Day 1: Join Lilongwe.
Day 2: Drive to Zomba Plateau via Dedza.
Day 3: At Zomba Plateau; visit and walks.
Day 4-5: Drive to Cape Maclear on Lake Malawi; optional activities.
Day 6-7: Drive to South Luangwa N. Park (Zambia).
Day 8-10: In South Luangwa; two game drives, a walking safari and nature trail are included; rest of time free for choice of optional activities.
Day 11: Drive to Lilongwe (Malawi).
Scenery of Zomba Plateau
From the capital Lilongwe, we head to Zomba in southern Malawi, a relatively low-lying plateau interrupted by dramatic mountains - a hiker's paradise with plentiful birds and other wildlife and dramatic views across to the Mulanje Massif and Mozambique. During our time here we visit Chingwe's Hole, Queen's and Emperor's views and explore the surrounding montane forest hoping to see wildlife from blue and vervet monkeys to bushbuck, as well as many birds including Livingstone's turaco.
Magic of Lake Malawi
From Zomba we head to Lake Malawi, enclosed by sheer mountains and edged by endless palm-fringed beaches, a huge inland sea carved out by the Great Rift Valley and the most beautiful of Africa's great lakes. We spend our time here at Cape Maclear, a forest-ringed peninsula with its beautiful nearby islands and stunning sunsets, where you can relax, snorkel among the teeming tropical fish or perhaps enjoy a boat trip to secluded islands.
South Luangwa National Park
After a stay at Senga Bay further north on Lake Malawi we turn west into Zambia and its premier National Park, South Luangwa. Lying on the valley floor between the meandering Luangwa River and the steep Muchinga Escarpment, Luangwa is one of the finest parks in all of Africa, ideal for foot safaris and also noted for its high concentration of game and variety of habitats - from shaded mopane woodland to lagoons and the banks of the Luangwa River. We spend our time here on a variety of game-drives, walking safaris and nature trails.