Tour Mozambique and Malawi safari and beach – Expedition 138
A regenerating itinerary between safaris and pristine beaches.
Tour Mozambique and Malawi safari and beach
A regenerating itinerary between safaris and pristine beaches.
WHAT WE WILL SEE
Tour Mozambique and Malawi safari and beach. A diverse and complete tour. Ocean environment of the coast, from tea plantations, to the warm welcome of Malawi, safaris in Majete Wildlife Reserve in the Shire Valley, a success story of restocking and conservation.
In Majete you’ll find all the big five, lions, leopards, blacks rhinos, elephants and buffalos as well as sable antelope, zebras, eland and Lichestein’s heartebeest. We will enter the mid of the park even at night for safaris in search of predators.
The meeting with the local people in Malawi and Mozambique, remain in our hearts for their simplicity in the joy of living: places still untouched and little tourist immersed in nature, animals, villages, markets, a journey through two countries so unique and so unforgettable.
The first tea plantations in Africa were introduced in the late nineteenth century precisely in Malawi: the views open up spectacularly in huge and rolling hills covered by a perfect green mantle and tea. Walking through the immense spaces of the plantations we meet the tea workers who patiently pluck the young leaves at the top of the plants, leaf after leaf.
Ilha de Moçambique, a small island a World Heritage Site, rich in culture, traditions and contradictions that make it really fascinating. And the island from which Mozambique as a country derives its name and was the first capital city; we’ll tell you about the history of this country that we love and know deeply.
Behind the Quirimbas National Park we will hung on for a few days on one of the most beautiful beaches of Mozambique on the Indian Ocean: the coasts amaze us for their beauty and tranquility.
DURATION: 12 days. Possibility of extensions to the Quirimbas islands or on the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Staff is made by professional guides trained by Malawi Tourism sector. WHO WE ARE
MEANS OF TRANSPORT
All distances will be covered with one or more means Toyota or Land Rover or similar off-road 4 × 4 or any vehicles we consider fit. A further provision, in the case of nights camping: mattresses, refrigerator, food, field kitchen, 12/220 V. current to recharge the batteries, two-way VHF, GPS, notebook to download digital photos and movies, satellite phone (cost 5 euro / min), first aid kit and a good travel library, with our guides to travel with.
Always lodge accommodation. The nights in Majete Wildlife Reserve in the magnificent Thawale lodge in the heart of the park, winner of numerous awards such as eco-lodge. In Mulanje exclusive accommodation reserved to us in ancient colonial house, where AfricaWildTruck is based within a historic garden in the tea plantations Africa Wild Truck eco camp and lodge. In Nampula overnight in simple, well-run hotel; Ilha de Mozambique overnight in recently rehabilitated palace overlooking one of the island’s historic squares. In Pemba three nights in beautiful eco-lodge in the south of one of the best beaches in the country Ulala lodge.
The rooms in the lodge / chalet / hotel, is intended, unless otherwise requested, in double or, in rare cases, triple; They could be replaced for technical-organizational problems without distorting the original plan. The facilities have been carefully chosen following an idea of land conservation and sustainability of travel, preferring positions in close contact with nature. For a list of the lodge / camping write to us!
Read more info on Tour Mozambique and Malawi safari and beach in the .pdf below
DAY 1 BLANTYRE CHILEKA AIRPORT - MAJETE WILDLIFE RESERVE, Malawi. Arrival in Blantyre around 14:00 with Ethiopian Airlines. The country is welcoming and warm: its people have a warm and hospitable heart that in no other country in Africa we have ever heard. Away from tourism, despite the poignant beauty of its landscape, its hospitable and incredibly friendly people, the kilometers of pristine beaches of golden sand, Malawi is a country not yet discovered by tourism and this makes it even more fascinating. After meeting at the airport, we will drive immediately to Majete Wildlife Reserve, to get to the heart of the park and safari. Overnight at the lodge, located in the park overlooking a waterhole where we often spotted elephants and nyala. Full board.
DAY 2 MAJETE WILDLIFE RESERVE. Introduction to the park. First day safari in the morning, with the possibility of spotting species such as buffalo, elephants, lions and nyala. Return to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, night safari and return to camp for dinner. Stunning location of the lodge, in the mid of the park where often spotted are shy antelopes, baboons, or, if lucky, elusive leopards. Full board.
DAY 3 MAJETE WILDLIFE RESERVE- MULANJE FOREST RESERVE. We will cross the Shire river and will climb to 800m altitude after the city of Blantyre to reach the massive Mulanje and the spectacle of the tea plantations in the late afternoon. The hills are like endless expanses with bright green leaves and only the red space of the labyrinthine routes through the plantation. Overnight in old colonial house, set in the plantations. Full board.
DAY 4 MULANJE MOUNTAIN FOREST RESERVE. Walking through the vast spaces of the plantations. We meet the tea workers, who patiently pluck the young leaves at the top of the plants, leaf by leaf, to fill the huge baskets on their backs. The first tea plantations in Africa were introduced in the late nineteenth century precisely in this area of Malawi. We can enter the magical forest of Mulanje and dedicate this day to a short trek in the forest to the Likhubula waterfall, surrounded by greenery, including endemic chameleons and unique plants such as the famous cedar of Mulanje, a protected species. Legends and stories are part of Malawian culture that describes the Mulanje mountain, "Island in the Sky": also the reason the site has been proposed in the list of World Heritage Site. Then we will be told some legends from those who have always lived under this mountain spread over 650 km2, which with its 3002 meters is the highest in the southern tip of Africa. For those who wish, you can reach the CCAP hut, (5/6 hour) with a hiking to the summit of the island in the sky. Spectacular scenery will open behind us and finally we will arrive in the afternoon to a simple shelter of CCAP, one of the largest, from which we can observe the south-eastern slope of the peak of Chambe, located at 2557 m altitude. Among the activities, we can visit the Mulanje market, to discover the day life of Malawians or visiting community project AROUND AWT and we can visit the communities living around our base. Overnight in shelter or in old colonial house, like the previous night. Full board.
DAY 5 MULANJE - BORDER - NAMPULA. Customs formalities for entry into Mozambique. Rise early and travel the day to cross Mozambique. A red soil track will lead us in the steps of the many villages in the dusty town of Nampula; a long day of travel through the fertile highlands of northern Mozambique, through Alto Molocue, mentioned area for the beautiful landscapes typical of the tobacco plantations and the many inselberg that characterize the whole area. Hotel accommodation in a quiet area, with pool and restaurant. Half board
DAY 6 NAMPULA - ILHA DE MOZAMBIQUE. Entry in the town of Ilha de Moçambique, crossing its bridge (3 km) that connects it to the mainland. We will live in contact with the two souls of the city: the Macuti City, built with the typical thatched roof, and the Stone City, founded by the Portuguese at the beginning of the sixteenth century. Arab influences, the Portuguese African, Indian blend into the culture of the island rich in history and the past that started the Mozambican identity. Overnight at the hotel on Mozambique Island, in the seventeenth century Palazzo, where we will arrive in the late afternoon. Bed and breakfast
DAY 7, 8 ILHA DE MOZAMBIQUE. From Mozambique Island derives the name of the entire country; This World Heritage Site was the first capital of Portuguese East Africa. The importance of the island was and still is a lot, so much so that today lies in overcrowded conditions. Here are the schools, markets, labor and people still move from the coast to come and live here, on a 3-km wide strip of land, at its widest point, just 500m. Breathe the scent of the ocean, as lost in a time that seems not to exist. The atmosphere of Ilha hit so many poets and artists who have dedicated their verses. Put simply, we will try to leave soothed by its sleepy rhythms from its lived air. The decadence of its buildings and its rich architecture will be food for thought for better understanding of colonialism phases. Walking along the promenade, admire the fortress, to get lost in its market, hear the muezzin calling to prayer, walk on the beach and watch the peace of the people who live there: the island's own philosophy takes us halfway around the world. Overnight in seventeenth-century colonial house rehabilitated recently. Bed and breakfast
DAY 9 ILHA DE MOZAMBIQUE - PEMBA - MECUFI. Beautiful bay between fishing villages, huge natural harbor, the city of Pemba is renowned for the southern beaches. The sea is turquoise and golden beaches frame the picturesque and animated district. We'll move to the south, about thirty kilometers on the white beaches of Mecufi, where we will arrive in the afternoon: the colors of the sea are incredible. Overnight in eco-lodge on the beach. Full board
DAY 10 MECUFI. The beautiful beaches will make us relax, we will have the opportunity to see dolphins and swim on deserted beaches, including tides and we can organize a diving point. Overnight stay in eco-lodges, as the previous night. Full board
DAY 11 MECUFI. A landscape marked by tides and a life without clock, dictated only by the rhythms of nature. And all this is possible? Here in Pemba it certainly seems so. Overnight stay in eco-lodges, as the previous night. Full board
DAY 12 PEMBA-INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. At 12: 00 about starting off to Pemba international airport heading to Dar es Salaam. Arrival or other destination.
* The current times are estimates calculated on flight plans provided by the airlines by the year 2018. If the route changes could be varied.
Quotation per person
QUOTA DI PARTECIPAZIONE: 2780 Euro
incluse VAT 16,5%, Tourism Levy 1%
PARTiCIPANTS: MIN 6, MAX 12
The following discounts are possible:
- Discount of 40€ per day if you decide to camp
- family discounts: for children and young boys/girls under 12 years
- 100 € for travelers who already took part at least in a travel with AFRICA WILD TRUCK (minum base of 4 persons)
- groups discount
Discounts are subject to variations and can't be combined together.
THE FEE INCLUDES
- English speaking guides authorized by Minister of Tourism
- all transports, to and from the airport, road taxes
- all game drives activities, all national parks entry fees
(in Majete reserve, and Mount Mulanje Reserve)
- all overnights in comfort lodges as per program - no camping (see page 3)
- all meals as per full board indication
- 50 US dollars that AWT entirely donates to AROUND AWT (see page 11)
- VAT (16,5%), TOURISM LEVY (1%) and government taxes.
THE FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Malawi and Zambian Visa
- Single supplement (15%)
- Euroassistance/Globy or similar travel insurance (cancellation, luggage, health insurance highly advisable – it is possible to stipulate it with the above cited agency or online – write to us, we will help you to find the best solution!)
- Meals where indicated bed and breakfast
- any possible personal expense
- anything not expressly specified under "The fee includes"
No obligation to vaccination. Write to us to have more information!
We recommend these vaccines:
- typhoid fever
- hepatitis A and B
Concerning malaria, disease transmitted by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito, its prevention is accomplished, first of all, with a mechanic prevention i.e. avoiding getting stung, following these rules:
- sleeping under mosquito tents
- using insecticide to get rid of possible mosquitos
- after sunset, when mosquitos are more active, avoiding leaving parts of the body uncovered, wearing light-coloured long trousers and long-sleeve shirts, because dark colors attract mosquitos and spraying parts of the body uncovered with Autan Extreme
For the use of any possible antimalarial drugs we suggest that you consult your Public Health Service; health norms change very rapidly.
TRAVEL MEDICAL KIT
We suggest that you take with you a small supply of these medicines:
- analgesics/fever reducers: acetylsalicylic acid and nimesulide
- antibiotics like ciproxin or amoxicillin or clavulanic acid
- antimalarials: anyway carry with you 2 packs of Lariam for emergency cases
- antidiarrheals: loperamide or kaolin in case of symptoms (to use only if really necessary!)
- rehydration salts: in case of fluid leaks
- against car or air sickness: a pack of pills or chewing-gums
- antihistamines: in case of allergic reactions
- scissors, tweezers and thermometer
- suntan cream
- insecticides (like Autan Extreme)
Required documents and Visa
It is necessary to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after departure date with at least two free pages; for the entry in Malawi the Visa is obtainable under 75 Usd payment, while for Mozambique 80 USD. Write us for more informations
- comfortable trekking shoes
- technical sandals
- easy to dry slippers for the shower
- cotton/linen long trousers
- cotton/linen long sleeve shirts
- cotton T-shirts
- bathing suit
- belly pack for passport
- head torch-light
- water bottle
- camera/videocamera/spare batteries!!
- passport photocopy and 2 passport photos