Apply to take part in the Malawi Women's Challenge, a philanthropic expedition at the forefront of sustainable travel.
Are you a woman who dreams of breaking the travel model? Do you dream of helping to empower other women? Challenge your perceptions of travel and join 20 other dynamic women on this 9-day Malawi Women’s Challenge expedition in September 2019. Malawi is the hidden gem of Africa, with rolling hills and pristine lakes. This diverse landscape, offers not only unspoilt beauty but a growing generation of female entrepreneurs.
This nine day expedition will challenge travellers both physically and mentally. The aim of the trip is to provide not only the opportunity to see this beautiful country, understanding some of the challenges of rural Malawi but also to forge inspirational connections. After your first day in Malawi, you will join the Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum: spending the day with local female entrepreneurs, listening to presentations and taking part in skills sharing workshops. Following the forum and after a stay on a fair-trade tea estate, you will hike 1000m up Mulanje Mountain. From your mountain trek, you will transfer to Liwonde National Park to go in search of elephants. As the week draws to a close, you will visit the Rainbow Village Secondary School at Lake Malawi to work with students offering career advice, global citizenship, literacy and numeracy skills. The trip ends on the Eco resort of Mumbo Island; a pristine and uninhabited paradise.
This is a philanthropic expedition that is at the forefront of sustainable travel. The expedition is a once in a life time opportunity to see Malawi, meet inspirational people and to understand the challenges for female entrepreneurs in the country.
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Why We Love This Adventure
- Take part in a Female Entrepreneurs Forum
- Stay on a Fairtrade Tea Estate
- Spend a night on the idyllic Mumbo island
The expedition is tailored to your personal interests and aims to link you with inspirational Malawian women, challenge you both physically and mentally and give you an opportunity to spend time with an international group of women all passionate about sustainable development and women’s empowerment.
Please note we can tailor activities to your interests, skills and time frame. This itinerary is just an example of what can be achieved.
Meet your Guide and transfer to your Blantyre based hotel. Afternoon acclimatisation and visit to local market. Evening orientation briefing over dinner. (BB)
Women's Entrepreneurship Forum. Spend the day with a group of inspirational female Malawian entrepreneurs. Taking part in a number of presentations, workshops and skills sharing sessions. Transfer to a nearby FairTrade Tea Estate in time for sundowners and a night spent in a cottage on the estate. (DBB)
Rise early to the sounds of the estate and transfer to the base of Mulanje Mountain. Meet your guide and porters and hike over 1000m (5-7hrs) to your mountain hut. Arrive in time for a dip in the mountain natural rock pools before cooking dinner around the fire. (FB)
Spend the morning traversing Mulanje Mountain plateau before descending and meeting your group guide and transferring to Liwonde National Park in time for a late lunch and an evening 4 x 4 safari drive. Night spent at a safari camp under canvas (FB)
After a night under canvas head out on a river boat safari and watch herds of elephant coming to the banks of the Shire to drink. Depart before lunch and head to the shores of Lake Malawi in time for your first beach sundowner (DBB)
Day 6 (Tailored Activities)
Example: Rise early and meet up with the local youth group and walk to a nearby school. Spend the day working with the students: mentoring, careers advise, global citizenship, sports, literacy, numeracy. (FB)
Day 7 (Tailored Activities)
Example: Spend the morning visiting families of the students. Discuss the challenges of development. Have lunch with the youth group and return to the school for an afternoon of mentoring activities. (FB)
After breakfast transfer to Cape Maclear and catch a boat to Mumbo Island (45 mins). Spend the afternoon on this idyllic eco-island. The perfect end to the expedition! (DBB)
Rise early and catch the boat back to the mainland for your road transfer to Blantyre and International Flight. (BB)
PriceFrom £1600 per person (exc flights)
- All accommodation
- Meals (where stated)
- All transport (inc. fuel & driver)
- All project set-up and support
- All activities (where applicable)
- Air Evacuation cover
- All local taxes
- Bank Fees
What's Not included
- Return International Flights
- Meals not included
- Activities not included
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Bar Drinks
- Items of a personal nature
Trip Duration9 days
Start LocationBlantyre, Malawi
End LocationBlantyre, Malawi
Average Group SizeMinimum 10 pax
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Traditional Malawian food is quite simple and well worth a try! There are some good international restaurants in the main cities and most lodges/restaurants have international and local menus.
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This Trip is Suitable For
Women looking to break the traditional travel model and who wish to help to empower other women.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat are the daylight hours in Malawi?
5:30 am – 5:30 pm (this changes by one hour 6:30 am – 6:30 pm in the winter months of November – April).What is the local language in Malawi?
The local language in Malawi is Chichewa. In your pre-travel eco-pack, there is a page dedicated to basic phrases in Chichewa. Most people in Malawi, particularly, in the cities, speak EnglishWhat are the risks of getting malaria in Malawi
There is a risk of getting malaria in Malawi but if you correctly take anti-malarial drugs then your risks are hugely reduced. Every lodge in a malarial area will have mosquito nets and we advise bringing long trousers and long-sleeved tops to wear in the evening. For advice on the best anti malarials please consult your doctor.Do I have to take anti malarials?
No- BUT we highly recommend you take anti-malarials. We have never had a client who has had malaria because they all have been on anti-malarials!Is it safe to swim in Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi is a freshwater lake with incredible snorkelling and diving opportunities. However, some areas of the lake (general areas with high local populations and poor sanitation) are at risk from a parasite infection known as Bilharzia. Although cases are becoming increasingly rarer, Bilharzia is still an ongoing issue in Lake Malawi due to the high concentration of communities along the lakeshore. However, there are a small number of areas in Lake Malawi which have been declared Bilharzia free and where it is safe to swim and snorkel. These include the offshore islands of Mumbo & Domwe where lack of human inhabitation makes the lifecycle of the disease near to impossible.Are there hospitals in Malawi?
In the main cities in Malawi, there are good hospitals, which have emergency healthcare facilities.Is the water safe to drink in Malawi?
In most lodges/hotels the water is safe to drink however as visitors are not used to the water in Malawi we would suggest using bottled or boiled water. If you are unsure please check with the managers at the hotel/lodge. Do not drink water from roadside stops.Who do we inform if we have any specific dietary requirements?
Please inform your sales consultant prior to travel if you have any special dietary requirements.Will I need local currency?
Most international lodges take dollars however for roadside drinks, market purchases, local meals you will require Malawi Kwacha.
Dates & Availability
- 14 Sep 2019 – 21 Sep 2018
We love this operator’s commitment to socially responsible and experiential travel. The family-run outfit work hard to ensure the benefits of tourism in Malawi reach local communities whether through the use of local small suppliers and accommodation providers, building links with local community projects or through their responsible employment and training of local staff and guides.
Their trips focus on enabling guests to engage with life, culture and people in Malawi whilst also enjoying spectacular scenery, taking part in adventure activities and staying in beautiful lodges.
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