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Itinerary: Explore Malawi Scheduled Safari

Explore Malawi Scheduled Safari

A well balanced, all round tour suitable for families and individuals alike, giving you a chance to see and experience all the wonders that Malawi has to offer.

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Explore Malawi Scheduled Safari

Day 1 - Dedza Pottery Lodge
Transfer from the airport to our office, then be transferred with the group coming in from Luangwa for a further 2 hrs to arrive in Dedza mid afternoon with time to look around the bushman paintings, before getting to the pottery lodge. Overnight Dedza Pottery chalets on Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis.

Day 2 -Likhubula CCAP Chalets
Morning tour of the pottery workshop, then depart for Mulanje via Blantyre. Our journey from Blantyre takes us past the scenic Thyolo Tea plantations, then onto the plains. Likhubula CCAP cottages are perfectly situated to explore the mountain. Each chalet has 2 rooms with a bathroom , kitchenette and lounge. Meals will be prepared onsite by your guide and staff.

Day 3 - Likhubula CCAP Chalets
After breakfast we explore the mountain. Your guide will discuss the various hikes available, these are from 1.5 hrs to a 6 hr hike, returning to the cottages for your overnight. Non hikers will have the option to visit Mulanje town and perhaps a tea estate . Overnight Chalets with all meals included.

Day 4 -Kayaking Safari
Drive to CapeMaclear- Lake Malawi. En route we pass Zomba and the historical Mangochi town to follow the lakeshore northwards. Arrival at Cape Maclear is just after lunch and we arrive at the Kayak base camp. Here we are familiarized with the kayaks and equipment and then set off for the island. The protected waters of the National Park bring sea kayaking within reach of anyone, irrespective of fitness or experience. The two-person kayak is stable and allows easy paddling. For those not wishing to paddle, it is possible to go by powerboat to the island the boat leaves the mainland at 3. Remainder of the day explore the island and surroundings by kayak and swimming / snorkeling on the calm lake. Overnight Island Tented Camp inclusive all meals.

Day 5-Chembe Eagles Nest
After a very lazy start to the day with breakfast and a swim we paddle or transfer by boat back to the mainland. Arrival on the mainland is before lunch. Transfer just down the beach to the lodge on the lakeshore. The remainder of day is spent either exploring Cape Maclear village, or relaxing on the beach. Overnight Lodge on dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6 - Chembe Eagles Nest
Day on the beach at leisure - non motorised watersports included. Overnight Lodge on dinner, bed and breakfast basis

Day 7 - Chembe Eagles Nest
Day on the beach at leisure - non motorised watersports included. Overnight Lodge on dinner, bed and breakfast basis

Day 8 - Bua River Lodge
Its an early departure from the lake to then drive Northwards to Nkhotakhota reserve. Bua River Lodge offers fine, en-suite, tented accommodation. Small and owner-managed, with staff drawn entirely from local communities, they assure a relaxing and friendly stay. Arrive after lunch and the afternoon a walk along the Bua river is offered. Meals are served in the unique timber and thatch multi-level lodge, right on the bank of the Bua River, with wonderful views downstream and across to the wilderness on the opposite bank. Accommodation is provided in six purpose-made, luxury safari tents, erected on varnished wooden floors and shaded by thatched roofs. Large mosquito-netted windows, ventilation flaps and screen doors, ensure that even on the hottest day the tents stay cool inside. Each is located to ensure seclusion and to engender a feeling of solitude with a viewing deck to the front, that overlooks the beautiful Bua River. In the afternoon, we go on a walk along this stunning river - hopefully spotting elephants that come down to drink in the late afternoon. Overnight river side Tented camp on dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 9 - Makuzi Beach Lodge
Morning game walk for those that wish then return for a later breakfast [Brunch] afterwhich we depart to Chintheche. Makuzi Beach Lodge, is located along the northern shores of Lake Malawi. Delightfully sited in its own private bay, the lodge is ideal for that perfect “Retreat to Paradise”. Makuzi Beach has stylish en suite thatched chalets - all nestled in manicured gardens overlooking the lake’s warm, clear waters. The lodge is perfectly positioned to offer guests spectacular views of the lake while enjoying a quiet drink at the bar. The restaurant has an excellent reputation for outstanding cuisine and guests are encouraged to enjoy the full African experience while dining under the stars. There’s a wide variety of activities: swimming, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking or just wallowing in the lake. Makuzi Beach is involved in community projects, one of which is the village tour and includes a visit to the historical missionary site, museum and a taste of the local cuisine. Horse riding and scuba diving can be arranged off-site. Bird watching opportunities are some of the best along the lake. Overnight lodge on Dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 10 - Chelinda Camp - Nyika Plateau
After an early morning departure, we drive through Mzuzu and continue up to Nyika Plateau. Picnic lunch en route and arrival in Nyika is mid afternoon. Chelinda Camp, facing a clear water dam, consists of six twin bedded en suite rooms. There’s a restaurant and bar overlooking the dam. Activities include game drives, walking, mountain biking, birding and fly fishing for trout. Overnight rooms inclusive all meals.

Day 11 - Chelinda Camp
Morning and afternoon game drives and walks - Optional Night drive. Overnight Chelinda camp inclusive all meals

Day 12 - Chelinda Camp
Morning and afternoon game drives and walks - Optional Night drive. Overnight Chelinda camp inclusive all meals

Day 13 - Luwawa Forest Lodge
From Nyika continue through Mzuzu again and onto the Viphya Plateau. Luwawa Forest Lodge is an international guesthouse and outdoor adventure centre in the unspoilt wilderness of the Viphya Plateau. At 1600m, the area is malaria-free. The lodge overlooks a large, well-stocked lake. Much of the Lodge’s electricity is from solar energy and the water supply from a mountain stream. Fresh vegetables prepared in the kitchen are from the lodge’s permaculture garden. The lodge is dedicated to being in tune with its natural surroundings. The latest addition to the facilities is a Sauna & bush shower. Luwawa has prolific birdlife and antelope can be seen close to the lodge. Further afield are monkeys, baboons, leopards and hyenas. Numerous activities are offered such as squash, canoeing, abseiling, orienteering. Luwawa is ideal for family and individual holidays. The lodge is committed to responsible tourism through its many local community assistance projects in which guests can be directly involved. Winner of the Malawi Government’s Tourism Award 2008 for “Community Participation and Sustainable Tourism Practices”. Overnight Lodge on dinner bed and breakfast basis.

Day 14 - Luwawa Forest Lodge
The day is spent exploring this area - on foot, bike, canoe, abseiling, mountain biking, sailing or fishing. The day can be as leisurely or active as you wish. Overnight Lodge inclusive all meals.

Day 15
Today, we depart for Lilongwe after breakfast to arrive in time for your return flight or onward journey. 3 hrs drive from Luwawa to Lilongwe.

International flights and visas (if required) are not included in the price

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