Southern Loop

Overview

This self-drive route explores the best of Southern Malawi. You will drive to the big five destination of Majete Wildlife Reserve and stay at Robin Pope Safaris’ property Mkulumadzi. Having soaked up the best of the guides’ knowledge here you set off for two nights camping to explore this great park on your own. You then spend two nights at Satemwa Tea Estates before heading off to Liwonde via Zomba Plateau. End your trip with a battery recharging two nights on the exclusive and private Mumbo Island in Lake Malawi.

Prices

July | August | September | October
from

£

3865

P/p
based on 2 in a vehicle
from

£

3120

P/p
based on 4 in a vehicle
January - March | November | December
from

£

3495

P/p
based on 2 in a vehicle
from

£

2855

P/p
based on 4 in a vehicle

Route

Itinerary

Location 1

Latitude 13, Lilongwe

Day 1

On arrival into Lilongwe you will be met and transferred to Latitude 13 where you will spend the first night of your trip.

Location 2

Mkulumadzi, Majete Wildlife Reserve

Day 2 & 3

This morning you set off to Majete where you will spend two nights at Mkulumadzi on the banks of the Shire River. Game drives and walking safaris are offered in the mornings and late afternoons, giving guests plenty of time to relax beside the pool.

Location 3

Campsite in Majete Wildlife Reserve

Day 4 & 5

Today you will leave Mkulumadzi for this locally run community campsite. Staying here is a great way to contribute to the local economy as well as viewing the great game the park has to offer. Explore the park at your own pace in your 4x4.

Location 4

Huntingdon House, Satewa Tea Estates

Day 6 & 7

Continue your journey onwards to Satemwa Tea Estate in Thyolo. A picnic on Thyolo Mountain with it’s panoramic views are a must while evenings can be spent around a roaring fire before enjoying a silver service dinner incorporating fresh estate produce.

Location 5

Zomba Forest Lodge, Zomba Plateau

Day 8 & 9

Set off for Zomba to stay at this intimate colonial style guesthouse on the slopes of the plateau with great views out over the green valleys. Poised to access many local hiking routes you could also take out mountain bikes or go birding.

Location 6

Campsite in Liwonde National Park

Day 10, 11 & 12

Today you head to Liwonde and camp on the banks of the Shire River. An excellent diversity of animals can be seen in the area. Birds are prolific along the river with the African Fish Eagle and Pel's Fishing Owl frequently being sighted.

Location 7

Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi

Day 13 & 14

Take a boat out to Mumbo Island, a pristine and deserted tropical island floating on the expansive waters of Lake Malawi. The camp is perched on high rocks overlooking the water, blending with the lush foliage to create a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ atmosphere of rustic charm.

Location 8

Depart Malawi

Day 15

This morning you will be collected from your lodge and transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.

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Vehicle

Toyota Land Cruiser 79

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.

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