On this tour of Malawi, go off the beaten path to see hidden gems untouched by mass tourism. Apart from thrilling safaris in Majete Wildlife Sanctuary and Liwonde, discover the verdant, scenic hills at the Shire Highlands, walk, hike and cycle in the verdant woodlands of the Zomba plateau, and enjoy the clear waters, unspoiled beaches and lush forests at Likoma. With the best accommodation and guides planned for you, expect an exciting mix of adventure, spectacular wildlife sightings, landscapes and relaxation.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3Shire HighlandsCycling and Walking Trails, Beautiful Tea Plantations, Tea Factory VisitsHuntingdon House
3 - 5Majete Wildlife ReserveShire Valley, Diverse Vegetation, Amazing WildlifeThawale Lodge
5 - 6Zomba PlateauMesmerizing Pine Trees, Wildlife, Hiking, Mountain BikingKu Chawe Inn
6 - 8Liwonde National ParkBoat and Canoe Safaris, Game Viewing, Walking ToursMvuu Camp
8 - 12Likoma IslandUnspoilt Beaches, Crystal Clear Water, Diverse Marine LifeKaya Mawa Lodge
12 - 12LilongweNature Sanctuary, City Tour, Umunthu Theatre

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

Internationale Arrival. We will welcome you at the airport.

Pick up the rental car at the airport

Drive to your Hotel

Shire Highlands

2 Days

Welcome to verdant expanses and breathtaking mountain views! The Shire Highlands in Malawi boast of rolling green tea estates that contrast beautifully with the purple jacaranda trees of the region.

Included Activities

Huntington House: Walking & Hiking, Mountain Biking, Coffee Farm Tour
Go for a leisurely holiday experience with a touch of colonial magic and a dash of adventure and excitement with our range of activities. Take in the spectacular view of the coffee fields as you take a walk or hike through the walking trails and dirt paths of the Shire highlands. See the coffee fields set against a beautiful landscape of hills and meandering rivers unfold before you. Relish the sunset from a high point with Mt. Mulanje and the Shire River as a vibrant backdrop. Opt for mountain biking to explore breathtaking views of the estate and the surrounding areas at your own pace. Take a tour of our coffee fields with skilled guides who will explain the process of coffee growing to make it a learning experience for you.

Hotel Options
Huntingdon House – Opt 1
RoomSuite
MealsFull Board, Drinks & Laundry
StyleBoutique
Day 3 - 5

Drive to your Hotel

Majete Wildlife Reserve

2 Days

In southern Malawi, Majete Wildlife Reserve covers about 7km² of fairly rugged, hilly bush of the Lower Shire Valley – and has been intensively protected and re-stocked with game since about 23.

Included Activities

Thawale Lodge: Game Drives, Bush Walks, Boat Safaris
Embark on an exciting adventure with game viewing which includes the Big 5 of Africa. Our morning and night guided game drives give you the opportunity to track the diverse wildlife of the Majete Wildlife Reserve—elephant, black rhino, leopard, buffalo, eland and sable. For a profound safari experience, join in on a bush walk to view the prolific wildlife, flora and fauna from close quarters. The Reserve boasts of 130 kinds of wildlife species you can feast your eyes on. For birding enthusiasts, Majete Wildlife Reserve is the place to be, with over 300 species of birds. Opt for a leisurely boat safari down the Shire River to see the scenery around you up close along with some excellent game watching.

Hotel Options
Thawale Lodge – Opt 1
RoomTented Chalet
MealsFull Board
StyleLodge
Day 5 - 6

Drive to Zomba (2-3 hrs)

Zomba Plateau

1 Day

Enjoy walks, hikes and cycling tours at the spectacular Zomba plateau! The table-top mountain has wonderful streams, waterfalls and lakes, covered with vast tracts of cedar, pine and cypress forests.

Hotel Options
Ku Chawe Inn – Opt 1
RoomHillside Deluxe
MealsFull Board
StyleResort
Day 6 - 8

Drive to Liwonde (2-3 hours)

Liwonde National Park

2 Days

See a stellar example of African wildlife preservation! Intensively protected, Majete Wildlife Reserve in southern Malawi has seen a steady reintroduction of wildlife since 2003.

Included Activities

Mvuu Camp: Game Drives, Boat Safaris, Bush Walks
At Mvuu Camp, enjoy game drives as you explore the Liwonde National Park, and you will marvel at the sheer magnificence and difference between day and night life. The park has large numbers of animal species such as the impala, reedbuck, zebra, waterbuck, warthog, rhino, and majestic elephants. With guided bush walks also on offer, gather knowledge about the various plants, animals, insects, and birds that inhabit and call the Malawi area home. Enjoy a boat safari on the remarkable Shire River and discover the African species that dot the riverside.

Hotel Options
Mvuu Camp – Opt 1
RoomLuxury Chalet
MealsBreakfast
StyleCamp
Day 8 - 12

Drive to airport and drop off the rental car

Transfer to your Hotel

Likoma Island

4 Days

Enjoy clear waters, unspoilt beaches and lush forests! An Inland Sea and the third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi is also one of the cleanest freshwater lakes in the world.

Included Activities

Kaya Mawa: Snorkeling, Kayaking, Sailing, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking

Hotel Options
Kaya Mawa Lodge – Opt 1
RoomPremium Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 12 - 12

Transfer to Airport

Flight to Lilongwe (1 hr)

Lilongwe

0 Days

Two cities in one? The capital of Malawi since 1975, Lilongwe is the seat of parliament with the State House situated here.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 8,020 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

    • Accommodation in one double room for 12 days / 11 nights
    • Meals as indicated
    • All activities as listed :
      • Shire Highlands:Huntington House: walking & hiking, mountain biking, coffee farm tour
      • Majete Wildlife Reserve: Thawale Lodge: Game drives, bush walks, boat safaris
      • Liwonde National Park: Mvuu Camp: Game drives, boat safaris, bush walks
      • Lake Malawi – Likoma Island: Kaya Mawa: Snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, guided walks, mountain biking
    • 24-hour point of contact in Africa
    • All national park and conservation fees as per your itinerary.
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Highlights of Malawi

12 days $ 8,020 / person

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