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10 Nights  Southern Malawi Explorer

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This 10-nights adventure to Southern Malawi offers the best that Malawi has to offer as it combines three of the country’s iconic holiday destinations. Known as a landlocked country, and dominated by Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, the surrounding country is exceptionally beautiful with dramatic scenery that includes rocky outcrops, high mountains, plateaus and views across what is considered to be Africa’s most beautiful lake. Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” and as a people, the Malawians live up to this name. They are extremely friendly and welcoming. There are many market scenes, roadside stalls, and cottage industries that a visitor can comfortably visit. With both the scenery and the culture Malawi is a great country to drive in.
This journey starts in Blantyre, the birthplace of famed explorer David Livingstone and considered the commercial and industrial capital of Malawi. From here you will be driven to Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi’s premier game park with a variety of wildlife and which offers both land and water activities,
The second leg of this adventure takes you to Thyolo district dumbed the tea capital of Malawi and home to Satemwa Tea Estate, a tourist hotspot for those wishing to take part in tea tasting.
Round off this trip with a visit to Lake Malawi National Park to enjoy the best of both worlds: safari exploration and postcard-perfect beaches.

Summary of your Trip
  • 3 Nights Mkulumadzi Lodge (Majete Wildlife Reserve) | Malawi
  • 3 Nights Huntingdon House (Satemwa Tea Estate) | Malawi
  • 4 Nights Pumulani Lodge (Lake Malawi National Park) | Malawi
  • Best time to travel: April to January
Price Includes
  • Road & Air transfers as specified
  • Accommodation, meals and drinks as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities & water activities (except motorized water sports) as per the itinerary
  • Laundry and service charge
Price Excludes
  • International and Regional Flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities
  • Premium brands drinks
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not included as scheduled by lodges or camp
  • National Parks entrance fee & conservation levies
  • Spa treatments
Itinerary

Day 1Blantyre - Majete Wildlife Reserve

On arrival at Blantyre International Airport, you will be met by Robin Pope Safaris guide for a road transfer to Mkulumadzi Lodge – a journey of approximately 2.5 hours through beautiful scenery, spectacular landscape, colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. The camp is located within Majete Wildlife Reserve, on the confluence of the Shire and Mkulumadzi Rivers, about 70km South West of Blantyre – Southern Malawi.
Majete Wildlife Reserve is Malawi’s only Big 5 Reserve and also one of the largest protected areas and covers an area of over 70,000ha. The reserve is located within the Miombo woodland ecoregion and much of the higher-lying areas in the west of the park are dominated by Miombo/Brachystegia woodland. Mixed Combretum woodlands and mosaics of riparian forest can be found in the East of Majete.
Depending on your arrival time, you may partake in the afternoon activity: perhaps a Game drive or some boating on the Mkulumadzi River.

Room Type: Luxury Bush Chalet
Meal Basis: Full Board including selected local drinks, water activities (except motorized water sports), Game drives, boating safaris, bush walks, hiking Majete Hill, black rhino tracking, cultural tours, birding trips on the Shire River and game-viewing from a hide, laundry. Guests are free to be as energetic or as idle as they want.

Day 2 - 3Explore Majete Wildlife Reserve

Located on a private concession within Majete Wildlife Reserve, Mkulumadzi Lodge offers guests a chic and contemporary retreat set amidst rugged and untouched bushland. Set on the banks of the Shire River, the lodge, accessible by a footbridge suspended over the Mkulumadzi River, comprises eight spacious chalets, each with private viewing decks offering dramatic and unimpeded views over the confluence of two rivers, the Mkulumadzi and the Shire. The main lodge is an open-fronted space maximising the beautiful river views and taking advantage of some cool shade on the forested banks.
It is the perfect combination of splendid isolation and first-class facilities. Mkulumadzi Lodge is the only luxury accommodation inside Majete Wildlife Reserve and offers both land and water activities: They range from swimming in the pool and dining under the stars to river cruises, game drives and walking safaris as well as cultural interactions. Guests are free to partake in many activities daily or just relax and soak up the sun.

Wildlife is abundant including the rare black rhino, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Nyala, sable, eland and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest. Numerous species of birds grace Majete, including Rock Prancole, Pels Fishing Owl and more.
The Reserve is an impressive example of sustainable development and biodiversity, since 2003 the African Parks Network has worked tirelessly to reintroduce endangered species and protect and preserve Majete’s flora and fauna.
Mkulumadzi is owned and managed by Robin Pope Safaris, which was founded in 1986 and is known for its specialised walking safaris. Standards of accommodation, hospitality, guiding and catering are second to none.

Room Type: Luxury Bush Chalet
Meal Basis: Full Board including selected local drinks, water activities (except motorized water sports), Game drives, boating safaris, bush walks, hiking Majete Hill, black rhino tracking, cultural tours, birding trips on the Shire River and game-viewing from a hide, laundry. Guests are free to be as energetic or as idle as they want.

Day 4 Majete Wildlife Reserve - Satemwa Tea Estate

After breakfast and farewells, you will be driven to the slopes of Thyolo Mountain at Huntingdon House set on the Satemwa Tea Estate located between Thyolo and Blantyre in the south of Malawi. Satemwa Estate is a comfortable 1-hour drive from Blantyre city centre and easily accessible by road all year.
Satemwa Tea Estate is a family-run tea and coffee estate located in the southern portion of Malawi in East Africa. One of the oldest tea estates in Malawi, it was founded in 1923 by Maclean Kay, a Scottish immigrant and former rubber planter in Malaya, and has been handed down from generation to generation of the Cathcart Kay family.
In the past 80 years, the company has grown significantly and is now producing tea which is exported all around the world. It is a Fair-Trade tea estate and the various types and flavours of tea can be sampled in the factory.

The main attraction of Satemwa is, of course, tea! · Tea Tasting
Tea is Malawi’s second largest export, with acres of tea plantations in the south of the country. The Tea Tasting experience at Satemwa includes a tour of the factory where you will learn about the history of tea production at Satemwa, followed by a session trying all the teas. Teas include Black, White, Green, Oolong, Dark and Fusion. There is even a gift shop on site for you to take home your favourite variations after trying them.

Room Type: Suite
Meal Basis: Full Board including selected local drinks, scheduled Tea activities at the House

Day 5 - 6Explore Satemwa Tea Estate

You have full 2 days at leisure to explore Satemwa Tea Estate and its surrounding area: a tour of the tea factory, visit Mount Mulanje Massif (it rises to 2,380m above sea level) or perhaps a short hike to Dziwe la Nkhalamba rock pool and falls. Set your own pace of how you want to spend your days.
Satemwa Tea Estate remains one of Malawi’s oldest and most respected tea producers currently managed by third-generation members of the Cathcart-Kay family, who have transformed two of the original homes on the estate, Huntingdon House and Chawani Bungalow, into comfortable accommodations for travellers keen for a taste of times past.

An overnight at Huntingdon House is literally stepping back in time. The house was built in the mid-’30s and have five spacious room. “Our ambition is to give all our guests a unique and personal experience and an insight into the special life on a Tea Estate in Africa. A corner of Africa where time stands still. Huntingdon, and indeed Satemwa Estate, evokes a romantic nostalgia for Malawi’s past”.

There is more happening at Satemwa Tea Estate than just the activities linked to the Estate.
Guests visiting Satemwa Tea Estate can also partake in the following activities: walking trails, horse riding, mountain biking and excellent bird-watching opportunities (the nearby forest reserve). Also on offer are quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, tea and coffee tasting and cultural visits to local community projects.

At the adjacent Thoyolo Sports Club, guests from the estate can enjoy a 9-hole golf course, tennis, squash, bowls and a swimming pool. A ‘must’ during a visit at Satemwa is a trip to the picnic point on Mt. Thyolo (complete with braai facilities) with panoramic views towards Mulanje in the southeast and the Shire Valley to the west – a wonderful spot for sundowners.

In addition to the above the management team has designed huge upliftment programmes with positive impacts that have changed the life of the Tea Estate employees, their families and the communities in the entire area. Amongst those, are the opening of Satemwa Clinic as well as the primary school.
The Satemwa Clinic provides professional medical services to all employees, their immediate families and all students at the Satemwa Primary School.

The Satemwa Primary School has around 900 pupils and is jointly administered by the government, which provides teachers and the curriculum, and Satemwa, which provides land and vital buildings.
Another very important projects under the wings of the Satemwa Tea Estate are the opening of a shop within the Estate grounds to allow visitors to purchase products. Also, very important is Conservation through the Estate Corporate and Social Responsibility program which focuses on combating Malawi’s deforestation by planting a large number of trees in their coffee fields, the type – ‘cold’ as opposed to ‘hot’ – specifically chosen for their positive impact on surrounding flora and fauna.
Therefore, soothe your soul with the knowledge that the local community benefits financially from every guest visitor to Satemwa Tea Estate.

Room Type: Suite
Meal Basis: Full Board including selected local drinks, and scheduled Tea activities at the House.

Day 7Satemwa Tea Estate to Lake Malawi National Park

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, it is time to bid a sad farewell to the Satemwa Tea Estate team as you are being transferred to Lake Malawi National Park. This is a road transfer to the Nankumba Peninsula of Lake Malawi. This is recognised as one of the most beautiful shores of the Lake and borders Lake Malawi, National Park. This Park was established to protect the cichlid fish unique to the area. In 1984 the park was designated a World Heritage Site.

Pumulani is situated on the west side of Nankumba Peninsula at the southern end of Lake Malawi – romantically called the “Lake of Stars”. Overlooking both the lake and exclusively nestled within the Lake Malawi National Park, Pumulani has total seclusion and privacy.
The ten villas are scattered amongst the boulders and trees on the hillside and have cooling grass on the roofs. Each is individual in shape and style, with clean curved lines and all have a spacious bedroom, bathroom and sitting area. The front sliding doors open onto the deck – elevated above the ground giving optimal views and privacy. One of the villas has two bedrooms for family groups and another is designed for honeymooners.

Their remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the clear blue waters of the lake. For those who prefer to dive into the swimming pool, there is an infinity pool near the central dining area with grand views over the lake, as well as another infinity pool on the beach level. For those seeking activity, Pumulani Lodge offers many watersports activities like snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding and fun tube rides (all motorized activities are excluded). At the end of the day, climb aboard the dhow and let the experienced local crewmen take you sailing into the sunset. It’s the perfect way to experience the beauty of Lake Malawi.

Room Type: Luxury Villa
Meal Basis: Full Board including selected local drinks, water activities (except motorized water sports), guided walks through one of the local villages, sunset dhow cruise, and laundry.

Day 8 - 10Explore Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is the world’s most ecologically diverse lake. Its crystal-clear waters are home to more than a thousand species of fish, including hundreds of species of colourful cichlids. We offer special diving courses at the best diving spots near one of the islands.
For those who are interested in real Malawian village life we offer guided walks through one of the local villages. Malawians are renowned for being amongst the friendliest people in Africa and during your stay you will have the opportunity to meet them. You can also simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery or can enjoy many other activities.

Room Type: Luxury Villa
Meal Basis: Full Board including selected local drinks, water activities (except motorized water sports), guided walks through one of the local villages, sunset dhow cruise, and laundry.

Day 11Going Home

Because all good things always come to an end, your Southern Malawi epic journey comes to an end today. It is once again farewell time to the Pumulani Lodge staff for who you have by now become as a family. You will be transferred back to Monkey Bay where you will take a light aircraft to Lilongwe in time for your connecting flight back home.

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