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Malawi Pumulani Boat Experience

Experiences

Highlands and Islands of Malawi

Offering a fabulous combination of bush and beach, the wonderful nation of Malawi is small but certainly mighty. Home to superb scenery, dramatic escarpments, red soils, abundant wildlife and an iconic freshwater lake which covers most of the country. Expect the warmest of welcomes from this country, well-known as ‘the warm heart of Africa.’

When to go:
May – September

Commence your Malawian adventure in the scenically beautiful southern Thyolo Tea Estates. Overlooking the luscious Lower Shire Valley, visit the popular Satemwa Tea Estate for a hands-on experience with locals who craft this superior tea and coffee. Make your own tea and roast your own coffee as you learn their story, the history of Satemwa, and how it contributes to the environment and local communities. Receive a pleasant guided walk through the wild coffee fields or hop on a mountain bike to explore the surrounding trails. For an added thrill, shoot around the picturesque area on off-road mountain bikes to observe more tea country. PELORUS will take you off the beaten tourist trail to Mount Mulanje, Malawi’s striking highest peak. On your mountain walk enjoy private spots for a secluded experience, marvel at the diverse vegetation and look out for resident black eagles and klipspringers.

Journey north to Liwonde National Park, home to brilliant wildlife viewing including the rare and critically endangered black rhino. Aboard a helicopter for a world-class opportunity to fly over the park, viewing the African bush from a different perspective. Gain an intriguing insight into the park’s history, conservation work and how it has transformed into a first-class safari destination. Receive a captivating talk from African Parks about the organisation’s impact on Liwonde. Learn about the famous movement of 500 elephants to a new home in Malawi; one of the most significant translocations in human history. As well as traditional 4×4 game drives, take to the water on a boat safari for a memorable opportunity to be close to hippos, crocodiles and wonderful birdlife. Accompanied by a professional guide, swap the engine rumble for a more peaceful safari experience as you explore the park on foot. Become increasingly educated as you appreciate the smaller flora and fauna that make up this diverse ecosystem.

Famously named ‘The Lake of Stars,’ Lake Malawi is undoubtedly the country’s most exquisite gem with glittering waters and surprisingly white sand. A heli will fly you to the remote Likoma Island, a blissful land well worth exploring. Boasting lakeshore fishing villages and an unspoiled landscape, Likoma’s slow pace of life provides an idyllic location to relax after your busy safari. Cruise around the island on quad bikes, visit various quaint villages selling artisan crafts and soak up the superb scenery. Enjoy a Sunday Service at St Peter’s Cathedral where the phenomenal choir will perform, before climbing the clock tower for endless vistas across the island. Observe the glorious underwater world whilst scuba diving or snorkelling and marvel at the myriad of colourful cichlid fish. While away your days kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing or hop on a private boat for exclusive trips around the lake.

Your time in Malawi ends in Nyika National Park, an upland environment unlike anywhere in southern Africa where rolling hills and evergreen forest extend across the immense granitic Nyika Plateau. Witness excellent wildlife roam beautiful montane grasslands, herbs and heather and see rare orchids burst to life in the rainy season. Traverse Nyika’s breath taking landscape in 4×4 vehicles, by foot or on mountain bikes as you explore the park’s ‘magic lake,”’trout pools, neolithic rock shelter and numerous waterfalls. For an unforgettable wildlife experience, ride through the landscape on horseback for unique, up-close encounters with animals including zebra, eland and roan antelope.