- 8 Days from$1935 p/p in USD
A peaceful, welcoming, warm hidden slice of Africa, Malawi is ideal for an off the beaten track family travel destination. It’s peaceful history and good transport infrastructure make it easy and safe to get around and its raw culture and welcoming smiles will enthrall your children. This incredible cultural experience offers your children a glimpse of a totally different way of life as well as the chance to hike in one of Africa’s most beautiful landscapes, stay in a mountain hut, enjoy a river safari watching elephants and be part of village life as you join a family for a traditional homestay. This is an opportunity to gain key skills and experiences that will inspire, challenge and expand your horizons.
- Safari types:Cultural Safari, Educational Safari, Family Safari, Wildlife Safari
- You will visit:Liwonde National Park, Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve
- Activities:Game Drive, Walking Safari, Boat Cruise
- Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
- Start/end:Start/end in Blantyre
Travelling to Africa can be enormously rewarding and have a huge impact on your whole family. Preparing for your trip, the journey to reach Africa, the cultural exchanges, and work you do within the community all have huge educational value, leave lasting memories, create lifelong links and hopefully encourage your children to gain a basic understanding of Global Citizenship and what this means in todays world.
- The main language in Malawi is Chichewa but English is taught at school and is widely spoken.
- Malawi has a good network of tarmac roads and journey times are usually between 1-4 hrs. We aim for you to arrive at your destination before dusk.
- Malawi has limited electricity supply (only 9% of the country is connected to mains electricity). Many hotels rely on back up generators and/or solar power.
- Malawi has good 3G connection across most of the country.
- Blantyre and Lilongwe are the country’s main cities and both have good hospital facilities.
The Perceived Challenges
- Long Haul Travel- no jet lag. GMT+1
- Remote Location (air e-vac included)
- Climate- warm and dry (March-Oct)
- Road Travel (good tarmac roads)
- Travel Distances (1- 4 hrs max)
- Very low risk civil unrest/terrorism
- Bilharzia- none recorded in area visiting
- Malaria- see note below
Malaria is present in Malawi. It is much more prevalent in the hotter wet season (Oct-March) and when mosquitoes are most active, at night. Each accommodation chosen is equipped with mosquito nets and rooms are sprayed regularly. We highly recommend you take suitable preventative measures such as prophylactics, use mosquito repellent in the evenings and wear long trousers after dusk.
RSC Guides and Vehicles
- An RSC guide will be with your group every step of the way. They will become an integral part of your team.
- RSC offers annual guide training in basic first aid, advanced driving, basic mechanics & environmental awareness.
- RSC guides take bi-annual exams to refresh their in country knowledge and RSC emergency procedures.
- All RSC Vehicles have seat belts and our buses are fully insured with passenger liability insurance.
RATES – PER PERSON GBP
Adult from £1,475 pp
Child (under 12 yrs) from £1,175 pp
- Costs quoted on Twin/Family Room
- Flights need to be booked in and out of Blantyre
- All accommodation
- Meals (where stated)
- All transport (inc. fuel & driver)
- RSC Guide
- All project set up and support
- All activities (where applicable)
- Air evacuation cover
- All local taxes and bank fees
- Return international flights
- Meals not included (where stated)
- Activities not included (where stated)
- Personal travel insurance
- Entry visas
- Bar drinks
- Items of a personal nature
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Responsible Safari Company‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Responsible Safari Company‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
Arrive at Chileka Airport and meet your RSC Guide. Drive out of the city and into the rolling tea estates (1.5 hrs). Arrive for a late lunch at Huntingdon House Lodge and spend the afternoon making iced tea and learning about the Fair Trade Tea Estate. (DBB)
After an early breakfast, transfer to the base of Mulanje Mountain (1.5hr) and meet your mountain guide and porters. Hike to Lichenya Hut* (5-7hrs, 1850m). Take a break en route for rests and a picnic lunch. Arrive mid afternoon at Lichenya, relax before starting the camp fire and preparing supper. Swap stories with your guides and porters around the open fire. (Basic Hut Accommodation, Dorm Bed, FB)
*Hiking Mount Mulanje – please note that the hike up Mulanje Mountain is for people of a medium to high fitness level. The climb is around 1000m in elevation and can take between 5-7hrs. For those wanting a shorter hike there is an option of a day hike to the waterfalls. Please note porters are included to carry any extra luggage.
Rise early and pack up the hut before setting off across the plateau. Witness the beautiful landscape of Mulanje before starting your descent, stopping en route for a picnic lunch and swim at the waterfalls. Arrive back at base camp mid afternoon and transfer to Zomba Town. Pakachere Hostel (FB)
Spend the day in the village, familiarising yourselves, working at the nursery school, meeting your linked family, assisting with the permaculture garden (activities TBC). Pakachere Hostel (FB)
After breakfast pack a small overnight bag and return to the village to meet your Homestay Family. Spend the next 24 hrs with your linked family. Join them for their daily routine and learn how to cook the evening meal around the fire. As dusk sets the village quietens and the lack of electricity means you will probably be asleep by 7pm! (FB- see note below)
*Homestay – the village homestay experience is very basic. You will be living with a Malawian family and have a mud hut room to sleep. There is no electricity and food is basic. You will have your own mattress and mosquito net (provided by Orbis Expeditions). It is a chance to join a family for 24 hrs of their daily life – cooking, collecting water, tending the gardens etc.
Days start early in the village – take a short walk into the community and meet with the youth group to start your day’s activities*. Complete your village work mid afternoon and head back to Pakachere for a visit to the market and a final night in Zomba. (FB)
* Each community activity can be done as a whole family or you can choose to split into parents and children. If you have a particular interest we can tailor make your community experience to include activities where you can share your skills/interests. RSC works in partnership with community based organisations to ensure your visit is culturally sensitive and beneficial to all involved. Each visit to an RSC Partnered community acts as an ecotourism income generating activity- the cost for this is included in your expedition package.
After breakfast you will transfer by road to Liwonde National Park. Arrive in time for lunch and a swim before heading out on an afternoon 4×4 game drive. A chance to see the park’s more nocturnal wildlife. Return in time for supper and a night under canvas listening to the sounds of the bush. (Rhino Tracking can also be organised- additional cost) FB
An early morning river boat safari is an opportunity to see large herds of elephants coming to the river to drink. An amazing final Malawi experience! Meet up with your guide and transfer to Blantyre and your international flight.