Day 1 :
Arrive Lilongwe International Airport, clients will be met and greeted by our driver / guide, then transferred to Hotel and overnight on bed and breakfast.
After breakfast depart for Zomba Plateau. This is a journey of four hours drive on a nice tarred road. Overnight at Forest Lodge/Camping on bed and break fast basis.
Zomba Forest Lodge, built in the late 40’s, is newly renovated but remains unchanged. Set in a secluded glade halfway up Zomba Plateau. This fully staffed Lodge has 3 twin and 2 double rooms all en-suite. Lightning is by paraffin lamps and candles and there is limited generated power in the evening. This old colonial building is set in spacious grounds maintained to attract a wide variety of birds and butterflies that frequent this habitat.
After breakfast, depart for Liwonde National park. Accommodation will be at Lodge/Camping on full board including game drives and morning boat safari
Liwonde National Park is Malawi’s’ finest Park. Hippos bask in slow moving pools and crocodiles lurk on mudflats. The trees crowd the river, pressing in on it in lush, exotic green dampness. The birdlife distinguishes Liwonde as a nature experience. With a resident and migratory population of well over 300 species, many rare among them, Liwonde is a paradise for those passionate about life on the wing. Here is the dream of Africa that has lured explorers along this very river into the heart of Africa. The Shire River does not dry up like so many other African rivers. Thousands of hippos and crocodiles live in these abundant waters. Liwonde Nat. Park also boasts of the largest concentration of hippo in Africa. Antelope, waterbuck, impala and bushbuck grazing on the floodplain as are waterbuck, sable, impala whilst herds of elephant drink, and bath in the river. The highlight of a visit to Liwonde is a river cruise. An astonishing number of bird species inhabit the park, among which are the brilliant Lillian’s Love birds, the Brown Breasted Barbet, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Palmnut Vulture.
Today you will have a longer transfer to Mozambique through Chiponde border on a rough dusty road; and drive should take approximately 8 hours to Nampula. In Nampula, overnight in the Hotel/Guest house on bed and breakfast.
After breakfast, transfer to Ilha de Mozambique, overnight in the Hotel on bed and breakfast.
Morning tour of Ilha de Mozambique, which will include the traditional African villages. Afternoon at leisure and overnight at hotel
Ilha de Mozambique has a long history, which dates far back into the 13th century when the Arabic Traders settled here. Because of its location, it attracted many merchants and it became the most important trading and shipping post to merchants and traders from Europe, Arabia, India, China and Indonesia. The influences from all these civilisations can still be seen in the customs, social practices, religion, language, dress, dance, cuisine and architecture of this amazing Island. There are some fascinating old buildings to explore including the Chapel of Our Lady Constructed in 1522, it is said to be the oldest remaining European building in the southern hemisphere. Ilha de Mozambique is classified as a World Heritage Site.
Early morning transfer to Pemba Beach and overnight at Beach Hotel. Guesthouse//Guest House on Bed and Break fast.
Pemba town is situated on the tip of a peninsula on the southern side of the Bay of Pemba, a semi-enclosed natural harbour that, depending on whom you believe, is the second or third largest in the world. There is hardly a bay to compare with Pemba on the entire Mozambique coast. The beaches are wide, sandy and clean, and lined with palm trees. A coral reef protects the beach and guarantees safe swimming as well as good snorkelling. Pemba has enormous potential as a tourist resort.
Transfer to Ibo Island and overnight at Hotel bed and breakfast,
At leisure at Ibo, overnight, the Lodge/Guesthouse on Bed and Break fast.
Part of the Querimba Archipelago, Ibo Island lies off the northeast coast, surrounded by the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Blazing sunrises blanket the sky as traditional fishing dhows sail out in search of their daily catch. Ambling through the ancient and narrow streets allows visitors to meet the friendly people of Mozambique. In historic times, Ibo Island, it was an important Portuguese trading post. Historic buildings, three forts, and a beautiful old Catholic Church remain. Ibo provides a chance to interact with the amazing rural people and exchange cultural differences. Traditional silversmiths still operate from the main fort, and you can wander about this beautiful island and explore.
After breakfast, depart for Beach Hotel/Guest Hotel. Overnight on bed and breakfast basis.
After breakfast, depart for Nampula and overnight at Hotel, bed and breakfast.
Today after breakfast transfer to Cuamba and overnight at Hotel/guesthouse and breakfast.
Cuamba is an important route focus, lying at the junction of the railway line between Malawi and the coast of Mozambique, and the main roads north through Niassa and south via Gurue to Quelimane. Cuamba is a relatively young and hip town due to the presence of some 150 students who study at the agricultural college based there, and as a result, there are more bars than you would expect in a town of such a size. Another notable feature of the town is that it has its own electricity supply, delivered from a hydroelectric scheme established in 1988 with Norwegian aid.
Early breakfast and transfer to Mangochi, and overnight at Hotel, bed and breakfast,
Leisure at Beach hotel, bed and breakfast.
Transfer to Lilongwe for your flight home
End of Safari
Rate per Person Sharing Min. 2 people:
CAMPING AND GUEST HOUSE: US$ 2500 per person:
US$ 6145 per person sharing
Includes: English speaking driver/guide, 4 WD vehicle, accommodation and meals as indicated above, driving and guided walking in Zomba Plateau and Liwonde N.P, game drives in Liwonde, boat safaris in Liwonde, boat transfer to and from Ibo Island, park fees in Liwonde Lilongwe city tour on day 17, airport pick up and drop off, all camping gear where applicable.
Excludes: flights, drinks, personal- and travel-insurance, visa fees, airport departure tax, snorkelling equipment, all “optional ” activities / excursions not mentioned above and personal expenditures.