2024-11-01 — 2024-12-31 $5,815
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
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