Red Zebra Cichlid Safari

Red Zebra Cichlid Safari: In full

This safari holiday to Malawi takes its time to explore two of the country’s highlights. It first visits the rugged, remote Majete Wildlife Reserve for a 3-night safari, then it continues to a lovely beach lodge within Lake Malawi National Park.

Both of these are top-notch lodges with high standards of accommodation, food and service and both are run by Robin Pope Safaris, who also run a handful of the top safari lodges in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park.

On this tour, the transfers between these lodges are done by road, which adds an extra dimension to this trip – allowing you a view of ‘the real’ Malawi: its towns, rural areas and people. There’s always the chance to stop occasionally – for an interesting market or even just a soft drink at a local shop.


Days 1-3

3 nights at Mkulumadzi Lodge (full board & activities) | Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

The luxurious Mkulumadzi is a lovely base in the remote Majete Wildlife Reserve.From Blantyre Airport you will be met and transferred by road to the Majete Wilderness Reserve located in southern Malawi. Here you spend 4 nights at Mkulumadzi. It’s a smart camp with eight chalets and has views out over the Shire River below.

You’ll head out to explore Majete with Mkulumadzi’s experienced wildlife guides, and the more common game species here include nyala, bushbuck, zebra, kudu, waterbuck, eland, warthog and impala. Elephant and buffalo are often sighted, whilst leopard, lion and black rhino are much more elusive.

Days 4-7

4 nights at Pumulani (full board) | Shore of Lake Malawi, Malawi

Pumalani is located on a hillside overlooking Lake Malawi.After your last breakfast at Mkulumadi, you will hop into a 4WD for the journey to Lake Malawi National Park, on the southern shore of Lake Malawi. This will take about four hours, depending on road conditions and if you stop. You’ll usually pass back through the pretty old city of Blantyre, as well as many smaller towns and villages. Between these, most of the land is farmed, and the scenes you pass will be very typical scenes of rural Africa – always with plenty of people. Your last few miles brings you into the small national park, and to the hilltop location of Pumulani – where you’ll stay for the next four nights.

Day 8

Today you will bid goodbye to Pumulani after breakfast, before being driven through the edges of Lilongwe, to Lilongwe Airport. There you will connect onto a South African Airways flight back to Johannesburg, and from there back to London, arriving early the following morning.

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