Malawi Bush & Beach Safari

This classic 7 night Malawi Bush & Beach honeymoon or safari is ideal for a romantic getaway for couples and honeymooners. It has simplicity at its core.

Fly into Blantyre on either Saturday or Wednesday. From there connect to the luxurious Mkulumadzi Lodge in the Majete Wildlife Reserve which lies south of Blantyre. The Majete Wildlife Reserve is a vast region of mature woodland and granite hills, picturesque river valleys and dense forest. It is home to the elusive black rhino, along with elephant, buffalo, nyala, sable, eland and hartebeest. Stay 3 nights on safari here enjoying game drives, bush walks and even scenic hikes to beautiful spots within the reserve.

Next you transfer by road to the southern shores of Lake Malawi where you stay at the luxurious Pumulani Lodge for 4 nights. Pumulani Lodge is the only luxury beach lodge within the Lake Malawi National Park. The lodge is perched on a hillside, giving fantastic views over the clear waters of the lake.

Value Added extras for honeymoon couples:
Honeymoon couples enjoy some lovely extras included in the price such as romantic turn-down, South African method champenoise at both camps on arrival, private romantic dinner at least once during the trip, private breakfast on the dhow, free snorkeling excursion.

Combine with South Luangwa in Zambia
A similar safari to the Malawi Bush & Beach Honeymoon can be booked combining Mkulumadzi (3 nights), Pumulani Lodge (3 nights) and a combination of Nkwali Camp and Nsefu Camp for 4 nights in South Luangwa National Park. Contact us for a quote…

We have also given a price for an extra night in Lilongwe at Latitude 13 boutique hotel. You may need this night if you are flying straight back to Johannesburg.

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Day 1 to 3

Fly into Blantyre and transfer to Majete Wildlife Reserve, Mkulumadzi Lodge, Fully Inclusive

On arrival at Blantyre in Malawi, you are met and transferred by road to Majete Wildlife Reserve, about 70km south-west from Blantyre. You arrive in time to settle before enjoying afternoon tea and the afternoon/night game drive.

Mkulumadzi is situated in the north of Majete Wildlife Reserve, at the confluence of the Mkulumadzi and Shire rivers within a 7,000ha private concession. A stay in Majete offers you a great opportunity to explore this hitherto unvisited area which has just seen the release of more lions into the reserve. Vegetation is diverse, ranging from moist miombo woodland in the western hills, to dry savannah in the east with prominent thickets along the riverbanks.

Mkulumadzi Lodge has eight chalets, each with spacious living and sleeping quarters and a private viewing deck. You can swim in the pool, dine under the stars, enjoy river cruises, game drives and walking safaris. At Mkulumadzi, you can be as active or as idle as you wish. Head into the bush to track rhino, hike to the peak of Majete Hill, take a cultural tour of local villages or simply lounge on the shaded riverbank listening to the gentle grunt of hippos.

Activities on offer whilst staying at Mkulumadzi include game-drives, boating safaris, bush walks, hiking Majete Hill, black rhino tracking, cultural tours, birding trips on the Shire River and to nearby Elephant Marsh and game-viewing from a hide. You are free to be as energetic or idle as you please although we recommend at least one safari activity per day to enjoy the best of Majete.

Accommodation: Mkulumadzi Camp
Located in: Malawi - Southern Malawi & Majete

Day 4 to 7

Transfer to Lake Malawi by road, Pumulani Lodge, Fully Inclusive

After a final game activity, you are transferred by road through this wonderful country with its dramatic scenery and colourful towns. This is a journey of about 300 km (4 hours). Picturesque fishing villages blend into the natural vegetation and everywhere people smile and seem delighted to see you.

Lake Malawi is the stellar attraction of Malawi, enriching every aspect of its life. The lakeshore comprises miles of pristine sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and islands, with the call of the African fish eagle ever present. Over 2000 species of fish occur in Lake Malawi, including the colourful endemic cichlids that are easily spotted when snorkelling. Other watery holiday activities on Lake Malawi include scuba diving, canoeing, sailing and just chilling out by the lapping waters.

Pumulani Lodge, meaning ‘the place of rest’, is a luxury Lake Malawi lodge perched on a hillside, giving fantastic views over the clear waters of the lake. It lies on the southern shores of Lake Malawi on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula. Uniquely Pumulani Lodge is the only luxury beach lodge within the Lake Malawi National Park. The ten villas are scattered around the hillside and are individual in shape and style but all have a spacious bedroom, bathroom and extensive sitting area. The front sliding doors open onto the deck – elevated above the ground giving optimal views.

Relaxing on Lake Malawi

Many guests choose to make relaxation their main activity, but for those seeking activity there is plenty on offer including snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, water-skiing, wake boarding and fun tube rides (all motorized activities are at an additional cost). At the end of the day climb aboard their dhow sailing boat for a sunset cruise.

Special diving courses at the best diving spots near one of the islands are on offer. For those who are interested in the real Malawian village life they offer guided walks through one of the local villages. Malawians are renowned for being amongst the friendliest people in Africa and during your stay you will have the opportunity to meet them.

Accommodation: Pumulani Lodge
Located in: Lake Malawi - Malawi

Day 8

Transfer to Lilongwe

Today you are transferred by road to Lilongwe Airport in time for your onward travel arrangements.

Optional extra night in Lilongwe at Latitide 13 (see separate price)

Accommodation: Latitude 13
Located in: Malawi

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Accommodation, all meals, selected drinks, non-motorised activities at Lake Malawi, game activities in Majete Wildlife Reserve, road transfers, National Park fees
International flights, fuel surcharges, visas, items of a personal nature
Best time to go:
Open from mid May to Mid January. Ideal from May to October...
Health requirements:
Anti-malarial precautions are essential
This holiday is ideal as a short honeymoon and can be extended with extra nights if required
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