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Majete Wildlife Reserve & Lake Malawi provide a stunning alternative safari experience without the crowds
Flying from London to Majete Wildlife Reserve, you’ll start your adventure in Malawi at Mkulumadzi Lodge. With a focus on nature guiding, you’ll spend three nights here in a family chalet, learning about the ecosystem and all the fabulous wildlife within it. After this amazing safari experience, travel to Pumulani for a four-night stay in a family villa on the lakeside shore surrounded by mango trees where you will swim, snorkel, sail and scuba to your hearts content.
This short safari to Malawi will give you a thirst to return to the 'Warm Heart of Africa' and the Lake of Stars
- 3 nights Mkulumadzi Lodge
- 4 nights Pumulani
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Day 1: Let it begin
Check in at London Heathrow in time for your South African airways flight and fly directly to Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa.
Day 2: Welcome to Majete
Arrive at Johannesburg O R Tambo International airport and connect to your flight to Blantyre in South Malawi. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a Robin Pope Safari representative who will take you on a scenic two-hour drive to Mkulumadzi Lodge.
This drive is beautiful, so if you want to stop for photographs and wildlife viewing, just ask your driver!
You will stay in the family chalet, decorated with luxurious and contemporary furnishings. Your rate includes all meals, drinks, game activities, laundry and transfers
Day 3 : Get to know Majete
Learn from the experts over the next few days about the intricacies of the local ecosystem and get up-close and personal with flora and fauna.
Day 4: Exploration and relaxation
Continue exploring! Majete Wildlife Reserve is one of the outstanding success stories of African conservation. Granted protected status in 1955, it became the subject of extensive poaching in the 1980s and 1990s. But since 2003, endangered species have been reintroduced and by 2012 Majete became Malawi’s only Big Five Park.
Day 5: Hit the Road
After lunch, enjoy your transfer to Lake Malawi shores where you will stay at Pumulani Lodge for four nights in a family villa. Your transfer will be by a one hour and 10 minute flight, unless the weather prohibits flying, which means a five-hour road transfer. Either way, the views will be incredible – see the landscape change as you travel North and, if driving, feel free to stop for photographs whenever you would like!
Day 6, 7 & 8: Lake of Stars
Your family villa provides the ultimate in space, design, comfort and privacy. Dutch architect G. Hooft Graafland designed each of the ten villas, individually adapting them to their own unique location to ensure they blend harmoniously into their different surroundings.
Your rate includes all meals, drinks (excluding premium wines), non-motorized water sports, laundry and transfers.
Relax on the white sandy beach or enjoy an elevated view of the lake from the stylish infinity pool.
If you want more activity, try water skiing, sailing, kayaking, cycling, village tours, walks in the hills, breakfast or sunset cruises on their 40ft hand-built dhow and snorkling and diving.
Day 9: Last day at Lake Malawi
Underwater activities never fail to amaze as the diversity of fish life is very surprising and experts say that this lake is home to more native fish species than any other in the world.
After your last morning at Pumulani, take a 40 minute flight, or if the weather doesn’t permit, a three-hour road transfer to Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. Check in for your afternoon flight to London Heathrow, via Johannesburg.
Day 10: Goodbye Malawi
Arriving bright and early into London Heathrow you will get home feeling energised and rejuvenated after the safari of a lifetime.
Duration: 10 Days
Location: Malawi, Africa
This itinerary is available for £3473 per person, including all international flights, domestic flights, pre-paid air taxes, accommodation, transfers by road, meals and activities as per above itinerary, based on two people sharing.
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