Trip reference number: ASTWAND010
Trip Operator: African Star Tours
This tour combines many of Malawi's unique and attractive areas, and the strong community involvement is a key aspect to this tour.
Viewing game in one of Africa's most unique parks is also an added attraction, alongside enough walking and hiking to keep those who wish to be active occupied during the tour.
This tour is an all-round and well-balanced excursion that is ideal for families, couples and individual travellers alike. This tour really does provide an insight into the nature, culture, history and life of Malawi and its people.
Day 1 - Arrive and transfer to Dedza
Day 2 - A 5 hour scenic drive through Malawi, along the Mozambique border and through the commercial Capital of Malawi - Blantyre- till you reach your overnight. There are a number of interesting stops en-route like the rock paintings, viewpoints overlooking the lake from the escarpment and market stall alongside the road.
Day 3 - A walking tour of the world recognised Satemwa Tea estate, followed by a tea tasting workshop.
Day 4 - Today drive to Cape Maclear. En route pass Zomba and a visit to the vibrant Zomba Market is offered. Then cross the Shire River, through the historical Mangochi town and continue to follow the lakeshore northwards.
Day 5 - Day at leisure in Cape Maclear
Day 6 - Kayaking safari to Dome Island
Day 7 - Drive to Mua Mission - Mua is the site of the KuNgoni Centre of Culture & Art. It provides insights into the history and culture of Malawi through the Chamare Museum, the Carving Centre and the new Research Centre/Library. The museum describes the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao cultures.
Day 8 - This morning you have the opportunity to go on an early morning game drive, a walk or a cycle ride in the reserve, before returning for breakfast, then departing for a 3 hr. drive to Nkhotakota reserve.
Day 9 - Morning game walk if you wish then return for a later breakfast. After which you depart to Chintheche. Makuzi Beach Lodge, which is located along the northern shores of Lake Malawi. There’s a wide variety of activities: swimming, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking or just wallowing in the lake.
Day 10 - Day at Leisure on the beach and exploring the area - visits can be undertaken to Bandawe Point, the nearby local village to see the community project.
Day 11 - After an early morning departure, you drive through Mzuzu and continue up to Nyika Plateau.
Day 12 and 13 - Morning and afternoon game drives and walks.
Day 14 - From Nyika continue through Mzuzu again and onto the Viphya Plateau. Luwawa Forest Lodge is an international guesthouse and outdoor adventure centre in the unspoilt wilderness of the Viphya Plateau. The lodge is dedicated to being in tune with its natural surroundings. The latest addition to the facilities is a Sauna & bush shower.
Day 15 - Home
This tour is on a scheduled basis and can be joined by individual travellers, couples or a small group. If you would like to do this as a private tour, please just enquire as to availability and cost.
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