Malawi Cycling Expedition
About The Malawi Cycling Expedition
While cycling in Malawi you will encounter an astonishing variety of habitat and wildlife which will both captivate and mesmerise you. Often forgotten due to the high profile of its neighbours Tanzania and Zambia, this narrow strip of land has a whole lot to offer.
Being less travelled, much of Malawi is untouched by mass tourism and makes a fantastic location for a cycling challenge. The majority of the 211km route is on unused dirt roads with a stunning variety of habitat.
On the first day of cycling in Malawi, we cover less distance and visit a traditional village where we learn about Malawian customs and farming practice. This acts as a great warm up for the more intense longer journeys to follow.
Days four, five and six of our Malawi Cycling Expedition all provide a stiff challenge as we cycle through a stunning variety of habitat to reach Lake Malawi.
Over the course of our journey we encounter pine forests, open grassland, dense jungle, tea and rubber plantations. The landscape changes gradually during the challenge and becomes more flat as we move away from the Great African Rift and approach Lake Malawi.
After four days on the bikes taking in the wonderful scenery on offer we will enjoy some R&R at the beautiful Lake Malawi ,the perfect way to end a wonderful trip.
Why cycle in Malawi with Earth's Edge
100% Financial Protection – Earth’s Edge is Ireland’s only fully licensed (TA:0711) and financially bonded adventure travel company.
All our Malawi expeditions are led by an experienced Irish guide and doctor who travel with the group from Dublin.
Our packages are inclusive of flights from Dublin, in-country transport, a full local guiding & support team, accommodation, all meals during activity days, a celebratory meal & an Earth's Edge technical tee-shirt.
Our 9 day itinerary includes 4 days cycling & time to explore Malawi.
We use excellent local guides, cooks and support staff. We have a strict Responsible Travel Policy and ensure our local partners are treated fairly.
Training day – Meet your Earth's Edge expedition leader, your Earth's Edge expedition doctor and your fellow Malawi expedition team members two months before departure. Our training day consists of a full brief and a cycle in Co. Wicklow.
We have a strict Leave No Trace policy and do everything we can to ensure we leave the trail as we found it.
Our Malawi cycling Itinerary
Day 1: Depart Dublin.
Depart Dublin for Lilongwe. Overnight flight.
Day 2: Arrive in Malawi.
Arrive in Lilongwe in the afternoon and drive for four hours to reach Luwawa Forest Lodge. Overnight lodge.
Day 3: Donija village cycle; 55km, 6 hrs cycling.
Cycle in a circular route to Donija village returning to the Luwawa Forest Lodge in the evening. Overnight lodge.
Day 4: Luwawa to the Kasito Resthouse ; 50km, 5 hrs cycling.
Cycle north to the Kasito Resthouse enjoying some tough climbs with amazing scenery throughout. Overnight camp.
Day 5: Kasito Resthouse to the Kawalazi Estate; 65km, 7 hrs cycling.
A long day today with plenty of downhill sections through beautiful forest. Overnight camp.
Day 6: Kawalazi Estate to the Chintheche Inn; 45km, 5 hrs cycling.
Cycle through some beautiful villages and a large rubber plantation to reach one of Lake Malawi's best beaches. Overnight camp.
Day 7: Chintheche Inn to Lilongwe.
Return to Lilongwe by car. Overnight hotel.
Day 8: Depart Malawi.
After a relaxed morning depart Malawi in the mid afternoon on an overnight flight for Dublin.
Day 9: Arrive in Dublin.
Arrive in Dublin in the early afternoon. Challenge ends.
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