Best of Malawi – Safari, Tea Estates and Beach

$5,895-$6,850/per person

Overview

You will start your exploration of Malawi with 3 nights of safari, after a quick 2 hour drive from Chileka Airport in Blantyre. You'll stay at Mkulumadzi luxury camp in the Majete Wildlife Reserve, and enjoy  game drives as well as river cruises and walking safaris.  With just 8 chalets in this large private concession you are guaranteed an amazing and unique wildlife experience. Your next stop is an overnight at the Satemwa Tea Estate, a wonderful break in your safari journey. You can stretch your legs, taste some of the best tea on the planet, and cycle around the picturesque rows of tea bushes with Mount Mulanje as your backdrop.  Liwonde is your next point of call, one of Malawi's premier national parks,  is now home to a significant black rhino population as well as many other mammals including elephant, lion and cheetah. Mvuu Lodge overlooks a tranquil lagoon, in an area surrounded by lush vegetation and towering Borassus palms. Wake up to the sound of fish eagles calling, enjoy twice daily game drives, Shire River cruises and bush walks. After a week of safari,  you'll be looking forward to the Robinson Crusoe part of your vacation. Mumbo Island Camp, accommodating just fourteen guests, features tastefully furnished tents with shaded decks, hammocks, hot bucket showers and ‘eco-loos’. Mumbo Island is a pristine tropical island in Lake Malawi, surrounded by a maze of massive underwater boulders, innumerable species of colorful cichlid fish and calm, clear water, ideal for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. Your final night in Malawi will be in the capital city of Lilongwe, staying at the art inspired Latitude 13° Hotel.

DAY
1-3

At A Glance

  • Private transfer from Chileka Airport to Mkulumadzi Lodge (±1 hour)
  • Stay at Mkulumadzi Lodge in a Chalet for 3 nights
  • Shared game drives, walks and boat safaris included
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Local Brand Drinks Included

Mkulumadzi

Itinerary Details

Sprawling across 700 square kilometres of the Great African Rift Valley, Majete Wildlife Reserve’s undulating terrain incorporates grassy plains, riverside groves and forests of marula, acacia and leadwood interspersed with palms and the occasional baobab tree. The park provides a sanctuary for a diverse mix of wildlife, including black rhino, elephant, antelope and warthog, while the Shire River is populated by large numbers of crocodiles and hippos. Mkulumadzi Lodge has eight superb chalets, each with spacious living quarters and private viewing deck. Guests can swim in our pool, dine under the stars, enjoy river cruises, game drives and walking safaris.

DAY
4-5

At A Glance

  • Travel overland to Satemwa Tea Estate (±1½ hours)
  • Stay at Huntingdon House in a Luxury Suite for 2 nights
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Local Brand Drinks Included

Huntingdon House

Itinerary Details

Located between Blantyre and Mount Mulanje in what is arguably the most scenically beautiful region of Malawi, the town of Thyolo serves as the administrative capital of the Thyolo District. The area is best known for its historical tea and coffee estates some of which date back as far as the early 1900s. With its tidy landscape of undulating hills and immaculately kept tea and coffee estates, the Thyolo area is a pleasure to explore whether by bike, vehicle or on foot.
Originally the family home built by Maclean Kay in 1928, Huntingdon House exudes a colonial charm and unique character that cannot be recreated. This magnificent house forms the heart of Satemwa Tea Estate and is surrounded by sprawling manicured gardens with secret patios and terraces waiting to be discovered by guests. The house has been tastefully refurbished to offer 5 unique suites, each individually decorated to reflect the quirks and character of this grand residence. Each area of the house has a story of its own from the original children’s nursery to the resident priests’ quarters and private Chapel. Guests are encouraged to share the colorful history of one of Malawi’s oldest homes while being spoiled by the team of professional staff.

DAY
6-8

At A Glance

  • Travel overland to Mvuu Lodge (±4 hours)
  • Stay at Mvuu Lodge in a Luxury Tent for 3 nights
  • Game drives, walks and boat safaris included
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Local Brand Drinks Included

Mvuu Lodge

Itinerary Details

Liwonde National Park is situated at the southern tip of Lake Malombe in southern Malawi. Although Liwonde is one of Malawi’s smaller parks, it is arguably the most popular of all the game parks in the country. Malawi’s main river, the Shire, forms its western boundary and is the reserve’s lifeblood. With plentiful wildlife including hippos, kudu, elephants, crocodiles and elephants and even black rhino, the park had become one of Malawi’s premier wildlife-viewing destinations. The birding is excellent and a favorite sighting among birdwatchers is the Pel’s fishing owl.
Mvuu Lodge overlooks a tranquil lagoon just off the Shire River with the main lounge area set high above the water in an area of captivating variety and beauty. It has an extensive wildlife library and telescope to make the most of the exceptional bird and other life that moves around the river. Mvuu means “hippo” in Tonga and the name epitomizes the large numbers of pods of these water-loving mammals that float in the river. In this lush and fertile area, an excellent diversity of animals can be seen.

DAY
9-11

At A Glance

  • Travel overland to Cape Maclear Harbour (± 3 hours)
  • Take a boat from Cape Maclear Harbour to Mumbo Island (40 minutes)
  • Stay at Mumbo Island Camp in a Luxury Tent for 3 nights
  • Kayak, SUP boarding and snorkelling equipment included
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Mumbo Island Camp

Itinerary Details

Mumbo Island is an ecotourist’s dream. Measuring just one square kilometer across, this remote islet is virtually uninhabited and covered with pristine miombo forests interspersed with ancient fig and baobab trees. It is surrounded by the calm, crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi, where you can swim and snorkel amidst schools of vividly colored tropical fish. You may also encounter the island’s sole mammal inhabitant – playful and curious Spotted-necked Otters.
The island lies 10km north-west of Cape Maclear, where reception and the nearest point of road access is located. The camp comprises five units (two twin tents and three twin reed chalets) perched on rocks high above the water shaded by lush foliage, each with bucket showers, ‘eco-loos’ and wooden deck. A hammock provides a comfortable spot to take in the idyllic Lake view. A twin-tented family unit is tucked into the forest near the main beach. There is a dining area, bar and water sport gazebo of timber and thatch.
Activities here vary from lazing in a hammock to snorkeling, diving, swimming, kayaking, walking and bird watching. Guests have the option of boating or paddling to explore the granitic islands of the Lake.

DAY
12

At A Glance

  • Boat transfer to Cape Maclear Harbour (40 minutes)
  • Travel overland to Lilongwe (±3½ hours)
  • Stay at Latitude 13° in a Luxury Suite for 1 night
  • Breakfast Included

Latitude 13°

Itinerary Details

Resting on the banks of the Lilongwe River, the sprawling, bustling city of Lilongwe serves as the capital of Malawi. It is the largest city in Malawi and is the economic and transport hub of the country. It features thriving markets, lush green spaces, and a rich cultural heritage.
At nearly 1,000 square feet, each one of the nine rooms at Latitude 13° is significantly larger than your traditional hotel bedroom – making way for sumptuous sprung beds dressed in crisp white sheets and feather pillows – a stylish oversized workspace, large flat screen TV, enormous cozy sofa, sunken bath, drench shower and his and her sinks.

DAY
13

At A Glance

  • Transfer to Lilongwe Airport (±30 minutes)

Itinerary Details

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