Africa Tours and Safaris
11 Days Highlights of Malawi

Day 1
On arrival into Lilongwe Airport, you will meet our safari representative and be driven to Guest House Lilongwe for the night.

Days 2 & 3
Depart Lilongwe for the stunning drive south along the western spine of the Great Rift to Zomba. This drive offers many wonderful views down to the lake and over to Mozambique to the west. You may decide to carry out a walk around the plateau, bird watching and visiting some of the viewpoints which fringe the edge of the plateau. A round trip along the top of the mountain is about 25-kms and can easily take the best part of a day with constant stopping at points of interest. Zomba Mountain offers extravagant panorama, forests of both, plantation pine and indigenous woodland, clear running streams and excellent walking and bird watching. Within easy walking of the hotel are the newly constructed Mulunguzi Dam, and the Trout Farm and for fit walkers we recommend visits to Chingwe's Hole , Emperor's View and Queen's View.

Days 4 & 5
After breakfast, board the vehicle for the scenic drive east to Mulanje Mountain. The journey takes you through the rolling tea fields of the Thyolo district where the early colonial settlers first planted tea in the 1880’s. The drive usually takes about four hours.

Days 6 & 8
After breakfast, depart for Liwonde though the village strewn Phalombe Plain and soon climb down into the Great Rift Valley to Liwonde Town where you will meet a boat which will take you up the Shire River to Mvuu Lodge. Liwonde National Park is considered to be the finest in Malawi and one of the best birding locations in Africa and offers some of the most scenic game viewing, beautiful riverine surroundings and varied bird watching and game viewing in the region. You will view hippo, elephant, impala and crocodile, plus some wonderful bird life and less common mammals such as the warthog.

Days 9 & 10
Leave Mvuu after breakfast and at the outset drive through striking villages to the main road and then head north to Lake Malawi, stopping en route at the bustling town of Mangochi for a look at the museum. The peninsula is an exquisite rocky promontory full of towering forest clad hills and was named by Dr David Livingstone after Sir Thomas Maclear who had in the 1840’s taught Livingstone the rudiments of map making. The first national park in the world set aside for the preservation of freshwater fish. The lake is home to over 2,000 species of brightly coloured algae feeding fish from the Cichlid family. Many are endemic to the lake and species are still being discovered and catalogued. The areas around the Kayak Africa Camps are among the best spots on the whole lake for viewing these fish, most of whom live near the surface and can easily be spotted by snorkeling.

Day 11
The drive to the airport in Lilongwe normally takes about four hours so often involves a very early boat off the island before heading north-west, up the edge of the rift again to Lilongwe International Airport where we bid farewell to the safari.

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