Lake Malawi, Yacht & Land-Based
Dates & Prices: available upon request
Packages: * 4 night package, all inclusive
* 6 night package, all inclusive
Includes: Combination of lodge & yacht accommodation, all meals, road transfers, international flights, 8 dives (see below)
Additional activities: kayaking, snorkelling, water-skiing, hiking and ours through the village
With a combination of land & yacht accommodation, this is bound to be a truly unique diving and adventure experience, visit Cape Maclear, which borders the Lake Malawi National Park and is also surrounded by islands, this is one of the most beautiful locations on the magnificent Lake Malawi
• 2 or 3 Nights lodge accommodation and 2 or 3 nights yacht accommodation (depending onthe package)
• Full board, 3 delicious meals each day
• Bottomless cups of tea and coffee
• Early morning rusks and biscuits, cake at tea time, pre-dinner snacks
• Filtered drinking water
• Luxurious, lake facing, en-suite, air conditioned bedrooms
• Sparkling swimming pool
• Complimentary bathroom supplies
• Laundry service
• Non-motorized water sports and activities. kayaking, sailing, mountain bikes etc. Unlimited use
• Pool table, darts, table tennis
• 6 or 8 dives including cylinder and weights
• Return road transfers from Llilongwe Airport
• Return international flights - Johannesburg / Llilongwe / Johannesburg and airfares
• Drinks - you can run a tab for beer, wine, minerals and spirits
• Scuba diving available on site through a registered PADI scuba diving resort
• Motorized water sports. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, boat trips, snorkel trips, Sunset cruises etc. Rates on request
• Use of yacht for day sailing and sunset cruises. Subject to availability
The Lodge has eight en-suite, air-conditioned rooms, tastefully decorated in cool, nautical colours and all opening onto a large patio. All rooms have spectacular views of the lake and look out over Thumbi West Island. The garden has shady lawns, leading to our sparkling, beach side, infinity swimming pool. Moored just a stones throw away is the luxury yacht.
PADI scuba diving centre, water sports and activities are all on site and easily accessible to our resident guests.
The yachting establishment is situated at Cape Maclear bordering on the Lake Malawi National Park, offers superb Lake Malawi accommodation. Surrounded by islands, this is one of the most beautiful locations on this magnificent lake. It serves as both a yacht charter company and a luxury lodge, focusing on sailing and water sports. Owner run and offering personal attention, it delivers all round excellence.
The yacht operates on a "full board" basis which includes three delicious meals each day, plus teas, coffees, cakes and snacks. Local and international chefs take pride in presenting a tempting selection of dishes for the buffet table, using the freshest of ingredients. Dining is al-fresco in a family setting. Children are most welcome. Early meals and child friendly menus can be arranged. Dietary needs are catered to.
The yacht is a fully equipped and crewed ocean going catamaran, which sleeps eight guests in comfort and style. The layout includes two bathrooms, four double cabins, 2 crew berths, saloon, galley, cockpit under shade bimini and a dive platform. Mufusa is the only ocean-going, live aboard yacht on Lake Malawi.
SCUBA DIVING ON LAKE MALAWI
Lake Malawi is ideal for the diving enthusiast; clear, fresh, warm water, no tides or currents and over 600 different species of brightly coloured tropical fish known as Cichlids.
See mouth brooders sucking in and releasing their young, witness the "play dead fish" attack his prey, watch out for the "around the corner fish" and the "upside down fish". Fascinating breeding, nesting and fish behaviour patterns pointed out to you by our knowledgeable dive professionals will increase your awareness of this unique and special underwater environment.
WHAT TO DO ON LAKE MALAWI
Be as active or as relaxed as you choose. Patient and encouraging water sports instructors give expert tuition for waterskiing, wakeboarding, snorkelling and sailing. We are child friendly and offer something for everyone.
* Sailing and cruising on the yacht "Mufasa"
* Hobie cat and dingy sailing
* Scuba diving
* Waterskiing, wakeboarding, tube rides
* Mountain biking
* Guided nature walks
* Cultural outings to the traditional village
* Pool table, table tennis and darts
SOMETHING ABOUT MALAWI
Malawi - The Warm Heart of Africa . . . . One of the smaller African Nations, landlocked in the heart of East Central Africa, Malawi is one-fifth water. Its vast lake, southernmost chain of the great Rift Valley waters, is 580 km long, the third largest in Africa, and is linked through the Shire River to the Zambezi and the sea. Lying within the tropics, Malawi offers the visitors a warm climate, second only to the friendliness and warmth of its people.
Malawi's borders enclose a diverse terrain unparalleled in this part of Africa. Dominated by the Rift Valley, the country includes an extensive area of high interior plateaus, with steep escarpments, in places plunging into the waters of Lake Malawi. Elephant, hippo and crocodile abound, with a wide array of other antelope and bird life. But these are all mere jewels in Malawi's crown, the stunning centerpiece of which is her lake. Lake Malawi offers one the opportunity to forget about the hurried passing of time. Still relatively untouched by the modern world, the lake is a vast embodiment of a thousand picture postcards. Danforth Yachting operates from one of the most beautiful parts of the lake, the world's first fresh water nature reserve and a World Heritage site: Cape Maclear.
Malawi is landlocked. It is a long and narrow country, covering more than 1000 km from north to south. Lake Malawi, nearly 600 km long and up to 80 km wide, dominates the countryside. The Rift Valley is an ancient geological formation with fertile soils. Malawi's scenery is diverse and the habitats are varied. At its lowest point, the country is only about 35m above sea yet the nearest coastline is nearly 300km away. Its highest point, Mount Mulanje is 140 km away and over 3000m above sea level. Between these altitude extremes, there are rolling hills, plateaus, cool misty mountains and much varied scenery. Each of the many diverse habitats is protected within Malawi's eleven national parks and game reserves. Everything, from Elephants to orchids, is protected.
Today, Malawi is a wonderful, warm, friendly and welcoming country that offers visitors great scenery, interesting parks and some of the friendliest villagers in all of Africa.
With its spectacular sunrises, unspoiled scenery and crystal clear waters; Lake Malawi is one of the most famous freshwater scuba diving locations in the world. The third largest lake in Africa, ninth worldwide and with a depth of up to 700 metres.
Lake Malawi boasts of over 1000 species of tropical fish - 350 of which are unique to the lake. Scuba diving in Lake Malawi is like exploring a giant aquarium and being engulfed by a rainbow of fish. In fact, resort courses are available to those who wish to learn to dive. Fully qualified instructors welcome beginners and Lake Malawi, at 474m above sea level is the ideal place to learn to dive.
At its deepest, the bottom is 700m however most of the diving is done above 20m as not much Cyclid life lives further down and the nearest recompression chamber is a long way off in Pretoria, South Africa. Although the diving itself is definately unchallenging, the numbers of brightly coloured fish is surprising. The main reason for diving here are the 1500 varieties of freshwater Cyclids endemic to Lake Malawi.
There are 11 main dive sites around Nkharta Bay which generally comprise of big underwater boulders covered in algae which provide some interesting swim throughs and hundreds of beautiful fish. A night dive is recommended here as scores of the large locally named dolphinfish (which look as dolphin-like as a loaf of bread) surround you within minutes of entering the water, an exciting sensation in the dark as you never quite know where they're coming from.
There is no best time of year to dive in the Lake but the winds and weather as always can be unpredictable. The highest temperature can reach 31 degrees in December and the lowest 22 degrees.