Best of Northern Malawi

Day 1 - Day 3
  • Meet and Assist on arrival at Lilongwe Airport
  • Charter Flight from Lilongwe Airport to Kazuni Safari Lodge
  • Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve is roughly 1000 squared kilometers of wilderness situated near the Zambian border to the south west of the Nyika Plateau. Habitat types include: Brachystegia woodland, Mopane, open floodplain and marsh. Kazuni Safari Lodge is set on the edge of Lake Kazuni. The reed and thatch chalets are inviting,airy and are all en-suite. They are comfortable, but basic, although the scenery more than makes up for this! Guided bushwalks and drives are on offer to experience the wilderness and tranquility of the area. There is no electricity but lighting is provided by paraffin lamps, which are lit at dusk. Game viewing as with any reserve will vary depending on the season but one can experience excellent encounters with elephants – particularly in the dry season, as well as good viewing of buffalo, impala, reedbuck and hippo. Superb birding is also on offer, specials include Pygmy goose and Avocet.

    You stay at Kazuni Safari Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3 - Day 6
  • Charter flight from Kazuni Safari Lodge to Chelinda Lodge (Road transfer in wet weather)
  • Nyika National Park in the far north of Malawi’s is scenically the regions’ most spectacular wild area. It boasts an incredible mixture of scenery and landscapes – pristine brachystegia woodland, mature montane forest patches, crystal clear running streams and miles and miles of open rolling grassland. Being situated at a mean height of over 2,000 metres guarantees a permanently temperate climate which is of particular contrast to the lakeshore areas of Malawi. Game that can be spotted includes Burchell’s Zebra, Roan antelope, Common reedbuck, Eland, Bushbuck, Warthog, leopard, hyena, side-striped jackal and serval. Bird life is prolific; and specials’ include Churring and Mountain cisticolas, Red-tufted malachite sunbird, Fulleborn’s black bou-bou, Bar-tailed trogon, Mountain nightjar and several species of Bulbul which occur deep in the canopy of the forests. With panoramic views over the rolling grasslands of the Nyika Plateau, Chelinda Lodge has one of the most magnificent settings in Africa. Sixteen guests can be accommodated in eight individual en-suite log cabins, each with its own log fire. The log cabins surround the main dining area and are connected by raised wooden walkways. The lodge offers game drives by day and night, walks, and mountain biking.

    You stay at Chelinda Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6 - Day 8
  • Charter flight from Chelinda Lodge to Kaya Mawa
  • Often appearing in the top 10 list of the world’s most romantic destinations, the remarkable Kaya Mawa lodge – a place of truly unique character on the southern tip of Likoma Island, Lake Malawi, is a wonderful way to experience the lake, its people and of course relax and enjoy lodge comforts! Lake Malawi, which stretches nearly 600kms from north to south and up to 80kms in width, is Malawi’s most prominent feature. It is Africa’s third largest lake and arguably, the most beautiful. Likoma Island, situated in the far north of Lake Malawi, is the larger of two small islands very close to the Mozambique coastline. To visit the island is to step back in time. Just 17 sq km with one small dirt road and two vehicles, the local population survives largely by fishing, rice and cassava farming. The island has hundreds of huge baobab trees and a number of glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves. The Lake is one of the finest fresh water diving sites in the world, so qualified divers and beginners (who can take dive courses) won’t want to miss this experience. Kaya Mawa is situated at the head of a crescent shaped bay, surrounded by mango trees and ancient baobabs. Translating as “maybe tomorrow” in the local Tonga dialect, Kaya Mawa is constructed from the stunning natural surroundings of beach, rock, island and lake creating a lodge of distinctive character, imagination and special ambience. Kaya Mawa’s unique selling points of superb location, stunning accommodation and a wide range of activity options offer guests a memorable experience. The lodge was built entirely by hand, in partnership with the local community. It consists of seven stone and teak framed thatched cottages set into a granite headland. There is a honeymoon house tucked away on its own private island that can only be accessed by boat. All the cottages have private terraces with direct access to the water and some can only be reached by walkways that are built over the lake.

    You stay at Kaya Mawa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 8
  • Charter flight from Kaya Mawa to Lilongwe
  • After breakfast guests will be transferred by road or boat back to the airstrip in time to connect with your charter flight to Lilongwe. On arrival at Lilongwe you continue with your onward travel arrangements.