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N I S T H G I N 21 MALAWI MALAWI 21 NIGHT ITINERARY

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AMBIA

CHINTECHE

MALAWI LILONGWE

CAPE MACLEAR LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK

SEE THE WORLD Y! DIFFERENTL

MOZAMBIQUE BLANTYRE

MOUNT MULANJE

FISHERMANS REST PROJECT

We believe in the power of extraordinary experiences. They allow us to see ourselves, others and the world differently, and develop our confidence, independence and resilience.

21 NIGHT EXPEDITION MALAWI SAMPLE ONLY Summit the highest mountain in south-central Africa, see African wildlife up close and live with a local community. With you and your team in charge of the budget and planning, this once-in-a-lifetime experience proves just how much you’re capable of. It could change the way you see yourself and the world, forever.

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DAYS 1-2 DISCOVER LILONGWE Sleep: Camping

Touch down in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. Load your gear onto the bus and head into the old town – this bustling part of the city is where you’ll be staying. It’s surprisingly green and leafy, and is a great place to experience the local culture.

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Contact the ground team and jump straight into expedition life. You’ll need to change some money into the local currency (kwacha), choose a team accountant and start planning your budget. Next, head into town to buy a SIM card for the expedition phone, confirm any bookings and discuss your plans for the week ahead. RESPECTING THE LOCAL CULTURE IS A CRUCIAL PART OF OVERSEAS TRAVEL. WHAT SHOULD YOU WEAR? HOW SHOULD YOU GREET PEOPLE? WHICH RELIGIOUS CUSTOMS SHOULD YOU BE AWARE OF? DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE YOU ARRIVE, ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS AND TAKE YOUR LEAD FROM THE LOCALS.

DAYS 3-8 COMMUNITY-LED PROJECT Sleep: Huts Travel: Bus 2-3hrs to community project

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For the next few days, you’ll contribute to a community-led initiative that supports local development needs – you’ll find out exactly what your project involves nearer the time, as it will depend on what’s needed most when you visit. This an opportunity to immerse yourself in Malawian culture, make new friends and learn new skills. To make a positive contribution, you’ll need to listen to your hosts and ask

lots of questions. The daily routines will be different to back home, so be patient and keep an open mind. To make deeper connections with the community, try sharing your own culture through photos and games. When you leave, you’ll have a rare insight into another culture, and a better understanding of the impact you could make in the world.

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DAYS 9-14 MOUNT MULANJE TREK Sleep: Camping Travel: Bus 6hrs to Mount Mulanje Trek: 5 days

Travel to the base of Mount Mulanje and get some rest, ready for your big trek. Time to climb. Take on the role of leader and head to the forest headquarters – it’s your job to source a team of guides and porters to climb Mount Mulanje with you. Mission accomplished! Now you’ve got a crack squad of local experts on your team – learn well from these masters and you’ll ace the mountain. Prepare your camping gear for the porters to carry, load up your daypack, and set off.

You’ll head towards Namasile peak, passing through cool pine forests and crossing fresh streams and grassy valleys. The route gets steeper towards the summit at 2,486m. Stop at the top for a well-deserved rest and marvel at those awe-inspiring views. It’s moments like this you’ll remember long after you return home.

Mount Mulanje is the highest mountain in south-central Africa so you’re going to have to dig deep and work hard as a team. Remember the trekking mantra – keep a steady pace, stay hydrated and support your buddies.

DAYS 15-17 CHILL OUT BY LAKE MALAWI Sleep: Camping Travel: Bus 3-4hrs to Lake Malawi

And relax. Rest your weary legs at Cape Maclear or Monkey Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi. This is a good chance to catch up on some laundry and restock your food stores. Doublecheck your budget to make sure you’re still on track. It’s up to you how you spend your time here, so do some research in advance and plan something awesome. Up

for exploring the lake? Pack a picnic and take a boat ride, keeping an eye out for hunting fish eagles and an ear open for the unmistakable noises of hippo. You could also visit a community project to discover more about local needs in this part of Malawi – this is an opportunity to do something that most tourists don’t. Something you’ll remember forever. THE THIRD BIGGEST LAKE IN AFRICA, LAKE

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MALAWI IS LONG, DEEP AND ANCIENT. IT SITS ON THE SOUTHERN END OF THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY. THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS CALL IT HOME – COLOURFUL FISH, BIRDS AND CHEEKY MONKEYS ARE JUST A FEW. START YOUR ANIMAL COUNT HERE!

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DAYS 18-19 SAFARI IN LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK Sleep: Camping Travel: Bus 2hrs to Liwonde National Park

Safari time. Journey to Liwonde National Park and discover Malawi’s epic wildlife by overland vehicle and boat safari.

get enough of the wildlife? Stop off at the rhino sanctuary to see some of the last remaining black rhino in the world.

Head out on a game drive and search for elephant, hippo, waterbuck and leopard. Grab your binoculars to get a closer look at these incredible creatures. There they are – roaming free on the plains and drinking at the waterhole. Pinch yourself – yes, they really are right in front of you. Can’t

Prepare for a breath-taking sunset as the day starts to cool and you hear the sounds of the bush coming alive. Anything seems possible now. To experience even more, dip into your personal funds to add an extra game drive.

SAFARI TIP

SUNRISE AND SUNSET (WHEN MOST GAMES DRIVES HAPPEN) CAN GET CHILLY, SO BRING A WARM JUMPER. BE PREPARED FOR DUST, LOTS OF IT, EVERYWHERE. AND ALSO MOSQUITOES – BUG SPRAY IS ESSENTIAL.

DAYS 20-21 EXPLORE MORE OF LILONGWE Sleep: Camping Travel: Travel 5-7hrs to Lilongwe

DAY 22 TRAVEL HOME

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Journey back to Lilongwe to experience more of this multi-cultural city. Hunt for Malawian mementoes in the markets (wood carvings, jewellery and artwork always go down well) and cram them into your backpack. You could also visit the cathedral and Central Musjid (mosque). It’s your call how you spend your last day, so do your research well.

Notice how much you’ve grown since you first arrived here. In the past four weeks, your confidence will have soared, you’ll have bonded with your teammates, and you’ll have achieved more than you ever imagined. Head out for a team meal in town – tell stories, share memories and set your friendships in stone.

Head to the airport, check in, sit back and relax. Time to reflect on everything you’ve achieved. You’ve summited the highest mountain in south-central Africa, trekked the Zomba Plateau, immersed yourself in local life and led your team through Malawi.

These experiences will shape who you are and change the way you see the world from now on. Prepare to return home, forever changed. It doesn’t stop here. Share your story with challengers from around the globe and continue the story at @weworldchallenge

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COMMITTED TO

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL. We base our responsible travel initiatives upon the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We’re driven to create positive contributions in the world, but also humble enough to know the types of community initiatives our young travellers should and shouldn’t be involved with. We carefully select all community engagements to be appropriate for young people and after more than 30 years of overseas student travel we’ve established strong and long standing relationships

with our overseas community partners that are evaluated each year to ensure we’re truly serving both people and planet. This holistic approach means our young travellers work towards a community initiative while also coming home with greater humility and sense of place in their world. Below are a list of the UN Sustainable Development Goals we’re positively contributing towards.

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