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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 - Dzalanyama Forest Lodge
Collect you from the airport and transfer you to Dzalanyama where you will meet the rest of the group – Afternoon walks into the surrounding forest . Overnight Forestry house and chalets on all meals included basis

Day 2 - Game Haven Lodge Thyolo
Breakfast then it’s a scenic drive through Malawi, along the Mozambique border, with good views of the lake, through the commercial Capital of Malawi - Blantyre- till we reach our overnight. There are a number of interesting sights enroute like the rock paintings, viewpoints overlooking the lake from the escarpment and market stalls alongside the road. Your guide will indicate what is possible to visit, according to the time available en route. Game Haven is a serene, beautiful game park and lodge is set in the indigenous forests and grasslands of the Shire highlands of Southern Malawi. Experience exceptional viewing of the wildlife which include kudu, roan, eland, sable, giraffe, zebra, and a prolific birdlife. As part of the unique Game Haven experience, enjoy the internationally designed Matkovich & Hayes 9-hole golf course, beautiful but challenging; The relaxing sound of the cascading waterfall at the swimming pool and fishing and braaing on the scenic lawns of Lake Bvumbwe. As the sun sets, enjoy a drink in the Victorian styled bar followed by exceptional international cuisine at our Ambrosia restaurant. Overnight Dinner, bed and breakfast basis

Day 3- Game Haven Lodge
After breakfast we explore the area. A highlight will be a walking tour of the world recognized Satemwa Tea estate, followed by a tea tasting workshop. They produce a variety of white, black, gold and flavoured teas. After the tasting, return to the luxurious Huntingdon House where we will have a superb lunch. After lunch, if the group wants, we drive further to and visit Thyolo view point - a wonderful view site with excellent views of the estate and the lower shire valley. For keen birders the forest surrounding this site is home to the rare and endemic Thyolo Alethe. Midafternoon, return to Game haven to relax around the pool, walking, mountain biking or even a round of golf. Overnight Chalets on Dinner bed and breakfast basis

Day 4 - Cape Mac 2* Lodge
Drive to Cape Maclear-Lake Malawi. En route we pass Zomba and the historical Mangochi town to follow the lakeshore northwards. This day you overnight Chembe Eagles Nest, Cape Mac Lodge or Annie's Lodge depending on availability .

Day 5 - Chembe Eagles Nest/Annie's/ Cape Mac Lodge
Day on the beach at leisure - non motorised watersports included. Explore the village, walks into the surrounding mountains, visit local pubs, historical graves, swimming, snorkeling, scuba to skiing is all possible. Overnight Lodge on dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6 - Chembe Eagles Nest/Annie's/ Cape Mac Lodge
This morning, after breakfast there is a full day trip on the lake offered. We board the lodges catamaran and sail around the islands for a full day. The trip will include a visit to an island with snorkeling and kayaking possibilities, a light lunch, it includes park fees and offers you a relaxing way to experience the sheer beauty of the area. Return to the Lodge in time or a sundowner. Overnight Lodge on dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 7 - Blue Waters Senga Bay
Depart and its a 2.5 hr. drive to Mua Mission - Mua is the site of the KuNgoni Centre of Culture & Art. It provides insights into the history and culture of Malawi through the Chamare Museum, the Carving Centre and the new Research Centre/Library. The museum describes the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao cultures, their rites of passage, their interaction with one another and their encounters with Islam and Christianity. It also holds a unique display of Gule Wamkulu masks, texts and images and dances can be arranged. It is also home to a thriving community, including an arts and crafts center whose students create Malawi’s finest wood carvings and who go on to make a living from their own handiwork throughout Malawi. After this, it’s a 1.5 hr. drive to our overnight. Overnight at Blue Waters lodge on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.

Day 8 - Rafiki Camp/Kuchenga
This morning some of the group will be departing back to Lilongwe, whilst you would continue for a 3hr. drive to Nkhotakota reserve. Rafiki Camp, located adjacent to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and the Bua River, offers magnificent views across the Miombo woodland forest. Set in private expansive and mature natural gardens, the lodge has a Malawi feel that incorporates thatched roofs with Luxury Safari tents for its guest rooms and thatched public areas. Arrive after lunch and if time allows a short afternoon a walk in the grounds is offered. Overnight chalets 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] after which 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 - Makuzi Beach Lodge
Day at leisure to explore the Lake. Overnight Makuzi Beach Lodge on dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Day 11 - 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 12 - Chelinda Camp
Morning and afternoon game drives and walks - Optional Night drive. Overnight Rooms inclusive all meals

Day 13 - Chelinda Camp
Morning and afternoon game drives and walks - Optional Night drive. Overnight Rooms inclusive all meals

Day 14 - 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 15
Today we depart after breakfast to arrive in Lilongwe in time for your return flight or onward journey. A 3 hr drive from Luwawa to the airport, check in is 2 hrs before your international flight.

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

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