Lake Malawi Family Holiday - 6 Nights

The following sample itinerary is designed for a family of 4 with 2 children under 12 years. The trip begins and ends in Lilongwe and includes an exciting safari at Liwonde National Park followed by a 'beach' stay at Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi. It is an action packed, yet relaxing, holiday in an idyllic and under visited country. It is certain an entirely unique holiday for the family. Below is simply an idea of how you may like to spend your time. Mahlatini will personally tailor a family holiday to Malawi which particularly meets all of your requirements.

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Day 1 - 3:
Spend 3 nights in Liwonde National Park staying at:
Day 4 - 6:
Spend 3 nights in Lake Malawi staying at:
  • Mahlatini recommends the following accommodation:
  • Mumbo Island
Day 7:
Transfer by road to Lilongwe for your onward journey.

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Day 1 - 3:
Today you will arrive into Lilongwe or Chileka International Airport, and be met by a representative who will assist you through customs and immigration. You will then be escorted to your vehicle for the drive to Mvuu Lodge in Liwonde National Park. This has a driving time of around 4 hours from Lilongwe and 3 hours from Blantyre.
Liwonde National Park is considered to be the finest park in the whole of Malawi for game and accommodation. It is also said to be one of the top birding locations in Southern Africa. The park well deserves these accolades as it offers some of the most scenic game viewing, beautiful riverine surroundings and varied bird watching you could wish to find.
A great deal of the terrain is Shire River floodplains, much loved by the healthy population of Elephants in this park. They are best viewed during your boat safari on the Shire River, one of the many highlights of a stay at Mvuu Lodge.
Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is discreetly nestled along the banks of a quiet lagoon flowing off the Shire River. The lodge offers luxurious tented accommodation in 8 spacious 'Hemingway' - styled safari tents, with their own en-suite facilities for a maximum of 16 guests.
The dining room, which is high above the lagoon on stilts, is a breezy and relaxing place to spent time in-between activities. There is a natural rock swimming pool which is especially welcome during the summer months set amongst shady trees within earshot of hippos in the river.
Day 4 - 6:
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred by vehicle to Cape Maclear and the Kayak Africa base camp. This has a driving time of 2 – 3 hours. Upon arrival you will be given a safety talk and instruction on how to use the kayaks. You can then chose to either Kayak to the island (with guide accompanying) or be transferred by boat.
Accommodation on Mumbo Island consists of 5 tents each on raised platforms with incredible views of Lake Malawi. The tented bedrooms offer tasteful furnishing with "enviroloos" and al fresco bucket showers ensure every comfort is provided (superior tents are with private bathroom).
The facilities on the islands themselves are fairly basic/rustic but comfortable. You can do as much or as little as you like and there are hammocks on each balcony where one can relax between activities.
Each of the tents has its own shaded view-deck and hammock, and blend seamlessly into the lush foliage. There is a dining area and bar, all of timber, thatch and canvas, and adhering to the principles of eco-architecture. The Island lies within an exclusive concession area, in turn part of the Lake Malawi National Park, the first freshwater marine reserve in the world. With waters that are so crystal clear, the diving and snorkelling are among the best in Lake Malawi. Guests can relax in tranquil surroundings with delicious cuisine, lying in hammocks or gently floating in the waters; but for the more energetic there is a variety of activities: excellent sea kayaking, snorkelling and scuba facilities enable the active guest to interact with an impressive piece of nature: exploring the granitic islands in a freshwater Rift Valley lake; birders will enjoy the abundant Fish Eagles; and snorkellers can view enormous numbers of the Cichlid fish species; these small, colourful fish have adapted to so many variations that they are considered of comparable importance to the Galapagos finches in the study of evolution.
Day 7:
This morning you will be transferred back to the Kayak Africa base camp at Cape Maclear for your road transfer to Lilongwe or Chileka International Airport. The drive time is approximately 4 – 5 hours hours. We will have you at the airport in time for check-in for your international flight departure.

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Price Guide:
We have rated these sample itineraries as Gold, Platinum & Diamond. Gold offers fantastic value for money with a minimum of 4 star accommodation. Platinum offers the best blend of luxury and value with a mixture of 4 and 5 star properties. Diamond is our exclusive luxury range where much of the accommodation on offer is 5 star superior.
Gold
  • Prices range from £1,400 to £1,525 per adult and from £1,285 per child.
  • 3 x Overnights at Mvuu Lodge in a Luxury Suite (FB)
  • 3 x Overnights at Mumbo Island Camp in a Standard room (FB)
Notes:
Prices are dependent on season and exclude international flights.
Seasons:
  • Low Season: 1st March - 14th June & 16th November – 31st December
  • High Season: 15th June – 15th November
Includes:
  • Full Board Accommodation throughout
  • Non-motorized water sports at Mumbo Island and Kaya Mawa
  • Game viewing activities and park fees at Mvuu Wilderness Lodge
  • All road & boat transfers
  • All light aircraft transfers
Excludes:
  • International flights into and out of Lilongwe
  • All drinks
  • US$30 per person departure tax
  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel expenses
  • Travel Insurance

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Customer Review

Honeymoon to South Africa and Seychelles during August 2014

Customer Review

It was fantastic knowing that we could rely on people picking us up and taking us everywhere we needed to go. Everything seemed to work like clockwork! Staying at Thornybush was the highlight. They did so many little things that made our honeymoon extra special.

Rated... 5stars

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Malawi Factfile

Timezone:
GMT +2
Language:
English, many local languages
Currency:
Kwacha, US Dollars
Best time:
Year round destination
Flights:
10.5 hours from Europe
Visas:
Required, call for info
Weather:
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Price Guide

Length:
6 nights
Gold:
Prices range from £1,400 to £1,525 per adult and from £1,285 per child.
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