Day 1: Depart from Johannesburg for your flight to Blantyre. Upon arrival in Blantyre, you will be met and transferred to Likhubula Forest Lodge near Mulanje where you will be staying overnight. After settling into your room, meet for an initial orientation at the forest office. At 6:20 pm a detailed briefing will be held followed by an early dinner. After dinner make final preparations for the hike.
Day 2: Check out of your hotel and transfer to Fort Lister for the start of your hike. This day will take you through the tea plantations of the lower slopes, ascending up to Sombani Forest Hut where you will be staying for the overnight. Leaving your packs at the hut take a short walk on to Leopard Rock, returning just before sunset. Total hiking time: 6 hours.
Day 3: After an early breakfast depart from Sombani. Passing Chinzama Forest Hut where you stop for lunch, continue on to Thuchira Forest Hut. The trail takes you across the undulating plateau of Thuchira in view of spectacular peaks. Enjoy a spectacular sunset at Elephant head viewpoint. Return to Thuchira Forest Hut where you will overnight. There’s an option to go on a night walk after dinner to see nocturnal animals. Total hiking time: 7 hours.
Day 4: Have an early cup of tea or coffee before leaving Chisepho. Descend via Chambe Forest Hut along the Chapaluka path to Likhubula Forest Lodge. A delicious lunch awaits at the lodge, after which you can relax and have a well deserved rest. Alternatively you can visit the craft vendors or the nearby local market. Overnight: Likhubula Forest Lodge. Total hiking time: 6 hours.
Day 5: After breakfast you’ll be collected from Likhubula Forest Lodge for your transfer up to Cape Maclear. Upon arrival at Cape Maclear there’ll be a short familiarization and safety briefing on the beach. Depending on the time of day you can choose to out to Domwe or take the boat. You’ll be spending your first night at Domwe. Total hiking time: 5 hours.
Days 6 & 7: The morning is at leisure to relax at the lodge. In the afternoon it’s into the kayaks for a one to two hour paddle across to Mumbo island where you’ll stay for the next two nights. All snorkeling and kayaking activities are included and there are numerous short walks to be taken around the island.
Day 8: After breakfast have a leisurely paddle back to the mainland or you can transfer by boat. Along the way you may get the opportunity to get some close up photo’s of the Fish Eagles that nest on the islands you pass by. Once on the mainland transfer to Nkopolo Lodge where you’ll stay overnight
Day 9: Your last day sees an early morning transfer to the airport at Club Makakola for your flight to Johannesburg via Blantyre. Arrive in Johannesburg in the afternoon.
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