Malawi luxury holiday

“A 13 day tailor made trip, with private guides and transfers, with safaris, sumptuous places to stay and the Lake of Stars. ”

Highlights

Lilongwe | Majete Wildlife Reserve | Thyolo district | Malawi’s tea plantations | Liwonde National Park | Lake Malawi | Stay at Lake Malawi retreat hotel | Cape Maclear or Chembe

Description of Malawi luxury holiday

This Malawi luxury holiday is a tailor made trip, whereby we create the perfect itinerary for you to enjoy some of the country’s most spectacular natural heritage sites. The best time to travel to Malawi is from end of April through to November and we recommend the itinerary below as a starting point for your adventures around this stunning country.

After some time to relax after your journey at a boutique hotel in Lilongwe, your driver guide takes you to the first of several wildlife watching havens, Majete Wildlife Reserve. Here you stay in an exquisite wilderness lodge, go for walking safaris and learn about the great conservation efforts going on here since the early 21st century, making this Malawi’s only Big Five destination.

Your next wildlife adventure on this holiday, after spending time in the Thyolo tea plantations district, is Liwonde National Park where you stay in a luxury lodge. Hippos and elephants bathing in the river, black rhino and exceptional birdlife are just some of the marvels here.

The last few days of this holiday are spent in and around Lake Malawi and its eponymous national park. Here you stay at two different lodges, both equally beautiful with one on the shores of the lake and the other on Cape Maclear. Enjoy some beach time, sailing, snorkelling and relaxing at this idyllic inland sea which was described by David Livingstone as a ‘Lake of Stars’.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Environment

Liwonde National Park in Malawi is now a place of extraordinary biodiversity and conservation potential. Previously, decades of poaching and habitat encroachment meant that the Park had deteriorated considerably and the
Malawi government was forced to seek help. South African National Parks and the Frankfurt Zoological Society assisted in the development of much of the infrastructure of the Park (wildlife, building structures and border fencing). Local Malawian businesses, as well as the J&B 'Care for the Rare' circle also became involved in this excellent programme.

In 2006 and 2007, helicopter aerial game censuses of Liwonde National Park took place, funded by the owners of Mvuu Lodge and formed part of their involvement in the long-term vision for the future of the Park. The results and conclusions allowed a number of management questions to be addressed.
Among these are the movements of elephants out of the Park, and the population increase of various species.

The 'Endangered Species of Malawi Circle' draws its enthusiastic members from all walks of life and identifies projects to save endangered species, organising the funding and the ground support needed to carry out the specific project.

In conjunction with South Africa National Parks, the Circle has provided technical expertise in relocating no less than six black rhino to Liwonde Park, where they live in a fenced sanctuary not far from Mvuu. Since the project began, three breeding pairs have been successfully introduced to Liwonde.

The owners of Mvuu Lodge assist the Endangered Species of Malawi Circle by running the sanctuary on a day-to-day basis, pumping water into the waterholes, fixing the fences and maintaining the equipment. They have also
two sponsored chalets at the camp, from which 20% of all income is donated to the Circle. The motivation behind this project is to eventually release the rhino into the Park and to diversify the dwindling gene pool of black rhino in Africa so that if and when conditions materialise for their reintroduction elsewhere, some of the Liwonde rhino can in turn be relocated. The Circle has also assisted in the relocation of zebra, buffalo and Lichtenstein's hartebeest into Liwonde.

At Makokola Lodge, gardening is an important task and they follow environmentally friendly schemes. All the water used to maintain the beautiful gardens is taken from the lake and eventually given back to the lake. The gardens provide the habitat of many species of birds, squirrels and monkeys. Their use of environmentally friendly products is a must for their conservation.

Community

Makokola Lodge is dedicated the local community and this lies deep within the history of the property. Since establishing a tourism business here many years ago, the goal has always been to make the local communities the major contributors and stakeholders of The Retreat. Over the years, they have strengthened their long term commitment to the community and more than 300 hundred families find sustainability from the Retreat’s activities.

When building The Makokola Retreat initially, local villagers were trained to build the property rather than bringing in outside contractors. The thatches for the roofs are sourced from local women, who were established in their own business to supply the lodge.

The lodge also encouraged smaller groups to work on wood crafts, woven items, and recycled glass artwork, amongst other little projects which provide employment for the locals. Many of the furnishings were handmade by the local community. Another important contribution is the Retreat’s active support to the nearby Koche Clinic, where many of members of staff and their families are assisted and treated in different ways.

They have chosen to put great effort in growing their own fresh products. With this practice, they have transmitted these techniques to locals who are now able to supply them with sustainable goods. Fish are also selected from a few local trustworthy fishermen, who they have worked with for many years.

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