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Southern Malawi Family Vacation

Inspirational safari family vacation to Malawi

This 3-part family vacation beautifully combines all the highlights of Malawi combining 2 of the country’s most scenic national parks, Majete and Liwonde, followed by relaxation on the shores of Lake Malawi. Start your journey at Mkulumadzi Lodge on the banks of the Shire River in a private concession of the newly revitalized Majete Wildlife Reserve, part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley and the only official Big 5 park in Malawi. Enjoy game drives, boat trips on the Shire River, and visits to the nearby village.

From here you will journey to the incredible Liwonde National Park, famous for its huge herds of hippos. Keep an eye out for elephants, rhinos, and of course basking crocodiles along the Mvuu River. Partake in river cruises, game drives, walks, and night drives.  Conclude your family safari at the family-friendly Pumulani Lodge in Lake Malawi or 'the Lake of Stars' as it’s known. Enjoy spending hours snorkeling through the pristine freshwater lake. Children will delight at the sight of colorful fish below and squawking fish eagles above. 

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Chileka International
  • 3 nights - Mkulumadzi Lodge, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
  • 3 nights - Mvuu Camp, Liwonde National Park, Malawi
  • 5 nights - Pumulani, Lake Malawi, Malawi
  • Ends - Transfer to Lilongwe for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Malawi
  • Nights Icon 11 Nights
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Price per person based on a family of 4
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Chileka International

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Day 1 - 4

Arrive at Blantyre Airport where a driver will transfer you by road to your lodge.

  • 3 nights

Mkulumadzi Lodge
All Inclusive | Bush Chalet

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Day 4 - 7

Today you will be transferred by road to Liwonde National Park.

  • 3 nights

Mvuu Camp
Full Board | Standard Room

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Day 7 - 12

Today you will be transferred by road to Lake Malawi.

  • 5 nights

All Inclusive | Lake View Villa

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Day 12

Today you will be driven to Lilongwe Airport where you will catch your international flight home.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Snorkelling Scuba Diving Icon Snorkeling/Scuba Diving
  • Watersports Icon Watersports
  • Star Gazing Star Bed Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Photography Safari Icon Wildlife Hide
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Excursion
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick off the Big Five or encounter specific safari species and sea creatures on your safari and coastal stay, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Sable
  • Pels Fishing Owl
    Pels Fishing Owl
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Kudu
  • Impala
  • Hippo
  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Cheetah
  • Bushbuck
  • Buffalo
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
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