The Landscapes of Malawi Safari

Malawi is known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. Although not as rich in game as other African countries, the magic of Malawi lies in its glorious scenery. Then add in marvellously friendly and laid-back people, superb flora and bird life.

Malawi is the ideal destination for travellers who want to wander off the beaten track and enjoy an African experience that has not been tainted by mass-tourism. Further south are the main wildlife reserves of Malawi such as the scenic Liwonde National Park with its large herds of elephant. But this Landscapes of Malawi Safari ventures off the beaten track to explore the highlights of northern Malawi, offering you an opportunity to explore the country’s unique African montane highlands and pristine beaches.

Accommodation at a glance:

1 night at Luwawa Forest Lodge, north of Lilongwe, Full Board,
3 nights at Chelinda Lodge, Nyika National Park, Full Board & Game Activities
3 nights at Chintheche, northern lakeshore of Malawi, Full Board & selected Activities

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See Day by Day
Day 1

Arrive at Lilongwe International Airport and travel to Luwawa Forest Lodge. (1 night, DBB)

After your flight arrives at Lilongwe International Airport, you will be transferred to Luwawa Forest Lodge by road. The scenic drive is approximately five to six hours long and will give you an opportunity to appreciate the unique landscapes and forests of the north.

Luwawa Forest Lodge is located 5000 feet above sea level in an idyllic setting near the Viphya mountains, one of the most tranquil and beautiful locations in the north of Malawi. There is something for everyone at the lodge whether you seek adventure, a holiday escape or whether you simply want to enjoy the serenity and peace of this picturesque location.  The lodge has a mix of en-suite family chalets, a bunk house and rooms that offer rustic comfort.

Activities on offer at the lodge include birding, mountain biking, canoeing, orienteering and horse-riding at an extra charge.

Day 2

Travel by road to Chelinda Lodge in Nyika National Park and spend 3 nights (Full Board)

After an overnight stay, you will then make the short journey from Luwawa to Chelinda Lodge in Nyika National Park. The journey will take approximately two hours.

Chelinda Lodge is located against the magnificent backdrop of a pine forest, and overlooks the vast montane grasslands of Nyika National Park. The park is one of Malawi’s oldest and most iconic areas of wilderness. Game that can be spotted on the Nyika Plateau include Burchell’s zebra, roan antelope, mountain reedbuck, eland, bushbuck, warthog, bush pig, leopard, spotted hyena, side-striped jackal and serval. Birdlife is prolific and the park is home to over 425 species of bird.

Chelinda Lodge provides a combination of rustic elegance and a wilderness experience that is unique to the region. The Lodge consists of 8 cabin styled chalets constructed of stone and pine, each of which is fitted with an en-suite bathroom, fireplace and an upstairs seating area and viewing deck.

Activities on offer include day and night game drives, fly fishing, mountain biking, guided walks, village visits and the famous Livingstonia trail.

Accommodation: Chelinda Lodge
Located in: Malawi - Nyika Plateau

Day 5

Drive down to the northern lakeshore of Chintheche for a further 3 nights (Full Board)

Following a scenic three-hour road transfer, you will arrive at Chintheche Inn.

The beaches on the northern lakeshore of Malawi are acknowledged as the country’s finest. Against the backdrop of the Viphya mountains and patches of tropical rainforests, the white sandy beaches of Chintheche stretch for miles.

Accommodation is available in ten brightly furnished en-suite rooms that are comfortable and draw inspiration from local materials and crafts. Each room opens out onto the beach and there is a welcoming reception and dining area with a bar. Meals can be taken indoors or outside in the gardens, by the swimming pool or on the beach.

Activities include a variety of mountain biking trails passing local fishing villages and markets. Village tours can be arranged to provide a unique window into rural communities. The gardens and surroundings of the Inn make for relaxed birding and a wide variety of water-sports are available, including kayaking, snorkelling and boat rides. Scuba diving and horse riding are also available at nearby Kande Beach.

Accommodation: Chintheche Inn
Located in: Lake Malawi - Malawi

Day 8

Depart from Lilongwe International Airport.

You will then travel to Lilongwe International Airport in time for your flight.

All accommodation and meals, road transfers as specified, park fees and safari activities at Chelinda, non-motorised water sports at Chintheche
Drinks throughout, motorised water sports at Chintheche, activities at Luwawa and items of personal nature
Best time to go:
April to October
Minimum number:
2 people
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