Malawi Northern Circuit


Immerse yourself in nature in the most pristine environments. Embark on a memorable safari in Nyika National Park whose rolling grasslands are the keeper of large antelope herds. Observe the indigenous flora on hiking trails. This Gold standard safari will also see you frolicking in the azure waters of Lake Malawi teeming with over 1,000 ciclid fish species.



  • Explore two off the beaten track National Parks full of wild life
  • Starts and ends in Lilongwe
  • Includes all road and air transfers
  • Relax on a private island at Lake Malawi
You will Stay At

tongole lodge




Enjoy leisure, birding, relaxation, wildlife and more

Imagine being in the middle of nowhere with only canvas separating you from the wilderness. And knowing that a lion or hyena is roaming somewhere out there? Make this your reality when you stay for 3 or more nights at the Tongole Wilderness Lodge. Get close to nature and seek out both the smaller critters and the more elusive wild animals on guided walking safaris.

chelinda lodge




Enjoy Adventure, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine, and more

Chelinda Lodge sits high on the plateau, with sweeping panoramas of rolling plains and montane grasslands. A refreshing oasis in a pristine, off-the-beaten-track wilderness. Savor the warm, genuine Malawian hospitality and enjoy a truly incredible escape in nature. Embark on exhilarating game drives, to see the diverse wildlife. Get closer to the game on horseback and seek out smaller animals on walking safaris.

Kaya Mawa




Enjoy watersports, leisure, relaxation, birding, fishing, adventure, and more

Likoma Island is situated on the north eastern part of Lake Malawi, within the territorial waters of Mozambique. It is here,on the southwestern corner of the island that Kaya Mawa is beautifully perched, on a rocky headland overlooking the lake. Combine Kaya Mawa to your Malawi safari itinerary enjoy a little slice of paradise!


Malawi Northern Circuit

Day 1
Drinks: Local Brands
Room: Fully Inclusive

On arrival at Lilongwe International Airport you will be met and assisted to your transfer to Nkhotakota Reserve, a four hour scenic drive. The reserve truly is an undiscovered gem that is firmly off the beaten track and only recently been inhabited by humans. Tongole is an eco-tourism venture deep within the miombo woodland of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. It is located on the banks of the lovely Bua River, west of Lake Malawi. Tongole is ideal for relaxation and adventure. Options of activities include trekking, canoeing down the Bua River and game drives within the Reserve.

Day 2
Drinks: Local Brands
Room: Fully Inclusive

A full day to explore the Nkhotakhota Reserve.

Day 3
Drinks: Local Brands
Room: Fully Inclusive

Your final full day to explore the reserve.

Day 4
Drinks: Local Brands
Room: Fully Inclusive

After breakfast you will you have an early start for your four hour scenic transfer up to the plateau in the Nyika National Park. You may have a chance to do at least one activity on this day or simply take in the breath taking views of the Nyika.

Day 5
Drinks: Drinks Local Brands
Room: Fully Inclusive

Chelinda Lodge is located at high altitude on the Nyika Plateau and offers guests a truly African alpine experience. Overlooking a crystal-clear dam with panoramic views of rolling hills, isolated ridges and open high-altitude grasslands, Chelinda Lodge has access to rich pockets of wildlife endemic to this region. Game that can be spotted at the Nyika Plateau are Burchell’s Zebra, Roan antelope, Common Reedbuck, Eland, Bushbuck, Warthog, and leopard. Activities at Chelinda Lodge revolve around day and night nature drives which explore the rolling hills and patches of evergreen forest of the Nyika Plateau. Nature walks and mountain biking are also very popular. For the enthusiast, there is also the option of fly-fishing for trout.

Activities For The Day
  • Livingstonia Trail Hike
  • Mountain biking
  • Birding
  • Day and evening game drives
  • Fishing

Day 6
Drinks: Local Brands
Room: Fully Inclusive

A full day to explore the region and make use of the activities on offer.

Day 7
Drinks: None
Room: Fully Inclusive

Today you will be transferred to your last stop of the itinerary, the shores of Lake Malawi. Transfer will be forty-five minute charter flight to Likoma Island. Kaya Mawa is situated on Likoma Island which is the larger of two small islands in the north-east of Lake Malawi, very close to Mozambique. The island is just 17 sq km. There are sandy beaches, rocky coves and crystal clear waters making the diving and snorkelling some of the best in Malawi. The Lodge is on the south-western tip of the Island at the head of a bay. The owners have used the surroundings of beach, rock, island and lake to create a lodge of unique character and imagination. The resort consists of eleven rooms, each handcrafted and designed to fit into the surroundings. You may have an opportunity to enjoy some activities today, depending on your arrival time.

Day 8
Drinks: None
Room: Fully Inclusive

Full days of activities which include biking and hiking, scuba diving, windsurfing, waterskiing and wakeboarding, sailing, snorkelling, canoeing and excursions to Mozambique.

Day 9
Drinks: None
Room: Fully Inclusive

A full day to enjoy all the activities or simply relax on the beach with a good book.

Day 10
Drinks: None
Room: Dinner Bed Breakfast And Lunch

Your last day to soak in the sun rays and swim in the crystal clear waters.

Day 11
Drinks: None
Room: None

Depending on your flight time, you may have a chance for a morning activity before you leave. You will then be transferred back to the airstrip for your one hour Lilongwe flight and onward transfer.


  • All transfers by road
  • All accommodation on a full board basis
  • Local beverages
  • All activities (except motorized water sports at Kaya Mawa).


  • Bar (only premium is extra at Tongole)
  • Laundry at Chelinda Lodge
  • Gratuities
  • Visa fees where applicable
  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance

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