Malawi – The Warm Heart of Africa
Surrounded by Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania, Malawi is the “warm heart of Africa”. It may be small in geography but it’s large in appeal. Slicing through the landscape in the Great Rift Valley is Africa’s third-largest lake, Lake Malawi. A nation of fisherman – despite being landlocked – owing to the clear waters of Lake Malawi; it boasts verdant highlands and tropical forests, undulating valleys and exceptional game viewing within its national parks. Malawi is still an unknown gem in the southern African crown.
Dates available throughout the year
Fly from the UK to Lilongwe Airport.
Arrival in Lilongwe
On arrival at Lilongwe Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax or perhaps explore Malawi’s capital city.
Liwonde National Park
After breakfast you will be transferred to Liwonde. Enjoy an afternoon game drive through Liwonde National Park. Look out for hippos, crocodiles and the amazing birdlife. You will stay at the Mvuu Camp in the park overlooking a broad stretch of the Shire River. The Safari Camp is designed to blend into its environment with a clever mix of stone and canvas chalets and family tents. Enjoy dinner are under the stars in a specially constructed ‘boma’.
Shire Boat Safari
Following breakfast at the camp, you will go on an amazing boat safari on the Shire River. The river attracts a huge range or wildlife including elephants, hippos even the occasional visiting lion. Afterwards, you will travel to the Makokola Retreat just north of Mangochi. The retreat is situated on the palm fringed southern shore of Lake Malawi.
Day at Leisure
Today is a day at leisure for you to relax at the retreat and enjoy the facilities. There are a number of activities on offer including: beach volleyball, golf and tennis; you can even pay a visit to the Lake Spa. The retreat also offers a range of Lake activities including: canoeing, parasailing, snorkelling and waterskiing.
Mua Mission – Cultural Centre
After breakfast at the retreat, travel to Mua Mission. Here you will visit the Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art. The centre provides insights into the history and culture of Malawi through the Chamare Museum, the Carving Centre and the new Research Centre/Library. The museum describes the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao cultures, their rites of passage, their interaction with one another and their encounter with Islam and Christianity. It also holds a unique display of Gule Wamkulu masks. There is a church within the Mission for you to visit. Later travel to Lilongwe and stay at the Korea Garden Lodge.
Enjoy breakfast before transferring to Lilongwe Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Arrive back in the UK.
British passport holders will need a visa to enter Malawi, you can apply for a visa at the Malawi High Commission in London, or you can obtain one on arrival.