Manda Wilderness Adventure, Lake Malawi

The Manda Wilderness Area is located on the Mozambican shores of Lake Malawi near to Likoma Island. The area has a wide variety of landscapes ranging from swamps, rivers, mountains, savannah, forest, to kilometres of beaches with crystal clear waters. Wildlife in the form of birds and smaller game is plentiful. Pristine bush surrounds a perfect white sandy beach where wild dog have occasionally been sighted.

Lake Malawi Bedroom at Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge is on a 650 hectare private concession area within the Manda Wilderness Area and is set on the shores of Lake Malawi on an untouched white sandy bay.
The Lodge has been constructed out of local and natural materials wherever possible. It has been built by the Lodge staff, all of whom come from the nearby Nyanja communities.
Each chalet is unique and has been designed to blend in with the surroundings and to cause minimal impact on the environment. All have private and imaginatively built bathrooms, with baths set in the rocks and showers emerging from trees. The Lodge offers a wide range of activities, such as canoeing on the lake or local rivers, guided bush walks and trekking looking for birds and wildlife, snorkelling, surfing, kite flying and visits to local community projects.
Run in conjunction with the lodge is the Manda Wilderness development Project where proceeds from the lodge as well as funds from international donors are channelled into community development projects which include the building of schools, improvement of local agriculture. A unique community owned game reserve of 100,000 hectares has also been established. A visit from you to the reserve will help fund the conservation of the area and the wildlife within it. Proceeds thereafter go directly to the communities. In 2004 we will be working closely with the Manda Wilderness project and Nkwichi Lodge and it makes a superb extension to a traditional safari.

The Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival into Lilongwe international Airport you will be met and transferred by small aircraft to Likoma Island (45 minute flight). You will then be transferred by boat to Mozambique and to Nkwichi Lodge and on arrival you can settle into your chalet and take a tour round the Lodge.

Day 2

This morning you can relax on the beach and have a swim. After lunch and a siesta, you can walk to the waterfall, a view point and the 2,000 year old baobab tree. You will then canoe along the coast back to the Lodge in time for sunset drinks. Dinner will be served on the platform overlooking the lake. Nkwichi Lodge, 1 night on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 3

8am - transfer by dhow to Mbueca village and walk from the Lake shore, up the prime-evil Mbueca gorge. This is a fairly strenuous climb, but the beauty and the scenery more than make up for the effort. It can be taken at your own pace as there will always be a guide near by. Once up, the path levels out onto the Manda Wilderness Plain, wandering through Brachestigia woodland with the option of spotting Kudu or some of the smaller antelope common in the area.
Lunch will be served on the banks of the Rio Lukambwe, a great place for spotting the more colourful kingfishers.
After lunch and a short rest, members of the community will show you around a school which is being built through funds raised by Manda Wilderness Project (MWP), as well as numerous agricultural projects which have also been established by MWP. These include organic vegetable, soya, sunflower and peanut production - all with the intention of improving local diet and stimulating the community into producing excess to sell to Nkwichi Lodge. It is inspirational what a bit of funding and a lot of hard work can achieve.
2 hours trekking, along a flat path, through drier woodlands takes us to the banks of the Rio Lusengece. While camp is set up and the water made hot for the showers, you are welcome to join the guide in exploring the river banks, looking for birds and a very illusive antelope called a Suni, which are reasonably common on this river.

Day 4

Today will be spent trekking through the Manda Wilderness Community Conservation Area; Lunch will be in the bamboo forests along the Rio Mcondece, where bush buck and leopard often frequent. The walk in the afternoon takes you through the remote and untouched village of Mcondece, to the foothills of Mt Noldie where we set up camp on the banks of the Rio Mcondece. This is a beautiful location where the river is ideal for a quick dip and the evergreen forest is perfect for spotting the rarer birds such as the Bar tailed Trogon. Occasionally Zebra can be spotted here. After a hot shower, dinner is served.

Day 5

This morning you will trek over the hills and taka a picnic lunch with a view over the Lake and Likoma Island. After lunch you will descend down to the town of Cobue for a tour around the war ruined church and a visit the community run maize mill. Also part of the MWP - set up to create an income for the community so that they can take a greater part in developing themselves and not be dependent on aid). After some refreshments in the local bar you will sail back to Nkwichi Lodge for a hot bath, fireside drinks and dinner. Nkwichi Lodge, 1 night on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 6

Today is a rest day at the lodge where you can relax or take part in a variety of activities such as snorkelling, canoeing and short bush walks. For those still feeling very active, longer canoe trips with a picnic lunch or walks to other community projects can easily be arranged. Later you can enjoy sunset drinks on the rock islands of Ponta Poli and dinner will be on the white sands of Nkwichi beach, lit up by lanterns and the stars. Nkwichi Lodge, 1 night on a fully inclusive basis.

Day 7

This morning you will depart at 9.30am for Likoma Island and visit Likoma's Anglican Cathedral (built in 1903) and the old slave town of Chipiyela. At midday you will fly back to Lilongwe airport and transfer by taxi into town. Lunch will be spent in your hotel and in the afternoon a taxi will be available for you to tour the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary and for last minute shopping. Dinner will be at Don Brioni's Restaurant, the best in town. Accommodation tonight is at a local Hotel on a B&B basis.

Likoma Cathedral

Day 8

You will be transferred to Lilongwe Airport for your flight back to the UK.

Please contact us for dates and prices.

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