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Lake of Stars

10 days from £1895pp plus international flights.

This is a classic mix of safari and beach, combining busy days wildlife spotting in Liwonde National Park with time to chill on the shores of Lake Malawi. This is a 10-day gem of a holiday to this beautiful country. 

Malawi is small and you'll travel by road, allowing you to view varied scenery and catch a glimpse of village life. Once at each destination you'll have plenty of time to settle in, with 4 nights at your safari camp and 5 nights by the lake. Accommodation is comfortable rather than luxurious, and the friendly service and smiling faces of the staff will soon make you feel right at home. Both are child-friendly and this is an excellent family holiday.

Safari activities are varied, with a choice of 4x4 game drives, night drives, boat trips and guided walks all led by experienced guides. There's just as much to choose from at Lake Malawi, including all manner of watersports, mountain biking, hiking, village visits and simply relaxing.

Itinerary
Relax at Mvuu Camp

DAY 1: ARRIVE AND TRANSFER TO MVUU CAMP

Your flight arrives into Lilongwe where a representative will be waiting to meet you and drive you to Mvuu Camp, which will take 4-5 hours. The camp is on the banks of the Shire River in Liwonde National Park. At the heart of the camp the thatched dining and lounge area sits between two huge baobab trees and is the ideal place to relax after your journey. Sitting here, drink in hand, you'll soon adjust to gentle pace of life. Welcome to Malawi! Full board.
Game drive in Liwonde

DAY 2: ON SAFARI IN LIWONDE

With Liwonde National Park on your doorstep a safari is on the cards today. Elephant, sable, waterbuck and reedbuck abound and sightings of zebra, eland, hippo and buffalo are common, so you're assured of great wildlife viewing. Your 4x4 game drive will take you into different areas of the park to observe contrasting habitats. You should keep your camera close to hand for those classic safari shots! Returning to the camp you can cool off with a swim in the pool and later enjoy dinner under the star-filled sky. Full board.
Boat safari on the Shire River

DAY 3: ACTIVITIES FROM MVUU CAMP

You can opt for another game drive today, exploring another part of the park, or maybe try a boat trip on the Shire River, bringing you into close, but safe, contact with hippo, crocodile and elephant. You'll see lots of birds, too. After lunch and a lazy afternoon in camp, you can set out by vehicle in the late afternoon, stopping for sundowners at a scenic spot. The drive continues after dark. It's a whole new world by night, alive with sound. Your driver will make sure you're back in time for dinner. Full board.
Guided walk from Mvuu Camp

DAY 4: ACTIVITIES FROM MVUU CAMP

Experience a new aspect of the bush with a guided walk this morning. It's surprising how different it feels to be out in the wild, away from the confines of a vehicle, at one with nature. It's a more intense experience and one that allows you to observe smaller animals and plants, as well as large game. Liwonde is home to a sanctuary dedicated to the rare black rhino. With the correct permission you'll be able to visit the project and see not only rhino but also hartebeest and roan, species rare in Malawi. Full board .
The infinity pool at Danforth Lodge

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO DANFORTH LODGE

It's time for a change of scene. Following breakfast you'll be collected by your driver for the 3-4 hour drive to Cape Maclear. Your ultimate destination is Danforth Lodge, set in shady gardens which lead down to the edge of Lake Nalawi. The lake-side infinity pool is impossible to resist. Meals are served in the airy thatched dining area and are generous buffets with a wide selection of dishes. Full board. 
Waterskiing on Lake Malawi

DAY 6: BY LAKE MALAWI

You'll be amazed at the range of watersports at Danforth - water babies will be in their element! Snorkelling and diving are great ways to observe marine life. Above the water you can try your hand at dinghy sailing, kayaking, wakebording and waterskiing. If you prefer a more leisurely option you can take a cruise on Mufasa, the lodge's very own catamaran, letting the crew take the strain. Whatever you choose by the end of the day you'll be ready for your sundowner! Full board. 
Meet local children at a village near Danforth

DAY 7: BY LAKE MALAWI

Staying at Danforth is not only about water. You can explore inland, taking to two wheels or your own two feet to follow nature trails. Guides are on hand to accompany you if you wish and your journey may take you to a local village where you're sure to receive a warm welcome, especially from the children. Back at the lodge you can savour a chilled drink in the bar, swapping stores with fellow guests and enjoying views of Lake Malawi. Full board. 
End the day with a sunset cruise on the lake

DAYS 8-9: BY LAKE MALAWI

Two more days to do as much, or as little, as you like at Danforth! Your hosts, Howard and Michelle, and their attentive staff are available to advise on activities and excursions to help you fill you days. Alternatively you can choose to take it easy by the pool, topping up your tan and cooling off with the occasional swim. However you occupy your time, the sunset catamaran cruise is the perfect way to round off the day. Full board.
Breakfast at Danforth Lodge

DAY 10: DEPART

Enjoy your last Danforth breakfast, looking out over the lake, after which you'll be collected for the 4 hour drive through the Malawi countryside to the airport in Lilongwe, where the holiday ends. Breakfast.
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1895 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2016 - 11 Jan- 30 June, and Nov- 9 Dec: £1895 pp sharing. July-October: £2125 pp.

Includes: 

Twin-share accommodation; full board throughout (excluding drinks); road transfers as specified; safari activities at Mvuu Camp; non-motorised watersports at Danforth Lodge.

Excludes: 

International flights and taxes; visas; travel insurance; vaccinations; drinks; motorised watersports at Danforth Lodge; tips; items of a personal nature.

Getting there: This holiday starts and end 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 tailor-made holiday that can begin on the your choice, subject to availability. 

places you will see

places you will see

Liwonde National Park
Liwonde National Park
This is Malawi's most popular national park with a good population of wildlife. With the beautiful Shire River winding it's way through the park, providing year round freshwater, the park is lush and a haven for birdlife. Boat safaris are a highlight here with elephants and hippos plentiful and some of the largest crocodiles in Africa!
Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi
Part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Malawi is flanked by hills inland towards the Nyika Plateau and has some attractive sandy beaches as well as interesting villages to explore.
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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.

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