Departure Date: to 29 August 2016, COST – US $ 1770.00 P/P,Single Supplement US$ 355
Day 1, ARRIVAL LILONGWE – CAPITAL CITY
Today you arrive in Lilongwe, also known as the garden city, (was made Malawi’s capital in 1975 by the country’s first President, Dr Banda, who was born just north of the town. Visit to areas of interest like the new Parliament buildings, the Kamuzu Banda Mausoleum and the War Memorial is included. Transfer from the Airport to the Lodge. At 18H00 the guide addresses the team, introductions and the Tour briefing. Accommodation at Mafumu Lodge on Bed and Breakfast. Mafumu Lodge offers an exceptional standard of personalized service; the Mafumu Guest House has 30 executive rooms, all larger in size than the normal hotel standard. All the rooms are air conditioned and en-suite, with digital satellite TV, international direct dialing and email facilities. When it comes to mealtimes, guests are well looked after. The guest house offers a mouth-watering buffet breakfast as well as an à la carte menu featuring both African cuisine and international dishes. There is also a well stocked bar.
Day 2, GAME HAVEN
We depart Lilongwe for Blantyre, the regional capital and the country’s commercial heart. The city has its origins with the Scottish missionaries and was named after David Livingstone’s birthplace. The center of Blantyre is compact with most services and shops around a triangular core. Picnic Lunch is enjoyed enroute. A city tour in Blantyre is included this day, Visit the original town hall (Old Boma) and Mandala House, built in 1882 as the headquarter of the African Lakes Company. Malawi's first two-storey building and is believed now to be the country's oldest house. The House is host to the 'The Society of Malawi' which protects and nourishes a true treasure trove of the country's history. With thousands of books and resources safely stored away, it provides an opportunity to find out a bit more about Malawi that perhaps many tourists don't ever discover. Accommodation at Game Haven on bed and breakfast basis. Game Haven is a serene, beautiful game park and lodge is set in the indigenous forests and grasslands of the Shire highlands of Southern Malawi. Experience exceptional viewing of the wildlife which include kudu, roan, eland, sable, giraffe, zebra, and a prolific birdlife. Enjoy in this tranquil setting our 5 private cottages with a fireplace that warms the spacious lounge and leads onto the veranda As part of the unique Game Haven experience, enjoy the internationally designed Matkovich & Hayes 9 hole golf course, beautiful but challenging; The relaxing sound of the cascading waterfall at the swimming pool and fishing and barbecue on the scenic lawns of Lake Bvumbwe. As the sun sets, enjoy a drink in the Victorian styled bar followed by exceptional international cuisine at our Ambrosia restaurant.
Day 3, GAME HAVEN –MULHAKO WA LHOMWE
Today, After Breakfast we drive further south to Thyolo disctrict. Pass through huge agricultural estates, Tea estate. We attend the Mulhako Wa Lhomwe Festival which celebrates the heritage of the Lhomwe people. The ceremony features an array of events from traditional dance performances (Soopa, Malathu dance done by the elderly women, Selebwede, Marapi- thanks giving dance appreciating bed efforts from their husbands and the Chinamwali dance), type of food they eat, recitation of oral traditions and culinary displays. The Mulhako Wa Lhomwe was established by the late president, professor Bingu Wa Muthalika on 28 October 2008, it has its headquarters at Chonde in Mulanje. Lhomwe people originated from Mozambique and settled in the southern part of Malawi, others in Zomba but most of them settled at the foot of Mulanje Mountain. They came in 12 various groups some of which are the Amilauani, Amanyala, Amatha, Alikhukhu, Amalivothi and the famous Angulu. The Lhomwe are also known for its famous plant Gondolosi. This plant is said to be of great significance in a man’s sexual life as it helps him be strong and good in bed. The current president of Malawi Peter Muntharika is a Lhomwe and he honors and attends every year function. Accommodation at Game Haven- bed and breakfast basis.
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