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Malawi is a fun and refreshing destination for families to visit and there are a variety of activities and excursions available across the country that will interest children of all age groups. Quite a number of camps are geared for families. For instance Nvuu camp in Liwonde National Park, Chelinda camp in Nyika National Park and Chintheche Inn all have dedicated pay grounds, as well as baby sitting facilities and special dining options for kids. Additionally, families travelling with children are welcome to advise our guides on their particular interests and our team will do their best to engage the children and motivate them to question and learn more about their surroundings as well as the wildlife, communities and cultural highlights that they encounter. Here are five (5) things that families are encouraged to do at most camps to make their visits more memorable

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Malawi is a country that offers a vast array of activities and experiences that suit the interest and preferences of everyone. Whether it’s a relaxing holiday or an adventure-packed getaway, there’s a never ending variety of activities available. Malawi is also one of the best places on the continent to immerse yourself in cultural activities and learn more and local customs and traditions. Whilst it’s impossible to list all things you can do in Malawi, here are a few of our favorites:

 

Malawi is a fun and refreshing destination for families to visit and there are a variety of activities and excursions available across the country that will interest children of all age groups. Quite a number of camps are geared for families. For instance Nvuu camp in Liwonde National Park, Chelinda camp in Nyika National Park and Chintheche Inn all have dedicated pay grounds, as well as baby sitting facilities and special dining options for kids. Additionally, families travelling with children are welcome to advise our guides on their particular interests and our team will do their best to engage the children and motivate them to question and learn more about their surroundings as well as the wildlife, communities and cultural highlights that they encounter. Here are five (5) things that families are encouraged to do at most camps to make their visits more memorable

Mara Triangle

 

LILONGWE

Lilongwe is the biggest and capital city of Malawi. Located in the country’s central region, near the borders with Mozambique and Zambia, the city serves an important economic and transportation hub for the region. Lilongwe has existed for centuries as a small fishing village on the banks of the Lilongwe River. During the British Colonial rule, the settlement became an administrative center due to its strategic location. Formally founded in 1906 as a trading post, Lilongwe was officially recognized as a town in 1947. After gaining independence, it increasingly developed into an important trading center in Malawi’s central region.

 

January

Rainy season starts, landscapes are lush and green and there is flurry of activity in all key wilderness areas.

February

Rains tend to increase, cooler weather is ideal for comfortable game viewing

March

The rains continues throughout the month and the air is crisp and clear

April

The rains begin to subside and the weather starts to warm up

May

The weather starts to get considerably cooler and the clarity of the air reduces. The country starts to rapidly dry out. Temperature on Nyika plateau start to to reduce rapidly

June – July

The weather is warmer during the day and slightly chiller in the early mornings and evenings

August – September

Relatively warm and are pleasant times of the year for game viewing

October – November

This is the peak of the dry season. Landscapes are drier and during this time, foliage is no longer dense, this creates the optimal conditions for game viewing as many animals are considerably easier to track and spot

December

The weather starts to cool down again and the occasional showers may occur in the run up to the rain season

 

LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK                                                  

Liwonde national Park, covering 548km2, is considered the most prolific wildlife area in Malawi. The shire River-the country’s largest river and Lake Malawi’s only outlet-forms the park’s western boundary and habours a dense population of hippos, crocodiles and large numbers of elephants. Antelopes such as impala, waterbuck, reedbuck and bushbuck are plentiful along the banks. In the east, relatively dry Mopane woodlands are interspersed with candelabra trees, an area favored by buffalos, yellow baboon and leichtenstein’s heartbeest. Nearly 300 bird species are found here, with specials such as Bohm’s Bee Eaters, Livingstone’s Flycatchers, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Lilian’s Lovebird. Four Cheetahs were recently translocated to this park and occasional sightings maybe enjoyed

 

MVUU CAMP

Mvuu Camp has a spectacular vantage on the banks of the Shire River. The river is a magnet for wildlife and draws an abundant fauna to its banks. The Camp compromising of 14 Units as well as a nearby campsite, is a mix of spacious stone and canvas chalets and specially designed family tents. An impressive thatched dining and lounge area offers a magnificent river vista that is framed by two large baobab trees. Dinners are sometimes held under the stars in a specially constructed Boma. Aneducational conference centre with facilities for up to 40 delegates or smaller corporate and team building functions is also available. Mvuu Camp offer a variety of activities including boat safaris, game drives, guided walks and nonstop birding. Guest can also opt to go on the river Shire trail or visit nearby local communities.

 

MVUU LODGE

Mvuu Lodge overlooks a tranquil lagoon just off the Shire River with the main lounge area set high above the water in an area of captivating variety and beauty. Accommodation comprises eight tents, one of which is a romantic honeymoon suite. Each tent has en-suite bathroom facilities and its own deck built to look over the water’s edge. Lodge facilities include a dining room, pub lounge area and a swimming pool. The new star beds are located 4 kms north of the lodge and overlooks the flood plains, providing excellent views and memorable nights under the stars.

 

Key activities at Mvuu Lodge include, boat safaris, guided walks, a three (3) days long shire river trail, birding and traditional day and night game drives, as well as visits to the nearby local villages and schools.

 

NYIKA NATIONAL PARK

The 3134 km2Nyika National Park, Malawi’s largest park, is a wild, untouched and remote upland area, with distinction of being the only big game Afro – montane area in South – Central Africa. The vistas in this park are immerse with high – altitude grassland, the most obvious feature of the Nyika plateau. Nyika is a botanist’s delight in summer, with alpine flowers that include 11 localized orchid species, exquisite dioramas, gladioli, Protea and kniphofia. Nyika also harbours important populations of Roan Eland, Crawshay’ Zebra, Southern Reedbuck, Bushbuck, Warthog, Spotted Hyena and side- stripped Jackal. Leopards are a key highlight of the park and elephants can be seen at times. Approximately, 400 bird species are found in Nyika, many with high restricted distributions, making it a key birding destination in Africa.

 

CHELINDA CAMP

Chelinda Camp, is situated within the Nyika National Park and overlooks a crystal clear damwith views out onto the open grasslands of Nyika plateau. The camp has two types of accommodation. Four Chalets each with two bedrooms, bathrooms, lounge, dining area with fire place, and a small kitchen, are ideal for private groups withtheir own guide; private meals can be enjoyed in the chalet. Six twin- bedded en-suite rooms with either a bath or shower are also available; guests here take meals in the nearby main area, which has a larger dining room, bar and lounge area complete with comfortable furnishing and an inviting fire place. Activities include the Sangwala trail (a three (3) days fully catered trek, game drives and birding, mountain biking, guided walks and an amazing Sundowner

 

CHELINDA LODGE

Situated on the fridges of Africa’s finest montane grassland, Chelinda lodge offers a luxury stay in the serene and pristine surroundings of Nyika National Park. The lodge sleeps 16 guests and comprises eight elegant log cabins constructed of timber, pine and stone. Each cabin is fitted with a viewing deck, an en-suite bathroom, fireplace, sitting area and a working table and chair. The main building consists of the reception, lounge, dining area and bar. The lounge is fully catered and meals can be enjoyed either by the fire place indoors or on the larger outdoor deck that provides a stunning view of the plateau’ scenic grasslands and hills. Unlimited activities are on offer at the lodge such as, game drives, guided walks, fly fishing and mountain biking.

 

LAKE MALAWI

At approximately 600 kms long and up to 80 kms wide, Lake Malawi constitutes roughly 20 percent of Malawi’s surface area. It dominates the easternside of the country and harbors a wide range of underwater habitats. There is also a number of granitic islands dotted across the lake and has fertile lush woodlands along its shores and known for its baobab trees on its numerous fishing villages.

 

LAKE MALAWI NATIONAL PARK

Lake Malawi is famed for the abundance and diversity of its fish life and holds a greater array of fresh water fishspecies (Over 1000) than any other lake on Earth and more than all of Europe and North America combined. The majority of these are colorful fish called cichlids of which the lake contains more than 400 types, 30 percent of all known species. Much of its astounding underwater diversity is protected within the Lake Malawi National Park. At Cape Maclear in the southern part of the lake, the park is world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish and is a World Heritage Site

 

CHINTHECHE

Chintheche Inn on the westernshore of Lake Malawi is known for its white sands, warm clear water and age old fishing villages.  The Inn is set in lush gardens with large, shady trees overlooking the lake and comprises ten comfortable furnished en-suite rooms and a two bedroomed family cottage. All rooms open out onto a patio and grass lawns sloping to the beach and are tastefully furnished with colorful fabrics and local crafts. Activities include swimming, snorkeling, mountain biking, birding, Kayaking, as well as tours to local fishing villages and the tree nursery.

 

MUMBO ISLAND CAMP

Mumbo is a pristine island in Lake Malawi National Park which, with its crystal clear waters and innumerable species of cichlid fish, offers world-class scuba diving and snorkeling experiences. The camp comprises a combination of six tents and reed chalets, which are perched on rocks high above the water and are shaded by lush foliage, each with bucket showers, ‘Echo-loos’ and wooden decks. Activities her vary from lazing in hammocks to snorkeling, diving, swimming, kayaking and bird watching. Guest also have an option of boating or paddling to explore the granitic islands of the lake.

 

HEUGLIN’S LODGE

Situated in the leafy residential suburbs of Lilongwe Heuglin’s lodge is an ideal base for a sightseeing tour of the capital city. The lodge provides a relaxing interlude before or after a safari and serves as a comfortable waiting point for transfers guests as a well as a short – stay and business guests. The lodge is fully catered and has 11 spacious and tastefully furnished bedrooms, eight of which have en-suite facilities. A large swimming pool, lounge, wildlife library and “help yourself bar” enhance the “home away from home” atmosphere at the lodge. A wireless broadband connection is provided and a business center with internet access, printers and photocopying facilities is also available.

 

Seasonal Highlights

Depending on the time of the year that you travel, you will be able to experience different aspects of the country. Malawi has two (2) very distinct season and travel during these times is enjoyable in different ways. The green season (from December – April) is when the rains arrive in Malawi turning the landscapes to lush green and shifting the dynamic of many wildlife population. It is a cool and comfortable time for safaris and also an excellent time for birding and finding orchids. The dry season starts from June onwards and reaches its peak in October. During this time, vegetation dries up and itbecomes considerably easy to spot wildlife, especially since many animals seek out water sources to cool themselves from the heat and quench their thirsty. The peak season for travel to Malawi is generally from 1 July – 31st October and 10 December to 10 January. Both seasons offer travelers a unique experience and everything from landscapes to wildlife sightings can vary based on the time of travel.

 

 

Embark on an interactive game drive in Liwonde or Nyika

Our guides are well experienced a gauging and addressing the interests of young guests. They will make your game drives as interactive as possible, by including an array of interesting facts and insights. To keep the children engaged during the activity, our team mighty encourage them to get involved in trying to spot and track different species. To make the game drives even more interesting for young kids, make sure to pack a few interesting guide books, binoculars or a child friendly camera.

 

Visit Chelinda Primary School or Nathomba School

A trip to Liwonde or Nyika would not be complete without visiting the local schools that are located on close proximity to the camps. Chelinda Primary School which is located in Nyika, is funded entirely by the guest’s contributions and supports a total of 120 students who live on the plateau. Nathomba School which is situated in Liwonde was founded by three (3) Mvuu Camp and Lodge employees. In 2006 the school was expanded with the generous support of the Walstein family and is now funded by the help H.E.L.P, Malawi project supported by CAWS and managed by a board of trustees. Visiting the schools and meeting the students can be a very warm and inspiring experience

 

Plant a tree and Make a pledge in Chintheche

A tour of the root to the fruit tree nursery which is located at Chintheche Inn, is a great way to teach young travelers about the importance of planting trees and conserving the planet. On the tour, children can learn about different tree species, they can find out more about and how planting trees helps to aid reforestation and deter soil erosion and they can also learn how planting trees helps in fighting Climate change. To add to the overall experience, young travelers are welcome to plant their own tree in the nursery and make a pledge to do their part to protect the planet

 

Enjoy Dinner at the Boma under the stars in Liwonde

For instance, when Mvuu is full, the team often hosts dinner in the Boma and the entire team comes together to serve a scrumptious meal, dance and entertain guests with local tales and folklore. This is a great way for young children to learn more about local traditions in a relaxed environment. Additionally, children and adults alike are welcome to join the dances, learn different dance techniques and participate in the storytelling that take place.

 

Learn about local Arts, Crafts and Traditions

Many local artisans and crafts people sell their products near camps. These often include creative pieces made from recycled materials and made for great souvenirs. Often visiting these small pop-up-shops and meeting with the crafts people, is a great way to broaden your kids’ horizons and give them the opportunity to learn more about the handcrafts from Malawi. Another great thing to do is visit Njobvu Cultural Village in Liwonde, which is run by the community itself. The community is very welcoming and hospitable and takes visitors on tours of real homes to give them a glimpse of life in rural Malawi.

 

Health

Malawi and Zambia are malaria areas and we recommend and we advise visitors to these destinations to seek medical advice for anti-malaria precautions with their local doctors. If guests are a contagious disease carrier, you must let us know when placing a booking.

 

Landscapes of Malawi

These tours blend the very best highlights of Northern and Southern Malawi, offering clients an opportunity to explore the country’ scenic highlands and pristine beaches

 

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