Day 1: Lilongwe. Arrive in Lilongwe and be met by your private vehicle and guide. Transfer to your private city lodge and spend the afternoon on a tour of the city, including Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary, the Tobacco Auction floors and a local township.
Day 2: Kasungu National Park. Depart Lilongwe after breakfast and head North to Kasungu National Park on the borders of Zambia, enjoying an afternoon game drive viewing both the unique wildlife and birdlife of the area, before returning for dinner at the lodge on the edge of the Lifupa Dam. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Kasungu National Park. Enjoy an early morning walking safari in the park with a trained ranger, followed by lunch and an afternoon game safari in a 4x4 vehicle visiting local cave paintings and old Iron-smelting kilns left by earlier settlers.
Day 4: Viphya Mountains. Depart after breakfast and carry on north through the Viphya Mountain Range to Luwawa Forest Lodge tucked deep in the heart of the mountains. Spend the afternoon visiting a local community village with a cultural dance led by the Community Women, as well as taking part in various activities on offer such as mountain biking, abseiling, kayaking, hiking or fishing. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 5: Nyika National Park. Carry on north into Nyika National Park, the country’s largest National Park and home to an abundance of small game and breathtaking scenery. Enjoy a brief game drive through the park on arrival en route to Chelinda Lodge, a beautiful lodge overlooking the Valley, while the afternoon is spent on a comprehensive game drive within the park, returning for dinner at the camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Nyika National Park. Spend the day game viewing, hiking, horse riding and exploring one of the most beautiful National Parks in the country.
Day 7: Lake Malawi. After passing through Mzuzu, the country’s northern capital, begin your descent south along the lake shore road arriving at Ngala Lodge in the afternoon, one of the countries newest lodges with stunning views of both the lake and the Viphya Mountains. Enjoy a number of activities including visits to local villages, volcanic hot springs, nature trails, bird watching, cultural evenings and boat cruises on the lake as well as scuba diving and horse riding nearby. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 8: Lake Malawi. Spend the day relaxing on the lake, exploring the local area or taking part in any of the various activities on offer.
Day 9: Nkhotakota. Carry on south, stopping at Nkotakota Pottery for the night on the lake shore, where guests can learn how to make pots and clay ornaments in traditional African style. Or spend the afternoon on a slave trade, historical and cultural tour learning about the past histories of the area including 10,000 year old cave paintings. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 10: Lake Malawi (Southern). After a morning pottery making at the lodge, carry on south arriving at your private lake shore lodge for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon swimming in the warm blue waters of the lake and an early evening boat cruise taking in the sites and scenery of the lake. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Lake Malawi (Southern). Enjoy a morning boat trip, snorkelling amongst the rocks and watching as fish eagles swoop down to catch surface fish. After a relaxing afternoon, take the boat for a sunset cruise, enjoying a cold drink as the sun sets behind the mountains.
Day 12: Liwonde National Park. Leaving the lake behind, drive inland to Liwonde National Park, the country’s most prolific Wildlife Sanctuary. Head into the park on motor boat, cruising up the Shire River viewing the hippo pods and elephant on the banks of the river before arriving at Mvuu Camp, one of the country’s most infamous Safari Lodges. The afternoon is spent on a Game Drive in the park, departing at 4.00pm, viewing the game and enjoying a sundowner drink before returning to the lodge around 8.00pm for dinner. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Liwonde National Park. Head out on a morning game drive at 06.00am, viewing the park’s game before a coffee in the park on the banks of the River. Returning to the lodge by 11.00 am you will enjoy a relaxing late morning and early afternoon at the lodge before heading out into the park again at 4.00 pm for an evening and night game drive, spotting nocturnal predators on the prowl. Option of visiting a local rural school on the outskirts of the park.
Day 14: Zomba Forest. After a morning boat safari on the Shire River viewing the hippos, crocodiles and elephants, travel onto Zomba Forest, one of the most popular areas in Malawi for walking, hiking and horse riding and one of the most stunning areas for scenery and bird life. After arriving at Zomba Forest Lodge, an old converted estate manager’s house in the heart of the forest, take an afternoon hike into the forest, exploring the local bird and plant life, returning for dinner, famous as one of the best in Malawi. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 15: Zomba Forest. Trek on foot, horseback or mountain bike up to Zomba Plateau following a number of routes to explore the area and enjoy some of Malawi’s most magnificent views. Option of visiting a United National Millennium Villages Project in Zomba for a tour of the local initiatives and best practices being introduced in terms of agriculture, health, education and social reform.
Day 16: Mount Mulanje. Travel on to Mulanje Mountain, one of the most picturesque areas in Malawi and set amid tea plantations at the very southern base of the country. Stop en route at a local fruit and vegetable market before arriving at your private colonial house on an estate at the foothills of the mountain, with stunning views of Mount Mulanje. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in your private lodge or hike to some nearby waterfalls for a swim and sundowner drinks in the late afternoon cool.
Day 17: Mount Mulanje. Travel to Likhubula, the start of the mountain tails and hike to a waterfall in the heart of the lower mountain for a picnic lunch. After descent from the mountain, travel to a local orphanage in the foothills for an afternoon with the children, playing, teaching and interacting before heading back to your lodge.
Day 18: Majete Wildlife Reserve. Carry on your journey south to the Southern tip of the country, driving down the stunning Chikwawa Pass for a final safari in Majete Wildlife Reserve, near the border of Mozambique where you will enjoy two days of game drives and bush walks within the Reserve. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 19: Majete Wildlife Reserve. Wake early for a morning bush walk with a trained guide, viewing the plains game and bird life of the Reserve on foot. After lunch, head back out into the park for an afternoon tracking Elephant on foot, a truly unique experience, before returning for a well needed dinner.
Day 20: Lilongwe. After a morning’s Game Drive, head back north to Lilongwe through Blantyre and Dedza, finishing your circuit of the country in the nation’s capital late afternoon. Head out into the city for your final dinner, before your return flight the following morning. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 21: Departure. Depart on your international flight out of Lilongwe International Airport.
Single Occupancy: $400 - $700.
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