Contrasts of Malawi Safari (15 days)

Exploring Northern, Central and Southern Malawi

This comprehensive Malawi safari reveals the immense diversity of scenery, attractions and people of Malawi. It offers an unrivalled combination of wildlife, dramatic landscapes and lake in one of Africa’s most beautiful and welcoming countries. As well as touring the northern, central and southern regions of Malawi you’ll also enjoy a safari in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia’s Eastern Province.

Factfile

Duration 15 days / 14 nights Tour Starts Lilongwe airport
Exclusivity Guided private tour Tour Ends Lilongwe airport
Accommodation Approx. 2/3 star Prices From  £1,995 pp (see below)
Operating Season April to December Departures  Daily on request

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Lilongwe

Arrive in Lilongwe and we collect you from the airport and transfer you to a lodge in town. Overnight with breakfast.

Day 2 – Lilongwe to Vwaza Marsh

Depart Lilongwe after breakfast and head Northwards along the M1 via Kasungu, Viphya Plateau, Mzuzu to Vwaza Marsh. On arrival check into rustic chalets and the afternoon is spent on a short walk along Lake Kazuni’s shoreline. Excellent bird life and hippo sightings are guaranteed. Overnight Kazuni Camp with all meals.

Day 3 – Vwaza Marsh to Nyika National Park

After a light snack we go on a 3 hour game walk, returning for a superb early lunch. Following this we pack up and continue to Nyika National Park. From the entrance of Nyika, we drive for 3 hours through the reserve to Chelinda Camp. Game sightings are frequent along this route especially as you reach the higher plateau. Overnight Chelinda Camp in self-contained chalets overlooking the dam. All camp meals provided.

Day 4 – Game viewing in Nyika National Park

Morning game drive and walk is offered returning to the chalets for lunch. In the afternoon a drive or game walk is on offer. Return to the chalet for dinner. Overnight Chelinda Camp chalets. All meals provided.

Day 5 – Nyika to Makuzi Beach on Lake Malawi

A leisurely breakfast, then depart back to Mzuzu and continue down into the rift valley to Chintheche and Lake Malawi. Drive through the rubber plantations and arrival time at Makuzi Beach is early afternoon. The rest of the day is spent exploring this beautiful part of the coast – walking, meeting villages or simply relaxing on the pure white sands of Lake Malawi. Overnight Makuzi Beach Lodge with dinner and breakfast.

Day 6 – At Leisure at Makuzi Beach Lodge

A day at leisure on the beach and surrounding area. Optional boat trip to a nearby Island. Of interest nearby is Old Bandawe which was the temporary home of the Livingstonia Mission as the early missionaries were searching for a suitable site. Overnight Makuzi Beach Lodge with breakfast.

Day 7 – Makuzi Beach to Mua Mission

Continue along the lakeshore southwards and stop at Mua Mission, Malawi’s cultural epicentre.  Here you will stay in chalets overlooking a river. In the afternoon you can explore the area and visit the unique wood carving facility the mission is famous for. Overnight Mua Mission with dinner and breakfast.

Day 8 – Mua to Zomba Plateau

After breakfast, continue southwards to Zomba. After visiting Zomba market we drive up the plateau to Ku Chawe Inn. After check in we do a forest walk. Overnight in the comfortable Ku Chawe Inn with dinner and breakfast.

Day 9 – Walks on  Zomba Plateau

Early morning walk up to the peak (3 hours) from where the vehicle collects you to continue with a tour of the Zomba Plateau visiting various viewpoints and areas of interest. Return to the hotel for lunch. Afternoon at leisure or another walk. Overnight Ku Chawe Inn with dinner and breakfast.

Day 10 – Zomba to Dedza

Morning at leisure then depart to Lilongwe. Our route takes us up the main road toward Lilongwe and we stop at Dedza. Here the pottery workshop has built delightful chalets in their grounds and clients are welcome to try their hand at making pots and seeing the process at work. If time allows, a sunset trip up the nearby mountain affords stunning views into Mozambique. Overnight lodge with dinner and breakfast.

Day 11 – Dedza to South Luangwa National Park (Zambia)

Breakfast then to Lilongwe to join a scheduled Luangwa Valley safari which departs Lilongwe at 0900 AM. Continue to Lilongwe border at Mchinji (1.5 to 2 hour drive). Here we complete immigration formalities and continue to Mwami (the Zambian border). From the border it is a short drive to Chipata – Zambia’s capital of the Eastern Province. Next we proceed on a dirt road to the Luangwa Valley – Mfuwe sector. A picnic lunch is enjoyed en route and we arrive at Thornicroft Lodge mid-afternoon. On arrival we check into our chalets followed by tea and coffee. A gentle walk along the Luangwa River is available for those that wish. Overnight Thornicroft Lodge on full board basis.

Days 12 & 13 – Game viewing in South Luangwa National Park

Tea, coffee and a light snack follow an early morning wake up call. Our aim is to be on our first game drive by 0615 AM. All game drives are undertaken in specially-modified safari vehicles. Drinks and snacks are taken along for your enjoyment whilst in the park. Depending on game sightings we return to the lodge at 1100 AM for a scrumptious “brunch”.  After an afternoon rest we again head out for our afternoon / night drive at around 1600 PM,  returning to the lodge at 2000 PM.  Full board basis.

Day 14 – Drive to Lilongwe

After a more leisurely start to the morning and a full breakfast we pack up and depart back to Lilongwe at 0900 AM. A picnic lunch is eaten en route with an arrival in Lilongwe at approx.  1500 PM. Your last evening is spent at Korean Garden Lodge or similar on a bed and breakfast basis. Tonight there is a choice of restaurants for you to choose from.

Day 15 – Transfer to Lilongwe airport

After breakfast we transfer you to the airport where your safari ends.

Prices, Departures & Essential Booking Information

Prices £2,875 pp based on 2 or 3 travellers (two sharing a room)
  £2,195 pp based on 4 or more travellers (two sharing a room)
Single Supplement £315
Included This is a guided safari and includes all transport from and back to Lilongwe, accommodation and meals as indicated in itinerary, game drives and services of a guide.
Excluded Flights, drinks, meals not included in itinerary, visa and vaccination fees (if applicable), game park fees (Vwaza US$5, Nyika US$10, Luangwa US$50 pp), travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
Booking Deposit 20%
Balance of Payment 70 days before start date
Price Validity to 31 Dec 2016
Departures This trip departs on a daily basis on request and is subject to availability. Operating season is from April to December.
International Flights Specialist Africa is licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and holds ATOL No. T10190.  If you would like a quotation for international or domestic flights to connect with this trip please get in touch.
Financial Protection As Specialist Africa is a fully bonded member of the Travel Trust Association (TTA) all prices include TTA supplier failure insurance cover and safe seat plan insurance to ensure your monies are 100% secure when booking through us.
Travel Insurance Travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for all clients. Specialist Africa’s travel insurance partner is Campbell Irvine, experts in providing insurance specifically tailored to travel in Africa. See our insurance page for rates and further details.

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