Malawi lies sandwiched between Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique and is the home of Lake Malawi (described by David Livingstone as ‘the lake of stars’), the third largest lake in Africa covering a fifth of the country. The Great Rift Valley runs through it from the highland areas of the north to the great Mulanje Massif in the south of the country.
A Malawi expedition is a great chance to explore some wonderful trekking country where few other tourists tend to go and a true wilderness experience can be had in addition to rewarding community project opportunities. Often described as ‘the warm heart of Africa’, on this school trip you will witness this first hand as the Malawi people welcome with their gentle and friendly ways.
MALAWI EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your Malawi expedition:
The Zomba Plateau offers teams the chance to tailor their acclimatisation-trek phase to suit their needs. The different day treks on the plateau can be linked to develop trek skills and endurance before tackling one of Malawi’s bigger treks.
Making a Difference
The projects in Malawi focus on rural-community development, through a network of local NGOs and schools. Projects are designed to fit into a larger development programme, with each team playing their part in delivering long-term goals to the host communities.
Malawi Project Case Study –
World Challenge teams have been getting involved with both short- and long-term projects at Thantwe School for over three years. Teams are currently helping to build a library at the school.
Last year, World Challenge added 2 new project sites to its portfolio of NGO contacts in-country.
Malawi offers a number of major trekking challenges. One is an opportunity to scale the famous Mulanje Massif over 4 to 7 days, an enormous granite massif located in one of Malawi’s most beautiful mountain areas. Another option is exploring the forests of Dzalanyama, a beautiful woodland reserve that is home to spectacular birdlife.
Rest & Relaxation
Liwonde National Park has great elephant and hippo spotting opportunities in its lush waterways, and most teams chose to spend a couple of days there on safari. There are also the golden sandy shores of Lake Malawi which offer a chance to chill out and relax on the beach.
- Malawi, Southern Africa.
- Population: 16 Million.
- Languages spoken: English, Chichewa.
- Time zone: GMT +2.
- Terrain: Desert, rivers, forest, mountains (Itinerary dependent).
- When can I travel there?: Apr- Dec.
- Climate: There are 3 distinct seasons – cool and dry from May-Aug (23°-25°C), hot and dry from Sep-Nov (30°-40°C), and warm and wet from Dec-Apr (28°-35°C).
- Expedition Physical Rating: Medium.
- Expedition Duration: 21 to 28 days.
- Culture Shock: High.
- Typical accommodation: Tents, hostels and huts.
- Ideal for: Diving, traditional culture and treks for all abilities.
- Lake Malawi is the fourth deepest lake in the world and contains more species of fresh-water fish than all of Europe and North America combined.
- The country is about half the size of the United Kingdom and one fifth is covered by Lake Malawi.
- Get used to kids shouting ‘mzungu!’ wherever you go!
- The languages spoken in Malawi are English and Chichewa.
- Malawi is known as the Warm Heart of Africa for very good reason. The Malawians are some of the friendliest people that you will ever meet.
McDonald heads up our in-country team, who are experts in travel around Malawi. He is invaluable to teams looking to source rest and relaxation options in Malawi, and is always happy to offer advice on local etiquette and logistical info to teams.
Malawi & Zambia
Set off on an exciting journey through two of Africa’s friendliest and most scenic countries. There are opportunities to embrace a challenge with stunning treks in both countries from the Mulanje Massif to the Batoka Gorge in Zambia, with its dramatic scenery. Then you’ll get stuck-in to a rewarding community project in a local village, before heading off on safari, or to visit the glorious Victoria Falls for rest and relaxation. Click here for more information on Zambia.
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- Destination and itinerary planning
- Fundraising ideas and events
- Budgeting and money management
- Preparation, fitness and nutrition
Get in touch with one of our consultants to start planning your overseas school expedition today!