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7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS LAKE MALAWI AND CULTURE TOUR

Departure Date: to 29 August 2016, COST – US $ 1770.00 P/P,Single Supplement US$ 355 ITINERARY:
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.


Day 4, ZOMBA FOREST LODGE

This morning we have an early breakfast, then depart for Zomba Malawi’s first capital in colonial times which legacy remains today. Visit the gymkhana club, war memorials and colonial buildings around the city .Picnic Lunch is enjoyed enroute and a visit to a postal services museum near Zomba. Accommodation at Zomba Forest Lodge all inclusive. Zomba Forest Lodge has 4 en suite rooms, centered around a cozy lounge with a fire every night that adds to the homely atmosphere of the forest lodge. Delicious food is served in the small dining area with all the guests sitting together to tuck into some of the best food in Malawi, cooked by Solomon the chef. Nights are spent mosquito free due to the altitude and the guests often spend evening’s star gazing or listening to the night jars. Wake to the sound of birdsong and take, breakfast in the beautiful gardens of the lodge and plan the days activities!

Day 5, DANFORTH LODGE & YACHTING – CAPE MACLEAR

After breakfast drive up Zomba plateau, Visit the Queens and Emperor views great place to witness a modern-day African market. After the visits drive down Cape Maclear -The Southern Lakeshore, a home to the Lake Malawi National Park Monkey Bay - Lake port with a sheltered harbour which is the starting point for the Illala lake ferry. Round the headland is Cape Maclear and the world’s first freshwater national park. Lake Malawi National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes a land area as well as the Lake waters and islands. Here is a veritable aquarium of tropical fish providing a colourful kaleidoscopic display. The countless thousands of freshwater fish, the mbuna, are more abundant and varied here than anywhere else in the world. Boats are available for hire and the fish will feed directly from the hand. Kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving are just some of the activities on offer, as well as relaxing on a beach. A picnic lunch is enjoyed enroute. Accommodation at Danforth Lodge – All inclusive. Danforth Lodge & Yachting is situated at Cape Maclear in the Lake Malawi National Park. Surrounded by islands, this is one of the most beautiful locations on this magnificent lake. Danforth is both a yacht charter company and a luxury lodge, focusing on sailing and watersports.


Day 6, DANFORTH LODGE & YACHTING

Watersports on offer include hobie-cat sailing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing and parasailing. Other activities are mountain biking, pool table, nature walks and village excursions. Danforth is a registered PADI scuba diving resort. Accommodation at Danforth Lodge – All inclusive

Day 7
After breakfast, Airport transfers in time for your return flights or onward Journey. End of Service Price inclusions of: • All road transfers • Tour’s program as mentioned in the itinerary • English speaking guide • Accommodation as per above schedule • Meals as indicated in the itinerary • Activities as indicated Does not include: • Visas (Malawi $75 Single entry ) • Extra Meals or drinks • Other personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, mini bar, room service • Activities not indicated above • Gratuities
NOTES - The above Route is subject to changes dependent on the Cultural event outlined dates, so this lay out could change at the last minute or en route.
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