12 Days on a Northern Malawian Adventure
You land at Lilongwe International airport, where we will welcome you and after a brief orientation drive you to Cape Maclear, The Warm Heart Adventure Lodge where you will spend your first two nights.
Cape Maclear is in Chembe village on the southern shores of Lake Malawi. It is part of the Lake Malawi National park and a World Heritage Site. The cape, the surrounding islands and waters were declared a national park in 1980. It is a unique strip, 4 kms long, comprising of fishing village, tourist accommodation and residential properties and some of the best fresh water snorkelling or diving in the world.
Mabuya camp is accommodation only. They have a simple backpackers restaurant and bar but are also conveniently located close to town, so we can drive you to town to another restaurant/bar should you wish or you may contact a tuktuk and go explore the town on your own.
Kuti Wildlife Reserve & Cool Runnings, Senga Bay.
We will depart from Mabuya camp at 9 am, heading to Cool running's in Senga Bay where you spend your second night. We will stop at Kuti Wildlife reserve along the way for a walk or drive around the reserve and then lunch and after lunch we continue to Senga bay. Park fees & lunch at Kuti Wildlife Reserve are included in your package. Cool running's is accommodation only. They have a lovely in house restaurant.
Mua Mission & Kungoni Centre of Arts and Culture & Norman Carr Cottage
We will depart from cool running's at 9.00 am, heading to Norman Carr Cottage on the Mangochi Strip where you will spend your next two nights. We will stop at Mua Mission along the way for you to visit the Kungoni centre of arts and culture and to see their gallery and shop. After your visit we continue on to Norman Carr, where we will leave you for your next 2 nights. We are always nearby should you need anything you call. Norman Carr cottage is Full Board Accommodation, all meals & 2 activities a day.
Warm Heart Adventure Lodge, Cape Maclear.
We will pick you up from Norman Carr cottage at 10 am and drive you to the Warm Heart Adventure Lodge in Cape Maclear. This is where you will spend the next 4 nights. Warm Heart Adventure Lodge is bed & breakfast. You have no activities booked. We will inform you on all the available activities, feel free to let me know if you want to do any, and we will assist in the arrangements.
Mvuu Camp or Mvuu Lodge, Liwonde National Park.
We will pick you up from the Warm Heart Adventure Lodge at 9 am and drive you to Mvuu Camp/Lodge in Liwonde National Park. This is where you will spend the next 3 nights. Mvuu Camp/lodge is full board with all meals, 2/3 game activities per day & park fees. It does not include game walks, these can not be booked in advance and are subject to onsite camp management approval, extra activities, 1% tourism Levy.
Huntingdon House, Satemwa tea estate.
We will depart from Mvuu at 9 am and head to Satemwa tea estate, where you will spend 1 night. We will stop at Chichiri Museum and the shop-rite mall along the way. Huntingdon house is full board
We will pick you up from Huntingdon House at 7.45 am and drive to the base of Mulanje Mountain, where we will start the hike. We will meet a local guide and porters, as our hiking team. We will be on the mountain for 3 nights and 4 days. The tentative route is to hike up to Lichenya Hut and make that the base and head out on day hikes from there. This is weather dependent so we may have to change routes or plans should we find it necessary.
The mountain huts are shared with all hikers coming through and are basic, with a shared fireplace and pit latrines outside. I will bring sleeping bags and a light blanket. You are welcome to bring a sleeping bag liner. Each hut holds a few mattresses, it is on a first come first serve basis, we are usually able to get a mattress for everyone.
Recommended Kit List
Please pack only necessities that are able to fit into a bag no larger than a packed sleeping bag. This will fit into bags carried by porters with the food. Your day pack should be light with only items you may need on the hike.
Warm Top/s - Fleece & Long trousers (The evenings get cold).
Swim wear (the mountain streams are gorgeous and you can go for a dip but they are freezing - if this is your thing then you might want to wear them under your hiking stuff so you can swim whenever we pass a stream).
Hiking Shoes & Flip Flops
A head torch
Sunscreen & After sun
Insect repellent (although they aren’t many insects)
Waterproof lining or cover for day pack
Water bottle or camelbak (water on mountain is safe to drink but if you do not want to do that then I advise bringing a bottle or pack with a filter or some purification tabs. You will have to carry 2 liters water minimum when we hike.
Basic first aid kit
Africa Wild Truck camp & Lodge.
We will hike down the mountain to Likhubula, where we started, pack the vehicle and we will transfer you to Africa Wild Truck and Camp where you will spend one night.
Departure day - We will transfer you to Chileka or Lilongwe airport for your departure