Malawi cultural tour
Price depends on level of accommodation.
Family group prices are available on request
Description of Malawi cultural tour
This Malawi holiday is both a cultural and wildlife holiday, as we want to introduce you to the people and communities who deserve the name given to Malawi: the warm heart of Africa. This is a tailor made trip and the itinerary below is for nine days, however we also offer a sixteen day version. No matter which activities or adventures you opt for, you will delight at the welcome guests are given in Malawi.
After a night to recover from your journey at Heuglins Lodge in Lilongwe’s quiet northern suburbs, your driver guide will take you to Lake Malawi, an idyllic iridescent inland sea fringed by a shoreline of golden sand. Here you can meet some of the fishing communities around the lake and also take time out on Mumbo Island for some swimming and kayaking.
The next couple of days are spent at Liwonde National Park to experience game drives, a walking safari and river boat cruise, before travelling on to Njobvu Village to spend some time with the community and learn about village life. From here you travel up to the Zomba Plateau, a great swathe of mountain criss-crossed by drivable, forested tracts alongside lakes and waterfalls. You will be able to take it all in properly, from sunrise to sunset, from Zomba Forest Lodge which is located within the Forest Reserve and home to samango and vervet monkeys, antelope and a host of birds, butterflies and flowers. Experienced climbers have an option to hike Mulanje Mountain too.
PlanetOur 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 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 combating climate change. 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.
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.
PeopleWe 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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