Lake Malawi Safari Holidays Lake Malawi Vacations South Luangwa Zambia

Privately Guided - Wildlife of Malawi & the Lake


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9 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
International flights quoted separately
If you would like to explore Malawi at your own pace, travelling with your own private guide, then this holiday is for you. From Blantyre visit a Tea Estate in the foothills of Mount Mulanje, visit  the Big Five Majete Wildife Reserve & beautiful Liwonde National Park on the Shire River, before relaxing on the shores of spectacular Lake Malawi. English speaking guide, transfers & all game drives included.
Lake Malawi Safari Holidays Majete Reserve Liwonde National Park
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Blantyre
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Tea Estates
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Thyolo Forest Reserve
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Majete Wildlife reserve
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Game Drives
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Liwonde National Park
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Shire River
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Lake Malawi
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Snorkelling
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Beaches
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Blantyre
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Tea Estates
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Thyolo Forest Reserve
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Majete Wildlife reserve
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Game Drives
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Liwonde National Park
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Shire River
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Lake Malawi
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Snorkelling
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Beaches
Day 1
You will be met at Blantyre Airport by your driver/guide and introduced to the beauty of Malawi on your 1-hour drive to the tea estates of Thyolo (pronounced "Cho’lo").
 
Situated in the foothills of Mount Mulanje, these tea estates have been cultivated for over 100 years. Check in and relax at your hotel, where the trimmed tea bushes give the appearance of a neatly kept but vast garden.
Day 2
At leisure to relax among the Tea Estates of Thyolo.
 
Enjoy a tea tasting experience  and a tour of a working tea estate, before walking to a picturesque picnic spot in the Thyolo Forest Reserve, which is a haven for walkers and bird watching. There is also the option of a day trip to Mulanje Mountain. (There is no tea tasting at weekends)
Day 3
Today we travel 2-hours through southern Malawi to Majete Wildlife Reserve, a virtually undiscovered game reserve situated in the Lower Shire Valley that forms part of Africa's Great Rift Valley.
 
Majete is one of Africa's huge conservation success stories, as large mammals have been successfully re-introduced here in recent years. Check into your game lodge in this remote 70,000 hectare reserve and enjoy discovering its wildlife on an afternoon game drive.
Day 4
Today is devoted to game viewing in Majete Wildlife Reserve where vegetation is diverse - ranging from undulating miombo woodlands with beautiful grassy glades and granite topped hills in the west, to mixed acacia, leadwood and dry marula savannah scattered with baobab trees and patches of ilala palm in the east. The Shire River forms part of the eastern boundary, with all watercourses in the picturesque valley having a fringe of lush riverine thicket.
 
In Majete you can hope to see elephant, black rhino, leopard, buffalo, sable antelope, zebra, hartebeest, kudu, suni, eland, klipspringer and zebra as well as many other smaller species. Lion have also recently been re-introduced to Majete, making it once again a "Big-5" reserve. Game drives typically take place in the early morning and late afternoon, when game viewing conditions are at their best. In the heat of the day simply relax at your lodge and enjoy some bird watching.
Day 5
Today we leave Majete and travel 4-hours to Liwonde National Park on the upper Shire River plain - a popular wildlife reserve because of its relatively accessible location between Blantyre and Lake Malawi.
 
On arrival check into your lodge and enjoy an afternoon game viewing boat ride on the Shire River, where you should see hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffalo and more.
Day 6
Rise early when game viewing conditions are at their best for a game drive in Liwonde National Park.
 
Activities centre around the Shire River where you should get good sightings of impala, kudu, waterbuck and other species of antelope, as well as elephant and buffalo. Bird watching is also outstanding. As there are no lions in Liwondi, it is possible to substitute a walking safari, bike ride or canoeing down the river.
 
In the afternoon enjoy another game drive, bush walk or boat ride, with the option of a Rhino Tracking experience - a 3-hour guided walk into rhino territory with armed scouts and guides to see the valuable work they are doing, ending with a delicious bush dinner.
Day 7
Today we depart from Liwonde National Park and travel 2-hours to beautiful Lake Malawi.
 
Continue to your lodge overlooking this magnificent fresh water lake, in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.
Days 8 To 9
At leisure to relax along the shores of beautiful Lake Malawi, an enormous inland sea with a surface area of over 11,000 square miles (30,000 sq.km)
 
Originally named Lake Nyasa when discovered by David Livingstone (who also nicknamed it the "Lake of Stars" due to the many lanterns of fisherman at night), this is the third largest lake in Africa and the southernmost lake in the Great Rift Vally system, bordering both Mozambique to the east and Tanzania to the north.
 
Enjoy lazy days snorkelling amongst aquarium fish, canoeing or sailing in its crystal clear waters, which hold more different species of fish than any other body of water on earth. Bird watching is also outstanding.
Day 10
Transfer 4-hours to Lilongwe Airport for your flight home.
 
You will be required to pay approx $7 per person departure tax on flights out of Lilongwe.
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