Malawi cultural tour

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Flexible departures available throughout the year
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Tailor made holiday

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. Sites and accommodations can be arranged to suit you and your budget. This is a comfortable trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in characterful local accommodation!

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Malawi cultural tour

Environment

Our partner in Malawi has set up a scheme to ensure that your money benefits Malawi and its people. It is called Payment for Ecosystem Services - PES. We believe that a core element of sustainable travel is actively ensuring the future protection of the areas you visit. Malawi offers a beautiful and diverse landscape of mountains, forests, rivers and lakes and we want to keep it this way. To protect this diversity both for Malawians and international visitors we are committed to supporting efforts to ensure the protection of Malawi's ecosystems through our 'Payment for Ecosystem Services Scheme.' (PES).

What is PES? 1.5% of your holiday cost will go towards paying for the conservation, protection and enhancement of the ecosystem services you will benefit from during your stay in Malawi. For example your walks through the lush rainforest in central Malawi, your clean water swim in Lake Malawi or your hike up the forested slopes of Mount Mulanje.

Where does this donation go? In 2010 all PES donations went towards an organisation (Ripple Africa) based in Northern Malawi which is working to combat upland deforestation. Lowland areas of Malawi are beginning to suffer drought as a result from upland deforestation and Ripple Africa is tackling these issues through educating and aiding community based grassroots initiatives.

Why are our forests so important? Protecting Malawi's forests ensures the conservation of biodiversity, the generation of rainfall and the protection of watersheds and their soils. Just like a water company, forests provide critical life services for the benefit of humanity and the services have to be paid for if their provision is to remain sustainable. The global benefit of forests is that they sequester and store carbon, fundamental to global efforts to mitigate climate change. Some of the 1.5% donation towards Ripple Africa's environmental work therefore goes directly towards offsetting your carbon footprint made during your travels to Malawi. Key Fact: 90% of Malawians rely on rain-fed agriculture.

Responsible travel to us is an approach to tourism that maximises the benefits to local communities, minimises negative social and environmental impacts and helps local people to conserve fragile cultures and habitats. When travelling to a culturally and environmentally fragile destination you must do so with a certain amount of responsibility and awareness. Our aim is to minimize the footprints of your experience and instead leave you and the people you meet with only unforgettable memories that others can benefit from in the future. By seeing Africa from this unique 'ecotourism' angle we hope each and every client can gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of some of the greater issues facing Malawi and Africa today.

Our guides receive ongoing training in conservation, environmental awareness and how best to guide you throughout your stay. Beyond this education they are experienced drivers and have a wealth of knowledge about all the little things that will make your trip unforgettable. During your trip they will ensure that we have a minimal negative impact on the environment and wildlife – we will ensure that we do not leave behind any waste/litter, we have a non-intrusive and respectful approach to wildlife and we are careful in our use of vehicles in these habitats.

Accommodation
Where possible, we try to avoid large international hotels in favour of small individual eco-lodges. This is so we can try to channel tourism generated income into local populations as much as possible. On this tour you will stay in a mixture of Lodges, Tents and Village Huts and we will minimize the impact of our trips on the environment through the use of stoves rather than firewood for cooking meals and we burn any paper garbage from our kitchen, or that we collect from our clients. All waste items such as used cans, foil from the fire and used batteries will be taken back to the base by our staff and delivered to a local waste management project where these items will also be recycled. Where we use hotels or lodges, we ask that they also adhere to these guidelines and we select, where possible on that basis.

Community

We use local guides in the different destinations and we also offer overnight stays with local communities. On Day 6, you will stay with a local community where your visit will contribute to the local economy. Your visit will directly benefit the local people, both financially and culturally (the latter on a 2-way basis) because you contribute to their livelihood and you gain a greater understanding of their culture, which allows them to continue that heritage.

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