Family Fun in Malawi

Liwonde, Nyika & Lake Malawi
14 nights private tour from $11,000 per person

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.

Family Fun in Malawi
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 snorkelling in Lake Malawi

Journey highlights
  • 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 snorkelling in Lake Malawi

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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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.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
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June $12,400 $3,100 plan your trip
July $13,700 $3,400 plan your trip
August $13,700 $3,400 plan your trip
September $13,700 $3,400 plan your trip
October $13,700 $3,400 plan your trip
November $11,000 $2,700 plan your trip
December $11,000 $2,700 plan your trip
April $12,400 $3,100 plan your trip
May $12,400 $3,100 plan your trip
June $12,400 $3,100 plan your trip
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $12,400
    Deposit from*
    $3,100
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $13,700
    Deposit from*
    $3,400
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $13,700
    Deposit from*
    $3,400
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $13,700
    Deposit from*
    $3,400
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $13,700
    Deposit from*
    $3,400
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $11,000
    Deposit from*
    $2,700
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $11,000
    Deposit from*
    $2,700
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $12,400
    Deposit from*
    $3,100
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $12,400
    Deposit from*
    $3,100
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $12,400
    Deposit from*
    $3,100
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Itinerary

Fly to Lilongwe
Day 1-4

Blantyre and southern Malawi, Malawi

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 )
Day 4-8

Nyika Plateau, northern Malawi

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 )
Day 8-15

Likoma Island, Lake Malawi

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, snorkelling 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 )
Fly home from Likoma Island
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 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

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Best time to visit
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Average time to visit

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.

Family Fun in Malawi
Family Fun in Malawi

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Plan your trip

Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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