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5 Day Malawi Safari

Ker & Downey Africa Premier
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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
5 days
From: $ 3,917 $ 783 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy your Malawi Adventure in Johannesburg and in Majete Wildlife Reserve
  • Experience boat safari and stay in Mkulumadzi Lodge
  • Have a chance for Optional walking safaris along the Shire River
  • Enjoy your daily game drive

Short Description

Experience 5 Day Malawi Safari by visiting Majete Wildlife Reserve, enjoying game drives. Have a chance for Optional walking safaris along the Shire River. Finish your trip and visit Lilongwe before flying back to Johannesburg for your onward journey.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Johannesburg
End City Lilongwe

Trip Includes

  • 4 Nights – Mkulumadzi Lodge (Fully Inclusive)
  • All inter-camp road transfers
  • All road transfers throughout with English speaking driver/guides
  • Concierge Service throughout your trip
  • 24/7 On-the-ground Support throughout your trip
  • Taxes and VAT

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Itinerary

Day 1: Majete Wildlife Reserve

You will begin your Malawi Adventure in Johannesburg, South Africa. Fly directly from OR Tambo International Airport to Lilongwe International Airport in Malawi. Upon arrival in Malawi you will be met by a Ker & Downey Africa representative who will assist you with all the VISA requirements at the airport.

At this point you have the choice of a road transfer or chartered air transfer from Lilongwe to Majete Wildlife Reserve. The cost of this experience has the price of the road transfer already included, but if you would prefer the 20 minute chartered flight our African experts can arrange that for you at an additional cost.

Consultant Notes

You should always travel with soft bags not hard suitcases (not only for the smaller aircraft but also to fit into vehicles). Proflight baggage allowance (for most routes) – limit of 15 kg for hold luggage and 5 kg for hand luggage. Bush & Lake Aviation baggage allowance - limit of 12 kg for hold luggage and 3 kg for hand luggage (so this is 15 kg max per person ONLY if total weight falls within weight and balance graph of aircraft for the specific flight; body weights are taken into consideration). Important items to bring: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, torch, binoculars and film/photo camera.

Included

Road transfer from Lilongwe International Airport to Mkulumadzi Lodge

Dinner at Mkulumadzi Lodge

All Drinks

Excluded

Chartered flight from Lilongwe International Airport

VISA costs

Health insurance

Day 2: Majete Wildlife Reserve

Enjoy your daily breakfast before your daily game drive that can be extended to include a packed lunch as well as a breakfast. Optional walking safaris along the Shire River are also available and optional and recommended. Dinners are prepared and included every day.

Consultant Notes

Photography

Please be sensitive when photographing local people and their villages. Ask the guide or the villagers first. Be careful when photographing public buildings and persons in uniform - again, ask first

Activities And Services

Majete Wildlife Reserve Game Drive

Recommended

Shire River Walking Safari

Included

Daily game drive including packed breakfast and/or lunch

Walking safaris

Day 3: Majete Wildlife Reserve

Daily game drive

An inclusive boat safari can be arranged by your African experts for any day of your stay at Mkulumadzi Lodge. All meals are planned and included.

Consultant Notes

Climate

Depending on which time of year you visit, you may need waterproofs, a warm jacket or sunscreen. The dry months are from April till October and the wet months November till March. Temperatures range throughout the year from between 11-40 C.

Optional

Boat Safari

Birding Safari

Included

Boat safari

Birding Safari

All meals and drinks (FI)

Day 4: Majete Wildlife Reserve

Optional

Cultural Visit

Included

Daily game drive

Cultural visits

All meals and drinks (FI)

Day 5: Departure

After your final breakfast in the African bush, you will begin to make your way back to Lilongwe before flying back to Johannesburg for your onward journey.

Included

Road transfer from Mkulumadzi Lodge to Lilongwe International Airport

Flight from Lilongwe International Airport to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Excluded

Chartered flight from Majete Airstrip to Lilongwe International Airport

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The best organized trip that my well-traveled family has ever experienced.

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I've had the good fortune of traveling many times to most continents over the last 50 years. I use travel consultants about 1/2 of the time and plan trips myself the other half. I had never been on a safari before and chose Ker & Downey based on the recommendation of a friend of my daughter who also came on the trip. Our group had 5 family members. I would be happy to expound on the trip in detail if anyone would like to know more. However, Ker & Downey Africa planned and organized perhaps the best trip of our lives. Every means of travel was timely, efficient and above expectations. The drivers/pilots/escorts were uniformly courteous, knowledgeable, on time, and conscious of any special needs we had. The lodges and hotels were also above expectations. With respect to the lodges, the hosts/hostesses were similarly knowledgeable, caring, and meticulous. Every lodge and hotel had rooms, amenities, wifi and other features exactly as described by K & D. In addition, the food and drink provided at the lodges was superb. Our trip was 2 weeks in length with half being at safari lodges and half being in other parts of South Africa. We received substantial information from K & D about both legs of the trip that made our experience fulfilling, predictable and very gratifying. I would recommend K & D to anyone, no matter what the age, size of group, or area of interests.
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A Very Special Trip!

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We chose Ker & Downey after extensive research on safari tour companies and they did not disappoint. From the initial contact to planning our trip and throughout our entire journey, they were fantastic. We were taken care of from the moment we stepped off the plane in Nairobi. Every detail was organized perfectly for our safari at Ol Donyo Lodge in the Chyulu Hills and at Angama Mara Lodge in the Mara Plains. Both lodges were exquisite – the staff, the rooms, the food, the setting - unbelievable! And of course, the game viewing. Not only were we fortunate to see the Big Five but we also witnessed the migration, truly magnificent! And we can’t say enough about the Masai people – words cannot capture their beauty and kindness. The highlight of our special trip was an Exchange of Vows Ceremony in celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary. To be surrounded by Masai warriors and maidens and receive blessings from the elders will forever remain in our hearts. Thank you to Angama Mara for hosting such an unforgettable event. What better way to finish off our celebration than to spend a few relaxing days in the Seychelles. Thank you to Ker & Downey for organizing such a wonderful trip. We look forward to having you plan our next one – we can’t wait to be back in Africa!
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Ker and Downey Africa exceeded our expectations by sending us to the best camps and lodges in SA.

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Ker and Downey Africa organised a stunning trip for my family in South Africa. The lodges and camps we visited were on point with our needs. We were treated like royalty on arrival and throughout out stay. The staff were geniune, friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Dinner was intimate and the food was excellent. Attention to detail was noticable at all times. I especially loved the handwritten notes at bedtime and the sweet treat. Once again, the attention to detail, the excellent food and service at dinner were admirable. The game drives were unforgettable - we were provided hot water bottles, ponchos and blankets for the early morning drives. To be so close to the majestic elephants, magnificent lions, herds of buffaloes, zebras, warthogs and other species was an impeccable experience. The roar of lions at night added a very rare and special dimension to this luxurious experience in the wild. Thank you Ker and Downey Africa for choosing this amazing itenary for us, for the excellent communication and faultless organizing. I will happily recommend anyone looking for an experience of a lifetime to make use of your expertise.
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Wonderful Honeymoon - thanks to Ker Downey Africa!

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We will not think twice about using Ker Downey Africa for all our future travels. Their level of professionalism is of the highest standard and I have to compliment them on the friendly and attentive manner in which all our many, many questions and requests were dealt with (especially since I can be a bit of a perfectionist!). We decided to spend our honeymoon in Seychelles but wanted to experience two of the islands, which meant organising two hotels, extra connecting local flights and additional transport to and from the airport - not to mention researching double the amount of room options and honeymoon specials... All of this while having a wedding to plan! Handing over all the planning to KDA was one of the best decision we could have made. We gave them our budget and they took care of the rest! Everything was arranged up to the last little detail!
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Ker & Downey provided a spectacular trip of a lifetime for us

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I have never written a review before but after our recent trip to Africa (Kenya, Tanzania & South Africa), planned for us by Ker & Downey Africa, I felt compelled to write one. Ker & Downey Africa was incredibly responsive and really listened to what we wanted to see and how much we wanted to spend and planned an amazing trip designed just for us. From the minute we arrived at the airport in Nairobi and were personally escorted through immigration and then handed off to our driver everything was perfectly organized and first class. Each lodge was stunning and unique with beautiful settings, rooms, food and incredibly attentive staff. The game viewing was beyond our wildest dreams and the guides were extremely knowledgeable, kind and fun. Everyone went above and beyond to ensure that our every possible need was met. We had a beautiful room on the water in Cape Town for four nights to end our African adventure. I would highly recommend Ker & Downey if you are planning a trip to Africa! Thanks for the trip of a lifetime that we will never forget.
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Great customer service (very responsive) and detailed knowledge of really great accommodation options. Would highly recommend as they put together the trip of a lifetime.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Flights

Departure

Arrival

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

Lilongwe International Airport [LLW]

Lilongwe International Airport [LLW]

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

 

Transfers

Pick Up

Drop Off

Lilongwe International Airport [LLW]

Mkulumadzi

Mkulumadzi

Lilongwe International Airport [LLW]

 

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Mkulumadzi | Majete Wildlife Reserve

The lodge has eight superb chalets, each with spacious living quarters and private viewing deck. Guests can swim in our pool, dine under the stars, enjoy river cruises, game drives and walking safaris.

Majete Wildlife Reserve is a vast region of mature woodland and granite hills, picturesque river valleys and dense forest. It is home to the elusive black rhino, along with elephant, buffalo, nyala, sable, eland and hartebeest. There are plans to reintroduce lion, leopard and cheetah in 2012 as part of a pioneering conservation project.

Undiscovered by tourists, Majete is a true wilderness where every trip into the bush with our team of experienced guides will feel like an adventure

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Fees:

  • The following cancellation fees will be payable if the booking is cancelled:
  • 30% of the confirmed total booking value if the booking is cancelled more than 60 days prior to the date of arrival.
  • 50% of the confirmed total booking value if the booking is cancelled 60– 31 days prior to the date of arrival.
  • 100% of the confirmed total booking value if the booking is cancelled 30– 0 days prior to the date of arrival or in the case of a no show.

Trip ID#:

MalSafKer

Trip Excludes

  • All meals other than those mentioned
  • All transfers (local & international) other than those mentioned
  • All premium imported brands and champagne
  • Telephone calls
  • Gratuities
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Visa costs
  • Travel & health insurance
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • All other items not expressly stated as being included in the price
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