You will arrive in Blantyre and stay in the Thyolo District, which is in the southern region of Malawi on the Shire highlands, close to Mount Mulanje. From there you will make your way to the famous Liwonde National Park where you will be spoilt with an abundance of wildlife.
After a visit to Nkhotakota Wildlife reserve you will head to Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, after which the journey continues by plane to Likoma Island were your journey comes to a relaxed ending at the beach of Lake Malawi, a real paradise.
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Blantyre – Thyolo & mount Mulanje
After arrival at Blantyre International airport, you will be welcomed by your personal guide and driver, who will guide you on all road transfers. Your adventure starts by driving to the area of Thyolo, what is arguably the most scenically beautiful region of Malawi.
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.
Liwonde National Park
The journey continues to the Liwonde National Park, which is situated at the southern tip of Lake Malombe in southern Malawi. Although Liwonde is one of Malawi’s smaller parks, it is arguably the most popular of all the game parks in the country.
Malawi’s main river, the Shire, forms its western boundary and is the reserve’s lifeblood. With plentiful wildlife including hippos, kudu, elephants, crocodiles and elephants and even black rhino, the park had become one of Malawi’s premier wildlife-viewing destinations. The birding is excellent and a favorite sighting among birdwatchers is the Pel’s fishing owl.
Visitors can look forward to a wide selection of activities including excellent wildlife viewing, canoeing, and boating safaris and overnight stays at well-positioned safari camps.
Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
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.
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 a rich cultural heritage. While the city has all 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.
Although in Mozambican waters, Likoma Island is Malawian territory. It is the larger of the two inhabited islands in Lake Malawi, measuring seventeen square kilometers. It boasts some lovely beaches, friendly locals, and predominantly flat terrain with a baobab dotted south.
It is home to the headquarters of the University Mission to Central Africa, Livingstone’s mission, and hence it remained British territory when the Lake was divided politically after World War Two. The island is famous for its large cathedral, St. Peter’s Cathedral, featuring numerous stained glass and carved intricate soapstone details.
Visitors can look forward to relaxing on pristine beaches, snorkeling, and diving in the crystal-clear waters, as well as enjoying a variety of watersports.
Lilongwe - End of tour - Departure - Arrival Home
After your relaxing stay at Lake Malawi, you will return to Lilongwe by plane, where you will go in transit for your long-haul flight to your home destination, letting all the amazing and adventurous impressions of the past weeks slowly settle in.
|What is included?|
Meet & Greet with your personal driver and guide at the Airport
All airport/hotel transfers
All guided road transfers
Local flights (if applicable)
Park fees are included unless mentioned differently
Rooms at mid-range or luxury hotels, guesthouses or lodges, unless otherwise requested.
Most accommodations are booked with breakfast and camping is self-catering.
Most accommodations are booked on basis of DBB (Diner, Bed en Breakfast) or Full-Board.
In some accommodations local drinks are included.
|What is not included?|
Local premium and Imported drinks (unless indicated differently)
Meals indicated as not included
Visa Malawi (USD50 single entry) & Zambia (USD50)
Any extra activities (unless indicated as included)
Any items of personal nature
Travel and cancellation insurance
Gratuities and tips
Those who want to discover all aspects of Malawi with some adventure, culture and pure nature – but in full luxury
|What makes this route unique:|
Crossing through all the different highlights this country has to offer, discovering yet another aspect at each destination
|How to get most out of it:|
Get to see the unique Mount Mulanje and Liwonde NP with its huge variety in wildlife, have a view from above during your flight to Likoma Island
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