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.
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.