CYCLING THE SOUTH OF MALAWI & CLIMBING MULANJE MOUNTAIN
One only truly gets close to a foreign country when you explore it outside of aircrafts, overland trucks, boats and trains. On a cycling trip of south Malawi, you’ll learn what this country is truly about – you’ll smell it and take the time to notice every beautiful piece of scenery properly before moving on the next.
The first night will be spent in a lodge at the foot of the Mulanje Mountain in one of the old management houses of the colonial Lujeri Tea Estate. The main lodge has four bedrooms, while the guesthouse has five bedrooms, there is also a swimming pool at both
While guests climb Mulanje Mountain, they will stay in basic cottages and camps in the evenings surrounded by the beautiful mountainside and tucking into delicious meals around the campfire.
In Chimwemwe Game Park guests will stay in a beautiful lodge situated on this serene and beautiful 500 acre park which is located in one of the last remaining indigenous forests of Malawi.
On the Zomba Plateau, accommodation is in a characterful cottage on the mountain, just five minutes walk from Zomba Dam and horse stable. There are two bedrooms, one double and one twin room. The cottage has newly refurbished bathroom with shower and bath, modern kitchen with all cooking equipment, free Broadband Wi-Fi, and DSTV.
In Liwonde National Park, accommodation is in on broad stretch of the Shire River (pronounced Shiree), with a profusion of hippos, crocodiles and the amazing bird life of the park. An impressive thatched dining and lounge area is situated nearby, offering a magnificent vista of the Shire River. Dinners are sometimes held under the stars in a specially constructed boma.
At Lake Malawi, during the two nights at Mangochi, the villas are set in brilliantly green gardens fronted by a beautiful beach on the shores of the southern section of the lake. This showpiece property captures the essence of African design, culture and tradition.
The following two nights are spent on Domwe Island in a camp that is basic, yet offers close-to-the-earth feel. The fact that the island is unpopulated makes for an exclusive camp. Situated behind a small beach, the camp is built to be kind to the environment with solar lights, dry compost toilets.
The last accommodation for the trip is on the beautiful Domwe Island.
- Summit Mount Mulanje
- Thyolo Game park cycling
- Game park cycling – Liwonde
- Unexplored Mumbo Island paradise
- Snorkel, dive, kayak
- Fireside campsite
Day One & Two
Guests will be met at Lilongwe Airport and transferred to Mulanje Mountain where they will spend the night at the foot of the mountain. Cycling starts on day two with a short ride on Lujeri Tea Estate to where the hike of Mount Mulanje commences.
Day Three & Four
Day three is also spent trekking up the mountain. While some stretches are steep and challenging, others or flat and beautiful. Lunches beside waterfalls and refreshing swims in the rock pools make the climb entirely worth the effort. On the morning of day four it’s time to head to Satemwa Tea Estates and further to the Chimwemwe Game Park, with the bikes – a beautiful 70km ride.
Day Five & Six
On day five it’s onward to the Zomba Plateau for a two night stay where guests can relax, visit the Zomba Dam or go on horseback rides in the beautiful countryside. Guests can also explore the area on their bikes if they please.
Day Seven & Eight
On the morning of day seven, guests will head out to Liwonde National Park where they will spend two nights. The park is geared toward cycling rides, but guests can also go on game drives, boating trips and nature walks.
Day Nine & Ten
On day nine it’s time to head out to Lake Malawi for a two night stay at Mangochi. Here they can stretch their legs and rest their bodies on the soft white sand or in the refreshing waters of the lake. There’s snorkelling, diving, boat trips, and fun motorizes water sports for those still keen for adventure.
Day Eleven & Twelve
Today, guests head to Domwe Island for two nights in a luxury safari tent at this tranquil spot in Cape Maclear. Guests first travel with a road transfer and only peddle the last 18km to Cape Maclear and enjoy a 45min boat road to the island.
Day Thirteen & Fourteen
After breakfast guests will be transferred by boat to the stunning Mumbo Island. These two days are spent enjoying all that the island has to offer. On the morning of day fifteen, guests will fly straight to Lilongwe International Airport for their onward travel arrangements.
Meet & greet at Lilongwe Airport and road or boat transfers where applicable. All guides, kayaking & cycling. Fourteen nights accommodation, all meals included. All game activities except rhino tracking, hiking in Mulanje Mountain and all non-motorized activities on Lake Malawi. Park fees where applicable.
Please note that where a booking crosses over 2 different rate periods, neither rate is applicable – please request a special quote.
International and domestic flights not mentioned; travel insurance; personal expenses incl. laundry, phone calls, tips, visas, insurance & vaccinations. All drinks and extra meals. Horseback riding on Zomba Plateau and Rhino tracking in Liwonde National Park. All motorized activities on Lake Malawi. Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies, exchange rate fluctuations and fuel surcharges.
Note: Malaria precautions should be taken; Yellow Fever vaccination required if transferring through a South African border.
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