Day 1: Blantyre - Likhubula Forest Lodge
Arrive in Blantyre and be met by our safari representatives. Transfer to Likhubula Forest Lodge near Mulanje where you will be staying overnight. After settling into your room, meet for an initial 3D orientation at the forest office. At 18:20 a detailed briefing will be held followed by an early dinner. After dinner make final preparations for the hike.
Day 2: Transfer to Fort lister
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Fort Lister for the start of your hike. Go through the tea plantations of the lower slopes, ascending up to Sombani Forest Hut where you will be staying overnight. Leaving your packs at the hut, take a short walk on to Leopard Rock, returning just before sunset. Approximate walking time for the day is 6 hours.
Day 3: Sombani - Thuchira Forest Hut
After an early breakfast, depart from Sombani. Passing Chinzama Forest Hut where you stop for lunch, continue on to Thuchira Forest Hut. The trail takes you across the undulating plateau of Thuchira in view of spectacular peaks. Enjoy a spectacular sunset at Elephant head view -point. Return to Thuchira Forest Hut where you will be staying overnight. There’s an option to go on a night walk after dinner to see nocturnal animals. The day’s walk takes approximately 7 hours.
Day 4: Chisepo Shelter
An early start, walk up to Chisepho Shelter and prepare an overnight camp. From there start climbing up the peak of Sapitwa arriving at the top by midday. After lunch descend back down to Chisepho. Total hiking time is approximately 7 hours.
Day 5: Descend to Likhubala Forest Lodge
Up at dawn, have an early cup of tea or coffee before leaving Chisepho. Descend via Chambe Forest Hut along the Chapaluka path to Likhubula Forest Lodge. The day’s walk is approximately 6 hours. Have a delicious lunch at the lodge, after which you can relax and have a well deserved rest. Alternatively you can visit the craft vendors or the nearby local market. Over night Likhubula Forest Lodge.
Days 6 & 7: Kayaking, Discover Mumbo Island
The morning is at leisure to relax at the lodge. In the afternoon, it’s into the kayaks for a one to two hour paddle across to Mumbo Island where you’ll stay for the next two nights. All snorkeling and kayaking activities are included and there are numerous short walks to be taken around the island.
Day 8: Paddle to Nkopolo Lodge
After breakfast have a leisurely paddle back to the mainland or you can transfer by boat. Along the way you may get the opportunity to get some close up photos of the Fish Eagles that nest on the islands you pass by. Once on the mainland transfer to Nkopolo Lodge where you’ll stay overnight
Day 9: Cluba Makakola
Your last day sees an early morning transfer to the airport at Club Makakola for your flight to Johannesburg via Blantyre. Arrive in Johannesburg in the afternoon.
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