Northern Malawi Self Drive Holiday – 14 Nights

Blue Zebra Lodge

Northern Malawi Self Drive Holiday – 14 Nights

Day 1-3: Luwawa Forest Lodge – Viphya Plateau

luwawa forest lodge

On arrival, a representative from Malawian Style will welcome you at the Lilongwe International Airport and after greetings, he will hand over a car, route directions, maps and all information you may need for on your tour. You will then start driving to Nyika Plateau. Your first two nights will be at Luwawa Forest Lodge.

The lodge contains most things that you would require for a relaxing stay, including a sauna. There is plenty of room in the dining area of the lodge and all the food is freshly prepared using fresh organic vegetables from a vegetable garden.

Luwawa Forest Lodge: Full board. Drinks are on pay as you go basis.

Distance to Drive
About 229km / 4 hours from airport to Viphya Plateau.

Day 3-6: Chelinda Lodge, Nyika Plateau

Nyika Plateau

Today you will now start heading further north to Nyika National Park. After your breakfast, get ready and drive out of Viphya Plateau to Nyika National Park. You will drive straight to Chelinda Lodge where you will be accommodated for the next few days.

The lodge nestles in the alpine high lands of Nyika National Park, Chelinda Lodge lies against a magnificent backdrop.

Chelinda Lodge: Full board. Drinks are on pay as you go basis.

Distance to Drive
About 264 km/ 5hrs from Viphya Plateau.

Day 6-9: Makuzi Beach Lodge, Chintheche


Enjoy your last morning at Chelinda Lodge. Get ready to Leave the lodge just after your breakfast and start driving to your next destination – Makuzi Beach Lodge.Makuzi beach lodge is situated on the lush northern shores of Lake Malawi. It is one of Malawi’s only private white sand beaches which provides guest with a superb, secluded retreat and wonderful views across Africa’s third largest freshwater lake. All chalets are en-suite with stunning lake views set in a perfectly manicured garden. This relaxed lakeshore lodge is a perfect retreat with a well-deserved reputation for warm hospitality and great facilities.

Makuzi Beach Lodge: Full Board. Drinks are on pay as you go basis.

Distance to Drive
About 235km/ 14 hours drive from Nyika Plateau.

Day 9 – 12: Bua River Lodge, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

It is time to leave the Chintheche Lake Shore and head to Bua River Lodge in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.

On the banks of the beautiful Bua River in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Central Malawi, Bua River Lodge offers fine, en-suite, tented accommodation to a very high standard but at moderate prices. Bua River Lodge is already highly acclaimed for the friendliness of their staff, the quality of the accommodation, the standard of service and excellent food! Take a walk down to the river or kayak if you prefer, watch the amazing sunsets or go bird watching.

Bua River Lodge: Full board. Drinks are on pay as you go basis.

Distance to Drive
About 141 km / 3 hours drive from Chintheche.

Day 12-15: Blue Zebra Lodge, Nankoma Island

After breakfast, you will then start driving to Senga Bay – Salima where you will get your Boat transfer to Nankoma Island. Your last three nights will be at the Blue Zebra Lodge.

The chalets are set in an unspoilt environment and guests are surrounded by nature and luxury. Guest is free to chill at the infinity pool, kayak around the island or enjoy a game of volleyball as part of the board packages. The Lodge also offers free use of snorkelling equipment to view the unique colourful fish that inhabit every inch of the coastline.

blue Zebra Lodge: Full board. Drinks are on pay as you go basis.

Distance to Drive
About 153 km / 3 hours 30 minutes from Nkhotakota.
20-minute boat transfer from Senga Bay to Nankoma Island.

Day 15: Departure, Lilongwe

All good things must come to an end, and today is the day you will be driving back to Lilongwe. You have a 4-hour drive ahead of you, before arriving at the airport where the car rental company will meet you to fetch your car.

Distance to Drive
About 115 km / 2 hours from Senga Bay to Lilongwe International Airport.

If you would like to book or tailor this tour, or you simply want to know more, please email or fill the contact us form and one of our team will get back to you, promptly.

Tour Details


14 nights



Tour Highlights

Nyika Plateau
Viphya Plateau
Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
Nankoma Island, Lake Malawi

Safari Prices

Low Season - PAX 2


High Season - PAX 2


Low Season - PAX 4


High Season - PAX 4


Low Season - PAX 6


High Season - PAX 6



✓ Accommodation and meals mentioned in the itinerary

✓ Activities/game drives mentioned in the itinerary

✓ Non-motorised water sports such as kayaking, snorkelling etc

Not Included

✗ Drinks

✗ Visas

✗ Car hire

✗ Park fees

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