Best of Southern Malawi
10 nights R 11 999 per person sharing, or single
Cost excludes flights
Minimum 4, maximum 8 persons.
Terms & conditions apply
Rainy season : November to May
Dry season: May to November
- Tour Guide with personality and local knowledge
- Transport in air-conditioned minivan that seats 10 people comfortably
- Private guesthouse accommodation with staff
- 3 quality meals a day & Laundry
- Mulanje guides and porters
- WIFI in most areas
- Boating and all water sports at Lake Malawi (except diving)
- Liwonde lodge accommodation with game drives and experienced game rangers
- Horse riding up Zomba
- Visas and Airfares
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance obligatory for Egypt Today clients
The aim is to be somewhere between backpacking and luxury, with easy transportation, comfortable accommodation and good wholesome food.
Our Malawian agent specializes in comfortable but affordable small group tours (max 8 people) in Malawi, combining quality game reserves (Liwonde and Luangwa), the stunning Lake Malawi (all toys and watersports included) and the magical Zomba and Mulanje mountains.
Good value for money fun tours to young professionals 18-35 years as some of the sports and mountain climbing do require certain fitness levels, however families and others who are up for the challenge can be accommodated. Drinks are very cheap and run by an honesty system.
Day 1 - Venture into the wild at the Lilongwe Game Reserve:
Arrive at Lilongwe International Airport. Reach the Lilongwe Game Reserve, have lunch amid the great outdoors at your campsite inside the National Park. Relax for some time, and then take a sunset boat cruise on the Shire River. This is a good way to view the animal activity of the park. After the cruise enjoy dinner at the camp and relax over a drink before retiring for the evening.
Day 2 - Enter the quiet solitude of Zomba Plateau:
Go on a morning game drive right after an early breakfast. After brunch head towards the Zomba Plateau. The drive to Zomba is only about 30 minutes so we will arrive mid-morning, where we will spend the day based at our unique cottage in the mountain where bike rides, horse riding and scenic walks are on offer. Lunch and dinner will be prepared by our main man, Brian Chauya, with a few quiet drinks. If people feel like it you could venture out to Kuchawe Inn (a pleasant Hotel at the top of Zomba Plateau).
Day 3 - Stay amid tea estates and lagoons on the way to Mulanje Mountain:
After breakfast we will head to Mulanje Mountain. The road trip will take approximately 2 hours. Our beautiful cottage is amongst the tea estates and mountains and is where we will stay for the first night. The afternoon will be spent at one of the local lagoons (awesome waterfall and rock pools in the area) before having some sun-downers and watching the sun set. There is also a swimming pool at the cottage. Our staff (and friends) at the cottage will prepare dinner for us and we can then chill for the evening on the huge Khonde.
Day 4 - Climb Mulanje Mountain:
After breakfast we head to the starting point for the hike up the mountain. The hike is a slow but challenging 4hr/ or semi-challenging 7hr walk (depending on fitness levels) with several stunning waterfalls and rock pools along the way. Be warned, part of this walk is challenging so get those fitness levels up. We will stop for lunch and a couple of swims en route and should be at the chalet by around 3 in the afternoon. While your tour guide is putting up the tents everyone is free to explore the area, swim in the rock pools nearby or just relax and appreciate the surroundings. After watching the sunset your tour guide will whip up dinner and then a fairly early night will probably be on the cards.
Day 5 - Descend Mulanje Mountain:
Watch sunrise followed by breakfast, hike back down the mountain and head to Lake Malawi. The drive to the lake is about 4 hours so we should be there for lunch and have the afternoon to enjoy our little paradise. Depending on time we might stop at Club Macakola (5 star resort on the lake shore) for lunch.
Day 6 - 11 - Lounge Alongside Lake Malawi:
Enjoy what the lake has to offer including leisurely swims to the island, snorkelling with the thousands of cichlids (over 800 unique to Lake Malawi), kayaking, shopping for curios and African art in the village and the locals LOVE old clothes as an exchange so bear this in mind. There is water-skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, banana rides, fishing and sunset cruises while feeding the fish eagles, and of course a beach bar crawl or two. We are based in a stunning cottage in Cape Maclear with 4 double bedrooms en-suite and all the staff to cook, clean and look after us.
There is a fantastic leisure boat and water sports include waterskiing, fishing, snorkeling, wakeboarding, tubing, banana rides and parasailing if the Lake isnt too high. Additionally diving, kayaking, sailing and bike rides can be organized at an additional cost. Diving in Lake Malawi is good but this is not included in the price - dives can be organised with nearby companies in the Cape Maclear area.