6N Mvuu Lodge and Mumbo Island
Duration - 7 days
Malawi is a gem of a country in the heart of central southern Africa that offers a truly memorable African experience. Lake Malawi, the third largest water body in Africa, takes up almost a third of this nrrow country.
Malawi is sculptured by Africa’s Great Rift Valley: towering mountains, lush, fertile valley floors and enormous crystal-clear lakes are hallmarks of much of this geological phenomenon – Malawi displays them all.
Malawi is also one of the best places in Africa for visitors to interact with the local inhabitants or visit a rural community.
This is a warm and welcoming country that offers visitors wonderful beauty, fascinating parks and some of the friendliest people in Africa. It is no wonder that it is known as the “warm heart of Africa.”
- From USD $2794 per person, per package.
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Days 1, 2 and 3 - Mvuu Lodge
On arrival in Lilongwe, you will be met by your guide and transferred 4-5 hours to Mvuu Lodge. Mvuu means “hippo” in the local Chichewa language and the name epitomises the large numbers of hippo pods that inhabit the nearby Shire River.
Liwonde National Park spans an area of 548 sq km and is Malawi’s premier wildlife destination. Named after Chief Liwonde who had championed its protection, the park harbours very diverse landscapes including swamps, deciduous woodlands, open grasslands, mopane and miombo woodlands as well as Palm savannah and numerous baobabs. The central feature of the Park is the mighty Shire River which flows from North to South from Lake Malawi to the Zambezi River in Mozambique.
The Park has a healthy population of elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Waterbuck wade in lagoons and marshes, while the open savannah and hills of the interior attract antelopes such the elegant sable, impala and bushbuck. Rare sightings include black rhino (found in the rhino sanctuary), leopard, serval and the occasional lion. Nearly 400 bird species occur in the Park with specials such as Böhm's Bee-eater, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Pel’s Fishing Owl and the only population of Lillian’s Lovebird in Malawi. The Park is one of the most exciting birding destinations in Africa.
Day and night game drives, boat safaris on the Shire River, guided walks, game drives in the Rhino sanctuary (extra $5 per person paid locally), local tours to Nanthomba school and bike rides to Njobvu village.
Mvuu Lodge is one of Malawi’s finest wilderness camps. Set in lush vegetation on the banks of a quiet lagoon, the lodge has 8 stunningly designed tents, each with a private viewing platform, luxurious furnishings and beautifully appointed bathrooms (including a unique outdoor shower).
Days 4, 5 and 6 - Mumbo Island
After breakfast, you will be transferred 2-3 hours to the Kayak Africa Base Camp in Cape Maclear. From here you can choose to either kayak to the Island or take a 45 minute boat transfer.
Mumbo Island is located on a pristine, deserted island 10 kilometres off the Cape Maclear Peninsula. This exclusive camp is surrounded by the waters of Lake Malawi National Park and offers barefoot luxury and tranquillity. Lake Malawi National Park was the first fresh water park in the world, set aside for the preservation of fresh water fish, in this case the over 500 species of brightly coloured Cichlids many of which are easily observed at the Island.
A blend of exploration and leisure based activities are offered at Mumbo Island Camp. Kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving (extra cost), boat rides, scenic walks and birding are all available.
The camp is tucked away on the rocks and beaches of a serene bay and crystal-clear waters. Accommodation features tastefully furnished tents and a family unit with shaded decks, hammocks, en-suite hot bucket showers and ‘eco-loos’. The Camp’s construction adheres to the strictest principles of eco-architecture and its operations make an almost zero ecological impact on the island. This is one of the most magical places in Africa and the only truly wilderness destination on the Lake.
Day 7 - Departure
Today you will be transferred by boat and road back to Lilongwe. We will ensure that you arrive at the airport in time to for your onward flight connections.
- All meals
- Road transfers
- All game activities
- All park entrance fees at Mvuu
- $30 airport departure tax when leaving Malawi.