Southern Malawi and South Luangwa

Tour Length
  • 15 days / 14 nights
Tour Highlights
  • Tea Estates
  • Big 5 park
  • Forest bathing
  • Island retreat
  • Valley of leopards
Itinerary

Day 1-3

Satemwa Tea Estates | Huntingdon House

Welcome to Malawi! Arrive at Chileka International Airport, meet and greet with transfers to Huntingdon House to enjoy 2 nights at this glamorous colonial house surrounded by unparalleled beauty, the Satemwa Tea Estate. Enjoy a different and exciting side of this wonderful country.

Huntingdon House is the epitome of old colonialism in Malawi, from the beautiful backdrop of the tea estates to the manicured lawn with a croquet set up. The formal rose garden and the cosy lounge with bookcases where you can sit with a book in front of the fireplace are highlights. With delicious food and a tea-inspired cocktail menu, it is the perfect place to explore the tea estates.

Day 3-5

Majete Wildlife Reserve | Thawale Lodge

After your stay at the Estates we will take you to Majete Wildlife Reserve an incredible conservation success story and Malawi’s only Big Five park with thriving animal populations and plentiful birdlife. You will stay at Thawale Lodge for two nights

Thawale Lodge provides excellent accommodation for guests visiting Majete Wildlife Reserve. Majete has recently undergone a transformation and guests can enjoy the wildlife from their private chalet balcony and watch the evening flow of animals come to the waterhole as they are having a sundowner.

Day 5-7

Zomba Plateau | Zomba Forest Lodge

From Majete it is time to head to the stunning Zomba Plateau and stay at Zomba Forest Lodge situated at the foot of Zomba Plateau for a quaint and homely stay with gorgeous gardens and views over the plateau. The food is tasty and the hosts friendly and warm. You will stay here for two nights of your tour. 

Explore the waterfalls or enjoy a less strenuous but beautiful hike through the forests. The top of the plateau is criss-crossed by streams and is dotted with waterfalls and still lakes. The hike to the top of the Plateau is a popular tourist activity.

Day 7-9

Liwonde National Park | Mvuu Camp

It is now time to drive to Liwonde National Park. Your driver/guide will transfer you to Mvuu Camp situated along the Shire River right within the park. 

Spend two nights on the Shire River exploring the conservation success that is Liwonde National Park on land and on the river, from its thriving populations of black rhino and cheetah to the endless bird species. The perfect place to experience Malawi’s flourishing wildlife.

Day 9-11

Nankoma Island | Blue Zebra Island Lodge

You will now head to the lake to cool off! You will be transferred to Senga Bay for your boat transfer to Blue Zebra Island Lodge for a two night stay. 

The chalets are set in an unspoiled environment and guests are surrounded by nature and luxury. Guests are free to chill at the infinity pool, kayak around the islands or enjoy a game of volleyball as part of the full board package. The lodge also offers free use of snorkelling equipment to view the unique colourful fish that give the lodge its name and inhabit every inch of the coastline.

Day 11

Lilongwe | Wines & Wings Guesthouse

Next you will head to Lilongwe to stay at the gorgeous Wines & Wings Guesthouse situated at a 15 minute walk from the Capital City Centre. You will spend the night here before you proceed to your next destination. 

Located in Area 12 and just minutes, by foot, from The Four Seasons Centre (restaurants, cafes and bars) – it is an ideal setting to discover Lilongwe from. The  house is well furnished and comfortable, with a pool, lovely garden, good social areas, modern kitchen, fast Wi-Fi and DSTV, so if you don’t want to explore Lilongwe you can chill out in comfort!

Day 12-14

South Luangwa National Park | Kafunta River Lodge

Today we will cross the border into Zambia. You will be transferred to stay at Kafunta River Lodge, a classic Zambian Safari Lodge, combining all the essentials for a great safari, including its spectacular location at the edge of the floodplain. You will spend the last three nights of your tour here.

Beyond the plain, lies the Luangwa River – one of the best game viewing areas in the magical South Luangwa National Park. This is indeed the premier park in Zambia and one of the best national parks in all of Africa.

Day 15

End of Itinerary

Alas, all good things must come to an end. You will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport for your flight to Lusaka for your onward travel. 

If you would like to book or tailor this tour, or you simply want to know more, please email sales@craftedafrica.com or fill the contact us form and one of our team will get back to you promptly.