MAJETE DAY TRIP
Costs: $195 per person (based on 2 people travelling)
The price includes: return road transfers, two game activities, park fees and lunch.
The price excludes: drinks and all items of personal nature
Majete Wildlife Reserve lies just 75km (1.5 hours) drive from Blantyre. The drive to Majete follows the escarpment road down to the lower shire valley. It offers spectacular views of the mighty Shire River.A day in Majete would typically include a game drive at 10:00am for about 2 hours. You would then return to enjoy a delicious lunch at Mwembezi restaurant, inside the park, or you can exit the main gate and go across to Ng’ona lodge. Both Ng’ona and Mwembezi have swimming pools where you can relax after lunch as you wait for a riverboat safari in the afternoon. Shire River (Malawi’s largest river and Lake Malawi’s only outlet) runs through the reserve on its way into the Zambezi. A boat cruise on the river offers good opportunity to see hippos, crocs and more animals as they come to the river for a dip or drink.
ZOMBA DAY TRIP
Costs: $185 per person (based on two people travelling)
Price includes: return road transfers, half day community visit, half day hike on Zomba Plateau and fees for mountain guide.
Price excludes: lunch and all items of personal nature.
Zomba City (Malawi’s old capital) is only 70km (1 hour) from Blantyre.Activities in Zomba include hiking on Zomba Plateau. One can enjoy spectacular views from the Queen’s View on the eastern side of the plateau.The hikes on Zomba Plateau range from 1 hour to 7 hours depending on what you decide to do.Another activity for half a day in Zomba would be a community visit. There is a lovely community based organisation called Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP) on the outskirts of Zomba.
SATEMWA TEA ESTATES DAY TRIP
Costs: $145 per person (based on 2 people travelling).
Price includes: return road transfers, tea tasting fees and lunch at Huntingdon House.
Located just 40km outside Blantyre, in Thyolo District, Satemwa Tea Estate is Malawi’s first fair-trade estate. Satemwa was founded in 1923 by Maclean Kay, a Scottish immigrant and former rubber planter, and has since been passed down from generation to the current 3rd generation of the family. The estate is home to Huntingdon House; originally a family home to the founders of the estate. The house has been tastefully refurbished to offer 5 unique rooms, each individually decorated to reflect the quirks and character of this grand residence. Each area of the house has a story of its own from the original children’s nursery to the resident priest’s quarters and private Chapel. Further up the road; is Chawani Bungalow, a historic tea planter’s bungalow, offering self catering comfortable accommodation. Then there is the tea factory, which is where all the magic happens. For a typical day trip, you would visit the factory for the famous tea tasting experience.
MULANJE MOUNTAIN DAY TRIP
Costs: $175 per person (based on 2 people travelling)
Price includes: return road transfers, mountain guide, picnic lunch and park entry fees.
Price excludes: luggage porter
Locally known as ‘Island in the Sky’, Mount Mulanje lies 70km east of Blantyre and offers a range of hiking possibilities. These range from day trips to trips spanning over 1 week. Its highest peak (Sapitwa) proudly stands at 3,002 meters above sea level.
Dziwe La Nkhalamba (Old man’s pool) is a very popular natural pool formed on the Likhubula river on the west side of the mountain. The pool is just below the Likhubula waterfalls and its a 45 minutes trek from the forestry office. Here, you can enjoy some very refreshing swims and enjoy a picnic lunch.
So a typical day trip would include arrival in Mulanje at 10:00am and proceeding to the waterfalls, arriving just before 11:00am. Spend a few hours and trek back at 3:00pm latest, for arrival back in Blantyre late afternoon.
BLANTYRE CITY TOUR
Costs: $95 per person (based on 2 people travelling)
Price includes: transport, entry to monuments, traditional lunch and guiding fees.
Price excludes: tips and items of personal nature
St. Michaels & All Angels Church
This is one of the oldest churches in Malawi, built in 1891 by men who had no training in architecture, construction or brick making. 89 different types of bricks were used to build the church. Visits only allowed during the week.
The oldest and first two storeys European building in Malawi built in 1882. Mandala house was once the Centre of Commerce for the ALC until the end of 19th century and became home to the Standard Bank in 1883, the first formal Bank in Malawi. Today Mandala house is home to unique collection of Fine Art and other products made by Malawian artists called La Caverna and La galleria. The second floor of Mandala house is the Historical Library and Archive of the Society of Malawi which was established in 1946.
If you want to do some sightseeing around the city, Crossroads Hotels provides you with guides to show you the historical sights that surround the beautiful city of Lilongwe.
If you are looking to spend some time away from the city and around the serenity and tranquility of the amazing Lake Malawi, the beach is only an hour away!
Crossroads Hotels Lilongwe is located within a key hiking point in the country , Bunda Hill. Crossroads Hotels provides hike guides upon request.