From the foothills of the indigenous woodlands and mountain forests layered across the Viphya Plateau, down the African Rift Escarpment to the northern shores of Lake Malawi. Descend out of the vast highlands along the shoreline for a journey of scenic beachside landscapes, river waterways and wildlife reserves for a combination of wildlife, adventure and the ranquil beauty of Lake Malawis coastline where palm fringed sandy beaches edge out in the clear blue waters for horizon of magnificent blue skies.
Day 1: Lilongwe – Viphya Plateau
Travel by car transfer to Luwawa Forest Lodge located in the foothills of the Viphya Plateau surrounding in natural settings of woodlands, mountains and the Luwawa dam. Activities such as hiking trails and canoeing can also be enjoyed. Prepare bicycles and enjoy the night in a peaceful indigenous forest.
Day 2: Viphya Plateau – Chintheche
Depart from the Luwawa Forest Lodge and cycle through a wilderness trail leading to Chintheche beach. Cycle for 5 hours and 15 minutes through indigenous wood plains, panoramic views and remote communities down the African rift escarpment. Turn off into Kande beach and cycle further to Chintheche beachfront. Total cycling distance of 70km
Day 3: Chintheche – Ngala Beach
Cycle along the northern shoreline of Lake Malawi for 5 hours and 30 minutes. This part of the route is a beautiful stretch of road alongside the Lake leading down the shoreline to you next pit stop. Ngala Beach located right on the lake offering tranquil accommodation, pleasant views, and other adventurous activities to enjoy such as diving, horse-riding and golf. Total distance cycled 73.9km. Overnight Ngala Beach Lodge
Day 4: Ngala Beach – Nkhotakhota Wildlife Reserve
Cycle southbound along the norther lakeshore line for 5 hours and 24 minutes .Gradually contrasting into wetland terrains as you approach the Nkhotakhota Wildlife Reserve. Rugged terrain crossed by a number of rivers linking across the escarpment of woodlands, tall grasses and evergreen forest. Pitstop here along the Bua River within the reserve. Total distance cycled 72.7km. Overnight Bua River Lodge.
Day 5: Bua River – Nkhotakhota
Cycle for 3 hours to the nearby Nkhotakhota Safari Lodge. Located on the shores of Lake Malawi with a beautiful stretch of secluded sandy beach. Surrounded by mature indigenous trees and stunning lake views. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon sipping delicious sun-downers as the sun sets over the Lake. If you feeling quite active, venture into the nearby town and explore the historical remains of Arab slaver traders, mosques, missionaries and Livingstone’s famous tree where he negotiated the end of the slave trade. Total cycling distance of 40.3km. Overnight: Nkhotakhota Safari Lodge.
Day 6: Nkhotakhota – Kuti Wildlife Reserve.
This part of the route is a longer cycle for 7 hours and 18 minutes southwards to the Kuti Wildlife Reserve. The reserve is set in a 3000 hectare habit of Brachystegia and Miombo woodland. Home to a variety of mammals, birds and primates. Such as zebra’s giraffe, sable oribi and blue wildebeest. Numerous bush trails are available inside the reserve which can either be explored by foot or bicycle making for an excellent wildlife addition to the cycle. Total distance of 98km. Overnight: Kuti Wildlife Reserve & Lodge.
Day 7 : Kuti Wildlife Reserve – Senga Bay
Wake up to the sounds of wild animals and bush creatures after breakfast. Cycle for 3 hours and 12 minute to the shores of Senga Bay. Here you will come the final cycle leg of the route and end to the peaceful crashing waves and palm fringed sandy beaches of Livingstonia beach . Enjoy the rest of the day lounging along the thatched shaded green surrounded by views of the Lake. Total distance cycled of 43,4km. Overnight: Sunbird Livingstonia Beach Lodge.
Day 8: Senga Bay – Lilongwe
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and prepare to be picked up from Livingstonia beach and transfer by road to the Lilongwe International Airport.to catch your flight back home or continue further travel arrangements.
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