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7 Day Southern Explorer Cycle Tour

Wildlife reserves, vast plantations and natural escarpments

OVERVIEW

Departing from Blantyre, riders begin towards the highest peak in the southern region, Mount Mulanje. Where scenic views, waterfalls and rock pools are discovered to refresh and revitalise. Escapade further down the southern tea slopes and vast cultivated plantations to Thyolo where Satemwa’s historically beautiful estate invites you for a step back in tea history, indulge in exquisite tea tasting delicate handcrafted tea flavours and freshly baked cookie, cakes & scones. Further along the back of the escarpment  riders will traverse across  mountain village hills to the lower shire river valley. Channelling across the river marshes to borderless sugar cane fields and countryside crop farms. Finally the rider will reach the southern wildlife reserves & dry savannah bush habitats for  abundant  wildlife sightings. Expect many species of antelope,  monkeys elephants , crocs and various birdwatchers delights. Ending by the peaceful river sounds of the Shire.

Quick Facts

Total Distance: 233km    |  Elevation: Up 1421 m Down  2362 m 

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

Departure & Return Location

Blantyre

ROUTE MAP

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)
– Airport Transfers
– Mulanje guided hike
– Luggage Drop & Collect
– Game drive, bush walk & boat safari
– Satemwa Afternoon Tea tasting
– 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)
– Vehicle 4×4 backup & Guide Support
– Bottled water & refreshment stops on route
– Mulanje guided hike
– Game drive, bush walk & boat safari
– Satemwa Afternoon Tea tasting
– Accommodation as per itinerary
– All meals as indicated
– Park fees, taxes and tourism levies
– Bank/credit card charges.

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Day 6
Day 7

Blantyre

Be collected from the airport and driven to Blantyre where you will check into your lodge and receive your welcome starter pack of goodies (Maps, route information, sim card & airtime). Pump & prepare your bicycles then enjoy sundowners and a delicious dinner overlooking the hills of Blantyre. Here you will overnight at Leslie Lodge.

Leslie Lodge

Located in a quiet street. Newly refurbished with soft touches of wood, charming décor and quaint architecture. Guest’s are surrounded by a luscious courtyard and garden , home to a pair of beautiful duiker. Set amongst an outdoor pool the dinning area inter leading to an honesty bar and cosy lounge serves fine dining dishes alongside the comfort of friendly warm hospitality . En-suite fully furnished rooms with your very own private patio and garden, and WIFI Internet access

Room: Standard En-Suite (Dinner & Breakfast)

Blantyre – Mulanje

Begin your cycle today via the scenic M4 for 74km to the forest hillsides and tea plantations of Mulanje mountain slopes. Beautiful scenic route with undulating roads and expansive views of rolling mountains and plantations. Here you will overnight at the Likhubula Forest Lodge. Afternoon guided hike to Dziwelankhalamba Falls and Rock Pools (Approx 2 – 3 hours)

Likhubula Forest Lodge

is a charming colonial house with en suite rooms and hot showers overlooking the slopes of Mulanje. Nice view with cosy character and intimate hospitality. A peaceful retreat with easy access to hikes to the mountain waterfall and rock pools within walking distance. A tranquil night’s sleep rest in Mulanje.

Room: Standard En-Suite (Full Board)

Mulanje to Thyolo

Cycle onwards via the M2 for 58km to the tea growing estates of Malawi’s finest tea plantations, forest woodlands and scenic rolling hillsides. Satemwa Tea Estate grows over 890 hectares of tea surrounded by indigenous eucalyptus. Here you will overnight at Huntingdon House.

Huntingdon House

Situated on the slopes of Thyolo Mountain surrounded by vast acreage of tea plantations, indigenous woodlands and vast mountainous scenery. This historical building offers old world charm in a magical setting in one of Malawi’s most beautifully preserved regions. Cycle through generations of family owned tea acreage and discover the Satemwa Tea & Coffee estate.

Time permitting – Cycle through the tea estates to the picnic spot, return to enjoy an afternoon tea tasting accompanied by a delectable serving of cookies, cakes and fresh jams on scones. (2pm – 4pm)

 

Thyolo – Lengwe National Park

Today motorbike guided support will be provided to navigate you across Thyolo mountain while riding across hillside villages and scenic panoramic views. A backroute downhill descend for (30km ) will lead into the flatland of the Lower Shire River. A boat crossing will be taken over the river, continuing further to cycle (25km) through sugar estates until entering the gates of Lengwe National Park. Here you will overnight at Nyala Lodge.

Nyala Lodge

Situated overlooking a waterhole, the only lodge within Lengwe National Park provides comfortable accommodation, dining and relaxing by the rustic bar & restaurant patio. The surrounding nature of precarious wildlife and dry terrain creates a nice seclusion of wildlife sightings and authentic bush atmosphere.

Room: En-Suite Chalet (Full Board)

Lengwe – Majete Wildlife Reserve

Cycle onwards today via the M1 and T416 for 46km to the banks of the might Shire river. Here you will overnight at Ngona Lodge. Located adjacent to Majete Wildlife Reserve. Guest can enjoy serene river safaris, bushwalks and game drives in the nearby park.

Ng’ona Lodge
Ideally located next to the boundaries of the Majete Wildlife Reserve. Here guest can relax and unwind to the sounds of bush life along the river. With an infinity pool, green camping sites, deluxe lodging and a la carte restaurant overlooking the Shire waters. Tastefully decorated rooms provide a peaceful retreat in an authentic bush atmosphere amongst the natural environment.

Room: En-Suite Chalet (Full Board

Majete Wildlife Reserve

After a leisurely morning breakfast. Enjoy three game viewing activities in the Majete Wildlife Reserve. A morning game drive through the woodlands and river trails, guided bushwalk and an afternoon boat safari encountering pristine wildlife & birding along the banks of the Shire.

Majete Wildlife Reserve

A dense wildlife oasis bordered the Shire River with prolific species of birds and antelope including elephants, leopards, rhino, buffalo and with the introduction of lions. One of the only parks to see the big five. Visitors can explore the reserve in there own vehicle or on a guided drive on of the safari vehicles accompanied by a professional wildlife guide. Other activities included guided bush walks or bird walks, hiking to the top of Majete Hill, visiting the Kapichiri Falls and game-viewing hides.

Room: En-Suite Chalet (Full Board)(Three game viewing activities included)

Majete Wildlife Reserve – Blantyre

Wake up to the soothing sounds of river and bush. Today is check out and departure to Blantyre. After  enjoying breakfast and leisurely time. Your driver will meet you and  pack your bikes, luggage and take you on  a scenic 2 hour drive up the hill slopes to Blantyre for further travel arrangements or flight departure

END OF TOUR

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