11 Day Malawi Safari Holiday

Embarking on an 11-Day Malawi Safari Holiday: A Journey Through the Warm Heart of Africa

Malawi, often described as the “Warm Heart of Africa,” is a hidden gem for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. With its diverse landscapes, ranging from stunning plateaus and mountains to wildlife-rich parks and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi, this country offers a unique safari experience. In this 11-day Malawi safari holiday, we’ll guide you on an unforgettable adventure through some of Malawi’s most incredible destinations: Chimwenya Game Park, Mount Mulanje, Zomba Plateau, Liwonde National Park, and Lake Malawi.

 

11 Day Malawi Safari Holiday Where to Stay?

In Malawi, there are a variety of lodges, camps, and hotels available to suit various budgets and preferences. For our 11-day Malawi Safari vacation, we have carefully selected the finest lodges and camps to ensure that you make the most of your trip. Each accommodation offers stunning designs and spectacular views of the surrounding natural landscapes, as well as top-notch amenities to ensure that you have a comfortable place to relax after a day full of adventure.

Choosen Accommodation

Chimwenya Game Park – Game Haven Lodge
Mulanje Mountain – Mulanje Mountain Hut
Zomba Plateau- Zomba Forest Lodge
Liwonde NP – Mvuu Lodge
Lake Malawi – Mumbo Island

 

What to do and See on Your Malawi Safari Holiday

Experience an 11-day safari adventure in Malawi, which includes explorations of Chimwenya Game Park, Mount Mulanje, Zomba Plateau, Liwonde National Park, and Lake Malawi. This trip provides opportunities to engage in various activities, such as enjoying the stunning scenery of tea plantations at Chimwenya, conquering the Sapitwa Peak, observing the Big Five at Liwonde, and unwinding on the pristine white sand beaches of Lake Malawi.

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Detail Malawi Safari Holiday Itinerary

 

Day 1-2: Arrival and Exploration of Chimwenya Game Park

Your Malawi safari holiday kicks off upon your arrival at Chileka International Airport, where the warm and friendly locals greet you. From the airport you will drive for a distance of about 20 km southward to Chimwenya game park which is the lesser known but pristine game park. This private reserve, located just outside the capital, is an excellent introduction to Malawi’s diverse wildlife.

Chimwenya’s lush savannahs and woodlands are teeming with antelopes, zebras, and a variety of bird species. Guided walking safaris and game drives allow you to witness these animals in their natural habitat. As dusk falls, enjoy a sundowner overlooking the serene landscape, the perfect end to your first day on safari.

Day 3-4: Conquering Mount Mulanje

Next on this Malawi Safari itinerary is Mount Mulanje, Malawi’s highest peak and a hiker’s paradise. The drive to the base of the mountain is scenic, offering glimpses of rural Malawian life. The climb can be challenging, but the routes cater to different fitness levels, ensuring everyone can enjoy the experience.

Trek through dense forests and past cascading waterfalls as you ascend. The views from the top are nothing short of breathtaking, with the rolling tea estates at the mountain’s foothills and the distant horizon. Camping overnight on the mountain provides a unique opportunity to stargaze in the African sky, a memorable highlight of your safari.

Day 5-6: Tranquility on Zomba Plateau

After descending Mount Mulanje, a short journey leads you to the historical Zomba Plateau. This is a place of unmatched tranquility, with its cool climate and serene environment that once made it a favorite retreat for British colonial administrators.

The plateau offers numerous trails that meander through forests of pine and cedar, alongside streams and around tranquil lakes. Horse riding is a popular activity here, allowing you to connect with nature at a leisurely pace. Be sure to visit the plateau’s viewpoints, such as Queen’s View and Emperor’s View, which offer panoramic vistas of the countryside below.

Day 7-8: Wildlife Encounters in Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is arguably Malawi’s best-known wildlife haven, and for good reason. The park is home to large populations of elephants, hippos, and a variety of antelope species. It’s also a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 400 species recorded within its boundaries.

Embark on game drives and boat safaris along the Shire River, the lifeblood of Liwonde. You’ll have the chance to spot crocodiles basking on the riverbanks and colorful fish eagles soaring overhead. The park’s recent reintroduction of lions and cheetahs has restored its status as a Big Five destination, making your safari experience even more thrilling.

Day 9-10: Leisure and Adventure at Lake Malawi

No Malawi safari is complete without a visit to the jewel in the country’s crown, Lake Malawi. This vast body of freshwater, part of the Great Rift Valley, is famous for its clear turquoise waters and abundant fish life. It’s the perfect spot to unwind after the excitement of the previous days.

Spend your time here snorkeling or diving among the hundreds of species of cichlid fish that call the lake home. Their vibrant colors and patterns are a visual feast. Alternatively, you can enjoy kayaking, sailing, or simply relaxing on the sandy beaches. The lake’s islands, like Likoma and Chizumulu, are worth exploring for their laid-back atmosphere and cultural experiences.

Day 11: Farewell to Malawi

As your 11-day Malawi safari holiday comes to a close, take a moment to reflect on the experiences that have filled your days. Malawi’s landscapes have provided a backdrop for adventure, its wildlife has inspired awe, and its people have welcomed you with open arms.

After a leisure breakfast, we will transfer you to Lilongwe International airport where you will board your international flight back home.

Malawi Safari Price

From $5,400 per person 

Safari Includes

Airport Transfers
Park entrance fees
Full board accommodation Whilst on Safari
Activities as specified on the Itinerary
Service of the professional driver guide
Pure drinking water during activities

Safari Excludes

Visa
Service of the flying doctor
Actvity not mentioned on the Itinerary
Pre and post accommodation in Blantyre & Lilongwe