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Best of Malawi

Liwonde, Nyika & Lake Malawi

From $8700 per person in low season
From $10800 per person in high season

based on 14 nights & selected experiences

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based on two people sharing including accommodation, domestic flights and all meals. All game activities are included and non-motorized water sports at Kaya Mawa

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At a Glance

  • Visit a range of highly diverse and equally amazing places in Malawi

  • Enjoy scenery of towering mountains, expansive high altitude plateaus, rolling hills and farmland, and the white sand beaches of Lake Malawi

  • An itinerary including stays in beautiful alpine-like log cabins, unique beach stone cottages, and authentic safari tents

  • Variety of activities from boat safaris and game drives from Mvuu to walking safaris on the Nyika and snorkeling in Lake Malawi

  • Unusual wildlife species from the Crawshay's zebra and roan antelope on the Nyika Plateau to fabulous birding in the Liwonde National Park

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Malawi has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the rainy season, April to July is Malawi's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.

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Insider's View

Walk through the rolling hills of the Nyika Plateau and spot the various resident antelope species.

Explore the Lilondwe National Park by boat and watch huge herds of elephant coming down to drink as well as hippos wallowing in the Shire River.

Snorkel in the clear waters of Lake Malawi from Kaya Mawa and marvel at the array of fresh water fish.

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

Stray off the usual tourist tracks and head to Malawi for a relaxed adventure in this green and productive land with towering highlands, rolling farmlands, and the vast Lake Malawi with its clear, rich waters, teeming with fish, stretching over 300 miles.

  1. Fly to Lilongwe

  2. Days 1-4: Liwonde National Park

    Your first stop will be Mvuu Lodge in the Liwonde National Park. The lodge sits on the banks of the lagoon just off the Shire River, with eight decked tents which overlook a small backwater that is regularly frequented by bushbuck and hippos coming to feed. Elephants are also frequent visitors to the camp and it is great fun to sit around the bar which is made from an old mokoro and watch as massive pods of hippo’s wallow in front of you and crocs slither into the water. Morning and evening game drives are a regular part of life here as well as peaceful boating trips on the Shire River, where you can drift up and down watching all the wildlife in and around the water as well as the locals out fishing in wooden dugout canoes. Game walks, night drives, and bike rides are also on offer here and keen birders will be blown away by the prolific bird life in the area.

    Accommodation: Mvuu Lodge (3 nights)

  3. Days 4-8: Nyika Plateau

    Your journey continues up to the Nyika Plateau in a shared charter flight. Situated in the far north of the country, Nyika Plateau has an altitude of around 2,500m (8,200ft) and is dotted with beautiful mountain outcrops that has a real feeling of wilderness, with plenty of endemic plants and animals to fascinate all. Chelinda Lodge is situated in the lee of a large pine forest with sweeping views across the plateau and Nyika National Park which is home to important populations of roan, eland, Crawshay's zebra, southern reedbuck, bushbuck, warthog, spotted hyaena and side-striped jackal. There are also around 400 bird species in Nyika. Walks and game drives in this area are a delight and evenings will be spent around the fire at the lodge gazing at the star strewn sky above you whilst soaking in the smell of the pine surrounding you.

    Accommodation: Chelinda Lodge (4 nights)

  4. Days 8-15: Likoma Island

    Your last stop is the beautiful Lake Malawi and Likoma Island where Kaya Mawa is located. Fly in on a light aircraft and spend the next seven nights enjoying the relaxed beach-chic vibe surrounded by beautiful scenery in a completely unique hotel with its individual stone cottages dotted around the bay. If you'd prefer to be more active rather than relaxing on the beach or paddling in the warm water then there is plenty to do, from visits to the vast Likoma cathedral, said to be the same size as Westminster Cathedral, or visits to the local school and village. We recommend you head out on the water to go kayaking, snorkeling and fishing, with other watersports like kite surfing, sailing and waterskiing, coming at an extra cost. Not to mention the fabulous fresh-water diving available for those who want to marvel at the unique and endemic fish species in the lake.

    Accommodation: Kaya Mawa (7 nights)

  5. Fly home from Likoma Island

Experiences

  • Game Viewing at Mvuu Lodge

    Enjoy early morning or evening game drives from Mvuu Lodge, in Southern Malawi, in open Toyota Landcruiser vehicles, in the lower Zambezi National Park, a wildlife rich area along the lower Zambezi.

  • Kite Surfing on Lake Malawi

    Lake Malawi lends itself beautifully to all manner of watersports; from diving and snorkeling to the more sedate boat trips at sunset, or kayaking the many rocky coves and inlets fringing its waters.

Location

Liwonde, Nyika & Lake Malawi

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.

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