Malawi is a small landlocked country located in central Africa with 30 percent of the area being Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa. At the southern end of the reservoir is Lake Malawi National Park, the world's first protected freshwater basin. Lying within the Western Rift Valley, Lake Malawi is one of the deepest lakes in the world. Its surroundings are of exceptional natural beauty with its islands and clear waters set against the background of the Great African Rift Valley escarpment.
UNESCO World Heritage badge was awarded to freshwaters specifically for being a Darwinian home to many hundreds of cichlid fish, nearly all of which are endemic. Locally known as "mbuna", fish display a significant example of biological evolution. Due to the isolation of Lake Malawi from other water bodies, its fish have developed impressive adaptive radiation and speciation, and are an outstanding example of the ecological processes.
Lake Malawi owes the cleanliness of the its waters to the lack of industries and isolation from other water bodies. Moreover, it is probably the country with the fewest cars in the world - on the only road, along the gigantic lake which covers a third of the country's area, you may not see a car for an hour.
On this off beaten track journey, we will stay in comfy lakeside eco lodges, kick off our shoes, enjoy some delicious food, and get mesmerized by stunning sunsets, while discovering a gorgeous but little known African best kept secrets!!
DAY 1 ARRIVAL
Arrival at noon time, transfer to Cape Maclear and check in to paradise-inspired eco-lodge located directly at lakeside. Orientation walk to the village before dinner, that will bring you into holiday mode. Overnight in ecolodge.
DAY 2 HIPPOS, VILLAGES & GULE WAMKULU
We will spend morning snorkeling with cichlids, watching wild hippos in their natural environment and feed the fish eagles, followed by trips to Kasankha and Msaka villages for Gule Wamkulu dances. Overnight in ecolodge.
DAY 3 PRIVATE ISLAND RETREAT
Today we move to pristine and deserted tropical island floating on the warm lake waters. Home to Hollywood sunsets, jungle, and few hills, it will host us for next 2 days. Without any doubt, it will declass Maldives from your number 1 picturesque places in the world. Optional diving and spa. Overnight in ecolodge.
DAY 4 KAYAKING AND SUNSET CRUISE
Our days in paradise continue. We will hike the hills to secluded beach and several view points, kayak around the island, snorkel and enjoy the island. In the evening bonfire. Optional diving and spa. Overnight in ecolodge.
DAY 5 LILONGWE
Today we are going back to mainland. Free time at leisure (and PCR test).
Overnight in luxury, Farewell to Africa style lodge. Meals on this day are not included, due to variety.
DAY 6 BYE-BYE AFRICA
Souvenir shopping before heading to airport for return flight home.
Cost: 4400 AED. Flights approx. 3250 AED (Ethiopian)
Grade: Easy and relaxing.
Duration: 6 days
Activities: Boating, kayaking, trekking, encounter African tribe ceremonies and wildlife. Optional diving.
Accommodation & meals: Comfy island eco-lodges - sharing. Meals on the island included. Single rooms on the island subject to availability at the time of booking.
Wildlife watching: hippos spotting can not be guaranteed.
Visas: Visa support available
10 days valid Covid test is required to enter Malawi, 72 hrs for transfer in Addis. Testing for return flight is incorporated in trip program (day 5).
See yah in Malawi x