8 days from £2000pp plus international flights.
Safari and beach with a difference! See the Big 5 in little-known Majete, then rest up by the shores of a lake, rather than the sea. Game drives, boat safaris and guided walks are followed by snorkelling, diving, kayaking and mountain biking, in a week any nature lover will treasure.
Your holiday begins in Majete Wildlife Reserve, a recent conservation success story, whose wildlife was once plundered by poachers, but is now protected and thriving with several species having been re-introduced since the early 21st century. It's now a Big 5 reserve, the only one in Malawi, and offers excellent game viewing and bird watching against the backdrop of scenic hills, woods, forests and valleys.
Your second destination is Lake Malawi, the 9th largest in the world, named 'the lake of stars' by David Livingstone after the bobbing lanterns of fishing boats at night, a scene you'll witness each night of your stay. By day you can swim, snorkel, dive and kayak in and on the lake, go for walks, bike rides and village visits on land, as well as resting by the pool and enjoying the views.
Both luxury lodges are owned and run by the well-respected Robin Pope Safaris, and provide home comforts and friendly, professional service. As well as the range of activities available, each lodge has a lounge, terrace and swimming pool where you can relax, and both welcome children of all ages, making this a holiday all the family can enjoy.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2000 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing: 28 March-21 May, Nov-Dec £2000. 22 May-30 June £2150. July-October £2365. Supplements may apply for festive periods.
7 nights accommodation based on twin share; road transfers from Blantyre to Mkulumadzi Lodge, from Mkulumadzi Lodge to Monkey Bay (Pumulani), and from Monkey Bay to Lilongwe; all meals and local drinks at both lodges; game drives, boat safaris, bush walks, birding trips in the Shire River and to Elephant Marsh, game viewing from a hide, cultural tours and hiking up at Chimwale Hill at Mkulumadzi; snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, sunset dhow cruises, nature walks, mountain biking and village tours at Pumulani - motorised watersports and diving available at extra cost; mkulumadzi park fees and tourism levy; Pumulani park fees and tourism levy; laundry service at both camps
International flights and taxes; visas; travel insurance; premium drinks; motorised watersports and diving at Pumulani (pay locally); tips; items of a personal nature
Getting there: The holiday starts in Blantyre and ends in Lilongwe. Return flights from the UK cost from £800 per person, depending on season and availability. We will be happy to check flights for you.
Departure dates: This is a private tailor made holiday which operates from 28th March till the end of December. It can begin on the day of your choice, subject to availability.
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Time: GMT +2 hours
Flight time: International flights to Malawi are either with Kenya Airways (via Nairobi) or South African Airways (via Johannesburg) then to Lilongwe or Blantyre.
Language: English is the official language but not widely used in rural areas. Chichewa is commonly used.
Visas: Not needed for most nationalities but check with your embassy. You need a Mozambique visa for Nkwichi Lodge.
Health: No vaccinations are compulsory but some are recommended. Yellow Fever certificate required for Nkwichi Lodge (Mozambique). See your GP for advice.