Malawi may be one of Africa’s smallest countries but when it comes to exploration and adventure, it has tremendous amounts to offer; from grasslands and forests, mountaintops, unspoilt wildlife parks to Africa’s third largest and most beautiful Lake!
Situated on the Great Rift Valley, Malawi is dominated by Lake Malawi, a magnificent body of water, 365 miles long and 52 miles wide (hence sometimes referred to as the calendar lake!). It’s teaming with life including over 400 species of cichlid fish, a lot of which are endemic to it. Most of Lake Malawi’s astounding underwater diversity is protected within the Lake Malawi National Park which is a World Heritage site and also one of the first in the world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish.
The wildlife parks in Malawi are picturesque as well as diverse in game. Also unlike other African parks these have a very exclusive feel to them with only a few lodges operating in each. Reserves such as Majete Wildlife Reserve, are virtually undiscovered by tourists thus visiting it feels more like an expedition; making for unique and exciting safaris. Majete is also the only official Big 5 Park in Malawi. Malawi is not a wealthy country, but there are great riches in the people.
Malawians are never short on smiles and hospitality; making you feel welcome in the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ right from the start of your unforgettable journey.
Day 1 : Mkulumadzi
On arrival at Blantyre International Airport, a guide from Brothers Safaris will meet you. The drive to Mkulumadzi is approximately 2.5hours through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture, as well as bush. The camp is located on the confluence of the Shire and Mkulumadzi River; within Majete Wildlife Reserve, 70km South West of Blantyre – Southern Malawi. Majete is Malawi’s only Big 5 Reserve and also one of the largest protected areas and covers an area of over 70,000ha. The reserve is located within the Miombo woodland ecoregion and much of the higher lying areas in the west of the park are dominated by Miombo/Brachystegia woodland. Mixed Combretum woodlands and mosaics of riparian forest can be found in the East of Majete.
The luxurious lodge is in a stunning location and activities include game-drives, boating safaris, bush walks, hiking Majete Hill, black rhino tracking, cultural tours, birding trips on the Shire River and game-viewing from a hide. Guests are free to be as energetic or as idle as they please although at least one activity per day is encouraged to best enjoy Majete.
Day 4 : Kuthengo Camp
After breakfast and farewells, you will be transferred to Kuthengo Camp by road transfer, approximately a 3-4 hour journey. Liwonde National Park is considered to be one of the top birding locations in Southern Africa. The park offers some of the most scenic game viewing, beautiful riverine surroundings and varied bird watching you could wish to find. A great deal of the terrain is Shire River floodplains, much loved by the healthy population of Elephants in this park. They are best viewed during your boat safari on the Shire River, one of the many highlights of a stay at Kuthengo Camp.
Day 5 – 6 : Kuthengo Camp
Kuthengo Camp offers comfortable tented accommodation in spacious safari tents, with own en suite facilities for a maximum of 10 guests. Each tent has its own private viewing platform and is discreetly hidden between the thick undergrowth bordering the lagoon. The camp has al fresco dining overlooking the river and lagoon. Your stay is on a full board basis, including the game activities which centre on game drives by day and by night in open vehicles, walks and boat safaris at Kuthengo Camp. Explore the Shire River and lagoons – an excellent opportunity for sightings of elephants, hippo, crocodile and birdlife. Birding is rewarding – specialities include Lillian’s lovebird, brown-breasted barbet, osprey, palmnut vulture, Pel’s fishing owl and Livingstone’s flycatcher. Also available is a viewing hide on a tributary of the Shire River and also some interesting visits to the local school and surrounding rural communities.
Day 7 : Tongole Wilderness Lodge
Today you will enjoy a scenic drive transfer, approximately 5 hours, to Nkhotakota Reserve; making the most of the landscape and culture along the way. The reserve truly is an undiscovered gem that is firmly off the beaten track and has only recently been inhabited by humans. Tongole is an eco-tourism venture deep within the Miombo woodland of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. It is located on the banks of the lovely Bua River, west of Lake Malawi. Tongole is ideal for relaxation and adventure. Options of activities include trekking, canoeing down the Bua River and game drives within the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.
Day 8 -10 : Tongole Wilderness Lodge
Three full days to explore the Nkhotakota Reserve. There is an opportunity to learn more about the recent elephant translocation by African Parks and the work they are doing in this reserve.
Day 11 : Transit
Today you will be transferred back to Lilongwe in time for your onward connection.
Valid March – December.
All transfers by road starting in Blantyre and ending in Lilongwe, accommodation on a full board basis, local drinks, all activities (except motorized water sports) and laundry.
Gratuities, visa fees where applicable + international flights.
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