Dhows, Safari and Lake Malawi

Luxury Malawi Holiday

Lake Malawi & Likoma Island, Majete National Park

Duration: 12 nights

Price: From £4,685 per person in mid season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, private transfers, transportation, experiences as stated and taxes

Sometimes you want something just a little different – like a heart-stopping safari that no-one else has done, or a secret beach that your friends have never heard of. Step forward our hidden gem of Africa, ravishingly pretty Malawi. Start with a thrill as you spot incredible wildlife in Majete and finish with enjoying the undisturbed peace of Lake Malawi.
Perfect forAuthentic, charming, off the beaten track Africa.
In the knowConsider finishing off with a few days in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park or taking the scenic route back to Lilongwe, travelling across Lake Malawi by boat.

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  • Adventure
  • Beach
  • Couples
  • First-timers

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Majete National Park

4 nightsMAJETE

All the best adventures start with a bit of a journey, and this one’s no different. Fly to Johannesburg, and from here onto Blantyre, Malawi’s second city. Four incredible days of safari adventure await, kick-started by a journey into the bush that is something magical in itself; imagine the wilds of Scotland, add a splash of African sunshine and throw in some of the friendliest communities in Africa and you’re almost there. Deep in the heart of the wilderness, even the curmudgeonliest of travellers won’t fail to be seduced by the romance of an African sunset or gasp at the flash of a kingfisher plunging into the river. Staying at Mkulumadzi, you'll wake up each morning to a stunning sunrise, head out into Malawi’s wonderful landscapes to spot amazing wildlife and, as night draws in, watch the stars shoot across the night’s sky before drifting off to the sound of wallowing hippos.
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Lake Malawi


Sadly, every adventure must come to an end, but the next chapter of your holiday brings something equally delightful. At the end of your safari, you’ll be driven up to Malawi’s lakeshore, where you’ll spend a blissful eight nights at your lakeside retreat, Pumulani. Here, treat yourself to a lazy lie-in before indulging in afternoon tea aboard a dhow, enjoying the wonderful serenity of Africa’s third largest lake, disturbed only by the call of fish eagles and the gentle sound of the sail fluttering in the wind. Snorkel amongst the glittering shoals of fish or even give waterskiing a go in the most dramatic of locations. Just a short cycle or kayak or away lie numerous tiny lakeside village, where you can find out for for yourself why Malawians are considered the friendliest people on the continent.
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