Apply to take part in the Malawi Women's Challenge, a philanthropic expedition at the forefront of sustainable travel.
This Expedition has 3 main challenges: skill sharing, mountain hike, and school workshops.
Along with your teammates with whom you will very quickly form strong bonds, you will push yourself mentally, physically, and socially.
Interspersed between the challenges are excursions (such as a riverboat safari), planned-in downtime, and some of Malawi’s most luxurious accommodation – all of which is arranged and included.
Why We Love This Adventure
- Take part in a Female entrepreneurs forum
- Stay on a Fairtrade tea estate
- Majete Wildlife Reserve
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 Majete Wildlife Reserve. Enjoy an evening safari and head to your room after dinner (Thawale Lodge)
A river boat safari and lunch awaits you at Majete Wildlife Reserve. Transfer to Huntingdon House, located within the Tea Estates
Time for some skill-sharing workshops with local female entrepreneurs, in which after you will be transferred back to Huntingdon House
Hike Mulanje Mountain and stay on the mountain in Chambe Hut
Transfer to Lake Malawi and prepare school workshops for the students at Rainbow Hope Secondary School. You will then spend the evening at The Makokola Retreat
Day 6 (Tailored Activities)
Deliver your workshops at Rainbow Hope Secondary School
Enjoy rustic luxury at an eco-lodge on off-grid, tropical Mumbo Island
*Option to stay on at Mumbo Island (price not included in itinerary; £515)
PriceFrom £2600 per person (exc flights & add-on nights )
- All accommodation
- Meals (where stated)
- Bottled/filtered water
- 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 Duration7 days
Start LocationBlantyre, Malawi
End LocationBlantyre, Malawi
Average Group SizeMinimum 12 pax
Please enquire for full details
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.
Please enquire for full details.
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
- 04 May 2019 – 11 May 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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