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Short description

A week of beach and bush relaxation in Malawi's beautiful and remote outback

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Majete Wildlife Reserve
  • 4 Nights Nankumba Peninsula of Lake Malawi


Recommended for:
Natural world | Safari | Wildlife

The first lodge you'll stay in, Mkulumadzi, is on the Majete Wildlife Reserve, and is located on the confluence of two rivers. The activities on offer there include game-drives, boating safaris, bush walks, hiking the Majete Hill, cultural tours, birding trips on the Shire River and game viewing. Guests are free to be as active or relaxed as they wish, however its advised to take at least one trip a day.

The second part of your trip will be spent in the Pumulani Lodge, set on a hill overlooking Lake Malawi. Whilst here, either soak up the sun on the lake's beautiful beaches, swim in the clear waters, or dive into the infinity pool. You can also enjoy various water sports such as snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, wake boarding and fun tubing. In the evening, finish the day with a sunset cruise on board one of the lodge's dhows.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

On arrival at Blantyre International Airport, a representative of Robin Pope Safaris will meet you, and escort you on a 2.5-hour drive through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture and bush. The camp is located on the confluence of the Shire and Mkulumadzi rivers, within the Majete Wildlife Reserve, 70km southwest of Blantyre, southern Malawi.

Majete is Malawi's only Big Five Reserve, and also one of its largest protected areas, covering an area of 70,000 acres. The reserve is located within the Miombo woodland ecoregion, which dominates its higher lying areas in the west of the park. Combretum and riparian forest are mosaicked across the east of Majete.

If you arrive in the morning, enjoy lunch looking out over the Shire River, or if you arrive in the afternoon, enjoy afternoon tea a night game drive. The Majete Wildlife Reserve is the perfect place to start your safari - David Livingstone is recorded to have entered Malawi by way of the Shire River.

Stay: Robin Pope Mkulumadzi

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Days 2-3

Enjoy the luxurious Mkulumadzi lodge's stunning location, and get involved in some activities. Try out a game drive, and you will get the opportunity to see rich flora and fauna. Most notably, see elephant, black rhino, buffalo, eland, sable, waterbuck, nyala, impala and zebra. Other activities include boating safaris, bush walks, hiking, black rhino tracking, cultural tours, or birding trips on the Shire River.

Stay: Robin Pope Mkulumadzi

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4

After breakfast, you will transfer to Pumulani Lodge on a scenic 5-hour drive that will pass through a game area and rural villages. You will then reach the Nankumba Peninsula of Lake Malawi, which is recognised as one of the most beautiful shores of the lake - it also borders the Lake Malawi National Park. Set up to protect the cichlid fish unique to the area, in 1984 the park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pumulani is exclusively situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula, surrounded by national park. It has ten villas, which are scattered around the hillside and are individual in shape and style, and have spacious bedrooms, bathrooms and extensive sitting areas. They have front sliding doors that open onto decks that are elevated above the ground for optimal views.

The remote beach setting is ideal for those who want to relax, soak up the sun or swim in the clear blue waters of the lake. There's also an infinity pool near the central dining area that has grand views over the lake.

For those seeking activity the lodge offers many water sports like snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, water-skiing, wake boarding and fun tube rides (all motorized activities are charged extra). At the end of the day climb aboard a dhow and let the experienced local crewmen take you sailing into the sunset.

Stay: Robin Pope Pumulani

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Days 5-7

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. The lodge offers 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. Malawians are renowned for being amongst the friendliest people in Africa and during your stay you will have the opportunity to meet them. You can also simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery or can enjoy the many other activities.

Stay: Robin Pope Pumulani

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 8

On the final day you will be transferred back to Lilongwe in time for your onward connection.

Breakfast included


Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

8-day tailor-made holiday
from £3,885 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £3,885 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £4,730 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Blantyre, and from Lilongwe to London
  • 7 nights accommodation in a mixture of 3* (Standard) and 4* (Superior) hotels in a full-board basis
  • Twice-daily game viewing safaris with English-speaking guides and national park fees
  • Shared transfers

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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