Described as the ‘Warm Heart Of Africa’, Malawi remains a relatively unknown travel destination, but has numerous attractions to offers to its visitors from grasslands and forests, mountaintops and unspoilt game parks and beautiful beaches to Africa’s third largest and most beautiful Lake.
The clear waters and tranquil islands provide the perfect, laid-back beach holiday; whilst Malawi’s eleven national parks and wildlife reserves offer activities like hiking, mountain biking and birdwatching.
Start your Malawi adventure with a 3-night stay at Majete Wildlife Reserve Malawi’s only Big 5 Reserve and track wildlife on foot, in a 4 x 4 game vehicle and on a boat. Dine under the stars in front of a roaring African fire, savour traditional Malawi dishes and swap wildlife stories with fellow travellers and make new friends. Then combine this bush experience with a beach stay at Lake Malawi National Park. Spend days exploring the depths of the pristine Lake Malawi. Relax on the white, sandy beach, soak up the sun or partake in the many water activities on offers at the beach lodge and enjoy sunset cruises over the immaculate Lake Malawi.
Soak up the sun and venture on aquatic adventures or relax on the white, sandy beach. Enjoy sunset cruises over the immaculate Lake Malawi.
Summary of your trip
- 3 Nights Mkulumadzi Lodge (Majete Wildlife Reserve) | Malawi
- 4 Nights Pumulani (Lake Malawi National Park) | Malawi
Day 1-3 Blantyre – Majete Wildlife Reserve
From Johannesburg O R Tambo International airport board your flight to Blantyre in South Malawi. On arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by a Robin Pope Safari representative. Relax, unwind and enjoy a scenic two-hour transfer through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture and bush to Mkulumadzi Lodge. The camp enjoys a stunning location on the confluence of two rivers: The Shire and Mkulumadzi River within Majete Wildlife Reserve 70km south west of Blantyre in southern Malawi. Majete is Malawi’s only Big Five Reserve and one of the largest protected areas, covering an area of over 70 000 ha. The reserve is located within the Miombo woodland ecoregion and much of the higher lying areas in the west of the park are dominated by Miombo/Brachystegia woodland. Mixed Combretum woodlands and mosaics of riparian forest can be found in the east of Majete. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy lunch looking out over the Shire River or if you arrive in the afternoon, enjoy afternoon tea followed by the afternoon / early evening game drive. This is the perfect location to start your safari as Livingstone is recorded to have entered Malawi by way of the Shire River.
The perfect combination of luxury and isolation, Mkulumadzi boasts eight superb chalets set on the banks of the Shire River, shaded by giant leadwood trees and wild mangos. Each chalet has a spacious bedroom and lounge, en suite bathroom, outdoor shower and private viewing deck where guests can sit back and marvel at the sights and sounds of the river.
Activities include game drives, boating safaris, bush walks, Majete Hill hiking trail, black rhino tracking, cultural tours, birding trips on the Shire River and to nearby Elephant Marsh, and game viewing from a hide. Guests are free to partake in as many activities as they want or do as little as they please although at least one activity per day is encouraged to best enjoy Majete.
Day 4 -7 Majete Wildlife Reserve – Lake Malawi National Park
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and later enjoy a scenic drive to the Majete Airstrip, where you will board a flight to Monkey Bay (there is also an option of a 5-hour scenic road transfer to Pumulani Lodge). At Monkey Bay another leisurely drive will take you to your accommodation at the luxurious Pumulani Lodge in Lake Malawi National Park. This Park was established in order to protect the cichlid fish unique to the area. In 1984 the park was declared a World Heritage Site.
Pumulani Lodge is located on the serene shores of Lake Malawi. Accommodation is in ten villas hidden away amongst trees and creeping out from the rocks. The lodge is a design dream with every villa having glorious views across the lake. Each of the ten villas is uniquely designed, with some incorporating the rocks that rush from the ground, and others incorporating the foliage growing around them. All have huge terraces, verandas or decks plus spacious living, sleeping and bathing quarters. Activities include non-motorised water sports, bike tours and village excursions. Scuba diving and dhow trips make this location especially iconic and memorable
Optional activities at extra cost on offer on your Malawi Beach holiday include speed-boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, snorkelling and diving. Late in the afternoon enjoy a sunset cruise over Lake Malawi in the hand-built dhow. Sample traditional Malawi meals at the alfresco restaurant around a roaring boma fire.
Pumulani means “rest well” in the local Chichewa language. That is exactly what this Lake Malawi accommodation is offering their guests, the opportunity to relax and unwind in a beautiful and serene environment. The remote location of Pumulani coupled with high standards and friendly service make it the ideal retreat for guests to recharge their batteries.
Day 9 Departure
Today your Malawi adventure comes to an end. After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to
Monkey Bay in time for your 40-minutes light aircraft flight to Lilongwe Airport (there is also an option of a three-hour road transfer to Lilongwe). Upon arrival at the airport you will meet your onward travel arrangements.
Enhance this journey with
- 1/2 Nights pre – safari stay in Johannesburg OR
- 4 Nights in Cape Town
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