Best of Malawi & Zambia

The Details

Type: Accommodated Accommodated
Start: Lilongwe Malawi
Length: 14 - 28 Days
End: Lilongwe Malawi
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Small (<12 People)
Countries: Malawi Zambia

Tour Dates

2020
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From USD 3025 pp
(Excl. local payment )
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Overview

Lilongwe – South Luangwa National Park – Dzalanyama Forest – Thyolo Tea Estates – Cape Maclear – Salima – Lilongwe

A sweet exploration of the best of Southern Malawi and of course the famous South Luangwa National Park. This is a lovely easy paced tour of the best of the region, from fantastic wildlife viewing in Zambia to forests, tea estates and the beautiful Cape Maclear.

What’s great about these 15 days?

The best of the region!

Game drives through the famous South Luangwa National Park, cooking Nsima in Dzalanyama community, Walking through the rolling green fields of tea in Southern Malawi, kayaking through the crystal clear waters of Cape Maclear and exploring your own private Island for the night, traditional dances and stories from the cultural and historical Mua Mission, this is a tour to suit all family members and individuals. Full of a huge range of activities and a journey through some of the best that this region has to offer.

Prices are subject to change.

*2020 Prices are per person sharing. Price excludes single supplement and any additional activities or meals not set out in the itinerary.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Lilongwe

Arrive Lilongwe. Transfer from Airport to Lodge. Your guide will meet everyone at the Lodge for introductions and a tour briefing at 18H00, after the briefing dinner will be served. We will arrange airport transfers on this day as and when needed.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Mafumu Lodge or similar

Meals

Meals:

Dinner

DAY 2: Zambia

Depart Lilongwe and travel on to Mchinji, where we complete immigration formalities and continue into Zambia. From the border it is another 2 .5hrs to Luangwa Valley – Mfuwe sector. A picnic lunch is enjoyed en route and ETA at the Loge is midafternoon.  The restaurants serves good wholesome meals, whilst tea and coffee is available throughout the day. The bar serves a selection of drinks for all occasions and the lounge and swimming pool remains a popular “chill out” area especially during the hot summer months. Game drives are undertaken in specially modified 4X4 open safari vehicles led by a qualified guide with an intimate knowledge of the park and its fauna & flora.

[270 km, 6 hrs. journey time].

Accommodation

Accommodation:

We use one of 3 lodges in Luangwa, namely, Marula Lodge, Wildlife Camp or Thornicroft Lodge.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3: Zambia

Morning and Afternoon game drives – All lodges have open game drive vehicles, en suite accommodation, good food and a pool to relax by during the midday break. Game walks optional extra.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

We use one of 3 lodges in Luangwa, namely, Marula Lodge, Wildlife Camp or Thornicroft Lodge.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4: Zambia

Morning and Afternoon Game drives. Midday visit to a local project or Tribal textiles.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

We use one of 3 lodges in Luangwa, namely, Marula Lodge, Wildlife Camp or Thornicroft Lodge.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5: Zambia

Morning and Afternoon Game drives. Optional Game walk.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

We use one of 3 lodges in Luangwa, namely, Marula Lodge, Wildlife Camp or Thornicroft Lodge.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6: Dzalanyama

After breakfast, depart for Dzalanyama Forest. We turn off and head South East before Lilongwe and drive towards Mozambique.  Arrival is early afternoon. After checking into our chalets, a walk into the surrounding forest and up Mtsongololo mountain is offered. The track takes us through the endemic forests where there is a profusion of miombo birdlife. Return back to the lodge as it gets dark.

[230 km, 5 hrs. journey time]

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Forest House & chalets or similar

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7: Dzalanyama

Today is a community visit day! –  We visit the community that live just outside the reserve – you have the opportunity to walk through the village, meet the locals, learn how to pound maize, we will eat some local food, drink some local brew’s and get a glimpse of what life as a rural Malawian is like.  The Malawian people are known for their friendliness and this will certainly reaffirm this view – this visit is non staged and as authentic as living in the country is.  Return to the house in the evening for sundowners followed by dinner.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Forest House & chalets or similar

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8: Dzalanyama

A leisurely start to the day and we have time to explore the area. Numerous trails are available from the lodge into the surrounding area forest. Walks can be as easy or as strenuous as you would like, or if you would rather relax by the stream or on the verandah – the choice is yours.  In the early afternoon there is a possibility of new participants joining the tour and once on site there will be introductions.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Forest House & chalets or similar

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9: 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 stops enroute like the rock paintings, viewpoints overlooking the lake from the escarpment and market stall alongside the road.  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.

[360 km, 6 hrs. driving time]

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Game Haven lodge or similar

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10: Thyolo

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 its a short drive and walk up into the estate, to Thyolo mountain – 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Game Haven Lodge or similar

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11: Cape Maclear

Drive to Lake Malawi – Cape Maclear. En route we pass Zomba and a visit to the vibrant Zomba Market is offered, then cross the Shire River, through the historical Mangochi town and continue to follow the lakeshore northwards. Arrival at Cape Maclear is mid Afternoon with time to enjoy a sundowner whilst relaxing on the beach.

[280 km, 5 hrs. journey time]

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Here we again stay in a choice of 3 similar lodges - Chembe Eagles Nest, Cape Mac Lodge or Annie's Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12: Cape Maclear

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

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Here we again stay in a choice of 3 similar lodges - Chembe Eagles Nest, Cape Mac Lodge or Annie's Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13: Cape Maclear

This morning we prepare for our Kayaking experience. Transfer just down the beach to Kayak Africa Base camp and 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. Arrival at the Island camp is before lunch with the remainder of the afternoon to explore the peaceful beauty of the place. Explore the island and surrounds by kayak, walking and swimming / snorkeling. Overnight Island Tented Camp with the remainder of the afternoon to swim, snorkel or kayak on the calm lake. On the island there are only limited en suite chalets and some clients will be staying in non en suite dome tents – en suite chalet preference will be given to those clients that did not have en suite facilities at Dzalanyama.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Island Tented Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner

DAY 14: Senga Bay

Paddle back to the mainland [or return by boat], then 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 an hour 20 mins drive to our overnight.

[210 km, 5 hrs 20 mins. journey time]

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Blue Waters lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner

DAY 15: Departure

Today we co-ordinate our departure to arrive in Lilongwe in time for your return flight or onward journey [Senga Bay to Lilongwe is a 2 hr. drive and check in is 2 hrs. before your international flight].

[110 km, 1.5 hrs. journey time]

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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