21 day tour
Price Range: £1500 - £3250 (per person excluding flights)
The 21 day Tour provides you the opportunity of a week or two getting involved in the local communities around Fisherman’s Rest and then a week of travelling to different locations around the country. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the varied facets of Malawi life.
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Days 1 - 6
Arrive at Chileka Airport, where you will be welcomed by our team. At Fisherman's Rest you will have plenty of time to settle in, explore the beauty of our site and enjoy a home-cooked meal.
We recommend you start each day with a basic Chichewa lesson, so you can meet and greet at the schools you visit. Then head out to a local rural school where you will be involved in a weeks worth of activities. Return to the school each day and witness how the children love to learn with you. In the afternoon, visit and help out at one of our projects and then return to Fisherman's Rest to reflect on the days activities whilst watching the great African sunset by the pool.
Days 7, 8 & 9
After breakfast pack up and head to Majete Game Reserve. Spend the afternoon on a game drive escorted by safari guides and get up close and personal with wildlife. Stay at Majete for a few nights to fully appreciate its wildlife. Majete boasts the 'Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard) as well as the 'Small Five' within 700 square kilometers of unspoilt, natural habitat with ancient trees estimated to be up to 1600 years old.
Days 10, 11 & 12
Head back to Fisherman's Rest for your final days with the projects, your last few Chichewa lessons and a final few afternoons spent at Tilitonse Community Centre. Have a day in Blantyre exploring it's history, local artisan markets and beautiful craft shops.
Days 13 & 14
Wake up early to have breakfast and then climb the Mulanje Massif in the safe hands of the extremely knowledgeable guides. Your bags will be carried by porters so you can arrive at one of the mountain huts ready to relax and prepare your evening meal. Alternatively you can stay in the foothills of Mulanje and enjoy walks to waterfalls, a meander in the tea estates or explore the markets of Mulanje town. Mulanje is the largest mountain in Southern-Central Africa standing at 3002m. Is is nick-named 'The Island in the Sky' as it plateaus around 2000m above sea level and as a result has a unique climate.
On your last morning, pack your bags and start your descent down the mountain. At the bottom, take a swim or paddle in the pools to relax your feet before spending the night at one of the local lodges. Experience Mulanje Pepper, a favourite pizza restaurant and local markets before getting a good night sleep to prepare for the next stage of your journey.
Days 15 & 16
From Mulanje head to Mvuu National Park, passing through towns and villages to meet your boat on the Shire River. Travel by river past elephants, hippos, birds and many other majestic animals on your way to Mvuu camp. Enjoy the afternoon settling into your accommodation, have a drink and a delightful evening meal in the bush.
After breakfast on Day 17, head to lake Malawi.
Over the next few days at the lake, you can enjoy the sunshine on the beach or take part in some of the water sports available. In the mid-afternoon, board an evening cruise as you go in search of fish-eagles. Watch the sun go down and discover why they call lake Malawi 'The Lake of Stars'.
Leave the lake for Zomba Plateau, walking in the forests, riding horses at the local stables or descending into Zomba for a little town life. In the evening, have space to reflect on your adventure before you make the journey back to normality.
After breakfast, drive to Chileka Airport to catch your flight home, remembering the last 21 days of experience and adventure.