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8 days, 7 nights malawi fly inn experience

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Overview - Best of Malawi Fly In
- The trip runs from Lilongwe to Lilongwe but we are capable of being flexible - a lot of international guests will arrive on SAA from Johannesburg and these flights sometimes arrive and depart Blantyre-guests itinerary can easily be adapted to begin/or end in Blantyre although this may mean reversing the trip and substituting a short road transfer for the Mvuu-Blantyre sector of the trip.This will mean a slight decrease in the cost-please ask us if guests preferred routing is through Blantyre and we will make a plan.
- On Day 1 if the flights connect we reserve the right to fly to Mzuzu with Air Malawi (one hour in a Cessna Caravan) and proceed form Mzuzu to Chelinda by light aircraft-25 minutes.
- Group Size Aircraft are few and far between in Malawi-the planes always available are a 5 seater 206 and a 5 seater Beechcraft Baron. The operators of these flights are likely to be either Nyika Safaris or Proflite. Please note that the airstrip on Nyika is on 2400 metres-this means that a 206 will only take off with a maximum of 4 guests-should the group be 5 pax then the aircraft will shuttle the group form Nyika to Mzuzu (25 minutes) and then take off with the 5 from Mzuzu to Chintheche (15 minutes)

- We cannot fly after dark so the latest arrival time of the international flight into Lilongwe needs to be by 1500 -if later then a night at a Lilongwe Hotel can be added - ask for details.

Day 1: Chelinda Lodge Nyika National Park
On arrival at Lilongwe International Airport you will be met and assisted with Immigration formalities before joining your charter aircraft for the flight to Chelinda Lodge, Nyika National Park. The flight takes about 90 minutes and you will fly north along the spine of Malawi-over the Viphya Mountains, and then onto the Nyika Plateau. Usually, with clear skies you will get good views of Lake Malawi off to your east.

Nyika National Park is scenically Malawi's most spectacular wild area and is worthy of a visit as much for the scenery as for the wildlife.. It boasts an incredible mixture of scenery and landscapes - pristine brachystegia woodland, mature montane forest patches, crystal clear running streams and miles and miles of open rolling grassland. Being situated at a mean height of over 2,000 metres guarantees a permanently temperate climate which is of particular contrast to the lakeshore areas of Malawi. Days can be spent walking, game driving and relaxing at the lodge There are also horse riding opportunities for keen riders. Game that can be spotted includes Burchell's Zebra, Roan antelope, Common reedbuck, Eland, Bushbuck, Warthog, leopard, hyena, side-striped jackal and serval. Birdlife is prolific, and specials' include Churring and Mountain cisticolas, Red-tufted malachite sunbird, Fulleborn's black bou-bou, Bar-tailed trogon, Mountain nightjar and several species of Bulbul which occur deep in the canopy of the forests.

With panoramic views over the rolling grasslands of the Plateau, Chelinda Lodge has one of the most magnificent settings in Africa. Sixteen guests can be accommodated in eight individual en-suite log cabins, each with its own log fire. The log cabins surround the main dining area and are connected by raised wooden walkways.The lodge offers a fully inclusive stay of all meals, accommodation and activities of game drives by day and night, walks, and mountain biking.

Horse riding and trout fishing are available at extra cost. Park fees and drinks are also included.

Days 2 and 3: Chelinda Lodge, Nyika
At Chelinda -your exact daily routine will be tailor made to suit your requirements and interests but on offer are excellent guided walks and game drives by day and by night .

Day 4: Chintheche Inn Lake Malawi
After breakfast you will board the aircraft for your scenic flight to Chintheche Inn . The flight takes about 40 minutes, the last 10 being along the shores of the lake with wonderful views across into Mozambique .
The Inn is situated on Lake Malawi's northern shores and offers en suite rooms for a maximum of 20. Each room overlooks a white sandy beach which offers excellent swimming and interesting beach walks. The Inn has an excellent reputation for fine cuisine and offers a full bar. Snorkelling, swimming and boating opportunities are available and local excursions can easily be arranged - bird watching, diving at Nkhata Bay, points of local interest and cultural safaris. There is also a recently built swimming pool for those who prefer with a 180-degree view of the lake.
All meals and non motorised watersports are include in the tariff and motorised watersports and local excursions are avaialable at a small extra charge payable locally.

Day 5: At Chintheche Inn

Day 6: Mvuu Wilderness Lodge Liwonde National Park
Today you will fly from Chintheche to Mvuu-this is a truly wonderful flight that follows the shores of Lake Malawi for much of the way and takes about one and three quarter hours. You will fly over the scenic Cape Maclear Peninsula, and the port of Monkey Bay and see hundreds of idyllic fishing villages that have existed unchanged for hundreds of years. As you approach Liwonde National Park you fly along the Shire River, and may well see herds of elephant and sable on the floodplains as you descend to land at Mvuu.

Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is situated in the heart of Liwonde National Park on the banks of a quiet lagoon flowing off the Shire River. The lodge offers comfortable tented accommodation in spacious "Hemingway"-styled safari tents, with own en suite facilities for a maximum of 10 guests. Each tent has its own private viewing platform and is discreetly hidden between the thick undergrowth bordering the lagoon. The lodge has a swimming pool, sun deck and al fresco dining platform overlooking the river and lagoon. Your stay on is on a full board basis, including the game activities which centre around game drives by day and by night in open vehicles, walks and boat safaris, a unique activity at Mvuu. We explore the Shire River and lagoons - an excellent opportunity for sightings ofelephants, hippo, crocodile and bird life. Birding is rewarding - specialities include Lillian's lovebird, brown breasted barbet, osprey, palmnut vulture, Pel's fishing owl and Livingstone's flycatcher.

Also available is a viewing hide on a tributary of the Shire River and also some interesting visits bty local bicycle to the local school and surrounding rural communities.

Included in your stay are all meals, game activities, park fees, and laundry. Drinks are extra and can be settled on departure.

Day 7: Mvuu Wilderness Lodge

Day 8:
Today a 45 minute flight west over the mountains of the Great African Rift will take you back to Lilongwe for your flight out.

Please contact us for a detailed quote

• All meals while on safari.
• All activities while on the safari departure
• All internal charters as specified in the itinerary
• All accommodation
• All National park fees
• Chelinda lodge includes drinks
• Chintheche and Mvuu do not include drinks

• Visas
• All relevant entry and departure government stipulated fees/ taxes
• All personal purchases, including curios, premium brand liquors, telephone calls etc.
• Gratuities
• Optional extra activities
• All flights (other than specified in the safari itinerary), pre and post tours before arrival at the starting point of the safari
• Torches

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