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The high mountain Nyika Plateau is unlike anywhere else in Africa - vast,
beautiful and tranquil. Over 500 species of birds have been
recorded between the two reserves (out of a total of 650 for
Malawi). And in the summer months the wildflowers that carpet
the grasslands are a sight to behold. As the only commercial
operation in the park, you assured of ultimate exclusivity
in this unspoiled wilderness.
Lodge, high on the Nyika Plateau, is one of the highlights
when visiting Malawi. With some of the best riding safaris
available in Africa, one can have incredible sightings of
the rare roan antelope, leopard, sable, hyena and much more.
All safaris are guided by David Foot who is highly respected
guide and has been in the area for many years. Riding on the
Nyika Plateau is an unforgettable experience.
are two options available:
A luxury safari based at Chelinda Lodge with morning
/ afternoon rides, as well as other options of walking or
driving (including night drives). Accommodation is in a beautifully
furnished ensuite log cabin (with its own log fire) with a
panoramic view over the Nyika hills. Minimum 1 guest, maximum
A luxury tented safari of 2 - 10 night duration with two nights at Chelinda
Lodge to begin with and one or two at the end. A tented camp
is moved ahead every second day by vehicle with the camp staff.
The walk-in tents have made-up beds and hanging shelves.
Hot showers can be taken under a traditional safari "bucket
shower". Total of 4 - 7 hours riding daily. Minimum 2 guests,
maximum 8 guests. As well as tailor made safaris, every month
between April to December there is one 10 night set departure
and one 7 night set departure.
(Herewith a sample itinerary)
1: CHELINDA LODGE
On arrival at Chelinda Airstrip you will be met by a Nyika Horse Safaris representative
and driven 5 km to Chelinda Lodge. The lodge sleeps
sixteen guests in eight log cabins with panoramic views over
the rolling grasslands of the Nyika plateau and this is where
you will spend the first 2 nights of your safari.
2: CHELINDA LODGE
This first day will allow you to get acquainted with the horses and allow us
to match the correct horse with each rider before we head
off into the wild, remote areas of the Nyika wilderness.
Exploring the local area around Chelinda will provide a wonderful
opportunity to ride alongside herds of wildlife including
eland, reedbuck, roan antelope and zebra as well as the chance
for you to put your horses through its paces.
3 & 4: NORTH RUMPHI TENTED CAMP
Today you will head off over the grassland to our tented camp nestled
next to the North Rumphi River with magnificent views towards
Nganda Mountain, the highest of the Nyika (2600 m). Our camp
has been moved ahead by vehicle and is ready for our arrival
after several hours in the saddle. The tea will be on the
table and hot showers waiting - or a refreshing swim in the
river! From this camp we can ride to the top of Nganda Mountain
to enjoy the spectacular panorama across Lake Malawi to the
hills of Tanzania, more than 60 miles away.
5 & 6: NORTH RUKURU TENTED CAMP
We cross the plateau to find the tented camp close to the dramatic western escarpment
that drops 2000 feet to the villages below. The North Rukuru
River is a great place for troutfishing so with luck trout
will be on the menu! From this camp we can ride down to the
Chisanga waterfalls that drop in spectacular fashion off the
edge of the plateau and on our return have long canters along
the escarpment edge.
7 & 8: LUTETE CAMP
The ride to this camp in the southern part of the park is a long one but is
worth it as the scenery changes, with rocky outcrops and patches
of evergreen forest appearing as we drop to lower altitudes.
These patches of forest are home to many species of birds
which we may have time to look for. The camp is on the edge
of the 'miombo' woodland and here the colours and flowers
will be different again. The Nyika is also well known for
its wonderful array of wildflowers that carpet the grasslands,
including over 200 species of orchids.
9 & 10: CHELINDA LODGE
The ride back to Chelinda Lodge is another tough day with some steep terrain
to negotiate but as we climb back onto the high plateau the
country opens up and the horses will be keen to get home.
The last day at Chelinda can be spent riding, walking, or
trout fishing and is a good time to partake in a night drive
with a chance to find hyena and leopard with a powerful spotlight.
Or finish your safari with a race down the airstrip!
11: SAFARI ENDS
Your flight out from Chelinda to your next destination - maybe to Lake Malawi
or the tropical islands of Moçambique.
contact us for a detailed quote
Accommodation in twin bedded Safari Tents or Chelinda Lodge, all meals, professional
guide and activities at Chelinda Lodge.
International flights, air transfers, National Park fees (US$5 per person per
day), drinks, gratuities, personal expenses, airport and departure taxes, visa
costs, comprehensive travel insurance.
Lilongwe to Mzuzu: Air Malawi flights on Sunday, Monday,
Wednesday and Friday at approximately US$77 pp one way followed
by Mzuzu - Chelinda charter seat rate US$115 pp one way (minimum
January to March: Warm but wet (however excellent for flowers)
April to June: Cool clear days (some rain in April)
July to August: Cool days, cold at night
September to December: Warm and Dry (some rain in November)
Ability: We cater for beginner to advanced riders, matching
horses to your ability. It is an advantage to know the basic
aids and to be fit before joining our safaris. Children are
accepted but they must be strong competent riders.
of Horses: Thoroughbred, part Thoroughbred, part Boerperde and
cross-breeds. All are between 14 - 16 hands, even tempered
and well schooled.
Tack: All tack is western Mclellan for comfort over long
distances. These saddles were designed for the US cavalry.
We also have western saddles available.
of Rides: Rides are limited to a maximum of eight guests accompanied
by a professional guide and second staff member.
of Ride: Between 4 - 7 hours in the saddle each day, with regular rest stops for the
horses and picnic lunches en route. Riders can walk for short
periods. There are opportunities to ride at all paces with
plenty of trotting and cantering on safe open game paths.
Accommodation: Large walk-in safari tents with made-up beds and hanging
shelves. Towels, hot water bottles, water jug and glasses
also provided. Wash basin outside tent. Central long drop
toilet at each camp and traditional safari "bucket shower."
Meals: Meals are served in the mess tent or under the open
sky. Full cooked breakfast available, light picnic lunches
and three course dinners all prepared by camp staff.
Rolling montane grasslands, with evergreen forest patches,
rocky outcrops and many streams and bogs. Miombo woodland
at lower altitudes. Riding involves many ascents and descents.
Activities: Birdwatching, walking, nightdrives and trout fishing
(bring your own rod).
Safety: A safety talk is given prior to every trail, in conjunction
with a familiarisation talk about the horses and a full medical
kit travels with the back up vehicle. This is a malaria
Insurance: All guests are advised to take out a fully comprehensive
medical and travel insurance.
A 50% refund will be given where notice of cancellation is received in writing
30 days before the commencement of the safari. There is no
refund for cancellations received less than 30 days before
the starting date of the safari. No refund is possible if
a guest does not complete the safari.
We Require On Booking:
Age, weight, height, riding experience in detail and any special
What to Bring: (Clothes
Light Cotton Trousers
Long Sleeved Shirts ( protection from high altitude sun.)
Tracksuit for evenings
Swimsuit for the brave!
Camera, & film
Sunblock / Lipice or Chapstick
Air Malawi has scheduled flights between Lilongwe and Mzuzu on a daily basis.
From Mzuzu there are regular charter flights to Chelinda Lodge.
We will book these flights for you.
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