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Nyika and Lake Malawi

7 days from £2865pp plus international flights.

Enjoy the different faces of Malawi and experience the lush highlands and then spend some time by the crystal clear waters of the Lake and exploring Likoma Island!

This trip is designed to give you a good insight into the variety of on offer in this beautiful country. You will be able to experience game driving in Nyika National Park where montane vegetation attracts antelope in large numbers from eland to roan antelope. The park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa and a night safari may increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive cats. There is plenty to see here from the smaller mammals such as warthog to the larger elephants who mainly keep to the lower ground.  Birders will not be disappointed as Nyika is home to over 400 species including the endemic red-winged francolin.  It's possible to get up close and personal with nature here and soak up the scenery on a nature walk, and move at a slower pace, enjoying every moment.

The second half of the trip is a complete contrast to the first half and you will be able to while away the days swimming, snorkelling and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the island paradise that is Likoma Island.  The island is surrounded by the beautiful waters of Lake Malawi, teeming with all kinds of tropical fish. You can spend your days on the beach or up at the lodge, the award winning Kaya Mawa, where you will be well looked after.

At the end of the trip, when you bid goodbye to the island, you will have a host of memories of this stunning country to take back home.

Itinerary
Chelinda Lodge cabin

DAY 1: TO NYIKA PLATEAU

Welcome to Malawi! Your flight arrives into Lilongwe where a representative will be waiting to meet you, you will be shown to your light aircraft for the flight to Chelinda Lodge, the flight will be about 1h30. Your adventure begins as you observe the views from the sky.  Your accommodation at Chelinda Lodge consists of a cosy log cabin with a welcoming fireplace as the evenings can be quite cool at this elevation, but the scenery alone is worth it, with sweeping views over Nyika's rolling grasslands. Relax and unwind after your journey and soak up your surroundings. Full board.

Zebras on the Nyika Plateau

DAY 2: NYIKA NATIONAL PARK

You have the next two days to explore this area and discover the wonders of Nyika National Park and there is plenty here to keep you occupied.  Depending on the time of year numbers of game fluctuate but you can expect to see zebra and large numbers of antelope from the diminutive duiker to eland and roan. The elusive leopard is also represented in good numbers along with their prey, bushpig and warthog. Exploring on foot is popular in the park, with the option to take a 4x4 game drive to venture further afield. Full board.

Owl on a night drive at Chelinda Lodge

DAY 3: NYIKA NATIONAL PARK

Nyika is also a bird lovers paradise with over 400 species recorded. The rare Denham’s bustard and the wattled crane are present, as is the red-winged francolin, endemic to Nyika. The landscape alone is worth seeing, with stunning waterfalls, a neolithic rock shelter, trout pools and even a ‘magic lake’. Take the opportunity to go on a night drive and see some of the nocturnal inhabitants of the park, spotted hyaena, hunting serval, leopard and nocturnal bird species such as Ruwenzori nightjar. Full board.

Sunset at Kaya Mawa

DAY 4: TO LIKOMA ISLAND

Today we bid farewell to Chelinda Lodge and board the light aircraft bound for Lake Malawi, the jewel in the crown. The journey to Likoma will take about an hour with plenty of stunning scenery to see from the aircraft as you fly. On arrival you will be met and driven to Kaya Mawa lodge, your luxury beach base for the rest of your stay in Malawi, so unpack and relax and enjoy the sunset. Full board

Snorkelling in Lake Malawi at Kaya Mawa

DAY 5 & 6: KAYA MAWA

The next two days can be spent doing as much or as little as you please.  You can fill your days swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the beach. If you want to shake things up and get a little more active, then take to the mountain bikes and explore the trails.  Take your time getting to know the island, and in between exploring  there will always be the delicious meals and wines waiting for you at the lodge. Full board.

Aerial view of Kaya Mawa

DAY 7: DEPART

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and it is time to head home. You'll be transferred to the airstrip for your flight back to Lilongwe and your onward travel connections. Breakfast

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £2865 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing: 25 March-30 June, Nov-9 Dec £2865. July-October, 10 Dec 2017-10 Jan 2018 £3100.

Includes: 

Accommodation and meals, flight transfers as specified, park fees and safari activities at Chelinda, non motorised watersports at Kaya Mawa

Excludes: 

Drinks throughout,  guided activities & motorised watersports at Kaya Mawa, international flights, airport taxes, visas, tips and items of personal nature 

Getting there: You need an international flight in and out of Malawi's capital, Lilongwe. Most flights to Lilongwe come via Johannesburg. A rough cost on flights is from about £800 per person. We usually book these for you.

Departure dates: This holiday can be taken at any time you like as it is a tailor made holiday. Low season is from 25 March to end of June, plus November to 9 December.  High season is from July to October 2017.

places you will see

places you will see

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.
Nyika Plateau
Nyika Plateau & Vwaza Marsh
Nyika Plateau and National Park are located in the north of Malawi and is a beautiful region of rolling hills and huge vistas, popular for hiking and birdwatching. Marsh is a beautiful reserve in which forms joins to the Luangwa eco-system in neighbouring Zambia at the foot of the Rift Valley.

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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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