• Lake Malawi, Malawi


A truly exceptional wildlife, mountain and Lake Malawi experience. This trip offers a great insight into the main attractions of South and Central Malawi, where you will stay in comfortable, local lodges. From Liwonde National Park, Malawi’s most popular and longest established game park, to the forested hills and rural cultures of Zomba and Ntchisi rainforest, and the shores of Lake Malawi, each destination offers mind blowing scenery and unique accommodation. This itinerary heads right off the beaten track and offers you an opportunity to really discover ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’.

DAY 1: Arrival

Arrival at Lilongwe International airport and be met by your private driver, who will transfer you by road (approx. 2 hrs) to Ntchisi Forest Lodge. The drive takes you deep into rural Malawi and you will catch you first glimpse of the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, at Ntchisi Forest in central Malawi. The forest is a national reserve set on the escarpment of the Rift Valley with dramatic view over Lake Malawi and into neighbouring Mozambique. The reserve houses some of Malawi’s last remaining indigenous rainforest.

This really is a location away from it al,l as tourists are still a rarity in the area. Enjoy guided walking and cycling amongst the beautiful scenery with its birdlife and colourful orchids, as well as baboons and Samongo monkeys.

Overnight at Ntchisi Forest Lodge (or similar) on Half board basis.

DAY 2-3: Ntchisi Forest

Ntchisi Forest Lodge is beautifully located adjacent to a protected rainforest and with incredible views down to Lake Malawi. You can spend time visiting the surrounding communities, helping at the local school or exploring the rainforest. Ntchisi District is steeped in local culture, cook traditional Malawian food, learn more about local witchcraft and learn more about village life. Evenings are spent around the lodge fire listening to the night sounds of rural Malawi.

Overnight at Ntchisi Forest Lodge (or similar) on on Half board basis.

DAY 4: Cape Maclear

After breakfast & farewells, head down to Cape Maclear – the world’s first freshwater National Park – on the shores of Lake Malawi. The drive takes you along the southern lakeshore, passing local fishing villages and the historic Mua Mission.

You will check into Norman Carr Cottage, a small owner run lodge on the shores of the lake. Local fishermen mend their nets on the beach and life slows to a gentle pace, ideal for rest and relaxation.

Overnight at Norman Carr Cottage (or similar) on on Full board basis.

DAY 5-7: Lake Malawi

Days at Norman Carr are entirely flexible and you will have the option of going out on lodge’s boat Alfie to snorkel in the clear waters of Lake Malawi and see the colourful cichlid fish that will approach you while snorkelling. You can also stay at the lodge relaxing on the ‘swimming’chairs or take a walk around the local village. After lunch and a relaxing afternoon take a sunset cruise and early evening swim, while watching the sun go down over the Lake of Stars!

Overnight at Norman Carr Cottage (or similar) on Full board basis.

DAY 8: Liwonde National Park

After a morning departure from Norman Carr Cottage, continue south to the mighty Shire River and Liwonde National Park. Arrive for a late lunch at Mvuu Camp overlooking the river.

After a siesta head out on a 4×4 safari game drive. Liwonde National Park is teeming with antelope and many large herds of buffalo and elephant. After a sundowner on the bank of the river, head back to the lodge for dinner and star gazing!

Overnight at Mvuu Camp (or similar) on on Full board basis.

Upgrades to Mvuu Lodge can be arranged on request.

DAY 9: Liwonde National Park

All day for game drives, walking safaris and/or night drives all led by a professional safari guide. Rise early for a walking safari (optional & season dependent) or game drive returning to the lodge for breakfast, before heading out on a morning boat trip. Meandering up the Shire River, you will see large pods of hippo and there is a chance of watching elephants and antelope coming to the river to drink. After lunch relax by the pool or on your private decking. The waterfront location allows for game viewing from the lodge with plentiful hippo and elephant populations. Late afternoon you will head out again on an evening drive and return after dark for your final dinner at the camp.

Overnight at Mvuu Camp (or similar) on on Full board basis.

DAY 10-12: Zomba Forest

After breakfast head back out of Liwonde and continue south to Zomba Plateau and the intimate Zomba Forest Lodge. Zomba is an interesting town being the former capital of the country. It is overlooked by the unique mountainous slab of Zomba Plateau, where your journey ends today.

The next two days will be spent exploring the plateau via various hiking trails available in the area. The plateau offers fantastic views down to Lake Chilwa, diverse flora and fauna and is a birdwatchers paradise.  You can visit one of the surrounding villages, or learn how to prepare local Malawian food during a cooking course. This unique eco-tourism visit offers incredible opportunities to see a different side of Malawi!

Overnight at Zomba Forest Lodge (or similar) on Half board basis.

DAY 13: Lilongwe

Mid-morning take a road transfer up through the hills to Lilongwe for one final night in Malawi at the beautiful Kumbali Country Lodge.

Overnight at Kumbali Country Lodge (or similar) on Bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 14: Departure

You will be driven back to Lilongwe airport on time for your international flight back home.

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The above itinerary is a suggested sample tour and can be tailored to suit your requirements, interests and budget.

Price is subject to availability and subject to change due to currency fluctuation and peak season supplements.

Terms and Conditions apply.



From January - December


On request


Accommodation & meals, All road transfers in private vehicle, Selected activities & Park Fees

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