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Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

  • You'll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1-2

Welcome to Malawi

Welcome to Malawi

On arrival into Malawi, you will meet your guide and enjoy a private transfer southwest of Blantyre to Fisherman’s Rest, taking around an hour.

Set on a private nature reserve within a beguiling 500-acre forest with spectacular vistas towering the Great Rift Valley, Fisherman’s Rest is a reputable family-run community program that’s been operating since 1997. The lodge itself is comfortable and there is a pool with views of the Great Rift Valley.

Their vision is to see the districts surrounding Fisherman’s Rest grow to raise living standards, education, and economic vitality. Whether it’s tree planting, repairing water pumps, or building classrooms, there are plenty of fun and life-changing projects to get stuck into at Fisherman’s Rest.

You’ll stay here for the next 2 nights. Your project work will be assigned upon arrival as it is situationally dependent.

Main Destination:
Blantyre (City)
Accommodation:
Fisherman's Rest
  • Mid-range lodge located near Blantyre (City)
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3

Transfer to Mulanje

Transfer to Mulanje

After a leisurely morning and breakfast, you will be picked up for your private transfer to Mulanje which takes approximately 2 hours. Likhubula Lodge is an old colonial house perched on the slopes of Mulanje with a cosy character and warm hospitality. It’s the perfect spot to rest for 1 night before embarking on your 3-day hike up Mount Mulanje.

This afternoon, you may want to take a short hike to the waterfall nearby or simply relax and save your energy. This evening, tuck into a hearty portion of a home-cooked dinner and enjoy a cold sundowner on the veranda overlooking the emerald tea plantations before getting a good night’s rest.

Main Destination:
Mount Mulanje
Accommodation:
Likhubula Forest Lodge
  • Budget lodge located near Mt Mulanje
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4-6

Hike the ancient "island in the sky"

Hike the ancient "island in the sky"

After fuelling up with a big breakfast at Likhubula Lodge, you will commence your 4-day and 3-night hike of 46km, summiting Sapitwa. You’ll climb through tunnels, walk under waterfalls, swim in ice-cold mountain water, under curving trees, and witness the most awe-inspiring views across southern Malawi. The mountain itself is part of the protected Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve, with huts maintained by the Malawi Mountain Club and the Malawi Forestry Department.

You will overnight in mountain huts with no electricity or solar power, so it’s back to nature with meals cooked over a fire, evenings alight with candles, and bucket showers.

Wake up to a cup of warm coffee, hot oats, and eggs on toast before your hike. On your final day, you will wake up very early for your ascent to Sapitwa for sunrise. Pack warm because it is very cold at the top, but worth it for the unrivaled views all the way to Mozambique where you’ll be higher than anybody else in Central Africa!

Main Destination:
Mount Mulanje
Accommodation:
Mulanje Huts
  • Mid-range mountain hut located on Mt Mulanje
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 7

Transfer to Zomba

Transfer to Zomba

Enjoy your last breakfast on Mulanje Mountain before descending back to Likhubula. Proceed on your private transfer of around 2 hours to the Zomba Plateau, arriving in time for a late lunch. You will stay at the cosy Zomba Forest Lodge for 1 night where you will have the chance to rest after your 3-day hike.

Surrounded by pine trees, winding streams, and diverse wildlife including baboons, giant butterflies and raptors, as well as amazing rare orchids and stag horn lilies, it’s the perfect place to rest your legs and saddle up for a horseback safari with your private local guide.

This evening, soak up the romantic candle-lit atmosphere next to a crackling fire and tuck into an excellent 3-course home-cooked dinner before retiring to bed.

Main Destination:
Zomba Plateau
Accommodation:
Zomba Forest Lodge
  • Mid-range lodge located inside Zomba Plateau
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8-9

Liwonde

Liwonde

After breakfast, you will check out of Zomba Forest Lodge for your private transfer of around 2.5 hours to Liwonde National Park where you will float into Mvuu Camp by boat. You’ll stay here for the next 2 nights in an en-suite safari chalet. In between safari activities, you can enjoy lounging by the pool or take a cultural trip to nearby communities which can be organised with your guide or the lodge manager.

Main Destination:
Liwonde National Park
Best Time To Visit July to October (Dry bush, animals are easy to find)
High Season July to October (The park is busy, higher rates)
Best Weather June to October (Sunny, but not too hot)

Wildlife in Liwonde NP

ElephantCommon
HippoAbundant
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraOccasional
LionRare
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HyenaRare
Accommodation:
Mvuu Lodge
  • Luxury tented camp located inside Liwonde NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10-12

Escape to Mumbo

Escape to Mumbo

After your morning activity and breakfast, you will check out, be picked up, and be driven on the approximately 2.5-hour drive to Cape Maclear. After arriving at the Kayak Africa House, you can relax and wait for your 15h00-scheduled dhow across Lake Malawi to Mumbo Island. After navigating for around an hour, you will arrive at a white sandy beach with just 6 en-suite reed "tents", a restaurant, a bar, and lounge.

Mumbo Island is a barefoot luxury camp with a handful of "tents" perched high on rocks built of reeds, timber, thatch and canvas. Enveloped by the "lake of stars", Mumbo Island is completely isolated, with activities centered around the biodiverse marine reserve.

Main Destination:
Mumbo Island (Lake Malawi)
Accommodation:
Mumbo Island Camp
  • Mid-range tented camp located on Mumbo Isle (Lake Malawi)
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 13

Departure

Departure

After a leisurely morning and breakfast, you will check out and board the dhow back to the mainland at 09h30. Upon arrival, you will be met for your private transfer to Kamazu International Airport which takes around 3.5 hours.

Main Destination:
Lilongwe (City)
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You'll be dropped off at the airport.

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