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Rock My Malawi Adventure

Trip Locations

  • Lake Malawi
  • Majete Wildlife Reserve
  • Liwonde National Park
  • Lilongwe
  • Zomba
  • Mount Mulanje

Join us on an incredible trip through the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ where we’ll search for the ‘Big Five’ in Majete National Reserve, experience local life in Cape Maclear, stay on a deserted island on Lake Malawi, hike the Zomba Plateau, explore the capital Lilongwe, see the beauty of Thyolo and Mulanje and go on safari in Liwonde National Park.

Tour Overview

 

Tour Dates

Cost

  • £2,095 + $1000 (local payment, paid on arrival).
  • Includes £400 non-refundable deposit.
  • £100 OFF bookings made on or before 1st March 2020.

What’s Included

  • 13 Nights Accommodation.
  • 13 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 10 Dinners.
  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader & Local Guides.
  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information.
  • Most In-Country Transport.
  • Lilongwe Market.
  •  Safari in Majete Wildlife Reserve.
  • Boat Safari in Majete Wildlife Reserve.
  • Satemwa Tea Estate Tour.
  • Tea Tasting.
  • Afternoon Tea.
  • Zomba Walking Tour.
  • Malawian Cooking Class.
  • Zomba Plateau Hike.
  • Malawian Dance Workshop.
  • Afternoon Game Drive.
  • Safari in Liwonde National Park.
  • 2 x Boat Safari in Liwonde National Park.
  • Cycle Tour & School Visit.
  • Lake Malawi Sunset Boat Trip.
  • Kayaking & Snorkelling in Lake Malawi.

Please Note

  • Malawi is Helen’s favourite country to travel in.
  • This is a Rock My Adventure pioneer trip!

£100 OFF BOOKINGS MADE ON OR BEFORE 1ST MARCH 2020!

LIMITED AVAILABILITY!

“I waited a long time to make my first trip to Africa and now I know why – I needed to see it with Helen and my 7 other new friends/tour mates! Not only did we get to see some of Africa’s most amazing sights (leopards, lion cubs, 1000 elephants, fighting giraffes, Victoria Falls, local villages) but our down time was just as wonderful (dancing in Cape Maclear, winning the pub quiz, chatting around the campfire, drinking all the red wine). It’s one of the best trips I’ve ever taken and it will be hard to top. I can’t wait to return to Africa! But how do I decide which Rock My Adventure tour to go on next?”

ANNIE / USA / ROCK MY MALAWI, ZAMBIA & BOTSWANA ADVENTURE 2018

Malawi Itinerary

Day 1: Lilongwe

 

Arrive in Lilongwe and transfer to your accommodation.

Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and a beer or two! Your Rock My Malawi Adventure starts here!

*  If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can help to organise any other activities you wish to do in Lilongwe. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Hotel)
  • Activities: None

Day 2 – 3: Majete Wildlife Reserve

 

We’ll spend the first part of the day taking a tour of Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe including the local market – this is a real assault on the senses and an insight into everyday life in Malawi.

From there, we’ll make our way out of the hustle and bustle of the city towards the fantastic Majete Wildlife Reserve in the Lower Shire Valley.

Arriving in the park, we’ll head out on an afternoon sundowner game drive where we’ll try to spot the ‘Big Five’.

The following day, we’ll be up and out for an early morning game drive to spot even more animals. During the middle of the day, we’ll return to camp to relax. Our lodge is often visited by wildlife so there is a chance we could see animals at the camp – a truly exciting experience.

In the afternoon, we’ll take a boat safari and cruise around the islands of the Shire River, to see the animals from a different perspective. 

 

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Lodge)
  • Activities: Lilongwe Market, 2 x Game Drive, Boat Safari 

Day 4 – 5: Mulanje

 

Leaving Majete Wildlife Reserve, we’ll head towards the slopes of majestic Mount Mulanje.

On the way, we’ll stop for a tour of Satemwa Tea Estate, including tea tasting and afternoon tea. This is one of the most beautiful places in Malawi.

From here we’ll continue on a short distance to our lodge in the foothills of Mount Mulanje.

The following day is free to explore the Mulanje area, either by bicycle or foot, doing some hiking in the area.

 

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Lodge)
  • Activities: Satemwa Tea Estate Tour, Tea Tasting, Afternoon Tea

Day 6 – 7: Zomba

 

Next stop on our Malawi adventure is the town of Zomba and the Zomba Plateau. 

On the afternoon we arrive, we will take a tour of the town, followed by a cooking class and learn to make a traditional Malawian dish.

The following day, we will go hiking on the beautiful Zomba Plateau. Our guide will show us the beautiful sights and there will be plenty of photographic opportunities. Those who want to can also go horse riding up on the plateau.

In the evening, we will have the opportunity to take part in a Malawian dance workshop. This can be as a participant or a spectator!

 

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Hotel)
  • Activities: Zomba Walking Tour, Malawian Cooking Class, Zomba Plateau Hike, Malawian Dance Workshop

Day 8: Liwonde National Park

 

The next part of our journey takes us north to beautiful Liwonde National Park on the Shire River.

Our camp lies directly on the river and animals occasionally walk through the camp. I was once woken up by an elephant munching trees outside the tent!

When we arrive, we’ll take an afternoon game drive through the park with sundowner drinks overlooking the Shire River before we head back to camp on a night time game drive.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Lodge)
  • Activities: Afternoon Game Drive

Day 9: Liwonde National Park

 

The following morning, we’ll cycle through villages to see first hand the pressures of the human-wildlife conflict and visit a local school to see inspired by the teachers and students of this fantastic community project.

In the afternoon, we’ll take a sunset boat ride on the Shire River. It’s very common to see elephants, hippos, and crocodiles in the river so let’s keep our fingers crossed for some excellent sightings.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Lodge)
  • Activities: Cycle Tour & School Visit, Afternoon Boat Safari

Day 10: Cape Maclear 

 

The following morning, we’ll be up and out early for our last boat safari before we make our way towards Cape Maclear (Chembe village) on the shores of Lake Malawi.

Lake Malawi is the world’s biggest freshwater lake and is so big, it actually looks like the ocean. At night, the fishermen use lanterns which twinkle on the water and are the reason the lake became known as the ‘Lake of Stars’.

When we arrive, there will be some free time before we head out to a local restaurant for dinner by the lake.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Lodge)
  • Activities: Morning Boat Safari

Day 11: Cape Maclear 

 

Day 2 in Cape Maclear is a free day to take part in the activity (or activities if you’re feeling energetic) of your choice, including: village tours, snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding, cycling, hiking, canoeing, beach volleyball.

For those who like to scuba dive, the lake is famous for having the best freshwater diving in the world and is home to more species of freshwater fish than any other lake in the entire world and with it being part of the Great Rift Valley, you’ll also be treated to some spectacular underwater scenery too.

In the afternoon, we’ll take a boat trip out on the lake to hopefully see some fish eagles and otters that live in the area.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Lodge)
  • Activities: Lake Malawi Sunset Boat Trip

Day 12: Mumbo Island

 

On our last full day at the lake, we’ll sail over to our very own deserted tropical island.

Here we’ll enjoy a food cooked by our own private chef, lounge around in hammocks, kayak, swim, have a campfire right on the beach and spend the night in true Swiss Family Robinson style.

At night we can watch the fishing boats twinkling in the water whilst the stars twinkle overhead.

And relax…

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mumbo Island (Static Tents)
  • Activities: Kayaking, Swimming

Day 13: Lilongwe

 

After breakfast, we’ll take a boat trip back to the mainland. After we’ve said our goodbyes to Lake Malawi, we’ll head back to Lilongwe.

There will be some time for shopping at the mall, craft market or local market in the afternoon (Lilongwe is a great place to buy fabric, art and wooden carvings).

In the evening we’ll head out on the town for a farewell meal and toast tour our wonderful and life-changing Malawi adventure.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Hotel)
  • Activities: None

Day 14: Departure Day

 

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends, but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime.

We can arrange the transfer to Lilongwe Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: None
  • Activities: None

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, ‘This is Africa’! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!!

Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

 

Essential Info

Duration: 14 Nights

Dates: 

Start: Lilongwe, Malawi

Finish: Lilongwe, Malawi

Maximum Group Size: 8 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate

Cost: £2,095 + $1000* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £400 (non-refundable)

Support

  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

Meals

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners.

Accommodation

  • 13 nights accommodation in good quality/unique safari camps, lodges, hostels, hotels and guesthouses.

Transport

  • All transport within Malawi to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, safari vehicle, boat, bus & mini bus).

Activities

 

  • Lilongwe Market
  •  Safari in Majete Wildlife Reserve
  • Boat Safari in Majete Wildlife Reserve
  • Satemwa Tea Estate Tour
  • Tea Tasting
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Zomba Walking Tour
  • Malawian Cooking Class
  • Zomba Plateau Hike
  • Malawian Dance Workshop
  • Afternoon Game Drive
  • Safari in Liwonde National Park
  • 2 x Boat Safari in Liwonde National Park
  • Cycle Tour & School Visit
  • Lake Malawi Sunset Boat Trip
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Flights.
  • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
  • Visas (if needed).
  • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
  • Travel/health insurance (required).
  • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Tips for local guides.

You will make 3 payments:

  • Deposit: Paid in GBP upon booking.
  • Balance: The remainder of the GBP balance (minus deposit) paid 62 days before arrival.
  • Local Payment: Paid on arrival to your Tour Leader in Africa

The local payment is separate from the initial price you pay prior to the trip. You pay the local payment to your Tour Leader in US Dollars upon arrival in Africa.

This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

Travel insurance is essential for ALL Rock My Adventure trips.

Your health and safety when travelling is of the utmost importance, so it is vital that you have travel insurance policy that covers you for your trip to Africa. Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us and you will not be able to join a trip without it.

You must be satisfied that your insurance fully covers all your personal requirements including cancellation charges, theft, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. 

Your insurance should also cover you for any adventurous activities that you wish to do – this includes the ‘included’ activities on the tour and any ‘optional’ activities.

Please be aware that some hazardous activities such as (but not limited to) white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, safari walks, bungee jumping and sky diving may not be covered by all policies, so you may have to take out a higher level of cover.

Medical care is not free in Africa and even the cost of getting to hospital can be super expensive, so you need to be covered in case of a medical emergency, including air ambulance evacuation and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. For example, if your appendix bursts whilst we are in the Serengeti, you will need to be evacuated by helicopter to Nairobi. Without insurance you would need to pay for that out of your own pocket. 

If you are bringing along any electrical equipment such as cameras and laptops, you should also ensure your insurance covers those items too. Some policies only have this as an add-on. 

If you are travelling to an area that is subject to foreign office warnings, this may void your travel insurance, so you may need to take out an additional policy for the days you are in the danger zones. 

Please always read the small print.

Your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip, so please have the following information ready for them:

  • Name of insurance provider.
  • Your policy number.
  • The telephone number to call in the event of an emergency.
  • Your next of kin name and number.

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