Begin your Malawi adventure in the heart of the tea-growing region. Stay within a fair trade tea estate, walk in the rolling tea fields, enjoy sumptuous food and visit the tea factory for an ideal way to start your holiday. Your guide will accompany you to visit with a local community in the foothills of Mount Mulanje to discover more about some of the challenges facing residents in this region.
Zomba Ku Chawe
Following in Dr. David Livingstone’s footsteps, your next stop is Zomba Plateau. With its fantastic views over Southern Malawi, Zomba is ideal for hiking of all fitness levels, and you can also opt to go horse riding. At the base of Zomba Plateau is a small community project run by a group of young people working to empower their village. You will spend the morning walking with them, joining a women’s banking group, visiting a traditional family household, and learning more about their efforts. Finish the morning with some traditional Yao dancing, which guests are encouraged to join in, Malawi style!
Head into Liwonde National Park for two nights spent in an exceptional eco-lodge inside the park, offering stunning views over the Shire River. You will be joined by an expert wildlife guide, and activities include walking safaris, 4 x 4 game drives, and river boat safaris. Wildlife at Liwonde includes elephants, hippos, crocodiles, rhino, and a wonderful array of antelope and bird life.
Norman Carr Cottage
Meeting back up with your guide, the next stop is a small village close to the park, where you will be served a traditional Malawian lunch, take a village walk, and meet the village leaders. Arrive mid afternoon at the shores of Lake Malawi for your first sunset boat cruise.
Take the following days to relax at the lodge, or head out on a snorkeling trip to witness the beautifully colored cyclid fish. You can also choose to visit a local boatyard and see how traditional wooden boats are made, or meet the village youth group and spend the day learning more about life on the shores of Lake Malawi.
Your final night will be on Lake Malawi, and what better way to finish this spectacular literary, sipping a drink as the sun sets over the Lake of Stars.
Transfer to Blantyre. Bid farewell to the ‘warm heart of Africa’ and depart for home.