Welcome to Malawi! Upon landing at Blantyre (Chileka) International Airport you will be met by one of our cheerful and trusted guides. He will transfer you to Zomba Forest Lodge where you will spend the next two nights of your tour. Tomorrow you will be taken on a guided walk on Zomba Plateau.
Zomba Forest Lodge sits in 20 acres of stunning gardens and mixed woodland. The landscape varies from indigenous rainforest in the valley by the stream, to pine on the slopes and giant eucalyptus trees overhanging the garden. There are 3.5km of nature trails to walk, and a huge variety of birds. The bird count includes the rare yellow-throated and White-winged apalis, Bertram’s weaver and the double-coloured forest sunbird. They like to feed from the flowers mere inches from the veranda, a real treat for the eyes.
Today you will be transported to the majestic Mulanje Massif for your 3 day / 2 night guided hike. Mount Mulanje has the highest peak in South-Central Africa – ‘Sapitwa’ – which reaches a towering 3,002m. Mulanje is a huge, isolated massif with 20 peaks. The west face of Chambe offers the longest rock climb in the whole of Africa – 1,700m of sheer cliff.
Mount Mulanje is the best known and most popular mountain area in Malawi. The peaks are steep and rocky, and range in difficulty from moderate hikes to technical scrambles. There are 10 huts on the mountain that provide shelter for all hikers and walkers, and several well-marked trails up to the plateau and between the huts. The best time to visit Mount Mulanje is April to November.
Today you will descend the last of the mountain, where your guide will transfer you to Mvuu Camp in the Liwonde National Park. Go on a game drive, boat safari or simply relax and rest by the pool before your SHIRE RIVER TRAIL tomorrow.
This walking trail covers an approximate distance of 30km over the course of two and a half days. The trail offers many interesting features and sights and walkers can expect to see a variety of the park’s resident species. The terrain is occasionally challenging and will involve constant stopping to learn about tracks, habitats, birds and wildlife.
Located within the tropics and on the floor of the Great African Rift Valley, Liwonde National Park is home to a wide diversity of habitats, vegetation, birdlife and wildlife. The wildlife here includes lion, cheetah, elephant, black rhino, crocodiles, hippos, buffalo, warthog, eland and much more. The mighty Shire River flows from north to south through the park and into Lake Malawi, where it eventually joins the Zambezi River in Mozambique.
You will wind up your adventure in the Warm Heart of Africa, at Lake Malawi. After your morning walk you will be transferred to Senga Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi to connect with your boat transfer to Blue Zebra Island Lodge. You will stay here for the last two nights of your tour.
Blue Zebra Island Lodge is nestled on Nankoma Island, an unspoiled paradise under the protection of Lake Malawi National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Wake up to the sounds of nature, and Lake Malawi, with birds chirping. The lodge has a range of activity options to suit individuals, couples, families and friends. Take a gentle walk around the island – don’t forget your binos (visit in the green season and you could spot the annually nesting African Pitta here!) Kayak round the island, snorkel, take a dip in the blue waters of the lake or just sit on your private veranda to relax.
Say goodbye to Malawi as you hop aboard your boat transfer back to the mainland. Your guide will meet you there and transfer you to Lilongwe International Airport for your onward flight home.