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Featuring Majete Wildlife Reserve, Liwonde National Park & Lake Malawi, this is a celebration of Malawi making it to Lonely Planet's Top Ten Countries in the Best in Travel list 2022.

Key facts of Best in Travel

Pumulani 4 nights Kuthengo 3 nights Mkulumadzi 3 nights
Number of nights 10
Available dates April – 10 January
Country visited Malawi
National Parks Lake Malawi, Liwonde National Park, and Majete Wildlife Reserve

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Pumulani Lodge

Malawi, Best in Travel 2022

This package celebrates Malawi making it to Lonely Planet’s 2022 Best in Travel Top Ten Countries. With a worldwide base, it’s a remarkable recognition. This year the selection process by various top industry experts focussed on Sustainability, Community and Diversity and so befitting of what Malawi has to offer.

Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa”, it is a landlocked country, running down the end of the Great Rift Valley. Dominated by Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, the surrounding country is exceptionally beautiful with dramatic scenery.

The package starts off on the magical Lake Malawi. Situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula on the Southern end of Lake Malawi you can find Pumulani Lodge subtly nestled in the lush hills amongst the trees and craggy outcrops. The ten villas provide the ultimate in space, design, comfort and privacy. The lodge offers the perfect mix for a memorable holiday. Enjoy being active or simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery.



Next stop is the unspoiled Liwonde National Park promises an ultimate safari retreat where you can experience the many activities on offer with complete privacy; from adventurous game drives and walking safaris to tranquil boat cruises along the grand Shire River, there is something for everyone. Located on a large open plain stretching towards the Shire River, you will find Kuthengo Camp nestled among Fever trees and Baobabs. With resident fish eagles nesting in these Baobabs, you will be woken to ‘Africa’s voice’ calling as you rise in this wild and natural paradise.

Mkulumadzi Lodge in Majete Wildlife Reserve enjoys a stunning location on the confluence of two rivers – this is the end of the package. Majete Wildlife Reserve is one of the outstanding success stories of African conservation. Granted protected status in 1955, it became the subject of extensive poaching in the 1980s and 1990s. But a joint effort since 2003 by the African Parks Network and the Malawi government – including the reintroduction of endangered species – has turned it into a model of sustainable development and biodiversity.


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Day 1 - 4
Day 5 - 7
Day 8 - 10
Pumulani Lodge

Day 1 - 4: Pumulani Lodge

Pumulani is exclusively situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula, surrounded by the national park. The ten villas are scattered around the hillside and are individual in shape and style but all have a spacious bedroom, bathroom and extensive sitting area. The front sliding doors open onto the deck – elevated above the ground giving optimal views. Our remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the clear blue waters of the lake. Those who prefer to take a dive in the swimming pool, there is an infinity pool near the central dining area with grand views over the lake, as well as another infinity pool on beach level. For those seeking activity we offer many watersports activities like snorkeling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, wake boarding and fun tube rides (all motorized activities are excluded).
Lake Malawi is the world’s most ecologically diverse lake. Its crystal-clear waters are home to more than a thousand species of fish, including hundreds of species of colourful cichlids. We offer special diving courses at the best diving spots near one of the islands. For those who are interested in the real Malawian village life we offer guided walks through one of the local villages. You can also simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery or can enjoy the many other activities.

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Kuthengo Camp

Day 5 - 7: Kuthengo Camp

After breakfast and farewells, you will be transferred to Kuthengo Camp by road transfer, approximately a 2.5-hour journey. Liwonde National Park is one of the top birding locations in Southern Africa. The park offers some of the most scenic game viewing, beautiful riverine surroundings and varied bird watching you could wish to find.
A great deal of the terrain is Shire River floodplains, much loved by the healthy population of Elephants in this park. They are best viewed during your boat safari on the Shire River, one of the many highlights of a stay at Kuthengo Camp.
Explore the Shire River and lagoons - an excellent opportunity for sightings of elephants, hippo, crocodile and bird life. Birding is rewarding - specialities include Lillian’s lovebird, brown breasted barbet, osprey, palmnut vulture, Pel's fishing owl and Livingstone’s flycatcher. Also available is a viewing hide on a tributary of the Shire River and some interesting visits to the local school and surrounding rural communities.

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Mkulumadzi Lodge

Day 8 - 10: Mkulumadzi Lodge

The drive to Mkulumadzi is approximately 4.5hours through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture, as well as bush. The camp is located on the confluence of the Shire and Mkulumadzi River; within Majete Wildlife Reserve, 70km Southwest of Blantyre - Southern Malawi.
Majete is Malawi’s only Big 5 Reserve and one of the largest protected areas, and covers an area of over 70,000ha. The reserve is located within the Miombo woodland ecoregion and much of the higher lying areas in the west of the park are dominated by Miombo/Brachystegia woodland. Mixed Combretum woodlands and mosaics of riparian forest can be found in the East of Majete.
The luxurious lodge is in a stunning location and activities include game-drives, bush walks, hiking Majete Hill, black rhino tracking, cultural tours, birding trips and game-viewing from a hide. Guests are free to be as energetic or as idle as they please although at least one activity per day is encouraged to best enjoy Majete.

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