+265 888 91 4991 dean@cyclemalawi.org
+265 888 91 4991 dean@cyclemalawi.org

9 Day Lake of Stars Cycle Tour

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23 Sept 18' - 1st Oct 18'
From$595
23 Sept 18' - 1st Oct 18'
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9 Days
Availability : 23 Sept 18’ - 1st Oct 18’
Lilongwe
Lake of Stars Festival - Leopards Bay, Lake Malawi
Min Age : 18
Max People : 8
Tour Details

Departing from Lilongwe, riders will cycle across the central region of Malawi’s beautiful remote countryside visiting  mission villages, cultural heritage sites and a wildlife reserve before reaching the shores of Leopard Bay, Lake Malawi, where a three days festival of arts, music and lakeside activities will set stage in what has been named one of Africa’s best music festival locations.

Departure & Return Location

Lilongwe International Airport (Google Map)

INCLUDED

  • 3 - Day Festival Ticket Pass
  • 29” MTB Bike Rental
  • Goodie bag on arrival (Orientation)
  • Vehicle support
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Accommodation
  • All meals as indicated
  • Bottled water & snacks
  • Park fees, taxes & levies
  • Bank/credit card charges

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • VIsa Fees
  • Personal Expenses

WHAT TO BRING

  • Daypack for small items
  • Sunscreen & Mosquito Lotion
  • Cycling Gear
  • Bike Helmet
What to Expect

Distance:          245Km

Elevation         1,785 m  2,346 m

Climate:           COOL DRY SEASON

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Lilongwe, Malawi

Meet with your guide and fellow riders for orientation. Receive your welcome pack of goodies. An overview of the cycling tour and briefing on health & safety will be given. Final bicycle preparations then enjoy sundowners and a delicious dinner. Here you will overnight at Barefoot Safari Lodge. Orientation will begin once all group member have checked in.

Barefoot Safari Lodge – Set in 6.5 hectares of lush gardens, Barefoot makes for a quieter alternative to the city centre. There are six nicely finished chalets with private verandas, and five walk-in tents, plus loads of space for pitching your own tent. The ablutions block is spotless, and there’s a bar-restaurant (the ‘Night Jar’) and even a workshop and mechanic for your wheels.

Room: Glamping (D)

(2.4m x 2.4m Safari tents with mattress, pillow, sleeping bags & camping chairs)

Day 2Lilongwe - Nkhoma Mission

Cycle today via the T363 for 51km to Nkhoma Synod Guesthouse. Enjoy refreshments and snacks on route. Arrive to prepared tents and meals served by your guide for an overnight sleep.

Nkhoma Synod Guesthouse – is a mission station that was started in 1897 by the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa. Presently, it is the headquarters of the Nkhoma Synod, Church in Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP). It is rural and has a hospital, a nursing school, two secondary schools, a primary school, a private school, a seminary and a university.

Room: Glamping (FB)

(2.4m x 2.4m Safari tents with mattress, pillow, sleeping bags & camping chairs)

Day 3Nkhoma Mission - Dedza Pottery

Cycle onwards via the T374 & T372 for 55km to Dedza Pottery Lodge. Enjoy refreshments and snacks on route. Arrive to prepared tents and meals served by your guide for an overnight sleep.

Dedza Pottery Lodge – Dedza is the highest town in Malawi and Dedza Mountain, forms the backdrop to this attractive lodge which is situated in beautiful gardens within the grounds of the famous Dedza Pottery, known both for its handmade pottery and for its coffee and cheesecake. The restaurant is cool in hot weather and has a roaring log fire in the clear evenings.

Room: Glamping (FB)

(2.4m x 2.4m Safari tents with mattress, pillow, sleeping bags & camping chairs)

Day 4Dedza Pottery - Kungoni Cultural Centre

Cycle further inland via the M1 & D220 turn off into the Kungoni Cultural centre for 35km. Cultural and heritage site overlooking the Nadzipokwe River and is located a short distance from the Chamare Museum, Art Gallery and Showroom. Enjoy refreshments and snacks on route. Arrive to prepared tents and meals served by your guide for an overnight sleep.

Namalikhate Lodge – was opened in 2004 to provide accommodation, dining and conference facilities to visitors to Kungoni Centre. It overlooks the Nadzipokwe River and is located a short distance from the Chamare Museum, Art Gallery and Showroom. Guest can choose to take a tour of the museum ($5) or visit the art gallery ($1)

Room: Glamping (FB)

(2.4m x 2.4m Safari tents with mattress, pillow, sleeping bags & camping chairs)

Day 5Kungoni - Kuti Wildlife Reserve

Cycle onwards today via the M5 for 68km to the Kuti Wildlife Reserve. Enjoy refreshments and snacks on route. Arrive to prepared tents and meals served by your guide for an overnight sleep.

Kuti Wildlife Reserve – is a stunning 2000 hectare reserve located just outside the town of Salima. The habitat ranges from Brachystegia and Miombo woodland through to grasslands, wetlands and marshes, making it a haven for wildlife, including large mammals like Sable, Giraffe, Zebra and Impala, and a host of other animals.

Room: Glamping

(2.4m x 2.4m Safari tents with mattress, pillow, sleeping bags & camping chairs)

Day 6Kuti Wildlife Reserve to Leopard's Bay

Cycle onwards via the S122 for 34km to the shores of Leopard Bay, Lake Malawi where the Lake of Stars is set to stage for a festival of arts, music and lakeside activities over three days. Here you will overnight at Kabumba Hotel where the festival will light up the lake and provide a serene background of music, arts and expression. Settle underneath a setting sunset mingling into a night sky of stars and silhouettes

Kabumba Hotel – Located in the foothills of Leopard Bay, serene stretch of beachfront, swing bar and beautiful views of Lake Malawi. The camping area will have camp showers and camp toilets. The festival grounds will have offsite parking, food stalls with a variety of cuisines at affordable rates, access to the beach, entertainment stages, bars, medical team, security, a children’s entertainment area during the day and toilets. For more information, please visit the official website www.lakeofstars.org

Room: Glamping
(2.4m x 2.4m Safari tents with mattress, pillow, sleeping bags & camping chairs)

Festival Begins! 28th Sept 18Show starts at 5pm

Celebrating 15 years of Lake of Stars. The festival returns for another year of magical nights by the lake shore. Bringing you three days of amazing music and culture from international, regional and local artists, coupled with many other activities including beach games, poetry, drama, dance, kids’ activities, amazing food and much more…

THREE DAY TICKET PASS INCLUDED!

Day 7Festival Day - Leopard's Bay , Lake Malawi

Festival Day – Enjoy various headliners from local and international artists. Various market stands, art displays and exhibitions as well as beach activities will take place throughout the day. Food stalls offering various cuisine is available on the day for meals.

Accommodation: Kabumba Hotel
Room: Glamping

(2.4m x 2.4m Safari tents with mattress, pillow, sleeping bags & camping chairs)

Day 8 Festival Day - Leopard's Bay, Lake Malawi

Festival Day – Enjoy various headliners from local and international artists. Various market stands, art displays and exhibitions as well as beach activities will take place throughout the day. Food stalls offering various cuisine is available on the day for meals.

Accommodation: Kabumba Hotel
Room: Glamping

(2.4m x 2.4m Safari tents with mattress, pillow, sleeping bags & camping chairs)

Day 9 Departing to Lilongwe

After a farewell breakfast. All your tents, gear and bikes will be packed ready for your scenic drive out back to Lilongwe for further travel arrangements or flight departure (Approx. 2 hours drive)

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