Malawi is a landlocked country, running down the end of the Great Rift Valley. Dominated by Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, the surrounding country is exceptionally beautiful with dramatic scenery that includes rocky outcrops, high mountains, plateaus and views across what is considered to be Africa’s most beautiful lake. Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” and as people, the Malawians live up to this name. They are extremely friendly and welcoming. There are many market scenes, road side stalls, cottage industries that a visitor can comfortably visit. With both the scenery and the culture Malawi is a great country to drive in.
Warm Heart Malawi
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, and 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, sometimes referred to as the calendar lake! The lake is 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 a lot of the 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, making visiting it feel more like an expedition, resulting in 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 – 3 : Mkulumadzi
On arrival at Blantyre International Airport a guide from Brother Safaris will meet you for the drive to Mkulumadzi, which is approximately 2.5 hours away, through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture and bush. The camp is located on the confluence of the Shire and Mkulumadzi River, within the Majete Wildlife Reserve 70km South West of Blantyre in Southern Malawi. Majete is Malawi’s only Big 5 Reserve and also one of the largest protected areas, covering an area of about 70 000 ha. 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 – 5 : Kuthengo Camp
After breakfast and farewells you will be transferred to Kuthengo Camp by road transfer, which is approximately a 4.5 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. The elephants are best viewed during your boat safari on the Shire River, which is one of the many highlights of your stay at Kuthengo Camp.
Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the Shire River; afternoon tea or the afternoon and evening game drive.
Explore the Shire River and lagoons – an excellent opportunity for sightings of elephants, hippo, crocodile and bird life. 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 6 – 8 : Pumulani
Transfer to Pumulani will be after breakfast, by a beautiful and scenic drive north (around 2.5 hours). Then you will reach the Nankumba Peninsula of Lake Malawi. This is recognised as one of the most beautiful shores of the Lake and borders Lake Malawi National Park. This Park was established in order to protect the cichlid fish unique to the area. In 1984 the park was designated a World Heritage Site.
Pumulani is exclusively situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula, surrounded by the National Park. The ten villas are scattered around the hillside and are individual in shape and style but all have a spacious bedroom, bathroom and extensive sitting area. The front sliding doors open onto the deck – elevated above the ground giving optimal views. Our remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the clear blue waters of the lake. For those who prefer to take a dive in the swimming pool, there is an infinity pool near the central dining area with grand views over the lake, as well as another infinity pool on beach level. For those seeking activity we offer many water sport activities like snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding and fun tube rides (all motorised activities are excluded). At the end of the day climb aboard our dhow and let our experienced local crewmen take you sailing into the sunset.
Lake Malawi is the world’s most ecologically diverse lake. It’s crystal clear waters are home to more than a thousand species of fish, including hundreds of species of colourful cichlids. We offer special diving courses at the best diving spots near one of the islands. For those who are interested in the real Malawian village life we offer guided walks through one of the local villages. Malawians are renowned for being amongst the friendliest people in Africa and during your stay you will have the opportunity to experience this for yourself. You can also simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery or enjoy the many other activities.
Day 9 : Transit
On the final day of your stay with Pumulani you bid farewell to the lodge. You will be transferred back to Lilongwe in time for your onward connection.
Valid March – 31 December.
All transfers by road starting in Blantyre and ending in Lilongwe, local drinks, accommodation on full board basis, activities (except motorized water sports) and laundry.
Gratuities, visa fees where applicable + international flights.
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