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14 NIGHTS KAYAK, HIKE, ZAMBIA & MALAWI

Welcome to Malawi, the warm heart of Africa!

Your first stop is Lilongwe, the Malawi’s capital, and if you have time you can go on a city tour to learn more of its urban face.

From here you cross over the border to Zambia to spend three nights in the wild and untouched South Luangwa National Park. An overnight walking safari will truly tantalize your wild side. It’s the home of the walking safari for a reason, and these game rich lands are best explored on foot.

From here you move back into Malawi and the beautiful Nankoma Island on Lake Malawi. Nankoma is situated inside the pristine Lake Malawi National Park and the Marelli Island Archipelago of which it is part, is a sight to behold. Go snorkeling, diving, boating and kayaking to explore both above and below there colourful waters.

You next adventure is in the form of a challenging and rewarding trek up Mulanje Mountain. Sleep in basic camps and spend the days hiking, swimming in rock pools and cooling off beneath waterfalls during lazy lunch hours. Reaching the summit is one of the highlights of the trip. From here, you stay in the mountainside for a visit to the Zomba Plateau.

Spend two days in a lodge high on the plateau, where you can feel the air cool off the higher you get. Go hiking or explore the city of Zomba. Rising 1800 meter, Zomba is a beautiful location to go biking, horse riding or just relaxing and enjoying pleasant walks through forest, beside streams or across open grassland. Due to the higher altitude the plateau often feels pleasantly cool compared to other parts of the country. At Zomba Plateau you will also have the chance to see many different birds.

Head back to the shores of Lake Malawi to spend the last two days relaxing on Mumbo Island – a true gem of an island in the lake. If you still have the energy, you can kayak to the island or take the boat if you’d rather enjoy the view without the excursion. These days are spent exactly how you please. Explore the island on foot, go kayaking on the turquoise waters or dive beneath them and discover the exotic life down below. Relax for long hours on the powdery white sand or in your hammock and spend the warm nights outside under the stars, only waking up to spot a shooting star. It’s a trip that any adventurous traveller will love as it combines hiking in the mountains, trekking among wildlife and kayaking on one of the most beautiful lakes in Africa. Throw in an island getaway and far reaching views of stunning tea plantations, and you have the perfect two-week adventure in Zambia & Malawi.

ACCOMMODATION

In Lilongwe guests will stay in a private lodge, situated on a 650ha forest reserve and dairy farm land. Only 10 minutes from the city along a quiet road. The accommodation is stylish, relaxed and informal; it is much more than just another Lilongwe hotel.

In South Luangwa National Park guests will stay in a wildlife camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. This camp provides an affordable front row seat to one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. The en suite chalets are rustic and secluded. This camp will serve as a base for an overnight hiking trail.

The camp where guests will stay on Nankoma Island offers eight exclusive tented en suite chalets, each overlooking the lake. 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 colourful fish that inhabit every inch of the coastline.

In Zomba guests will stay in a hotel that overlooks the Zomba Plateau, rising to nearly 2200m above sea level. Around this hotel are some of the most stunning views to be seen in all of Africa. Rooms are en suite, air-conditioned, have digital satellite television, international direct dialing, Wi-Fi, email facilities and 220 volts power points (British standard).

Mumbo Island is a deserted tropical island on the expansive waters of the Lake Malawi. With amazing underwater boulders, around 800 species of colorful Cichlid fishes and placid, clear water, the National Park offers what many consider the best freshwater snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. Tours of Mumbo Island are unhurried and tailored to your individual preferences. The idea is to get to know Mumbo Island’s personality. You could either spend your day snorkeling, enjoying the beach, or exploring the island. End the day at the cliff known as the best spot on the island for watching the sunset and return for a delicious dinner. In the evenings, why not spend the night in you hammock under a blanket of stars? Mumbo Island is simply unforgettable – a small taste of heaven on earth.

INCLUDES

Meet & greet at all airports and road transfers between lodges. All guides. Fourteen nights accommodation, all meals included. All game activities at South Luangwa National Park, hiking in Mulanje Mountain and all non-motorized activities on Lake Malawi. Park fees where applicable.

Highlights

  • Trek Mount Mulanje
  • Kayak Lake Malawi
  • Overnight hiking safaris
  • Snorkelling & diving
  • Luangwa river birdlife
  • Island discoveries
  • Marelli Island Archipelago

Itinerary

Day One & Two

Upon arrival at the Lilongwe International Airport, guests will be met and to a lodge in Lilongwe for the night. The next morning, they will be transferred to South Luangwa National Park and taken on a 4-6 hour drive through the park to the wildlife camp – their base for an overnight hiking trail.

Day Three & Four

Both days are spent in South Luangwa National Park. While their belongings remain at the wildlife camp they will enjoy an overnight walking safari along the river, tracking the Zambian wildlife.

Day Five & Six

On day five it’s time to head to Malawi and the beautiful Senga Bay along the banks of exotic Lake Malawi. Visit Tribal Textile along the way. Upon arrival at Senga Bay, guests can enjoy a 20min boat ride to Nankoma Island in Lake Malawi National Park, which forms part of Marelli Island Archipelago.

Day Seven & Eight

On the morning of day seven, guests will be transferred by road to the base of the Mulanje Mountain. The first day’s hike is a slow, but very challenging 5-hour hike, but the days following are much flatter.

Day Nine & Ten

Both days are spent on Mulanje Mountain, visiting the waterfalls and rock pools along the trek. Some of the stretches are hard, but the lunch stops and swims en route are worth the effort.

Day Eleven & Twelve

After these few days of trekking the Mulanje Mountains, it is time to head towards the beautiful Zomba plateau where guests will spend two nights.

Day Thirteen & Fourteen

After breakfast guests can either kayak out to the stunning Mumbo Island or take the boat for a 45min trip. These two days are spent enjoying all that the island has to offer. On the morning of day fifteen, guests will fly straight to Lilongwe International Airport for their onward travel arrangements.

Please note that where a booking crosses over 2 different rate periods, neither rate is applicable – please request a special quote.

EXCLUDES

International and domestic flights not mentioned; travel insurance; personal expenses incl. laundry, phone calls, tips, visas, insurance & vaccinations. All drinks. Activities in Lilongwe, Zomba Plateau and all motorized activities on 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.

DISCLAIMER

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14 NIGHTS KAYAK, HIKE, ZAMBIA & MALAWI

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