Lake Malawi and Liwonde

Day 1 - Day 4
  • Meet our local representative on arrival at Lilongwe Airport
  • Road transfer from Lilongwe Airport to Mvuu Lodge
  • Liwonde National Park is considered to be the finest park in the whole of Malawi for game and accommodation. It is also said to be one of the top birding locations in Southern Africa. The park well deserves these accolades as it offers some of the most scenic game viewing, beautiful riverine surroundings and varied bird watching you could wish to find. A great deal of the terrain is Shire River floodplains, much loved by the healthy population of Elephants in this park. They are best viewed during your boat safari on the Shire River, one of the many highlights of a stay at Mvuu Lodge. Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is situated along the banks of a quiet lagoon flowing off the Shire River. The lodge offers comfortable tented accommodation in 5 spacious ‘Hemingway’-styled safari tents, with own en suite facilities for a maximum of 10 guests. The dining room, which is high above the lagoon on stilts, is a breezy and relaxing place to spent time in-between activities. There is a pool which is especially welcome during the summer months set amongst shady trees within earshot of hippos in the river. As well as boat safaris, game drives and nature walks enable guests to experience a wide range of game, including large numbers of sable antelope, hippo, impala, and waterbuck. Huge crocodiles and serval are also fairly common. Birds are prolific, especially along the Shire River, where the African Fish Eagle and the Pel’s Fishing Owl are frequently sighted, as well as Böhm’s Bee-eater, White Backed Night Heron, and a host of local "specials". Rhinoceros were introduced from South Africa and seem to be doing well too but are often difficult to find. In addition to the main game viewing activities, guests can do bicycle trips from the boundary of Liwonde to the local villages outside the park - an amazing cultural experience. Guests can also experience a night in Ligwangwa, a typical rural Malawian village. Lastly, close to the Lodge there is the Ntangai hide which is a raised platform (about 4 meters from the ground) It is situated just back from the edge of a seasonal river, which flows into the Shire. In June and July the river is likely to be fairly low exposing mud and sand banks and attracting all manner of waders and water birds.

    You stay at Mvuu Wilderness Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4 - Day 7
  • Scheduled charter flight Mvuu Lodge - Kaya Mawa (road/boat transfer in wet weather)
  • 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 7
  • Scheduled charter flight Kaya Mawa - Lilongwe

  • Breakfast