On this safari you will follow the mountainous shadow of Malawi’s western lake shore as you head north from Lilongwe on the less travelled route to Viphya Mountains to Nyika Plateau via the beach and back again. This mountainous route is great for walkers, hikers and birders. The birdlife in Malawi and especially on this northern route is especially rich for Southern Africa. There is also the opportunity for some watersports on the lake before heading back south to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve for four days (three nights) of game viewing on the Bua River.
On arrival into Lilongwe you will be met and transferred to Latitude 13, where you will spend the first night of your trip.
Today you set off for the Viphya Mountains to stay at Luwawa Campsite. This lodge offers everything from fishing to orienteering or even archery. There is the opportunity to kayak or sail in the reservoir or even try rock climbing or abseiling.
Continue north today and stop over at Chintheche Inn, set on the western shores of central Lake Malawi. The balcony from your room looks out over pristine sandy beaches, palm-fringed and dotted by fishing villages and patches of lowland tropical forest.
Today you continue north to camp on Nyika Plateau. This campsite overlooks a crystal-clear dam with panoramic views of rolling hills, isolated ridges and open high-altitude grasslands and the area enjoys rich pockets of wildlife endemic to this region.
Today you make your way southwards and again stay at Chintheche Inn. Remain based here for two nights to relax on the shores of Lake Malawi and enjoy the beach activities.
Camp on the lake shore tonight. There is a pottery here and you can choose to spend time potting under expert guidance at the training workshop. This is an interesting and peaceful place to stay on the lakeshore.
Today you head to Nkhotakota to stay on the banks of the Bua River. This area is still very undeveloped for tourism so gives a true feeling of exploration and discovery. Go now while it is still untamed.
This morning you will be collected from your lodge and transferred to the airport in good time for your flight home.
Over the years we have researched and refined the list of vehicle equipment that we provide. The equipment is identical in every vehicle but we always ensure you have the essentials for each country and its respective driving conditions.
All our itineraries are tailor made, but here are some of our favourite routes and camp combinations.