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10 Day Nyika Fly-in Cycle Tour

Highland mountains, forested woodlands & lake-shore views

Departure & Return Location

ROUTE MAP

OVERVIEW

Escalating elevations along wooded lined plantations and natural reserves of the African Rift Valley. Sun ward undulating roads with cool temperatures, higher altitudes and fleeting scenes of spectacular scenery. 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 located in the peaceful and often remote rolling highlands of the north. 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 montane grasslands of a wilderness Nyika National Park. Flying in to a finale of grazing zebra herds , wildflowers and whalebacks of rolling hills within fleeting heights of serenity. 

Quick Facts

Total Distance: 240km    |  Elevation: Up 1737 m Down  989m 

Season : May to Nov  |  Climate: Dry warm mid-days & cool airy nights

ITINERARY

Choose to do this tour self guided, fully supported or as a private tour

Self Guided

• Welcome starter pack on arrival (Map, sim card & airtime data)
• Luggage Drop & Collection
• Road Transfer from Lilongwe to Nkhotakhota
• 29” Trek MTB Rental +( Rear Rack, Side Panniers, Handlebar Bag, Speedometer, Pump & Tube Repair Kit )
• All accommodation as per itinerary (3 – 5*)
• All meals as indicated (23 meals in total)
• Charted Flights from Mzuzu to Nyika & Lilongwe
• Airport Transfers
• Park fees, taxes and tourism levies
• Bank/credit card charges

Fully Supported

• Air-conditioned support vehicle + fuel
• English tour guide driver
• Refreshment stops with bottled water & fruits
• Luggage portaging
• 29” Trek MTB Rental + (Rear Rack, Side Panniers, Handlebar Bag, Speedometer, Pump & Tube Repair Kit)
• All accommodation as per itinerary (3 – 5*)
• All meals as indicated (23 meals in total)
• Charted Flights from Mzuzu to Nyika & Lilongwe
• Airport Transfers
• Park fees, taxes and tourism levies
• Bank/credit card charges

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Day 10

Lilongwe (Capital Hill Dairy Farm)

Airport collection at Kamuzu International Airport. A friendly meet and greet before departing with a short transfer (45min) to your first overnight stay in Malawi at Kumbali Country Lodge.

Kumbali Country Lodge

Situated on a 650ha farm estate. Kumbali is a peaceful and private lodge surrounded by mountain views and greenery. 10 minutes from Lilongwe City Centre and 45 minutes from the International airport. There are 16 elegantly thatched suites. The spacious and uniquely designed Executive and Deluxe Suites are all en suite offering internet, tea and coffee facilities, TV and private verandah overlooking lush gardens enclosed with a swimming pool.

Room: Executive Chalet En-Suite (Dinner & Breakfast)

Bua River Lodge Dining Over The River

Lilongwe – Nkhotakhota Wildlife Reserve

After breakfast today transfer with a scenic drive into Nkhotakhota Wildlife Reserve to your riverside accommodation for the night. Here you will overnight at Bua River Lodge. Enjoy an afternoon walking safari ending with MGT sundowners by the river.

Bua River Lodge

is located just two kilometres inside the eastern boundary of Nkhotakhota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi. The reserve covers hectares of beautiful Miombo & Mopane woodland adjacent to the Bua River. A large oasis of wildlife and birding. Enjoy guided walks and tranquil nightlife sounds of the wild river waters.

Room: En-suite Riverside Tent (Full Board)  + Guided bushwalks and sundowners.

Nkhotakhota Wildlife Reserve – Lake Malawi

Ngala-Beach-Lodge-Exterior

Cycle today using the M5 lakeshore road towards Ngala Beach. Here you will overnight at Ngala Beach Lodge. Total cycling distance of 68km.

Ngala Beach Lodge – Located on the northern shoreline of Lake Malawi. Th lakeside lodge offers comfortable, clean and tastefully decorated chalets, friendly personal service, great food and awe inspiring views of both Lake Malawi and the distant Viphya Mountains. Guest can enjoy boat trips to nearby hot-springs for lake cruises, beach volley ball and long walks on the beach

Room: En-suite Lake Chalet (Half Board)

Lake Malawi – Kande Horse

Cycle today further down the M5 along the lakeshore to Kande Beach. On arrival hop onto your designated horse and go horseriding into Lake Malawi! 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 today onwards with scenic views into the lakeside village of Nkhatha Bay. Here you will overnight at Aqua Africa. Enjoy diving, snorkelling and relaxing in the freshwaters. 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 today for a finale climb towards the elevated town of Mzuzu. Here you will overnight at Macondo Camp. A total cycling distance of 50km.

Macondo Camp

Located in the peaceful town of Mzuzu. The Italian owned and peaceful lodge grounds houses a quaint restaurant serving homemade dishes. Whilst the gardens contain several accommodation options to Tented Chalets and camping facilities. Making this a favourite stopover for overlanding and excursions to Nyika National Park.

Room: Tented Chalet (Full Board)

Mzuzu – Nyika National Park. 

Transfer today to Mzuzu International Airport for connecting charted flight to Nyika National Flight. Here you will board a plane and fly over the highlands into Chelinda Camp (30minutes). Here you will be welcomed and checked into your cosy chalet 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 rises to the highest point 2100m above sea level, home to mountain zebra, antelope (including roan, reedbuck and eland). Whaleback rolling hills containing 400 species of birds and wildflowers. 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)

Kumbali Country Lodge Swimming Pool 900 x 600pxNyika National Park – Lilongwe 

After a forested breakfast depart today with a flight connecting into Lilongwe (1  hour). A friendly meet and greet awaits you at the airport for a short transfer (45min) to your first last overnight stay in Malawi at Kumbali Country Lodge. Here you will have time to refresh and prepare for your departure tomorrow.

Kumbali Country Lodge – Situated on a 650ha farm estate Kumbali, is an peaceful and private lodge with a conference centre. 10 minutes from Lilongwe City Centre and 45 minutes from the International airport. There are 16 elegantly thatched suites. The spacious and uniquely designed Executive and Deluxe Suites are all en suite offering internet, tea and coffee facilities, TV and private verandah overlooking lush gardens enclosed with a swimming pool.

Room: En-suite Executive Chalet (Dinner & Breakfast)

Lilongwe to Lilongwe International Airport (Kamuzu)

After morning breakfast, prepare to transfer (45min) to Kamuzu International Airport for flight departure or further travel arrangements. Bid farewell and leave behind the smiles and carry the memories of an adventure of a lifetime with you!

End of tour

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