On this safari you will follow the mountainous shadow of Malawi’s western lake shore as you head north from Lilongwe on the less travelled route to Viphya Mountains to Nyika Plateau via the beach and back again. This mountainous route is great for walkers, hikers and birders. The birdlife in Malawi and especially on this northern route is especially rich for Southern Africa. There is also the opportunity for some watersports on the lake before heading back south to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve for four days (three nights) of game viewing on the Bua River.


Low SeasonJanuary-June | November | December

From £3,196.00 per person based on two sharing a vehicle

From £2,559.00 per person based on four sharing a vehicle

High SeasonJuly | August | September | October

From £3,571.00 per person based on two sharing a vehicle

From £2,821.00 per person based on four sharing a vehicle


Northern Loop ITINERARY

  • DAY 1 Latitude 13, Lilongwe

    On arrival into Lilongwe you will be met and transferred to Latitude 13, where you will spend the first night of your trip.
  • DAY 2 & 3 Campsite, Viphya Mountains

    Today you set off for the Viphya Mountains to stay at Luwawa Campsite. This lodge offers everything from fishing to orienteering or even archery. There is the opportunity to kayak or sail in the reservoir or even try rock climbing or abseiling.
  • DAY 4 Chintheche Inn, Lakeshore

    Continue north today and stop over at Chintheche Inn, set on the western shores of central Lake Malawi. The balcony from your room looks out over pristine sandy beaches, palm-fringed and dotted by fishing villages and patches of lowland tropical forest.
  • DAY 5, 6 & 7 Chelinda Campsite, Nyika Plateau

    Today you continue north to camp on Nyika Plateau. This campsite overlooks a crystal-clear dam with panoramic views of rolling hills, isolated ridges and open high-altitude grasslands and the area enjoys rich pockets of wildlife endemic to this region.
  • DAY 8 & 9 Chintheche Inn, Lake Malawi

    Today you make your way southwards and again stay at Chintheche Inn. Remain based here for two nights to relax on the shores of Lake Malawi and enjoy the beach activities.
  • DAY 10 & 11 Campsite, Nkhotakota

    Camp on the lake shore tonight. There is a pottery here and you can choose to spend time potting under expert guidance at the training workshop. This is an interesting and peaceful place to stay on the lakeshore.
  • DAY 12, 13 & 14 Togole Wilderness Lodge, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

    Today you head to Nkhotakota to stay on the banks of the Bua River. This area is still very undeveloped for tourism so gives a true feeling of exploration and discovery. Go now while it is still untamed.
  • DAY 15 Latitude 13, Lilongwe

    Today you will return to Lilongwe. You will meet a Safari Drive representative for your debriefing before being transferred back to your guesthouse. Enjoy the evening relaxing before flying home tomorrow.
  • DAY 16 Depart Lilongwe

    This morning you will be collected from your lodge and transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.


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