Enjoy the ultimate adventure in the “warm heart of Africa” by climbing Mount Mulanje, going on safari, and staying on a barefoot island in Lake Malawi. After your descent, stretch your legs while traveling up to the Zomba Plateau in search of rare butterflies, orchids, and raptors on horseback. Finish your journey by embracing your inner islander and making your way to Mumbo Island, where you may spend two nights living the no-news, no-shoes lifestyle.
When you arrive in Malawi, you will be greeted by your tour guide and enjoy a private transfer to Fisherman’s Rest, which will take you there in about an hour. You’ll be staying here for the following two nights, and your project work will be assigned to you upon arrival because it is situationally dependent.
After a relaxing morning and breakfast, you will be collected up for your 2-hour private transfer to Mulanje. Upon arrival you will check in to your lodge. This afternoon, you might wish to relax and conserve your energy, go on a little hike to the neighboring waterfall, or both. Eat a filling home-cooked meal this evening, then unwind with a cold sundowner on the porch while taking in the view of the emerald tea estates.
After a hearty breakfast at Likhubula Lodge, you’ll start the 46-kilometer, four-day climb that will end with the top of Sapitwa. You’ll traverse tunnels, pass by waterfalls, swim in icy mountain streams, duck beneath swaying branches, and take in the most breathtaking panoramas of southern Malawi. The Malawi Mountain Club and the Malawi Forestry Department maintain cabins on the mountain, which is a protected area within the Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve. You will spend the night in mountain huts without solar power or electricity, so it will be back to nature with fire-cooked dinners, candle-lit evenings, and bucket showers.
For breakfast before a day of trekking, enjoy a nice cup of coffee, some hot oats, and some eggs on toast. On your last day in this Island, you’ll rise extremely early to make the ascent to Sapitwa in time for sunrise. Because of the incredible views all the way to Mozambique and the fact that you will be higher than anybody else in Central Africa, bring thick clothing because it gets very chilly at the peak.
Enjoy your final breakfast on Mulanje Mountain before returning to Likhubula for your two-hour private transfer to Zomba Plateau, arriving in time for a late lunch. You will spend one night at the cozy Zomba Forest Lodge, where you will be able to recuperate after your three-day journey. It’s the ideal place to stretch your legs before mounting up for a horseback safari with your private local guide because it is surrounded by pine trees, flowing streams, and a variety of species, including baboons, enormous butterflies, and raptors, as well as stunning rare orchids, and stag horn lilies. Enjoy a delicious, home-cooked three-course supper this evening as you relax in the romantic candlelight next to a roaring fire. Then, before going to bed, enjoy the environment.
Following breakfast, you will depart Zomba Forest Lodge for a 2.5-hour private drive to Liwonde National Park, where you will arrive at Mvuu Camp via boat. The following two nights will be spent in a safari cabin with an en suite bathroom. You can relax by the pool or arrange a cultural excursion to a local community with your guide or the lodge manager in between safari activities.
This morning, after your morning activities and breakfast, you will depart and make the roughly 2.5-hour trip to Cape Maclear. After arrival at the Kayak Africa House, you can unwind and wait for your planned dhow to Mumbo Island across Lake Malawi at 15h00. After about an hour of navigation, you will reach a white sandy beach with only six reed ‘tents’ with bathrooms, a restaurant, a bar, and a lounge.
Mumbo Island is a barefoot luxury camp with a few ‘tents’ made of reeds, wood, thatch, and canvas placed high on cliffs. Mumbo Island, encircled by the “lake of stars,” is totally uninhabited, with activities concentrated around the biodiversity marine reserve.
After a relaxing morning and breakfast, you will check out and board the dhow returning to the mainland at 09h30. After that, you will be transferred to Kamazu International Airport, which will take approximately 3.5 hours.
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