Day 1-3: Lake Malawi, Norman Carr Cottage
Arrive into Lilongwe Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred (approx. 3.5hrs) to Norman Carr Cottage. Owned and managed by Taffy and Jenny, Norman Carr Cottage is a wonderful Lake Malawi retreat. Offering boat trips and sunset cruises as well as delicious home cooked meals in the beachside restaurant. Norman Carr is famous for its huge double beds and uniquely designed outside bathrooms! Spend the next day relaxing after your flight or taking a boat trip to feed the fish eagles and snorkel with the colourful cyclid fish! On the next day meet with Joseph, he will show you around his traditional Boatyard on the shores of Lake Malawi, and you will have a chance to ask questions and take a village walk, learning more about the Yao culture. All meals & boat trips included.
Day 4-5: Liwonde National Park, Mvuu Camp
Arriving by river boat is the best way to see first hand the beauty of this magnificent park. With one of the highest populations of hippo in the African Continent and a river bank heavy with sun bathing crocodiles the river provides a life source for the park’s animals. Head out into the park as the sun is rising and witness the park come to life with over 250 bird species, a healthy population of antelope and an estimated elephant count at over 1,000. After a relaxing siesta head out for an afternoon drive and sundowner on the banks of The Shire River. End the day back at the lodge with a delicious home cooked meal and a night spent under canvas with the sounds of the bush close by. All meals and safari activities. *Upgrade option to Mvuu Lodge
Day 6: Blantyre, House Five
Surrounded by stunning mountains, Blantyre’s cool climate first attracted Livingstone’s missionaries to set up home here and before Nairobi and Johannesburg were small villages, Blantyre was a thriving town! Today Malawi’s commercial capital is a bustling place with a busy market and central business district, yet retaining it’s charm and character and it’s layout makes it easy to navigate on foot. Not to be missed is the historic building at Mandala House, now a thriving coffee shop, ideal for a lunch stop over! ! House 5, situated in one of Blantyre’s suburbs, 2 mins from the city centre is ideal for guests looking for that quieter experience. With beautifully designed rooms and excellent hospitality the lodge has a home away from home feel to it, and a far cry from the larger hotels. Bed and Breakfast.
Day 7-9: Ilha De Mozambique, Terrace De Quintadas
Road transfer to Tete (approx 3.5 hrs) for your flights to Nampula (1.5hrs) continue on my road to Ilha De Mozambique (approx 4hrs) in time for a well deserved dinner overlooking the Indian Ocean! Ilha de Mozambique is located in the province of Nampula in northern Mozambique, Due to its rich history and interesting architectural heritage the island was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. For hundreds of years Ilha de Mozambique was a major trading post in intercontinental maritime trade.” The result is a fascinating blend of African, Portuguese, Arab and Indian cultures! Terrace of Quintandas is a small guesthouse whose architecture and sympathetic style show the history of linking the East to Europe though this strategically important island. Relax in one of the six individually decorated suites. Catch sunset over the beach from the idyllic balcony or play traditional board games such as M’pale!! Take time to explore the island on foot, with narrow walkways and ancient buildings at every turn, its small size make it perfect for an afternoon stroll. You’ll meet children on their way to school, fisherman coming home with the days catch and women nattering in the fading sunlight. Just a different fish restaurant for your lunch and evening meal. Breakfast only.
Days: 10-12: Indian Ocean, Northern Mozambique, Nuarro Lodge
Road Transfer to Nuarro Lodge (Approx 4hrs) arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon siesta! Nuarro is a unique “beach & bush” lodge situated on the beautiful Baixo do Pinda Peninsula in Northern Mozambique. The lodge offers tropical private beaches and unspoiled bush with a unique biodiversity, where amazing hidden secrets can be found along the coastline including enchanting traditions, history & culture – the perfect ingredients for an authentic holiday experience!! Days at Nuarro can be packed full of activities, diving straight from the beach, visiting the local village, kayaking in the mangrove swamps or spent relaxing reading a book in your hammock, having a massage and going to a little bay for a private beach lunch! All meals and some activities included.
Days: 13-15: Indian Ocean, Quirimbas Archipelago, Ibo Island Lodge
Road Transfer to Pemba Airport (5hrs) and connect onto a short flight to Ibo Island, arrive in time for a spectacular sunset! The beautiful and relatively unchartered Quirimbas Archipelago is located in the Cabo Delgado Province of Northern Mozambique. This group of mostly deserted islands, offer some of the richest coral reefs in the world and a wonderful habitat, ideal for diving. Nominated for World Heritage status, Ibo Island offers ancient history and culture, idyllic beaches and water sports as well as birding in the surrounding mangrove forests. Enjoy sumptuous seafood, romance, tranquility and luxury at Ibo Island Lodge. All meals and some activities included.
Days: 16-18: Indian Ocean, Quirimbas Archipelago, Guludo Beach Lodge
Boat transfer to Guludo Lodge from Ibo Island. Spend your final two days exploring the villages around Guludo Beach lodge. Learn about the incredible work this remote lodge is doing hand in hand with their local community. Or head out to nearby Rolas Island for a deserted beach lunch before heading back for sundowners on the lodge sailing dhow! Guludo is a tropical, barefoot beach haven, 12km of deserted powder-white sand nestled between the dazzling azure Indian Ocean and wild African Bush, in the Quirimbas National Park, Mozambique. Accommodation provides everything you need and nothing you don’t; with high roofs, gentle sea breezes, alfresco en-suite bathrooms and a stunning “loo with a view”; barefoot eco- living has never felt more indulgent. The essence of Guludo is relaxation and discovery. Time is spent drifting over magnificent coral reefs, watching humpback whales, visiting islands and mingling in the local village. All meals, some activities. All meals and some activities included.
Day 19: Depart
Take a 4 hour road transfer from Guludo to Pemba Airport to connect with your onward flight to Johannesburg.