Arrive in Lilongwe where you will be met and transferred to Kumbali Country Lodge. This exclusive and private lodge and conference centre is only 10 minutes from Lilongwe City Centre and 25 minutes from the International airport and has 16 thatched suites. The spacious and uniquely designed Executive rooms are en suite with shower and bath, broadband, tea and coffee facilities, TV and a private veranda. The beautifully renovated lodge centre with a bar and dining room offers a varied menu of excellent cuisine complemented by fresh vegetables and dairy products from the farm. Upstairs, fine dining for up to 16 guests with crystal and silver may be booked for special occasions. The naturally forested estate is wonderful for walks, jogging, bird watching and nature appreciation. Farming activities include cassava and dairy with an emphasis on community development. The Kumbali Cultural Village displays traditional Malawian Arts including dance, music, theatre and crafts. Overnight Executive rooms on a Dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Protea Ryalls Hotel
After breakfast, you will be collected then brought to the Land and Lake office where your vehicle, travel vouchers and full briefing will take place. After this you head south along the M1 to Blantyre. You travel along the Malawi / Mozambique border with ample opportunity to stop and take pictures of local culture and wonderful scenery below into the rift valley. A worthwhile stop is at the Dedza pottery and coffee shop [reputably the best cheesecake in Malawi.] On arrival in Blantyre check into Protea Hotel Ryalls Hotel, which offers elegance, comfort, luxury and style in the heart of Malawi’s commercial city, Blantyre. The hotel caters for every need of the leisure visitor, business guest and conference goer. The prime location within the city centre, just walking distance to business related-institutions and other places of attraction, is a significant advantage. This 120-bedroom 4 star hotel comprises en suite rooms with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, electronic room key systems, safes, air-conditioning and mini-bar fridges; providing both convenience and security for guests. Other facilities include a well-equipped gymnasium, a swimming pool and a business centre. Overnight Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. Allow 5 hrs. driving Lilongwe to Blantyre
You can spend the morning exploring Blantyre [we recommend ST Michaels and all saints church and the top Mandala museum and art gallery] then it’s a beautiful drive down into the Lower Shire Valley to Majete Park. At Majete you will be staying at Mkulumadzi Lodge, an exclusive luxury lodge set on a lush riverbank within Majete Wildlife Reserve. The lodge has eight superb chalets, each chalet has a spacious bedroom and lounge, ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower and private viewing deck where guests can sit back and marvel at the sights and sounds of the river. Chalets are flooded with natural light, giving you the sense of being in the forest without compromising your comfort and privacy. Guests can swim in our pool, dine under the stars, and enjoy river cruises, game drives and walking safaris. Overnight Lodge Full board basis inclusive game activities. Allow 2 hrs. drive from Blantyre to Majete Park.
Morning and Afternoon game drives, walks or boat safaris. Overnight Lodge on full board inclusive game activities basis.
Day 5: Huntingdon Lodge.
Depart Majete and drive back through Blantyre and then head Eastwards to Thyolo. This is the tea-producing area of Malawi and Huntingdon House, on Satemwa Tea estate, founded in 1923 shares this important part of Malawi’s history with guests to the area. The house has been tastefully refurbished to offer 5 Planters suites including the converted family chapel. Guests are encouraged to share the colourful history of one of Malawi’s oldest homes whilst being spoilt by a team of professionals. Huntingdon offers quality accommodation fully inclusive meals in the middle of a working Tea estate with a broad range of activities like walks around the estate, tea tasting experience and a trip to a magnificent sunset viewpoint. Overnight Lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Allow 3 hrs. drive from Majete to Huntingdon House
Day 6: Huntingdon Lodge
A day to explore the area or perhaps drive to Mulanje Mountain in the distance. Overnight Lodge on a Dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
After breakfast drive through Limbe to Zomba. A stop in the Zomba market is recommended - selling everything from furniture to bicycles, fresh fish, fruit, vegetables and craftwork. Continue up the plateau to Sunbird Kuchawe Inn. Set on the very edge of the great Zomba Plateau, a table-top mountain of 6000 ft./2000 m rising above the old capital of Malawi, Zomba town, it has its own micro-climate and a huge bio-diversity. Ku Chawe is imaginatively designed and built with handmade bricks incorporating fine arches throughout the public areas. Neat gardens spill down the mountainside. There are 40 large bedrooms, all en suite, all have satellite television and all but the standard rooms have fireplaces for log fires on the cooler evenings. There’s an impressive restaurant, a bar and a terrace with stunning views. Guests can fish for trout in the nearby dam, go horse riding or tour the forested wilderness which is part of the extraordinary beauty of the plateau. Overnight Hotel on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis. Allow 2.5 hrs. drive from Huntingdon House to Zomba.
The morning to explore Zomba Plateau by vehicle or on foot. Return to the inn for lunch then head to Liwonde Park. Its a 1 hr. drive from Zomba to the park gates, then another hour game drive through the park to Mvuu Lodge. Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is situated in Liwonde National Park, Malawi’s premier game viewing national park. It has been described as ‘another Eden’. A diversity of animals includes large numbers of elephant, sable antelope, impala and waterbuck as well as black rhino, serval and leopard. The Shire river runs alongside the lodge guaranteeing viewing of some of the highest densities of hippo in Africa (‘Mvuu’ means hippo) and some very large crocodiles. Birdlife in Liwonde is famous with over 400 species recorded. Game viewing and birdwatching can include walking safaris, 4x4 drives and, perhaps best of all, safaris by boat on the river. Mvuu Lodge consists of just eight luxury en suite tents each invisible from the others. They have private viewing platforms overhanging a lagoon. Away from the tents is a raised dining area with a wildlife library. Overnight Lodge full board inclusive game activities basis. Allow 2 hrs. drive from Zomba to Mvuu Lodge.
Morning and Afternoon game drives walks or boat safaris. Overnight Lodge on full board inclusive game activities basis.
After your morning game activity, return through the park then drives to Cape Maclear. On arrival at Cape Maclear leave your vehicle at Kayak Africa's base camp and take a boat out to Mumbo Island. This is the undisputed jewel of the Lake Malawi National Park. Lying 10km offshore of Cape Maclear, it is small with stunning good looks, and with the whole island falling inside an exclusive concession area it is the perfect place to indulge your Castaway Fantasy. A tiny camp is tucked away on the rocks and beach at the head of a deep and serene bay. It features tastefully furnished safari tents with shaded decks, hammocks, and en suite hot bucket showers and ‘eco-loos’. Camp construction adheres to the strictest principles of eco-architecture, and its operation has almost zero ecological impact on the island. Freedom and quality island time - together with a good dose of healthy outdoor fun - is what visits to Mumbo Island are all about. An island chef produces three hearty meals a day, and guests are free to choose between activity, exploration and leisure. Highly recommended are pre-breakfast swims that redefine the term refreshing; snorkelling with the colourful cichlid tropical fish; and ending off with a sunset cruise around the island by boat or kayak. Overnight Island Camp full board inclusive of non-motorised watersport activities.
A day relaxing on the island with watersports, walks, kayaking, swimming snorkelling and delicious meals all provided. Overnight Island Camp full board inclusive of non-motorised watersport activities.
Day 12: Blue Zebra Lodge
After breakfast, depart by boat to the mainland, then continue with a possible stop at Mua Mission - Malawi's cultural epicentre before reaching Senga Bay for your last evening.
BLUE ZEBRA ISLAND LODGE is tucked into the corner of Nankoma island, part of the Marelli Island Archipelago, in Lake Malawi National Park, Blue Zebra Island Lodge offers 8 high-standard Lakeview tented ensuite chalets in an unspoiled environment surrounded by nature and luxury. The Island is only 3km away from the shore, transfer is a scenic boat ride that takes you down the last stretch of Linthipe River and out into Lake Malawi. The restaurant offers every day a choice of 3 menus with vegetarian options and our Fig Tree Pool Bar offers a large range of drinks and homemade cocktails. The facilities available are a pool, a volleyball ground, a conference room and several comfortable and secluded lounges to chill or admire Lake Malawi's glorious sunsets. Activities included on site are snorkelling (from Nankoma Island), kayaking, birdwatching, a nature trail up to the top of the island and a boat ride around Nankoma Island to watch cormorant colonies and fish eagles. Scuba diving, windsurfing and wakeboarding are available at additional costs.
Depart Senga Bay and it’s a 2 hr. drive back to Lilongwe where you hand over your vehicle to our representative then connect with you flight back home.