WILDLIFE, TEA PLANTATIONS & PRISTINE LAKE MALAWI ADVENTURE
Undiscovered by tourists, Majete Wildlife Reserve is a true wilderness where every trip into the bush with the experienced guides will feel like an adventure. It boasts an impressive conservation success story and is Malawi’s only Big Five game reserve. For connoisseurs of wildlife many exciting encounters lie in store, with the chance to view many species including black rhino, leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, eland, kudu, sable, suni, klipspringer, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and zebra on game drives, walks, boating safaris and hide visits.
Arguably the most scenic region of Malawi, the Thyolo district forms the heart of Malawi’s tea producing region with rolling hills of immaculately cultivated, emerald green plantations and some of the oldest estates in the country. The Satemwa Tea Estate is one of Malawi’s first land claims registered in 1874 and undoubtedly produces among the country’s most respected and established tea and coffee. You are invited to step back in time and share some of wonderful memories of this family home, explore the estate, discover the multitude of teas produced and hear the fascinating history of Satemwa Estate.
During a classy tea tasting your guide will explain the full process from planting through to harvesting and production whilst titillating your taste buds with various teas, including ‘white’ and ‘green’ teas and other Satemwa specialties. Other ways to explore and enjoy the estate is a coffee tour, on the back of mountain bike or by embarking on one of the scenic walking trails.
From here you move even closer to nature when you visit game rich Chiawa area of Lower Zambezi, next to the Zambezi National Park and opposite the world heritage site of Mana Pools. Indigenous bush surrounds the lodge, wildlife roam freely through the camp, and the un-spoilt and abundant river offers phenomenal game fishing.
Those who don’t enjoy fishing, there is canoeing, game viewing, bird watching and river cruises.
Continue your waterside adventure when you visit the incredible Lake Malawi next where you can indulge in superbly rewarding leisure time. Spa escapes, golfing, active pursuits from waterskiing to sailing, walking to a local village or reading a book – whether your vacation dream is action packed or absolutely relaxed, you will find something to do on these waters or their perfectly white sanded shores.
Cape Maclear is a definite highlight. Situated inside the Lake Malawi National Park, the surroundings are absolutely pristine. For those seeking activity, there is waterskiing, sailing, diving, wakeboarding, kayaking, snorkelling, fishing and birdwatching. It’s hard to believe that one such a small country can host all these incredible locations and experiences. But this is exactly what makes Malawi such a top rated destination for adventure travellers.
The first is a quick stop in Lilongwe for a touch of urban luxury. The chic boutique hotel has only nine rooms, each unique in its own little way. At approximately 90sqm, rooms are significantly larger than a traditional hotel – making way for a king sized bed, stylish oversized workspace, large flat screen TV, enormous sofa, sunken bath, drench shower and his and her sinks. Room service and free Wi-Fi will keep guests connected and nourished.
In Majete Wildlife Reserve guests will stay in a lodge surrounded by 7 000 hectares of private concession, at the confluence of two rivers shaded by giant leadwood trees. The lodge has a restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, a lounge and terrace, a bar and shop, swimming pool, viewing deck and a lapa for evening campfires.
Each of the eight chalets has a spacious bedroom and lounge, en suite bathroom, outdoor shower and private viewing deck where guests can sit back and marvel at the sights and sounds of the river.
While on Satemwa Tea Estate, guests are accommodated in five unique suites with superb bathrooms featuring clawed bathtubs, separate showers, bath robes, wonderful bamboo cotton blend towels and rounded off with a range of guest amenities.
At Lower Zambezi guests have three options. The deluxe safari tent is the most private, furnished in teak with a king size bed, two single beds and a lounge area. It’s ideal for a family or secluded couples retreat. The en suite bathroom is equipped with a bath and shower, and hot water is available 24 hours a day. The camp also has smaller safari tents as well as self-catering units.
The first place where guests will stay along Lake Malawi’s shores lies in the south. Brilliantly green gardens reveal spacious beach villas and rooms perched along the shores. The rooms are just a few steps from the beach, yet designed with seclusion in mind. The rooms range from luxurious villa to beach huts and a comfortable room for the family.
The second accommodation on Lake Malawi’s shores is situated inside the Lake Malawi National Park. The lodge has ten individually designed villas spread out along a lush hillside overlooking the lake. Each villa boasts a large bedroom, a spacious living area and a private deck with lake view. Guests can relax on the sandy beach or at the stylish infinity pool.
Meet & greet at all airports, air transfers and road transfers between lodges. Eleven nights accommodation, all meals included. All game activities and drinks included at Majete Wildlife Reserve. Full board at Satemwa Tea Estate. Full board and game activities in Liwonde National Park. Full board at Lake Malawi and non-motorized activities. All park fees.
- Big Five sightings
- Boating safaris
- Game fishing
- Pristine Lake Malawi
- Luxurious lodges
- Snorkelling & diving
Day One & Two
Arriving at the Lilongwe International Airport, guests will be met and transferred to their hotel in the city where they will spend the first night. On day two guests will be picked up and start driving towards Blantyre, proceeding down to the lodge in the Majete Wildlife Reserve where they will stay for two nights.
Day Three & Four
Like day two, day three is enjoyed in Majete Wildlife Reserve, going on game drives, walks and exploring the bush. After breakfast on day four it is time to head to the stunning Tea Estate region and a colonially inspired lodge on a tea and coffee producing farm. Indulge in tea tastings, coffee tours & mountain bike rides to explore the estate.
Day Five & Six
Day five is also spent on Satemwa Tea Estate enjoying the activities on offer. On day six guests will be transferred to Liwonde National Park where they will spend two nights. With a profusion of hippo, crocodile and birdlife guests can enjoy watching the wildlife by the river or heading out on game drives, river cruises, nature walks or star gazing activities.
Day Seven & Eight
Day seven is also spent enjoying the many activities on offer in the Liwonde National Park. On the morning of day eight guests will be transferred to the beautiful Lake Malawi. Go waterskiing, sailing, snorkelling or relax on the beach with a book.
Day Nine & Ten
Day nine is still spent at Lake Malawi and on day ten guests will be transferred to another luxurious spot along the lakeshores, this time inside the Lake Malawi National Park at the untouched Cape Maclear. Here guests can continue the lakeside experience with diving, wakeboarding, kayaking, fishing and birdwatching.
Day Eleven & Twelve
Day eleven is also spent in the national park. After breakfast on day twelve guests will be taken back to Lilongwe International Airport for their onwards travel arrangements.
Please note that where a booking crosses over 2 different rate periods, neither rate is applicable – please request a special quote.
International and domestic flights not mentioned; travel insurance; personal expenses incl. laundry, phone calls, tips, visas, insurance & vaccinations. Drinks at lodges not mentioned. Activities whilst at Satemwa Tea Estate. Motorized activities at Lake Malawi. Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies, exchange rate fluctuations and fuel surcharges.
Note: Malaria precautions should be taken; Yellow Fever vaccination required if transferring through a South African border.
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