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+265 888 91 4991 dean@cyclemalawi.org
Brian and Jacki at the airport for the beginning of there cycle tour in Malawi - Cycle Malawi
04
Nov

Around Malawi in 30 Days cycling 1200 km

Words and pictures courtesy of the two special riders who adventured out and inspired the makings of this. Having cycled on an epic cross country bike tour from southern to north Malawi in the month of August. Uncover a first real word view of there cycling experience as they traversed around Malawi. Their story shedding light on some never before seen views of the countryside biking along the hillside villages, wildlife terrains, natural habitats and lake shore escarpments that shape the country. Providing a real insight into the warm heart of Africa, its dramatic varied landscapes and most of all...
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Pathways and Baobabs at Bushman's
11
Aug

On the road: Two weeks bikepacking in Malawi

After a beginning there cycle journey down to the Shire River traversing down the lowlands of the dry bush wildlife and habitats located within the southern valley. Jacki & Brian galiantly continued cycling towards the southern most points in Malawi. Across the eastern southern region’s’ tea plantations, farm fields and one of central Africa’s highest plateau”s. Eventually towering into the elevated city of Zomba and its forest filled pines to descend into the wilderness plains of Liwonde as they reach towards the Upper Shire River and the gateway to southern lake Malawi. Here is a recap of there journey… Day 7...
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Tea plantation trails in Thyolo region
08
Aug

Day 6 of Jacki & Brian’s 29 Day Cycle Tour…

Leisurely day in Thyolo, breakfast on sunny terrace washed clothes that dried really quickly in the hot sun. Good to be at 1000m where temperature cooler. House belonging to Conforzi family line as Flavia explained the lifestyle of her grandparents and own childhood in Malawi as owners of tea plantations. Old photos maps and books explaining in italian! A wander around the indigenous tree forest and across rich green tea fields to a macedonia nut orchard. The cook here is really exceptional fresh salad for lunch then later home made 3 course italian food including own home made ice cream...
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MV Elephant Marsh Master
07
Aug

Day 5 of Jacki & Brian’s 29 Day Cycle Tour…

Airboats, sugar estates, crocs farms and after dark explorations into the tea plantations of Thyolo… Wow what a day! 6.15 start for a pick up for us and bikes to get to Kaombe Airboat. Found out its difficult to cycle there from Bangula when there is water in the rivers as there is no bridge on the road; also in dry season like now we could have got to the end of the road and followed the track to the launching place but no one would have known we were there as the boat launch and croc farm are a...
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Goats on the M1 road from Lengwe National Park
06
Aug

Day 4 of Jacki & Brian’s 29 Day Cycle Tour.

73 km from  Nyala lodge, Lengwe  National Park to Aska Motel, Bangalu. Our southern most point in Malawi. A 7.am rise on my birthday! Watched carefully by monkeys we breakfasted,and set off on the sandy track with fewer slides than yesterday. Np main gate waived us through so the lodge had confirmed we were good to go and all paid up. Lots of people on bikes and walking on the road today. Long straight tarmac, but interesting due to people, villages, goats and cows on the road, welcome cold fanta’s in a shady bar stop, very hot day..lunched in shade...
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The way to Lengwe National Park
05
Aug

Day 3 of Jacki & Brian’s 29 Day Cycle Tour…

Majete Wildlife Reserve to Lengwe National Park (47km) 17 km rutted hard sand from Majete National Park gate. 22 km good tarmac with lots of other cyclists and friendly waves. Keen to slip stream us…or several young men and boys accelerating to overtake us, then with grins and waves we continued cycling our normal pace and overtook them repeatedly. Sunday in Malawi..people out in Sunday best walking on roads, on bikes, in a few open market stalls. Brian cycles up the sandy hill from Ng’ona lodge with Vervet monkeys and birds abounding…after Delicious breakfast of fresh fruit and English breakfast plus...
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River Bush walk along the Shire River.
04
Aug

Day 2 of Jacki & Brian’s 29 Day Cycle Tour…

A day in the Majete Wildlife Reserve… Up early for a jeep ride and guided walk in the park with good sightings :6 sorts of deer eg..impala and the bigger water buck. Varied birds. Plenty of warthog, zebra , elephants, baboons, hippos …but only lion footprints and black rhino dung. After welcome swim at a hot lunchtime went on a boat trip very close to huge crocs and bathing elephants overlooked by vervet monkeys. Warm atmospheric late afternoon walk by river near lodge saw a fishermans in a dug out canoe pick up 5 fish from nets..the park ranger told ...
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Road side market in Malawi
03
Aug

Day 1 of Jacki & Brian’s 29 Day Cycle Tour…

Day 1 in Malawi: A stunning 73 km bike ride. From the bustling hilly markets of Blantyre to a peaceful riverside Ng’ona lodge in Majete National Park with the distant twilight sound of playing village children. Great lunch discoveries of savory batter covered potato pieces, nsima rolls and dough balls from roadside market.. went well with tomato’s and oranges…decided against carrying the large heavy mango we were offered! Through green rolling hills and villages to emerge on an amazing ridge descent culminating in fantastic views over the rift valley with locals selling charcoal. Down in the valley men on bikes pedalled...
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Brian and Jacki at the airport for the beginning of there cycle tour in Malawi - Cycle Malawi
02
Aug

Welcome Jacki & Brian, 29 Day Cycle Tour in Malawi!

Arrival day: From the sandstone of our home in Cumbria,UK. we were ready with our ctc cycle bags.. ready to be critiqued at Heathrow and Malawi. A day and half later we were delighted the bikes really had arrived on top of the baggage at Blantyre airport..even though *some one* let the tyres right down and ripped our bags. Dean met us with a track pump and helped us get ready for a light atmospheric 19km ride *up* to Blantyre town . With cries of ‘giro’ and ‘wiggins’ we were waived passed grilled maize on fires, street rappers, and boisterous...
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