Start your 11-day self-drive trip in Malawi from the Lilongwe International Airport, where your driver guide will take you to the opulent Kumbali Lodge for the first night. You have some downtime before supper and enjoy the beautiful views of the countryside. Then travel through the Thyolo region to the opulent Huntingdon House, which is surrounded by hills covered in tea plantations. Enjoy guided birding hikes and picnics in the estate’s lovely grounds, which feature stunning views of Mount Mulanje. You will go to the Satemwa tea factory to see how some of Malawi’s best export teas are made, from the leaf to the cup. Then you will travel to Majete Game Reserve where you will go on a guided 4×4 game drive in search of rare antelope, take part in walking safaris through the narrow Mkulumadzi River valley, and take an afternoon boat tour to see the magnificent Kapichira Falls. Experience barefoot luxury with land and water-based activities to suit anyone’s concept of holiday recreation from your thatched suite situated in beautiful hills on Lake Malawi’s southern shore.

Tour highlights

  • Arrival in Malawi
  • Blantyre and the trading center of Limbe
  • Transfer to Shire Valley
  • Explore Majete Game Reserve
  • Departure

    Price Includes:

  • Park fees
  • All mentioned activities
  • Full board accommodation
  • Service of a professional driver/guide
  • Transportation in 4 x4 Safari vehicles
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals
  • Bottled drinking water

    Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items like Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals not included on itinerary
  • Laundry

Itinary in details

Upon landing you will be welcomed at Lilongwe International Airport and driven to Kumbali Lodge, which is only 10 minutes from Lilongwe’s city center. This quiet refuge on a working corn and dairy farm offers magnificent thatched apartments with Wi-Fi connection and balconies overlooking the beautiful countryside. It is nestled in a large garden. The tranquil lodge is close to the presidential palace in Malawi. Dinner is served in the attractively decorated restaurant, where the chef prepares dishes using mostly farm-produced products, leading to delectably creamy desserts. The restaurant’s menu has dishes that are mostly made with farm-produced products, so expect deliciously creamy desserts.

Today after breakfast, you will drive away from the inn and go by road from Lilongwe to the southern portion of Malawi. Your route takes you via the historical town of Blantyre and the trading center of Limbe, where you can stop for lunch before continuing on to Huntingdon House through the Thyolo region. This magnificent colonial-style home, surrounded by the undulating hills of emerald-green tea plantations, exudes the exquisite elegance of a bygone era. From the original children’s nursery to the on-site priest’s quarters and private chapel, the structure, which is set in exquisite gardens, has been lovingly renovated and decorated to preserve the historical characteristics of the old estate.

Ask the kitchen to pack a picnic basket and wander off into the estate’s beautiful gardens or climb to a scenic spot and enjoy your lunch while soaking up splendid views of Mount Mulanje. Sit and quietly reflect on a secluded terrace with a cup of tea or take a guided tour of the indigenous forests of the Thyolo Mountains which teem with birdlife. Visit Satemwe’s tea factory which produces some of Malawi’s finest export teas and observe the production process from leaf to cup. Expert guides can accompany you into the trees for twitching if you’d like a more structured birding experience. You’ll also get the chance to stand beneath the stunning waterfalls that cascade down Mount Mulanje.

After breakfast, you will drive two hours into the Shire Valley to Mkulumadzi Lodge, which is located within the Majete Game Reserve. This cozy lodge is located on a private concession next to the Kapichira Falls, shaded by enormous leadwood trees and overlooking the meeting of the Shire and Mkulumadzi rivers. Each riverside chalet has a separate observation deck so you can enjoy “armchair game viewing” from the luxury of your own home even when you aren’t visiting the reserve.

Rare antelope species, Cape buffalo, and elephants have all been reintroduced into the reserve’s mature miombo woods, river basins, and lush forests. Discover the reserve by taking a walking safari through the valley of the shallow Mkulumadzi River or by taking a guided 4×4 wildlife drive. Visit a nearby hamlet and community center for a distinctive cultural experience and take an afternoon boat excursion to view the magnificent Kapichira Falls. The dining room’s lofty ceiling is supported by the mature leadwood tree trunks, where meals are taken.

After breakfast this morning, you’ll be driven to a small airport in Monkey Bay where you’ll take a scenic flight to return to Lilongwe International Airport to catch your journey home.

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