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21 Days Highlights of Malawi

Day 1: Arrive in Lilongwe
Arrive and be transferred to your private city lodge and spend the afternoon on a tour of the city, including Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary, the Tobacco Auction floors and a local township. Overnight at Madidi Lodge/Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel

Day 2: Head to Kasungu National Park
After breakfast in Lilongwe, leave for the North to Kasungu National Park on the borders of Zambia. You will enjoy the afternoon game drive viewing including the unique wildlife and birdlife in the park before returning for dinner at the lodge on the edge of the Lifupa Dam. On the following the day, you will enjoy an early morning walking safari in the park with a trained ranger, followed by lunch and an afternoon game safari in a 4x4 vehicle visiting local cave paintings and old Iron-smelting kilns left by earlier settlers. Overnight at Lifupa Lodge

Day 4: Viphya Mountains
Depart after breakfast and head to the north through the Viphya Mountain Range to Luwawa Forest Lodge tucked deep in the heart of the mountains. Spend the afternoon visiting a local community village with a cultural dance led by the Community Women, as well as taking part in various activities on offer such as mountain biking, abseiling, kayaking, hiking or fishing.

Days 5 & 6: Transfer to Nyika National Park
Carry on north into Nyika National Park, the country’s largest National Park and home to an abundance of small game and breathtaking scenery. Enjoy a brief game drive through the park. For the next two nights, you will accommodate Chelinda Lodge, a beautiful lodge overlooking the Valley, while the afternoon is spent on a comprehensive game drive within the park, returning for dinner at the camp. Spend the following day game viewing, hiking, horse riding and exploring one of the most beautiful National Parks in the country. Overnight at Chelinda Lodge

Days 7 & 8: Viphya Mountains
After passing through Mzuzu, the country’s northern capital, begin your descent south along the lake shore road arriving at Ngala Lodge in the afternoon, one of the countries newest lodges with stunning views of both the lake and the Viphya Mountains. Enjoy a number of activities including visits to local villages, volcanic hot springs, nature trails, bird watching, cultural evenings and boat cruises on the lake as well as scuba diving and horse riding nearby. Spend the following day relaxing on the lake, exploring the local area or taking part in any of the various activities on offer.

Day 9: Drive to Nkotakota
Drive south, stopping at Nkotakota Pottery for the night on the lake shore, where guests can learn how to make pots and clay ornaments in traditional African style. Or spend the afternoon on a slave trade, historical and cultural tour learning about the past histories of the area including 10,000 year old cave paintings.

Days 10 & 11: Head to Lake Malawi
After a morning pottery making at the lodge, carry on south arriving at your private lake shore lodge for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon swimming in the warm blue waters of the lake and an early evening boat cruise taking in the sites and scenery of the lake. On the following day, enjoy a morning boat trip, snorkeling amongst the rocks and watching as fish eagles swoop down to catch surface fish. After a relaxing afternoon, take the boat for a sunset cruise, enjoying a cold drink as the sun sets behind the mountains.

Days 12 & 13: Transfer to Liwonde National Park
Drive inland to Liwonde National Park, the country’s most prolific Wildlife Sanctuary. Through the park on the motor boat, cruise up the Shire River while viewing the hippo pods and elephant on the banks of the river before arriving at Mvuu Camp, one of the country’s most infamous Safari Lodges. Have game drives in the afternoon and enjoy a sundowner drink before returning to the lodge. On the following day, have morning, afternoon and night game drives.

Days 14 & 15: En-route to Zomba Forest
After a morning boat safari on the Shire River viewing the hippos, crocodiles and elephants, travel onto Zomba Forest, one of the most popular areas in Malawi for walking, hiking and horse riding and one of the most stunning areas for scenery and bird life. You will carry out hikes into the forest while exploring the local bird and plant life, horseback or mountain bike up to Zomba Plateau, visit a United National Millennium Villages Project in Zomba for a tour of the local initiatives and best practices being introduced in terms of agriculture, health, education and social reform. Overnight at Zomba Forest Lodge

Days 16 & 17: Travel to Mount Mulanje
Travel on to Mulanje Mountain, one of the most picturesque areas in Malawi and set amid tea plantations at the very southern base of the country. Stop en route at a local fruit and vegetable market before arriving at your private colonial house on an estate at the foothills of the mountain, with stunning views of Mount Mulanje. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in your private lodge or hike to some nearby waterfalls for a swim and sundowner drinks in the late afternoon cool. On the next day, travel to Likhubula, the start of the mountain tails and hike to a waterfall in the heart of the lower mountain for a picnic lunch. After descent from the mountain, travel to a local orphanage in the foothills for an afternoon with the children, playing, teaching and interacting before heading back to your lodge.

Days 18 & 19: Head to Majete Wildlife Reserve
Carry on your journey south to the Southern tip of the country, driving down the stunning Chikwawa Pass for a final safari in Majete Wildlife Reserve, near the border of Mozambique where you will enjoy two days of game drives and bush walks within the Reserve. Carry out bird watching and elephant tracking before returning for dinner.

Day 20: Reserved for departure
Have an early morning game drive and head back north to Lilongwe through Blantyre and Dedza, finishing your circuit of the country in the nation’s capital late afternoon.

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