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12 Day Kayak, Hike & Safari Cycle Tour

Kayak Lake Malawi, Hike Mount Mulanje & Safari Liwonde National Park

Departure & Return Location

Blantyre/Lilongwe

ROUTE MAP

OVERVIEW.

This tour combines the very best adventures of Malawi into one cycling holiday. Offering a diverse range of activities and landscapes the whole family could enjoy! Discover the breathtaking altitudes of Mount Mulanje on a guided exploration to Sapitwa Peak. Highest in central Africa with spectacular views, colourful wildflowers and rocky trails beside waterfalls. Enjoy the growing wildlife populations of famous Liwonde National Park with pristine game-viewing safaris. Mopane woodlands and river wetlands filled with game animals and rare specialities of birds. Explore the water currents of Lake Malawi Kayaking over to freshwater islands,uninhabited and covered with baobabs and fig trees. A refreshing exploration into the fascinating underwater worlds of one of the deepest Lake’s in Africa. All the while immersing in the culture and warmth of Malawian people cycling together in the warm heart of Africa.

Quick Facts

Total Distance: 421.6 km   |  Elevation: Up 3542 m Down  4214 m 

Season : May to Oct  |  Climate: Dry warm mid-days & cool airy nights

ITINERARY

Choose to do this tour self guided, fully supported or tailor made tour

Self Guided

– Welcome starter pack on arrival
(Maps, directions, sim card & airtime)
– Airport pickups
– Boat/Kayak transfers
– Luggage Drop & Collect
– Game drive and river boat safari
– Accommodation as per itinerary
– All meals as indicated
– Park fees, taxes and tourism levies
– Bank/credit card charges.

Fully Supported

• Welcome starter pack on arrival (Map, sim card & airtime data)
• 4×4 Support vehicle & trailer/bike rack
• English tour guide driver
• Luggage portaging
• 29” Trek MTB Rental + (Rear Rack, Side Panniers, Handlebar Bag, Speedometer, Pump & Tube Repair Kit )
• All accommodation as per itinerary (3 -5*)
• All meals as indicated (38 meals in total)
• Two game viewing safaris boat, walking and drive options @ Mvuu Camp
• Kayaking and Snorkelling equipment @ Kayak Africa
• Airport pickup at Chileka International Airport
• Park fees, taxes and tourism levies
• Bank/credit card charges

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OUT

Airport collection at Chileka International Airport. A friendly meet and greet before departing with a scenic transfer (1h30 hours) to your first overnight stay in Malawi at Game Haven Lodge.

Game Haven Lodge – 

Set within 220 hectares of indigenous forest woodlands. Fully furnished En-suite Nyala rooms with an open veranda garden view. Guest can relax and enjoy a relaxing sunset after a day of fun filled activities. From game drives within the mopane woodlands, birdwatching, Lake Bumbwe and mountain biking in the Chimwenya Park. Enjoy wildlife and various species of antelope such as sable, impala and eland. Excellent in-house services and with the Ambrosia restaurant guest can retreat to delicious country hospitality.

Room: Nyala En-suite Double (Dinner & Breakfast)

After breakfast drop off your excess luggage at reception and prepare to cycle for 73.5km to slopes of Mount Mulanje. Here you will overnight at the Likhubula Forest Lodge.

Likhubula Forest Lodge – is an old charming colonial house with en suite rooms and hot showers overlooking the slopes of Mulanje. Nice view with cosy character and intimate hospitality. A peaceful retreat with easy access for hikes to the mountain waterfall and rock pools within walking distance. A tranquil night’s sleep rest in the cedar’s.

Room: Standard Roomm En-Suite (Dinner & Breakfast)

Mulanje WaterfallsIn the morning, meet with your mountain guide and porter. Today you will start your hike from the Likhubula  Forest Lodge and continue up the skyline to the Chambe Basin for 3-5 hours with 1,000m of gradual ascent on a well-trodden path. Here you will overnight at the Chambe Hut with lunch on route. (Guide, porter, kitchen utensils, food, fees , sleeping  kit and bottle of wine included)

Chambe Basin – A picturesque loop to get a real sense of Mount Mulanje’s high plateau and view Chambe Peak’s dramatic east face starting from Likhubula. The circular route ascends the Skyline and descends the Chapaluka path – two paths in close proximity but interestingly different. Likhubula falls (Dziwe la Nkhalamba) is a short detour on the return stretch. Where you will get chance to dive into the waterfalls and swim and the stream which follows all the way down the mountain.

Room: Chambe Hut (Full Board)

After morning breakfast, prepare your gear for a 3- 5 hour descend down the Chapaluka path. Panoramic views and a gradual descend along to the Likhubula falls here you can take a light lunch and enjoy a refreshing swim in the cold pools. Continue to end the hike with an overnight at Likhubula Forest Lodge.

Mount Mulanje – is a hiker’s paradise, enchanting and challenging in equal measure. The rocky peaks, high grasslands, deep gorges and powerful rivers transport the visitor into another world. Mount Mulanje is the highest peak in South-Central Africa – Sapitwa peak reaches a towering 3,002m. It is a huge, isolated massif with 20 peaks of more than 2,500m rising out of a disjointed plateau. A great impression of impregnability is given by its precipitous flanks which rise abruptly from the flat plain below. The west face of Chambe offers the longest rock climb in the whole of Africa – 1,700m of sheer cliff. Absolute serenity and peace.

Room: En-suite Double (Full Board)

Mulanje to Zomba Forest Plateau

Begin your cycle today  for 110km to the lower escarpment of Zomba Plateau. Steady inclinations along expansive scenic roads, with a finale 10km climb into the forest reserve. Here you will overnight at Zomba Forest Lodge.

Zomba Forest Lodge

is a small colonial cottage nestled on the escarpment of Zomba Mountain, just within the Forest Reserve. It lies in 20 acres of mixed woodland, home to samango and vervet monkeys, a number of antelope and a host of birds, butterflies and flowers. Situated on the slopes of Zomba Plateau the lodge is ideal for walking, hiking, mountain biking & relaxing.

Room: Standard Room en-Suite (Full Board)

Zomba Plateau – Liwonde

Cycle further out and descend towards Liwonde using the M3 for 68km passing views of mountains until reaching the outlying areas of the Liwonde National Park. Here you will overnight at Bushman’s Baobab

Bushman’s Baobab

Regular visits from elephants are common in this baobab covered lodge. Guests can enjoy authentic bush settings in thatched chalets and en-suite walk in tents shaded in dense savannah and baobab woodlands. Enjoy the splash pool and sunset overlooking Liwonde as the sun sets from there raised hide game viewing deck.

Room: En-Suite Luxury Tent (Full Board)

Bushman’s Baobab – Liwonde National Park

After breakfast prepare for today’s cycle.  A local guide will accompany you to cycle through the Mopane and  Baobab woodlands for 38.1km. Completely off road which cycles through villages and farmlands of tobacco, cotton and rice fields. Route connects along the shire river to the boat crossing where you will depart with a boat to Mvuu. Estimated arrival by lunch time. Enjoy lunch then prepare an afternoon of game-viewing activities and sundowners. Here you will overnight at Mvuu Camp 

Mvuu Camp

Ideally located next to the boundaries of the Majete Wildlife Reserve. Here guest can relax and unwind to the sounds of bush life along the river. With an infinity pool, green camping sites, deluxe lodging and a la carte restaurant overlooking the Shire waters.

Room: En-Suite Chalet (Full Board) (Two game viewing activities included) 

Liwonde National Park – Lake Malawi

Have an early start and cycle via the M3 and M10 for 84km to the palm fringed shores of Southern Lake Malawi. Passing Lake Malombe this scenic route ends with  spectacular sunset views of Lake Malawi. Here you will overnight at The Makokola Retreat

The Makokola Retreat

Brilliantly green gardens reveal spacious beach villas and rooms perched along the shores of Southern Lake Malawi. Gracious service in an unmatched experience in Malawi. This showpiece property captures the essence of African design, culture and tradition

Room: En-Suite Lakeview (Full Board)

Lake Malawi – Domwe Island

Cycle today for 55km to the shores of Lake Malawi. Here you will collect your kayaks and paddle across the lake to the freshwater island of Domwe (6km).  Enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing in a hammock or snorkelling with the colourful fishes!

Domwe Island

is ideal for active guests and those that love observing nature. The island’s size and height permit extensive and challenging nature trails, and kayaking it’s lengthy shoreline will delight those with a penchant for exploration. In between all the activity guests can relax in tranquil surroundings with shady and secluded hammocks and shimmering waters as the sun sets behind the distant mountains that make up the far side of the lake.

Room: En-Suite Furnished Canvas Tent (Full Board)

Domwe Island – Mumbo Island

After sunrise breakfast Kayak transfer today for 8km or 1.5hrs of kayaking to nearby Mumbo Island. Enjoy the rest of day exploring the island, kayaking, snorkelling, swimming or simply relaxing barefoot on the soft sands and clear waters.

Mumbo Island

is a pristine and deserted tropical island, and the undisputed jewel of the Lake Malawi National Park with clean and calm waters around. The Island has never been populated, and is still in its natural state with a thick covering of Miombo woodland and ancient fig and baobab trees

Room: Furnished Canvas Tent (Full Board)

Today a half day on the island has been pre booked. Enjoy breakfast and the morning on the island. After lunch choose to kayak across to Cape Maclear or take a boat departure at 14h00 to Kayak Africa Reception (10km)

Cape Maclear Cottage –  Located on the beachfront overlooking the Lake Malawi. This eco-friendly decorated cottage offers fully furnished beach cabana’s with en-suite ablutions and fully equipped kitchenette. A private chef is available for you to cook your meals which have been pre-ordered. Enjoy peaceful sunsets on the lake

Room: Fully Furnished Beach Cabana En-suite (Dinner, Breakfast)

After breakfast prepare to depart for a scenic transfer of 4 hours to Cape Maclear. Optional to visit Kungoni Cultural centre (1 hr) on route. Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. Enjoy the rest of afternoon relaxing by the swimming pool.                                                                                   

Kumbali Country Lodge – situated on a 650ha farm estate Kumbali, is an peaceful and private lodge with a conference centre. 10 minutes from Lilongwe City Centre and 45 minutes from the International airport. There are 16 elegantly thatched suites. The spacious and uniquely designed Executive and Deluxe Suites are all en suite offering internet, tea and coffee facilities, TV and private verandah overlooking lush gardens enclosed with a swimming pool.

Room: En-suite Executive Chalet (Dinner & Breakfast)

Kumbali to Lilongwe International Airport (Kamuzu)

After morning breakfast depart for 45min transfer to Kamuzu International Airport for flight departure or further travel arrangements.

End of tour

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