3 Days 4 Nights
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heart of Africa

13-Day Malawi Mountains & Safari Adventure

Embark on an unparalleled escapade in the heart of Africa, where Malawi, known as the “warm heart of Africa,” awaits with a riveting itinerary that blends thrill and tranquility. Begin your journey by conquering the majestic Mount Mulanje, a pinnacle adventure offering breathtaking vistas and an invigorating summit experience.

Following your descent, immerse yourself in the raw beauty of nature on a captivating safari, relishing the untamed wilderness while embracing the serene rhythm of life. Experience the barefoot simplicity of island living on the mesmerizing shores of Lake Malawi, where time slows down, and tranquility reigns supreme.

Allow your tired legs respite as you traverse to the ethereal Zomba Plateau, often dubbed the “oasis in the sky.” Engage in a horseback safari, traversing this elevated sanctuary in pursuit of elusive butterflies, exotic orchids, and soaring raptors, surrounded by panoramic vistas that steal your breath away.

Culminate your extraordinary odyssey by tapping into your inner islander on Mumbo Island, a secluded paradise offering a respite from the chaotic world. Embrace a blissful existence, unplugged from the noise and immersed in the simplicity of life, where for two nights, the absence of news and footwear fosters a profound sense of tranquility and inner peace.

In Malawi, each leg of your expedition unveils unique experiences, from conquering peaks to embracing the serene tranquility of island life. This meticulously crafted itinerary promises an ultimate adventure, intertwining adrenaline-fueled feats with soul-soothing moments amidst nature’s grandeur, leaving an indelible imprint on your spirit long after the journey’s end.

Start Lilongwe (Day 1)
Day 1-2 Blantyre (City)
Day 3-6 Mt Mulanje
Day 7 Zomba Plateau
Day 8-9 Liwonde NP
Day 10-12 Mumbo Isle (Lake Malawi)
End Lilongwe (City) (Day 13)
Departure Yes Required
Country Malawi
Travel Style Mid-Range
  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
Travel With Private Car


Have the ultimate adventure in the "warm heart of Africa" with this exciting itinerary summiting Mount Mulanje, living in nature while on safari, and barefoot island living on Lake Malawi. Following your descent, rest your legs as you drive up the "oasis in the sky" to the Zomba Plateau for a horseback safari in search of rare butterflies, orchids, and raptors. Finish off your trip by channeling your inner islander and escape to Mumbo Island to adopt a no-news-no-shoes way of life for 2 nights.

On arrival into Malawi, you will meet your guide and enjoy a private transfer southwest of Blantyre to Fisherman’s Rest, taking around an hour. Set on a private nature reserve within a beguiling 500-acre forest with spectacular vistas towering the Great Rift Valley, Fisherman’s Rest is a reputable family-run community program that’s been operating since 1997. The lodge itself is comfortable and there is a pool with views of the Great Rift Valley. Their vision is to see the districts surrounding Fisherman’s Rest grow to raise living standards, education, and economic vitality. Whether it’s tree planting, repairing water pumps, or building classrooms, there are plenty of fun and life-changing projects to get stuck into at Fisherman’s Rest. You’ll stay here for the next 2 nights. Your project work will be assigned upon arrival as it is situationally dependent.
After a leisurely morning and breakfast, you will be picked up for your private transfer to Mulanje which takes approximately 2 hours. Likhubula Lodge is an old colonial house perched on the slopes of Mulanje with a cosy character and warm hospitality. It’s the perfect spot to rest for 1 night before embarking on your 3-day hike up Mount Mulanje. This afternoon, you may want to take a short hike to the waterfall nearby or simply relax and save your energy. This evening, tuck into a hearty portion of a home-cooked dinner and enjoy a cold sundowner on the veranda overlooking the emerald tea plantations before getting a good night’s rest.
Following a hearty breakfast at Likhubula Lodge, embark on a thrilling 4-day, 3-night trek covering 46km, culminating in reaching the summit of Sapitwa. Your journey will take you through tunnels, beneath cascading waterfalls, and into the invigorating embrace of ice-cold mountain pools. Traverse winding paths shaded by graceful, arching trees while soaking in breathtaking vistas across southern Malawi. Sapitwa stands as a majestic peak within the protected Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve. Along the way, you'll find shelter in mountain huts maintained by the Malawi Mountain Club and the Malawi Forestry Department. These huts offer a rustic experience, devoid of electricity or solar power. Embrace the simplicity of nature as meals are prepared over crackling fires, evenings glow with candlelight, and refreshing bucket showers under the stars. Start your days with a warming cup of coffee, steaming hot oats, and eggs on toast before commencing your hike. Rise early on the final day to undertake the exhilarating ascent to Sapitwa, aiming to witness a breathtaking sunrise. Remember to bundle up warmly as the summit can be quite cold, but the unparalleled panoramic views extend all the way to Mozambique, offering a sensation of being at the highest point in Central Africa!
Enjoy your last breakfast on Mulanje Mountain before descending back to Likhubula. Proceed on your private transfer of around 2 hours to the Zomba Plateau, arriving in time for a late lunch. You will stay at the cosy Zomba Forest Lodge for 1 night where you will have the chance to rest after your 3-day hike. Surrounded by pine trees, winding streams, and diverse wildlife including baboons, giant butterflies and raptors, as well as amazing rare orchids and stag horn lilies, it’s the perfect place to rest your legs and saddle up for a horseback safari with your private local guide. This evening, soak up the romantic candle-lit atmosphere next to a crackling fire and tuck into an excellent 3-course home-cooked dinner before retiring to bed.

After breakfast, you will check out of Zomba Forest Lodge for your private transfer of around 2.5 hours to Liwonde National Park where you will float into Mvuu Camp by boat. You’ll stay here for the next 2 nights in an en-suite safari chalet. In between safari activities, you can enjoy lounging by the pool or take a cultural trip to nearby communities which can be organised with your guide or the lodge manager.

After your morning activity and breakfast, you will check out, be picked up, and be driven on the approximately 2.5-hour drive to Cape Maclear. After arriving at the Kayak Africa House, you can relax and wait for your 15h00-scheduled dhow across Lake Malawi to Mumbo Island. After navigating for around an hour, you will arrive at a white sandy beach with just 6 en-suite reed "tents", a restaurant, a bar, and lounge.

Mumbo Island is a barefoot luxury camp with a handful of "tents" perched high on rocks built of reeds, timber, thatch and canvas. Enveloped by the "lake of stars", Mumbo Island is completely isolated, with activities centered around the biodiverse marine reserve.

After a leisurely morning and breakfast, you will check out and board the dhow back to the mainland at 09h30. Upon arrival, you will be met for your private transfer to Kamazu International Airport which takes around 3.5 hours.

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