Full Day by Day Itinerary
Today you will be met at the airport by Angela Leaning of the Southern Sky Adventures team. She will liaise with the trip leaders to coordinate acquiring SIM cards, picking up any needed supplies and taking a look at the restaurant options in the airport for the group.
You will then be shown to your hotel, The City Lodge Hotel, located at the Johannesburg Airport.
You will be picked up from the airport in Lilongwe and driven to your accommodation where you will have a meeting to discuss what will happen over the next two weeks. You will eat dinner at your accommodation and prepare for an early departure the next day.
After breakfast transfer to Dzalanyama Forest Reserve – one of
Malawi’s last remaining miombo woodlands and the catchment
area for Lilongwe’s water supply. Upon arrival settle into rooms /
tents, introduction to Dzalanyama and some downtime until lunch.
After lunch an aclimatization hike up through the beautiful
woodland returning to the lodge late afternoon.
Today is the first day of project work – after breakfast head down
to the primary school where you will be working the next couple of
days. Day spent at the school, a traditional lunch will be prepared
by women from the village. Snack and water breaks will be
organized throughout the day. Return to the lodge for dinner.
The project will depend on what’s needed by the school at the time
but could include painting, creating teaching aids for classrooms, building
benches and tables, planting trees or bamboo to reforest the area
Day will be spent at the school. Breakfast and dinner provided by the
lodge, lunch will be a traditional lunch or a picnic lunch.
Day spent at the school. Breakfast and dinner provided by the
lodge, lunch will be a traditional lunch or a picnic lunch. This
afternoon a goodbye celebration with the school children. This celebration can
be organized prior to arrival or in the evenings after working on
the project. Examples include a big game everyone can play, a
song or dance.
After breakfast, leave Dzalanyama and transfer down to the
southern lakeshore village of Cape Maclear. Located at the base
of the lake, Cape Maclear is famous for its sunsets as it’s one of
the only places on the lakeshore that faces west. Upon arrival,
relax by the pool, play some beach volleyball/soccer. A picnic
lunch will be eaten along the way and dinner will be provided by
the lodge. Transfer is approx 5 -6 hrs and will include stops along
the way including at a UNESCO heritage site to
see rock paintings.
Day spent at the lake – free time in the morning to explore the
village looking at the local curio shops, relax by the pool or play
games on the beach. Lunch at own cost and had at one of the
restaurants in the bay. Around 2:30/3pm go on a boat ride out to
the nearby islands and take turns snorkeling around looking at the
famous Malawi Cichlids that are endemic to Lake Malawi. Visit
other points of interest such as Thumbi Island, Otter’s Point and
“feed the fish eagles” on your way back as the sunsets on the
bay. Return to the lodge for dinner.
This morning, walk/transfer through the village to the National
Park whose entrance is right by the graves of some of Dr David
Livingstone’s entourage. Learn about the history of David
Livingstone before entering the National Park and walking to the
beautiful Otter’s Point. After Otter’s Point, enjoy the rest of the
morning on the beautiful beach of Golden Sands where you will
have the beach to yourselves with little distraction. Return to the
village for lunch – again at own cost. This afternoon activities are
optional and at own arrangement but include: kayaking, water
sports, hiking up the hills behind the lakeshore, beach games or
another boat cruise. All of these are run by the local Cape Maclear
Guides Association and can be organised directly. Alternatively
Mgoza Lodge has a lovely garden with hammocks and a small dip
pool to enjoy!
After breakfast, transfer down the lakeshore road to Malawi’s most
popular National Park, Liwonde. Famous for its incredible bird
population, its boat safaris and the recent relocation of elephants
and cheetahs, this park is absolutely beautiful. Arrive at Mvuu
Camp in time for lunch after which you will go on an afternoon
game viewing activity. Overnight at the lodge on full board basis.
Day spent in Liwonde – all meals and 2 game viewing activities
provided by the lodge.
After breakfast, leave Liwonde and stop off at the old-colonial
capital of Zomba and visiting the WWI war memorial, Malawi’s first
post office & museum and other points of historical interest before
continuing on towards Game Haven Lodge, located on the
outskirts of Blantyre. Lunch at the lodge whilst watching sable,
eland, zebra and other animals grazing on the lawn in front of you. Afternoon at leisure and activities include fishing at the lake, use
of the pool, guided walks. Game drive on offer for a minimal
additional cost. Overnight in en-suite rooms. Transfer approx 3hrs.
Early breakfast and transfer to Mulanje Mountain – Malawi’s
highest mountain. Get out at the base and hike a gentle path for
about 1.5hrs until reaching the natural pools of Dziwe Nkhalamba.
These beautiful natural pools and large waterfall are the source of
many traditional stories and provide a great amount of
entertainment with places to jump off, slide down etc. if you can
brave the temperature! A picnic lunch will be enjoyed riverside
before returning to the car at own leisure and transfer back
through the tea plantations and back to Game Haven for dinner.
After breakfast coordinate transfer to Blantyre Airport in time for
Included / Not Included
Accommodation as per schedule
Meals as indicated
Game Park Fees
Activities as indicated
Services of guide with vehicle, fuel & taxes
Visas – Malawi $ 75 Single entry
Meals not indicated
Activities not Indicated
Drinks, Gratuities, Personal Spending