Game viewing in Liwonde National Park

Wildlife and Lake of Stars Itinerary

This Malawi holiday is a perfect safari beach combination along with a scenic stay in Thyolo, an insight into Malawi's diverse landscapes.

12 days from £3100pp plus international flights.

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Day 1

Arrive And Transfer To Thyolo

Your flight arrives into Blantyre where a representative will be waiting to meet you and drive you to Thyolo which will take two hours. You'll be spending two nights at Huntingdon House, a fine example of colonial architecture at the heart of the Satemwa Tea Estate. Relax in splendour as you recover from your long flight and soak up the beautiful scenery with lush shades of green everywhere you look. Welcome to Malawi!

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Day 2

Thyolo

Today if you're feeling energetic you can take a hike up Mulanje Mountain where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the end of the Rift Valley. While staying at Huntingdon House you could take advantage of a coffee tour or tea-tasting visit or take to two wheels and explore the estate by mountain bike or stroll at leisurely pace to one of the streams, and immerse yourself in this beautiful corner of the world.

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Day 3

Transfer To Mvuu Camp

A change of scene awaits you today, your driver will collect you and take you to Mvuu Camp, which will take three to four 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.

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Day 4

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.

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Day 5

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.

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Day 6

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. .

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Day 7

Transfer To Mumbo Island

It's time for a change of scene. Following breakfast you'll be collected by your driver for the three to four hour drive to Cape Maclear. Your ultimate destination is Mumbo Island Camp. Mumbo Island is a pristine and deserted natural island, and the undisputed jewel of the Lake Malawi National Park. Here you can relax and enjoy a comfortable stay with unrivalled views of the lake from your simple and charming chalet and the open plan main areas.

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Day 8

By Lake Malawi

Guests at Mumbo Island Camp have both the lake and the island to explore - water babies will be in their element! Snorkelling and diving are great ways to observe the abundant marine life of the lake or above the water you can try your hand at kayaking, wakebording. There are many lizards on the islands, from large monitor lizards to small colourful varieties. Listen to the haunting cry of the majestic Fish Eagle as they circle the huge boulders of the island hunting their prey! There are marked nature trails around the main island and some lovely look out points. Whatever you choose by the end of the day you'll be ready for your sundowner!

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Day 9

By Lake Malawi

Staying at Mumbo Island Camp is not only about water. It's about getting close to nature, leaving behind the pressures of everyday life and relaxing in what we like to call barefoot luxury. A stay on the island has something of a remote castaway experience about it. The simple chalets built on the rocks seem to blend seemlessly into your surroundings while giving amazing views of the lake as you leave all your cares behind with each sway of the hammock.

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Days 10-11

By Lake Malawi

Two more days to do as much, or as little, as you like at Mumbo Island Camp! The attentive staff are available to advise on activities and excursions to help you fill you days. Alternatively you can choose to take it easy, topping up your tan and cooling off with the occasional swim. However you occupy your time, a chilled drink at sunset followed by a lamplit dinner overlooking the lake is always the perfect way to end a day.

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Day 12

Depart

Enjoy your last Mumbo Island breakfast, looking out over the lake, after which you'll be collected and taken back to the mainland for the four hour drive through the Malawi countryside to the airport in Lilongwe, where the holiday ends.

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