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Red Zebra Cichlid Safari

Explore two of Malawi's highlights with a safari in rugged, remote Majete Wildlife Reserve before some beach time relaxing, snorkelling and sailing in Lake Malawi National Park.

Red Zebra Cichlid Safari: Summary

Red Zebra Cichlid Safari in a nutshell

Malawi doesn’t often come top of many traveller lists, but for those after a great value adventure where you’ll get to know some of the most welcoming people in the world, support some inspiring conservation work and explore some real wilderness, this trip is a great introduction to the ‘warm heart of Africa’.

Begin with a safari in Majete Wildlife Reserve, 700km² of forested hills flanking the fast-flowing Shire River in the south of the country. By the late 1990s, much of the wildlife here had been poached but thanks to efforts supported by NGO African Parks, including ambitious reintroduction of black rhino and lion, Majete is now Malawi’s only ‘Big Five’ park and a thriving model of sustainable development. It still only receives a few thousand visitors a year, retaining a truly wild atmosphere, and you’ll be supporting the ongoing restoration of the park by spending time here.

Stay at Mkulumadzi Lodge, run by the venerable Robin Pope Safaris, a stylish set up which hosts a great mix of activities including game drives, walking safaris, boat trips on the river, visits to a nearby village, time in the photographic hide and even a night out on the star deck. Wildlife viewing here is getting better by the year and the birding is fantastic.

Follow the Shire back to Lake Malawi. On this trip, the transfers are done by road which gives you a view of ‘the real’ Malawi passing through rural areas and towns. There’s always the chance to stop occasionally – for an interesting market or even just a cold beer at a local shop.

The second stop is at Pumulani, also run by Robin Pope Safaris, a luxury lodge overlooking Lake Malawi’s blue waters. Relax on the beach or your villa, with ample opportunity to keep active kayaking, snorkelling, diving, sailing and water-skiing. On land, head out on birdwatching walks or cycle to the neighbouring village for an insight into local traditions. Watching the sun set over the lake’s waters as the stars appear overhead from a dhow is an unforgettable way to round out your week.

At a glance

Starts: Blantyre International Airport
3 nights Mkulumadzi - Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi Full Board
4 nights Pumulani - Shore of Lake Malawi, Malawi Full Board
Ends: Lilongwe International Airport

Mkulumadzi Lodge

Days 1-4

Overlooking tumbling rapids at the confluence of the Shire and Mkulumadzi (sometimes written 'Mukulumadzi' or even 'Mkurumadzi') rivers, is the smart and solidly built Mkulumadzi Lodge. Opened in 2011, it is owned by Robin Pope Safaris and incorporates some innovative 'eco' ideas. The lodge is located in a 70km2 private concession, within the newly revitalised Majete Wildlife Reserve.

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Pumulani

Days 4-8

Pumulani is a luxury beach lodge located high on a hill on the west side of Nankumba Peninsula, towards the southern end of Lake Malawi. It is within the Lake Malawi National Park so is a great spot for walking, snorkeling or simply relaxing.

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Mkulumadzi Lodge

Mkulumadzi

Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

Pumulani

Pumulani

Shore of Lake Malawi, Malawi

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Red Zebra Cichlid Safari.

  • Discovering Majete’s off the beaten track wilderness
  • Playing a part in an incredible conservation success story
  • Snorkelling with clouds of cichlids in Lake Malawi
  • Watching the sun set and stars come out over the lake
  • Getting in insight into Malawi’s welcoming culture

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Red Zebra Cichlid Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

  • Night drive

  • Scuba-diving

  • Snorkelling

  • Watersports

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Key species to see on the Red Zebra Cichlid Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Red Zebra Cichlid Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Eland

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Sable antelope

100% chance

Buffalo

77% chance

Zebra

77% chance

Black Rhino

26% chance

Lion

22% chance

Leopard

22% chance

Roan antelope

22% chance

Spotted Hyena

22% chance

Cheetah

0% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Giraffe

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

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