Itinerary Highlights

  • Seek the 'Big 5' in Majete Wildlife Reserve
  • Superb birding
  • Lake Malawi for snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and relaxation time
  • Impeccable hospitality at comfortable lodges in exceptional locations
  • Learn about African Parks' incredible conservation successes in the Warm Heart of Africa

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Transfers
16 nights from £5,855 - £6,585 per person

Derek Schuurman

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

This itinerary introduces you to the best that Malawi has to offer, taking in abundant wildlife in exceptionally scenic wilderness areas. Begin your trip in the first reserve that African Parks ever took management of – Majete Wildlife Reserve –  the only game park in Malawi in which you’re able to view the Big Five. On safari here you’ll be able to search for Leopard and Lion before embarking on game drives in Liwonde National Park, known for its large African elephant population and magical boat trips up the Shire River.

Of course, visiting Lake Malawi is a must. Near the southern shore of Lake Malawi, Mumbo Island beckons those keen on some rest and relaxation time. This beautiful island has no mains electricity and runs only on solar power. Spend your time relaxing, reading, kayaking, snorkeling or just lying in a hammock watching the world go by.

Finally, we’ll take you on a slow safari across Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Once abundant with wildlife, like most of Malawi’s reserves animal populations were decimated through poaching. With African Parks taking over management of all three Parks/ Reserves there has been a concerted effort to restock and re-locate wildlife in Malawi. At the beginning of July, African Parks begun the process of translocating 500 elephants to Nkhotakota from Liwonde and Majete, as well as hundreds of warthog, buffalo, sable, kudu, eland, zebra, impala and waterbuck. This wonderful itinerary gives you a chance to visit all three parks and experience the difference that conservation projects can have in Africa first hand.  



Depart from London Heathrow on your overnight flight to Blantyre via Johannesburg.
Arrive into Blantyre airport where you will be met and transferred by road (+/-2-hour transfer) to Majete wildlife reserve for your three-night stay at Mkulumadzi. All meals, local branded drink, park fees and safari activities included. Mkulumadzi is the only luxury lodge in Majete, comprising of 8 chalets set along the banks of the Shire river. The Lodge is set in a beautiful location at the conflux of two rivers, making the most of its isolated surroundings it is a perfect place to relax and watch game. To get to the lodge is an adventure in itself having to cross a bridge and then a short drive before arriving at the lodges main area. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives and walking safaris, and boat safaris. (Images by management)
Majete Wildlife Reserve, is one of the best conservation success stories in Africa. When African Parks took on the management in 2003 elephants had been poached to extinction and there was little to no other wildlife in the reserve. Since African Parks has restocked the park and there are more than 400 elephants now in the park. Through community engagement poaching has decreased significantly and locals are employed and engaged in the management of the park. It is now the only ‘Big Five’ reserve in Malawi though the wildlife is still shy there is a chance to see Leopard, Lion, Rhino and Elephant as we as plenty of other wildlife including, Spotted hyena, bushpig, kudu, sable, and porcupine.
Staying at   Mkulumadzi Lodge
After your last morning game drive in Majete Wildlife Reserve you will be transferred to Liwonde National Park for your 3 night stay at Mvuu Lodge with all meals, local branded spirit, beers, house wines, soft drinks and water, park fees and 3 safari activities a day included. Mvuu Lodge is situated in a lagoon on the edge of the Shire River. The 8 en-suite tents all face part of the lagoon and are secluded from each other. The small main lodge area has views of the lagoon and Shire river. The resident Hippo pod can be seen eating the grass on the verge of the river as well as the very tame resident Warthog. Game activities include walking safaris, boat safaris and evening game drives. (Images by management)
Liwonde National Park is fairly small in comparison to many national parks in Malawi however it is one of the most popular national parks mainly due to its large numbers of elephant, reedbuck, waterbuck, and sable, as well as dense and large populations of hippo along the river. For bird lovers there are over 400 of the country’s 650 bird species. Predators include leopards, though rarely seen, and hyena. We can also arrange rhino trekking for an additional cost.
Today you will check out of Mvuu Lodge and be transferred to Cape Maclear by road (3-4-hour transfer including a 45min boat journey) where you will spend the next 3 nights at Mumbo Island Camp with all meals as well as snorkeling and kayaking included.
Mumbo Island is a truly unique paradise and somewhere to truly relax. There are only 5 double/twin tents and a family tent on the whole island you are bound to find a secluded spot. Activates here are based on relaxation and the lake, including Kayaking and snorkeling as well as a sunset cruise around the island, or just lying back on your hammock on your deck. Massages can be booked in advance at the bar on the island or reception on the main land. For the more energetic you can take a walk around the island and up to Pod Rock for great views of the lake. Lake Malawi with its clear fresh water is a great place to spend a few days. The lodge is situated on a private island in the world’s first fresh water national park. An eco-lodge Mumbo Island has no electricity and all power comes from solar power lanterns, so make sure that all your batteries are charged before heading to the island.
This morning you will be taken the 45min by boat to the mainland before being transferred by road (aprox 5 hours) to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and the beautiful Tongole Lodge, staying 3 nights in chalet with all guided activities (including bush walks and treks, canoe trips, scenic sundowner drives and fly fishing), accommodation, meals and drinks (including hot beverages, mineral water, soft drinks, juices, mixers, Malawian beers, house wines, standard spirits and liqueurs), park fees, laundry, VAT and tourism levy, included. (Images by management)
Tongole is a beautiful, intimate and comfortable lodge in the middle of the largest of the three parks you will visit. With only four chalets the lodge is small and cozy, but with enough space to find your own secluded spot. This is where the 500 elephants were relocated to from Majete and Liwonde. Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is a laid- back safari destination - while there is wildlife about, visitors need to work a little to observe it. It is an excellent example of where conservation and public/private management can work well, and how partnership with other wildlife parks and resident communities are pivotal to success of projects.
After breakfast today you will be transferred to Lilongwe to stay at Kumbali Country Lodge for one night on a bed and breakfast basis.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Lilongwe airport in time for the flight journey back to the UK via Johannesburg.
Arrive back home after your long-haul flight to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports.

Derek Schuurman

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

Pricing Information & Dates

16 nights from £5,855 - £6,585 per person
Itinerary Dates

1st Jan 2024 -
30th Jun 2024
1st Jul 2024 -
30th Sep 2024
1st Oct 2024 -
15th Dec 2024
1st Oct 2023 -
15th Dec 2023

Derek Schuurman

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

Price Includes

  • Return International Flights as per the itinerary
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Transfers as specified
  • Activities and excursions as specified
  • All entrace fees on sightseeing tours as specified
Return international flights from London, road transfers, accommodation, meals as per the itinerary, all scheduled game-viewing activities and National Park Fees.

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional excursions
Items of a personal nature, drinks other than stated, departure taxes or entry visas, visa fees and gratuities.

Why Choose Us?

Passionate travel experts

  • We've been leading wildlife travel since our first South Africa tours over 25 years ago
  • Our Travel Specialists have lived in their specialist area for years
  • We work with local guides to immerse you deeper in our diverse range of experiences

Personal & tailor-made

  • You'll speak to your own expert who'll share their first-hand knowledge
  • We'll make your itinerary seamless with 24/7 emergency contact available
  • Your Travel Specialist will listen to ensure you have the best chance of seeing the wildlife you love

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  • We take care to actively contribute to the conservation of environments we visit
  • For select countries, we make a charitable donation on your behalf when you make your booking
  • We've partnered with conservation experts and NGOs to curate responsible tours
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