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Rock My Malawi Adventure

– with Girl vs Globe –

 

 

£2,895 – Malawi – 13 Nights

Tour Highlights

Join Sabina of Girl vs Globe and Helen of Helen in Wonderlust on an exciting journey through Malawi, the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’.

On this trip we’ll immerse ourselves in nature on safari in beautiful Liwonde National Park, visit the hilltop town of Livingstonia, experience the beauty and tranquility of Lake Malawi, and experience local life in rural Ruarwe.

Sabina will be offering Instagram & Youtube tips on the trip for anyone who is interested in improving their skills and Helen will be offering daily yoga and meditation sessions (all optional).

Girl vs Globe and Rock My Adventure share the ethos of a sustainable, experiential, grassroots, and down-to-earth approach to travel, so that’s exactly what you’re going to get from this trip!

I went to sleep dreaming of Malawi, and all the things made possible when your dreams are powered by your heart.” (William Kamkwamba)

Meet Your Hosts

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About Sabina – Girl vs Globe

Sabina Trojanova is the founder of Girl vs Globe, a travel and lifestyle community with 200,000+ social media followers. She is also a published author, with her book #Wanderlust (HarperCollins) coming out in November 2020. Sabina loves exploring lesser known destinations and meeting new people – she has visited more than fifty countries, lived in five and speaks seven languages. In 2018, she spent 5 months travelling around East Africa whilst working on a project for the European Commission and fell in love with Malawi. She is really excited to share its beauty with you! She’ll be on hand to help you with photography, offer social media consultation and share some insights about the country, through her academic background in global development.

 About Helen – Helen in Wonderlust

Helen is the founder of Rock My Adventure and Africa Travel Blogger at Helen in Wonderlust. Helen fell in love with Africa in 2009 during a sabbatical from her job in corporate project & events management and has spent the last 11 years travelling and working on the continent, leading tours through Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, the DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Eswatini, Benin, Togo, Sierra Leone & Morocco. She is passionate about creating fun, meaningful, and experiential travel experiences. As well as an experienced Africa Tour Leader, Helen is a certified Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher and Chakradance Facilitator. Helen strongly believes in the healing benefits of yoga and meditation, and brings a down-to-earth, nature-inspired approach to her classes.

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Tour Overview

 

Tour Dates

Cost

  • £2,895
  • Includes £400 non-refundable deposit.

What’s Included

  • 13 Nights Accommodation.
  • 13 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 12 Dinners.
  • Rock My Adventure Group Leaders & Local Safari Guides.
  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information.
  • In-Country Transport.
  • Daily Yoga (optional).
  • Daily Meditation (optional).
  • Goody Bag.
  • Welcome Dinner.
  • 2 x Safari Game Drives in Liwonde National Park.
  • 1 x Boat Safari in Liwonde National Park.
  • Nature Walk in Nkhotakota.
  • Sunset Horse Ride.
  • Traditional Malawian Meal.
  • Village Walk.
  • Phunzira Project Visit.
  • Livingstonia Tour.
  • Waterfall Hike.
  • Snorkelling.
  • Kayaking.
  • Beach BBQ & Party.
  • Lilongwe Wildlife Centre.
  • Goodbye Dinner.
  • 10% of profits donated to the Phunzira Project.

Please Note

  • We are currently operating a flexible booking policy due to Covid-19 so that you can book with confidence! Please see more info here.
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“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

Itinerary

 

 

Day 1: Lilongwe

Arrive in Lilongwe and transfer to your accommodation for the night. Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner.

Your Rock My Malawi Adventure with Girl vs Globe starts here.

Welcome to the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. Muli Bwanji!

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Madidi Lodge (or similar)
  • Activities: Welcome Dinner
  • Travel Time: 0 Hours

    Day 2 – 3: Liwonde National Park

    You will have the opportunity to welcome in the day with an early morning yoga session, before we leave the city and make our way to Malawi’s stunning Liwonde National Park and our beautiful camp, situated right on the Shire River.

    After lunch, there will be time to settle in, swim in the pool or relax before we jump into our safari vehicle and go on the first game drive of the trip.

    The following day, we’ll be up early to take a boat cruise along the river where we may be lucky enough to see elephants drinking and bathing up close.

    We’ll return to camp in the heat of the day when the animals are less active, before heading out again for an evening game drive with sundowner drinks, followed by dinner in the restaurant.

     

    • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
    • Accommodation: Mvuu Camp (or similar)
    • Activities: 2 x Safari Game Drives, 1 Boat Safari, Daily Yoga & Meditation (Optional)
    • Travel Time: 4 Hours

      Day 4: Nkhotakota

      After a hearty breakfast, we’ll drive to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and our peaceful lodge situated on the banks of the Bua River. Nkhotakota is a haven for elephants after a relocation and conservation project in 2016.

      There is free time to relax in the afternoon before our sunset yoga and meditation session. In the evening, we’ll relax by the campfire and under the stars, listening to the sounds of the wild.

       

      • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      • Accommodation: Bua River Lodge (or similar)
      • Activities: Daily Yoga & Meditation (Optional)
      • Travel Time: 5 Hours

        Day 5 – 6: Kande Beach

        In the morning, we’ll head out on a nature walk with our expert guides who will share stories of their culture and the history of the area and we may see animals as they come to drink at the river.

        Leaving Nkhotakota, we’ll head north to famous Kande Beach on the shores of Lake Malawi. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a traditional Malawian meal in the village.

        The next morning is free to explore the area, relax, or go shopping for some of the famous wooden crafts on offer.

        In the afternoon, we’ll take a sunset horse ride through the forest and village, ending at beautiful Kande Beach. The horses love the water and you will get to ride them as they go for their daily dip, an experience you’ll never forget.

        We’ll end the day with a delicious home-cooked meal using ingredients grown in the lodge’s vegetable garden.

         

        • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
        • Accommodation: Kande Horse (or similar)
        • Activities: Nature Walk, Sunset Horse Ride, Traditional Malawian Meal, Daily Yoga & Meditation (Optional)
        • Travel Time: 2 Hours

         

        Day 7 – 8: Ruarwe

        The following morning, we’ll take our own private boat across Lake Malawi to the beautiful and remote Zulunkhuni River Lodge in Ruarwe, our home for the next two nights. The area is still largely untouched by tourism, offering the ideal opportunity to immerse ourselves in Malawian culture.

        The area is home to the Tombuca people and when we arrive, we’ll head out for a walk to the village and visit the local community centre, Nyumba ya Masambiro.

        The following day we’ll visit local project, Phunzira, a grass-roots initiative providing educational, vocational, and health support for the local communities. You can find more information here.

        Whilst we’re in the area, there will also be plenty of time to swim in the lake and explore the waterfalls that lie a short hike away.

        In the evenings, we’ll enjoy delicious, home-cooked vegetarian meals and relax in the bar area.

         

        • Meals:  2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
        • Accommodation: Zulukhuni River Lodge (or similar)
        • Activities: Village Walk, Phunzira Project Visit, Daily Yoga & Meditation (Optional)
        • Travel Time: 6 Hours

          Day 9 – 10: Livingstonia

          Our next stop is Livingstonia, one of Malawi’s most significant and historial towns, situated high on a plateau overlooking lake Malawi and the Great Rift Valley. The town was originally known as Kondowe village before being renamed by Scottish missionaries in the 19th Century.

          Our home for the next two nights is the Mushroom Farm, a cosy and eco-friendly lodge and social enterprise, committed to sustainable community development and local empowerment.

           Whilst we’re here, we’ll go for a hike, learning about the historic relevance of the area and visiting stunning Manchewe Falls and Caves. At the end of the trek, there will an opportunity to view the highest waterfall in Malawi, take a refreshing swim in the rock pools, and enjoy a picnic lunch.

          Each day, we’ll enjoy daily yoga and meditation sessions with one of the most incredible views in all of Malawi, followed by communal vegetarian dinners, cooked using ingredients grown on the farm.

           

          • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Dinner
          • Accommodation: Mushroom Farm (or similar)
          • Activities: Livingstonia Tour & Waterfall Hike, Daily Yoga & Meditation (Optional)
          • Travel Time: 2.5 Hours

            Day 11 – 12: Nkhata Bay

            Our penultimate destination is the lively fishing village and beach town of Nkhata Bay, one of Malawi’s premier snorkelling and scuba diving locations, famous for colourful cichlids, catfish and dolphin fish.

            After lunch, we’ll take out kayaks and snorkels to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the lake.

            Our last full day will be free, so that those who want to go diving can do so or you are free to explore the town and go shopping in the local markets, where you will find beautiful chitenge fabric and the famous Malawian Chief’s Chairs.

            Or you can simply relax and enjoy your last day in paradise.

            In the evening, we’ll head out on a sunset cruise before heading to a secluded beach for a bbq beach dinner under the stars, with drumming, dancing, and music.

            Later on, those who enjoy nightlife can head out on the town to one of the local bars.

             

            • Meals:  2 x Breakfast, 1 x Dinner
            • Accommodation: Mayoka Lodge (or similar)
            • Activities: Snorkelling, Kayaking, Bech BBQ & Party, Daily Yoga & Meditation (Optional)
            • Travel Time: 3.5 Hours

              Day 13: Lilongwe

              After a lazy morning, we’ll make our way back to Lilongwe, where we’ll visit the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre which is supported by the Born Free Foundation.

              Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and as a result, it has a high rate of deforestation which has a terrible impact on the local wildlife, creating human-wildlife conflict.

              The centre looks after orphaned, injured, and distressed animals with the aim to release them back into the wild.

              In the evening, we’ll enjoy one last celebratory meal together and toast to an incredible trip across Malawi.

               

              • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
              • Accommodation: None
              • Activities: Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Goodbye Dinner, Daily Yoga & Meditation (Optional)
              • Drive Time: 5.5 Hours

                Day 14: Departure Day

                Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends, however the memories of our time in Malawi will last a lifetime.

                We can arrange your 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
                • Drive Time: 0 Hours
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                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: 13 Nights

                Dates: 

                Start: Lilongwe, Malawi

                Finish: Lilongwe, Malawi

                Maximum Group Size: 12 people

                Minimum Age: 18

                Physical Level: Moderate

                Cost:

                • £2,895
                • Includes £400 non-refundable deposit.

                Deposit: £400 (non-refundable)

                Support

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

                Meals

                • 13 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 12 Dinners.

                Accommodation

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

                Transport

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

                Activities

                • Daily Yoga (optional)
                • Daily Meditation (optional)
                • Goody Bag
                • Welcome Dinner
                • 2 x Safari Game Drives in Liwonde National Park
                • 1 x Boat Safari in Liwonde National Park
                • Nature Walk in Nkhotakota
                • Sunset Horse Ride
                • Traditional Malawian Meal
                • Village Walk
                • Phunzira Project Visit
                • Livingstonia Tour
                • Waterfall Hike
                • Snorkelling
                • Kayaking
                • Beach BBQ & Party
                • Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
                • Goodbye Dinner
                • 10% of profits donated to the Phunzira Project.

                 

                • 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.

                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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