Best of Malawi Safari & Tour

10 Days
Malawi
Classic

This trip showcases Malawi’s wildlife in Majete Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde National Park, as well as the best of Malawi’s beaches on Lake Malawi and the best of Malawi’s smiling people.

Highlights

  • Majete Wildlife Reserve is Malawi's finest wildlife attraction and home to the Big Five Safari.
  • Some of Africa's best elephant, crocodile, hippo, and general wildlife Viewing
  • Home to the rare and critically endangered black rhino
  • Birder’s delight (Pel’s fishing owl, Boehm's bee-eaters, Lillian’s love birds, and Livingstone’s flycatcher)
  • Cape Maclear is a leading tourist destination
  • Explore Snorkelling, hiking, boat cruises, kayaking, and diving.

Inclusions

  • 2 nights on Bed and Breakfast Basis at Latitude 13 degrees Hotel or similar in Lilongwe, Activities include; 1 x Tour of Dedza Pottery, KuNgoni Centre of Arts and Craft(Museum, Art Gallery, Showroom and Campus)
  • 2 Nights on Full Board Basis at Cape Mac Lodge or similar Cape Maclear activities includes;(a morning boat cruise, village tour, and sunset cruise).
  • 3 Nights on Full Board Basis at Thawale Camp in Majete Wildlife Reserve inclusive of Two game viewing activities per day( Game drive/ Sundowner game drive/Boat ride/Sundowner boat ride/Bird walk)
  • 3 Nights on full board at Chimwala Camp in Liwonde National Park inclusive of two game viewing activities per day (Game Drive & Boat Safari).
  • Travels: All Road Transfers throughout... View All Inclusions

    Inclusions

    • 2 nights on Bed and Breakfast Basis at Latitude 13 degrees Hotel or similar in Lilongwe, Activities include; 1 x Tour of Dedza Pottery, KuNgoni Centre of Arts and Craft(Museum, Art Gallery, Showroom and Campus)
    • 2 Nights on Full Board Basis at Cape Mac Lodge or similar Cape Maclear activities includes;(a morning boat cruise, village tour, and sunset cruise).
    • 3 Nights on Full Board Basis at Thawale Camp in Majete Wildlife Reserve inclusive of Two game viewing activities per day( Game drive/ Sundowner game drive/Boat ride/Sundowner boat ride/Bird walk)
    • 3 Nights on full board at Chimwala Camp in Liwonde National Park inclusive of two game viewing activities per day (Game Drive & Boat Safari).
    • Travels: All Road Transfers throughout the Trip
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The Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Lilongwe, Malawi

Meet & Greet by Our driver on arrival at Lilongwe International Airport and then transfer to Latitude 13 hotel where you will overnight on bed and breakfast.

It’s a short drive of about 30 minutes check-in and then you will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Day 2

Cape Maclear on the shores of Lake Malawi

Today you depart for Cape Maclear on the shores of Lake Malawi. On your way, you will have few points to stop and experience a few things.

Dedza Pottery

A pottery centre that makes clay pots and other acts of international standard. Abut87km from Lilongwe as you ascend the plateau, you will have time to visit the showroom, the art centre where they make the different materials and have time to have some coffee with the famous Dedza Cheese Cake.

Golomoti Escarpment

The Golomoti Escarpment acts as walls of the Great East African Rift Valley protecting Lake Malawi from spilling over into the Zambezi Valley. Only 24km long as you descend, you will drop from 1600 metres above Sea Level to just about 700 metres above sea Evel in the Bwanje Valley. As you descend you will experience some of the best views of the valley and Lake Malawi.

KuNgoni Centre of Arts and Craft at Ma Mission

Kungoni Centre of Arts and Craft is an old missionary settlement. The missionaries came to this place in 1902 to set a mission station. Over time the centre grew into a centre of religion in that part of the country. There is now a museum where some of the best cultural artefacts are kept, a showroom where you have some of the best artworks done by the local community and an art gallery where you view some of the best artworks done so far. On this trip, you will be conducted in the museum, art gallery and showroom. You will also have an opportunity to look around the campus hat has lots of vintage buildings and other facilities.

You will depart this centre and head for your last leg of the trip arriving at Cape Maclear later afternoon. You will check-in at Cape Mac Lodge or similar other facilities on a bed and breakfast basis.

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is a freshwater body. It is the 3rd largest in Africa and 2nd deepest in Africa. It is also called the calendar lake because it is 365 miles long with an average of 80km wide. Some people call it “Lake of Stars” because when early European explorers got to the lake, at night they saw fishermen lighting the surface of the lake with their fishing lights that reflected like stars. Lake Malawi has more fish species than any other lake in the world.

Cape Maclear is a beach village on the Southern part of the lake at Namkumba Peninsula. It is described as the best beach in Africa on a lake and one of the best on Lake Malawi. Cape Maclear is part of the Lake Malawi National Park. This Park is considered the first aquatic park in the world that was declared around the 80s. It was specifically declared to protect the Cichlids Fish, a multicoloured fish species endemic to Lake Malawi.

The luxurious lodge is in a stunning location and activities include 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.

Guests are free to be as energetic or as idle as they please although at least one activity per day is encouraged to best enjoy Majete.

Day 3

Full day at Cape Maclear

Today you are full day at Cape Maclear. You will first go on a boat cruise on Lake Malawi. These are local boat engine powered. You will visit Illalla Pass, circle Domwe Mountain, visit Thumbi Island, feed the eagles and cichlids fish, play around the islands, visit Otters Point and head to the historical graves. You will return to your lodge for lunch and some rest. Early afternoon you will do a Chembe Village Tour and return to the beach at about 16hrs for your sunset cruise. The sunset cruise takes you to Otters Point where you moor your boat and just enjoy the sun setting over Lake Malawi. Cape Maclear experiences one of the best sunsets over the lake. You will return to your lodge for your night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 4

Depart for Majete Wildlife Reserve

Today you leave just after breakfast for your trip to Majete Wildlife Reserve.

Majete Wildlife Reserve.

Majete Wildlife Reserve is our southernmost park. It is set in the Lower Shire River, our biggest river in Malawi. The park straddles the river. The most important thing is that this is the only BIG 5 park in Malawi. It has lions, leopards, elephants, Buffaloes and rhinos.

Travelling to Majete is a long distance. You will pass through the Bwanje Plains, go up the Kirk Range and cross the Shire River into the Shire Highlands. You will have your lunch break in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial and biggest city. After our lunch and simple travel through Blantyre, you will proceed on to Majete Wildlife Reserve checking in at Thawale Camp on full board. After checking in you will proceed on your first game activity, an afternoon/evening game drive which will; take you p to 20hrs when you return to camp for your night.

Day 5 & 6

Full days in Majete Wildlife Reserve

Today you start your game activities early just after your early breakfast. This takes you for 4hrs and returns to camp around 11 am. You have time to rest and have your lunch. More rest and you go into your afternoon/evening game activity returning to camp around 20hrs for your dinner and night.

Day 7

Departing Majete heading to Liwonde NP

Today you will have breakfast and your morning game activity then you head to Liwonde National Park. After your morning activity, you proceed to Blantyre, have your lunch in Blantyre and proceed to Liwonde National Park checking in at Chimwala Camp on full board. You will get there in time for your afternoon/evening game activity then back to the camp in time for dinner and later bed time.

Day 8 & 9

Explore the Liwonde National Park

You will have two full days to explore Liwonde National park with 2 game activities, a boat safari in the morning and a game drive in the afternoon/evening. You will start your activities just after breakfast probably a boat safari.

This is one of the most amazing activities in Liwonde National Park. The Shire River passes through the park. Animals converge on both sides of the river to graze, swim and drink water. This being the only perennial river in the park, this becomes even more interesting and exciting during the dry season when both water and green grass is found in and around the river.

You will do your boat safari in the river, coming in close contact and up loose with both aquatic and land animals. You will return to camp for your lunch, relaxation. Thereafter you will head back to your afternoon/evening game activity then return to camp for your dinner and bed time at leisure.

Day 10

Departing for Lilongwe

Breakfast then morning activity which will either be a game drive or a boat safari then back to the lodge to check out and depart for Lilongwe .

Passing through and on top of the Kirk Range, you will have time to meet many Malawian communities by the roadside all the way passing through the Malawi/Mozambique Border for a good 80km. You will be arriving in Lilongwe late afternoon. You check-in at Latitude 13 Hotel for your last night on Bed and Breakfast.

Day 11

Departure / Transfer to Lilongwe Airport

Today you will have breakfast then check out and depending on your flight time you will be transfered to Lilongwe International Airport.

What's not included

Visa Fees & Person Travel/Medical Insurance Cover - All Flights - Extra Meal (lunch/dinner in Lilongwe) - Extra Activities - Laundry Services and Anything of personal nature - Covid PCR test - if applicable

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Feedback From Our Previous Clients

Gary V
Gary V
2023-12-19
Another perfect holiday We were a party of eight, most of us on a return trip (last one in 2020 - also with Absolute Zambia Safaris) under the expert guidance of Robert. It was again a holiday without a single complaint. Pickups were reliable and punctual, the David Livingstone resort is perfectly located on the banks of the Zambezi with comfortable beds, sumptuous food, an infinity pool, and an unlimited supply of food and drinks on the silent but spacious sunset cruise. Robert (from Absolute Zambia Safaris) dealt with all our changes, additions, amendments, and cancellations with endless patience and understanding. It was a perfect holiday, we will be back. Thank you Absolute Zambia Safaris.
Lisa A
Lisa A
2023-11-24
Amazing five-day trip Absolute Safari organised an amazing five-day trip for us which included 2 nights in Mwanfushi safari lodge and 2 nights by Victoria falls. Everything worked out perfectly and Robert was quick on the email, answering and organising according to our wishes. Our driver Brian was excellent and always on time and the price very reasonable. Can highly recommend.
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Sunshine25775779985
2023-10-10
exciting trip at the Lower zambeji National Park It was a wonderful experience. I came to know about absolute Zambia safari from TripAdvisor only. I contacted them and Robert was very nice and every time he answered my email very promptly. It was my solo trip and good that I decided to be a client of the absolute Zambia safari because they arranged everything for me. I just dropped into the plan. In my game drive, I saw almost every animals available in the lower Zambezi national park. it was my three day two night trip. The place named Kianbi safari challet where I stayed during the trip was very peaceful and lovely. I again wish to visit Zambia and if I go, I will choose the same absolute Zambia Safari group.
Florencia S
Florencia S
2023-08-01
Amazing experience!! Robert is very professional and his organization and arrangements exceeded every hope we had with our trip. It was just fabulous!!! We did a 2-week trip around Zambia, what a beautiful country!! Thank you again Robert, you did a wonderful work!!
marys
marys
2022-12-07
More than I could have hoped for! I didn't know much about Zambia when we were planning our trip, but I had heard wonderful things about South Luangwa National Park. After reading some reviews, I contacted a few agencies in Zambia to plan our trip. Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris was truly amazing -- the entire experience was so much more than we had expected and everything worked out beautifully. Great properties, unbelievable safaris with knowledgeable guides, excellent and almost too plentiful food, I don't have enough superlatives to describe our visit, but I will certainly call on Robert again when I go back to Zambia!
Litote
Litote
2022-10-08
Véritable Afrique Difficile d'imaginer les éléphants qui passent à coté de votre chalet la nuit? Les hippopotames qui broutent l'herbe devant votre chambre? Les singes qui prennent votre dentrifice si la porte est ouverte? Après plusieurs decennies consacrées à la protection des animaux sauvages (période de braconnage de 1970-1990), la Zambie se met à l'écotourisme avec d' excellents standards de services, nourriture, eau potable et confort de chambre. Des simples comprimés contre le paludisme sont conseillés. Les lodges que nous avons visités prennent soin de supprimer le maximum d'insectes possibles pour que les soirées soient bien sans souci. Robert Zgozi nous a organisé un voyage époustouflant (15j) pendant lequel nous avons vu une bonne dizaine de léopards, une vingtaine de lions et lionnes ainsi que d'innombrables d'autres espèces. Notre voyage a traversé quatre parcs (Kafué, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi et Mosi Oa Tunya ) avec des guides qui étaient de véritables encylopédies de faune et de flore locaux. Nous avons choisi la saison sèche (septembre) pour voir le maximum d'animaux. Ce parcours nous a permis de faire un crochet à Victoria Falls où nous étions suspendus au dessus des chutes dans le Devils Pool. Adrénaline garantie. Par ailleurs, tous les Zambiens que nous avons rencontrés étaient accueillants et souriants. Ce voyage n'était pas donné mais nous le referions bien un jour. Notre groupe familial de 4 adultes partagent plein de souvenirs ensemble grâce à ce voyage. Beaucoup de transits se font en avion car le pays est très grand. Je déconseille vivement les transits entre parc par voiture. Robert Zgozi est Zambien ; il sait communiquer l'amour et la connaissance approfondie qu'il a de son pays. Nous l'avons trouvé sur le site national "Zambian Tourism", Nous vous conseillons ses service si vous souhaitez un voyage clé en main. Merci Robert Zgozi :) Rob NB: La Zambie est un pays anglophone
Sunderland2
Sunderland2
2022-09-28
Fabulous trip to Sth Luangwa We’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to South Luangwa all organised by Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris. I contacted this company as I read it was Zambian owned and I was very impressed by Robert’s speedy replies to my queries. We stayed in 2 different camps which Robert recommended to suit our budget and we weren’t disappointed. Both camps were everything we’d hoped for. We did a combination of chalets and tents with all meals, game drives and transfers included. Robert actually surprised us twice by meeting us at our Lusaka hotel on arrival in Zambia and our return after the trip. We found Robert to be a very friendly, likeable and professional guy who went above and beyond to make sure our trip went smoothly. You can’t go wrong with this company, we will definitely use them again on our next trip to Zambia.
Mubita M
Mubita M
2022-09-08
Experiencing South Luangwa I didn’t know what to expect it being my first time in South Luangwa, it was lovely, all of it (the entire experience!). We stayed at Mfuwe lodge and opted for 3 game drives a day, this doesn’t give you a lot of time for sleeping in but all the fresh air and being in the bush, watching all the animals made us feel so refreshed. And don’t get me started on the food!! Absolute Zambia Safaris gave us exactly what we needed and we enjoyed everything bit of it. Their staff is patient and friendly; they take care of every last detail including a range of options to suit your budget. All in all, it was the true definition of a holiday carefree and stress-free and we most certainly will be going back.
Silent639
Silent639
2022-09-02
The real zambian agency My family and I have just returned from a trip to Zambia. Before booking, as always, I searched for all the best local travel agencies. My choice was Absolute Zambia Safaris. First of all it is one of the few, if not the only one, that is Zambian-owned. So all the staff know perfectly every single area of the country, from the most aware to the most remote. The owner, Mr. Robert Zgozi, has over ten years of experience in the Zambian tourism industry, having worked for top-tier tourism companies, as well as being a lover of unspoiled nature. Before defining the various stages of the journey, Mr. Robert, like a true friend, advised us both the best areas of the country, the best lodges and resorts, and all flight connections. Having traveled extensively in Africa for more than 10 years, I know perfectly well the difficulties of organizing transfers, of finding the best accommodations for the budget available. Robert and his staff have been able to organize any type of activity with extreme professionalism. The organization has always been perfect. All the staff interested in our trip were always present as soon as we reached an airport, a lodge. We didn't have to think about anything but enjoying the beautiful nature and the people of Zambia. Although our international flight (from Italy) was canceled and rescheduled two days later, putting the entire trip at risk, Mr. Robert was able to help us change the itinerary without missing a single scheduled activity. Incredible! While we were in Lower Zambezi, we suddenly decided to go three days to Victoria Falls. Robert, within two hours, organized all the transfers and the resort, taking care in the meantime to get us refund for the two nights lost in Lusaka. Never before have I been assisted in such a professional and friendly way in my previous travels. Among other things, he could also have organized trips in combination with neighboring countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana), having direct contacts. The surprise? While we were in South Luangwa, he came in person to meet us and find out how the journey was progressing. Incredible! Briefly a note on Zambia. it is truly an incredible country. Its people are so friendly and hospitable that you immediately feel like a genuine Zambian. I never felt any sense of danger. In fact, the country is considered among the safest in the world for travel. Landscapes take your breath away. Nature is majestic. Here you can really see anything: wildogs (herd of 20 specimens with cubs), dozens of leopards and cubs, lions and lionesses, different scenes of lions and leopards hunting, huge herds of hippos, huge herds of elephants, birds of extraordinary beauty, including the crowned crane and secretary bird. One negative note: unfortunately having had to go home and leave this extraordinary country that has given me unforgettable moments that will remain forever etched in my mind and in my heart. So I would recommend both visiting Zambia and doing it with Absolute Zambia Safaris. Have a good trip!
Irena12
Irena12
2022-08-02
One of the best safari operators Absolute Safaris is one of the best operators I have ever encountered - Robert managed to do an incredible thing and organise my custom 11 days Luangwa trip in Zambia at the shortest possible notice ( literally few days before arrival)! My trip was absolutely wonderful, everything worked perfectly and I loved every moment on the safari. I have had so many wonderful wildlife sightings, and all the camps were in beautiful locations, very comfortable with great service and very professional guiding. Truly one of the best safaris of my life ( I have spent most of it in Africa). My big thanks to Absolute Safaris, for their professionalism and outstanding customer service. Will definitely be back.

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