22 Day Ultimate Malawi with Zambia Safari

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Malawi

Dubbed 'The Warm Heart of Africa' due to the legendary welcome extended to all who visit, Malawi is a small country with a big heart and an even bigger range of incredible tourist activities! Lake Malawi’s vast size, its warm freshwater and its gorgeous surrounding beaches make it a mecca for those seeking a year-round location to swim, scuba dive, snorkel, water ski, sail, kayak, parasail or simply potter about in boats. Malawi also boasts plenty of national parks providing a haven for a wide variety of wildlife including crocodiles, lions, elephants, hippos and even leopard. Culture vultures are also well served by numerous fascinating historical and cultural sites as well as visits to traditional Malawian villages to meet some ever-smiling Malawians going about their daily lives. With all of this exceptional culture, natural scenery and friendliness on offer, this unique African country is enchanting enough to captivate even the most jaded traveller.

Lilongwe

Days 1 - 2

Resting on the banks of the Lilongwe River, the sprawling, bustling city of Lilongwe serves as the capital of Malawi. It is the largest city in Malawi and is the economic and transport hub of the country. It features thriving markets, lush green spaces, and rich cultural heritage. While the city has all of the twentieth-century urban developments, it retains the appearance of a traditional African settlement. The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, in the heart of Lilongwe, provides a sanctuary for local wildlife seeking refuge. Other sights worth seeing include the Kumbali Cultural Centre, offering the opportunity to view traditional Malawian dancing and drumming; as well as the nearby Chongoni Rock Art Area featuring over 127 sites displaying ancient rock art.

Accommodation

Mafumu Hotel

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Lilongwe

Zambia

This unique, peanut-shaped country, once known as Northern Rhodesia, offers visitors an authentic African experience complete with adrenalin pumping adventure sports, a variety of fascinating cultural activities, and an abundance of indigenous wildlife, which finds refuge in Zambia’s vast national parks. Spend your evenings enjoying the spectacular site of the world’s largest waterfall, the Victoria Falls, while sipping on sundowners after an exhilarating day of whitewater rafting down the rapids of the mighty Zambezi River. If that sounds a little too adventurous for your taste, take a houseboat cruise along the exquisite Lake Kariba while watching wild elephants drink at the riverbank as you try your hand at catching the elusive tiger fish. However you choose to spend your time in this unique country, you are bound to leave with a heavy heart and a desire to return again soon to this exceptionally beautiful Southern African country.

South Luangwa National Park

Days 2 - 6

Bordering the Luangwa River, the northern and southern Luangwa National Parks contain some of the most breathtaking and untouched wilderness in Africa. As a result of this and the parks’ successful anti-poaching campaigns, the area has developed into a world-renowned wildlife haven. The South Luangwa National Park is renowned for its walking safari, which allows visitors to view elephant, hippo and even lion close-up under the supervision of professional and knowledgeable armed guides.

Accommodation

Marula Lodge

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South Luangwa National Park

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Wildlife Camp Thornicroft Lodge

Malawi

Dubbed 'The Warm Heart of Africa' due to the legendary welcome extended to all who visit, Malawi is a small country with a big heart and an even bigger range of incredible tourist activities! Lake Malawi’s vast size, its warm freshwater and its gorgeous surrounding beaches make it a mecca for those seeking a year-round location to swim, scuba dive, snorkel, water ski, sail, kayak, parasail or simply potter about in boats. Malawi also boasts plenty of national parks providing a haven for a wide variety of wildlife including crocodiles, lions, elephants, hippos and even leopard. Culture vultures are also well served by numerous fascinating historical and cultural sites as well as visits to traditional Malawian villages to meet some ever-smiling Malawians going about their daily lives. With all of this exceptional culture, natural scenery and friendliness on offer, this unique African country is enchanting enough to captivate even the most jaded traveller.

Thyolo

Days 9 - 11

Located between Blantyre and Mount Mulanje in what is arguably the most scenically beautiful region of Malawi, the town of Thyolo serves as the administrative capital of the Thyolo District. The area is best known for its historical tea and coffee estates some of which date back as far as the early 1900s. With its tidy landscape of undulating hills and immaculately kept tea and coffee estates, the Thyolo area is a pleasure to explore whether by bike, vehicle or on foot. Magnificent views of Mount Mulanje and the Shire River Valley in the distance are a highlight of the region, as are the excellent opportunities for birding, hiking, and mountain biking. Some of the estates also offer guided tours where one can explore the farm and learn about how the plantations work.

Accommodation

Game Haven Lodge

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Thyolo

Cape Maclear

Days 11 - 13

Located on the southern shore of Lake Malawi at the tip of the Nankumba Peninsula, Cape Maclear is a little resort town surrounded by mountains and set within Lake Malawi National Park. This town features an array of beachside bars and local restaurants in a spectacularly scenic setting of golden sand beaches lapped by dazzling turquoise water. Cape Maclear is a Robinson-Crusoe paradise, making it a sought after tourist destination. Kayak over to the nearby Thumbi island and spot the majestic fish eagle, sail across the lake and catch a picturesque African sunset, or scuba dive into the crystal-clear depths of the lake, which boasts some of the best freshwater diving in the world. Other popular activities include: bird watching, windsurfing, hiking, swimming or shopping in the local craft markets as well as island tours and guided village walks.

Accommodation

Chembe Eagles Nest

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Cape Maclear

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Cape Maclear Ecolodge Annies Lodge Zomba

Cape Maclear

Days 13 - 14

As previously described

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Kayak Africa Cottage

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Cape Maclear

Senga

Days 14 - 15

Senga is located at the tip of a broad peninsula jutting into the eastern part of Lake Malawi, 16 kilometres from Salima. The picturesque area boasts a long stretch of sandy beach, and numerous hotels, lodges and campsites. Not as touristy as nearby Cape Maclear, Senga offers wonderful scenes for photography. Fishing boats line the sands, and the shore bustles with playing children. By night the culture of the area comes alive with music. The neighbouring town of Salima is an important commercial and trading centre and is home to a wonderful market and all the modern luxuries and services.

Accommodation

Bluewaters by Serendib

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Senga

Nkhotakota

Days 15 - 16

Nkhotakota is a tranquil town on the shores of Lake Malawi in central Malawi. It is surrounded by the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, which is home to mammals such as lion and elephant, as well as an amazing array of birdlife. The village is most famous for the Livingstone Tree, where it is said that the famous explorer Dr David Livingstone met a notorious slave trader to implore him to stop the heinous trade. Guided walking tours in the reserve are an exciting way to get up close and personal with some of its animals. There are also hot springs, rivers and waterfalls within easy reach of Nkhotakota.

Accommodation

Nkhotakota

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Nkhotakota

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Bua River Lodge

Chintheche

Days 16 - 18

Located in the Nkhata Bay District of the Northern Region of Malawi, Chintheche is set on the western shore of the magnificent Lake Malawi. This charming resort town is surrounded by tropical rainforest and indigenous vegetation and offers a wide sandy beach and sparkling crescent bays. The shoreline is fringed with numerous hotels and campsites overlooking the white sands lapped by warm clear waters. Visitors can look forward to a range of wonderful activities including: visiting the Old Bandawe Mission houses, exploring the lakeside fishing villages, enjoying spectacular stargazing opportunities and soaking up spectacular views of the Viphya Mountains in the distance. Spend leisurely days strolling along or relaxing on beautiful beaches, and enjoy an array of water sports such as windsurfing, diving, snorkelling, and sailing. Other popular activities include: fishing trips with the locals, mountain biking, and birding walks.

Accommodation

Makuzi Beach Lodge

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Chintheche

Nyika National Park

Days 18 - 21

Located along the Zambian border in northern Malawi, the Nyika National Park features forested valleys, lush woodlands, and vast grasslands. It is Malawi’s largest park extending across the great plateau which rises up to 1800 metres. Aside from conventional safaris, Nyika is wonderful for walking, mountain biking and horse riding safaris, and 4x4 excursions. It is not just the game that attracts visitors, the rolling scenery is often covered in wildflowers and in the rainy season, there are over 200 types of orchid in flower. Commonly spotted wildlife include duiker, eland, roan, leopard, zebra, lion, elephant, buffalo as well as over 400 bird species.

Accommodation

Chelinda Lodge

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Nyika National Park

Viphya Mountains

Days 21 - 22

Running parallel to the magnificent Lake Malawi, the Viphya Mountains rise up from the Viphya Plateau in north-central Malawi. This stunning highland area encompasses forested rolling hills, vast valleys, and rocky peaks. Known for its exceptionally dramatic scenery, this remote area offers visitors a host of wonderful activities including mountain biking, horse riding, trekking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, fishing, and a variety of hiking trails. The mountains provide spectacular views, diverse ecosystem habitats, and abundant wildlife including bush pig, antelope, monkey, duiker and leopard. Visit the Viphya Forest, the largest manmade forest in Africa, explore the area’s towns, and spot a host of bird life. Nature lovers will delight in this scenic mountain landscape.

Accommodation

Luwawa Forest Lodge

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Viphya Mountains
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