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10 Day Northern Voyager Cycle Tour

Highland plateaus, forest woodlands & lake shore wildlife

Departure & Return Location

Lilongwe

ROUTE MAP

OVERVIEW

Escalating elevations along wooded lined plantations and natural reserves of the African Rift Valley. Narrowing the northern shoreline this cycle voyage departing from Lilongwe and beginning from the Bua river wilderness of Nkhotakhota Wildlife Reserve. Will take you on a superb journey of wildlife, woodlands and rolling hills into one of Malawi’s oldest nature reserves. A transition from the central region’s wildlife at and coastal retreats to the invigorating woodlands of indigenous pines and rubber Vizara plantations. Partake in excellent game viewing with top field guides, ride into the ocean with lady groomed horses and walk trails through one of the largest indigenous planted forest reserve in Africa. A finale of grazing zebra herds and antelope beasts.as we reach the heights of Nyika National Park. Sunward undulating roads with cool temperatures, higher altitudes and fleeting scenes of spectacular scenery.

 

Quick Facts

Total Distance: 302km    |  Elevation: Up 3323 m Down 3478 m 

Season : May to Oct/Nov  |  Climate: warm dry day and chilly clear night.

ITINERARY

Choose to do this tour self guided, fully supported or tailor made tour

Self Guided

– Welcome starter pack on arrival
(Maps, directions, sim card & airtime)
– Road Transfers
– Luggage Drop & Collect
– Activities as per itinerary
– Accommodation as per itinerary
– All meals as indicated
– Park fees, taxes and tourism levies
– Bank/credit card charges.

Fully Supported

– Welcome starter pack on arrival
(Maps, directions, sim card & airtime)
– 4 X 4 vehicle & trailer support.
– Bottled water & refreshment stops on route
– Accommodation as per itinerary
– All meals as indicated
– Additional activities (incl horse-riding)
– Park fees, taxes and tourism levies
– Bank/credit card charges.

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Lilongwe International Airport – Nkhotakhota Wildlife Reserve

Today you be collected from the airport and driven to the Nkhotakhota Wildlife Reserve for a stay at Bua River Lodge. Bush walks and birding tranquility. Overnight by one of the riverside tents and enjoy a sunset as the piercing sky cools the riverside wilderness (3 hours drive) Receive your welcome starter pack and prepare for game viewing along the majestic Bua River. 

Bua River Lodge

is located just two kilometres inside the eastern boundary of Nkhotakhota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi. The reserve covers 1,800,000 hectares of largely Miombo woodland situated adjacent to the Bua River where abundant birding and wildlife can be found along its tributaries.

Room: Riverside En-suite Tent (Full Board)

Nkhotakhota – Lake Malawi

Cycle today using the M5 lakeshore road towards Ngala Beach. Here you will overnight at Ngala Beach Lodge. Total cycling distance of 75km.

Ngala Beach Lodge

Welcoming place, quiet and radiates peace and tranquillity. They offer comfortable, clean and tastefully decorated rooms and chalets, friendly personal service, great food and awe inspiring views of both the lake and the Viphya Mountains

Room: Lake Chalet en-Suite (Full Board)

Lake Malawi – Kande Horse

Cycle further down the M5 escarpment towards the coast of beautiful Kande Beach. Here you will overnight at Kande Horse. Total cycling distance of 62km.

Kande Horse

Nestled amongst a forest opposite Kande beach, enjoy scenic rides on one of there 12 well groomed horses through farmland villages and golden beaches, and end with the unforgettable experience of swimming in Lake Malawi with your horse. Retreat to organic home cooked meals while staying in beautifully decorated accommodation.

Room: Farm House Room (Breakfast, dinner and 1h beach and forest ride)

Kande Horse – Lake Malawi

Cycle onwards today into the lakeside village of Nkhatha Bay. Here you will overnight at Aqua Africa. Total cycling distance of 60km

Aqua Africa

has a beautiful on-site lodge with a range of accommodation and a cafe open all day, available to both guests and day visitors. Located right on the lake shore with a private beach and spectacular views of the whole bay, this is the perfect place to have a bite to eat or stay for a while to do some diving. You’ll be sure to receive a warm welcome and get plenty of travel advice and tips while you’re here. Deluxe rooms which have en-suite facilities, air conditioning and a private balcony overlooking the Lake

Room: Deluxe en-suite (Full Board)

Nkhata Bay – Mzuzu

Continue cycling towards the town of Mzuzu. Here you will overnight at Joy’s Place. A total cycling distance of 49km.

Joy’s Place
Comes highly recommended for her delicious Korean cooking and homely atmosphere. Located in an ideal location near amenities and shops. Joy’s place offers respite and comfort in beautiful Mzuzu. Joy has a lovely menu with a lot of great options and an amazing breakfast. The rooms are comfortable and the staff is very helpful and inviting. Joy’s place offers an interesting fusion of African heritage and Korean flavour

Room: Standard Double Room (Full Board)

Mzuzu – Rhumpi

Cycle onwards today along the M1 towards Rhumpi. Here you will overnight at Adios Resort. Total cycling distance of 68km.

Adios Resort

Located off a dirt track this simple oasis offers simple accommodation, wholesome food and a peaceful setting amongst surround villages. Nearest town before entering Nyika National park with fuel stations stocked with fruit juices, snacks and basic goods. Laying at the foot hills of the Nyika Plateau the surrounding region has a rural setting of staggering mountain views, farms and simple village life.

Room: Standard Double/Twin Room (Full Board)

Rhumpi – Nyika National Park. 

Transfer today with a scenic 3 hour drive into the gates of Nyika National Park. Sightings of antelope, zebra’s and often leopard before reaching the base of Chelinda. Here you will overnight at Chelinda Camp

Chelinda Camp

Located high on the Nyika Plateau within Nyika National Park, Chelinda Camp overlooks a crystal-clear dam with panoramic views of rolling hills, isolated ridges and open high-altitude grasslands. Accommodation at Chelinda Camp consists of two options. There are four chalets which have two bedrooms, a bathroom, lounge, dining area with a fireplace and a small kitchen. There are also six en-suite rooms with twin beds, which share a dining, bar and lounge area complete with comfortable furnishings and an inviting fireplace for those cosy nights.

Room: En-Suite Chalet (Full Board)

Nyika National Park

Enjoy a day of activities from mountain biking, game viewing, walking trails and birding. Good gravel network in the park makes exploring by bike easy with many opportunities for sightings of animals along the way.

Nyika National Park

Montane grasslands rise 8000ft/ 2400m above sea level, home to zebra, countless antelope (including roan, reedbuck and eland), hyena and elephant as well as nearly 400 species of birds. Nyika is also renowned for legendary leopard sightings and many guests have had the opportunity to observe these majestic cats thriving in their natural environment- Activities available at the camp include game drives, guided walks, mountain biking, birding, fly fishing and the popular Livingstonia Trail. Guests can also visit a nearby school and meet local community members during their stay

Room: En-Suite Chalet (Full Board)

Nyika National Park – Viphya Plateau

Enjoy the morning with a choice of activities to choose from either a leisurely walk trail, mountain biking, canoeing, birding or fly fishing. Afterwards at 10h00 you will transfer by vehicle to the Viphya Forest arriving around sunset for a lovely drink and dinner as a roaring wood log fire ambers in lounge. Here you will overnight at the Luwawa Forest Lodge

Luwawa Forest Lodge

Set in a natural surrounding of pine trees enclosed around a reservoir dam leading into beautiful forest trails. The latest addition to the facilities is a Sauna & bush shower. Luwawa has prolific birdlife and antelope can be seen close to the lodge. Further afield are monkeys, baboons, leopards and hyenas. Numerous activities are offered such as squash, canoeing, abseiling, orienteering and mountain biking.

Room: Forest Chalet En-Suite (Full Board)

Luwawa – Lilongwe

After a lovely forest sun lighted morning breakfast  Walk the poachers forest trail from the lodge before final drive (4 hours) along the undulating M1 to Lilongwe international airport or further travel arrangements

End of tour

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