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12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS MALAWI HISTORY & CULTURAL TOUR


Departure Date: 4 to 15 August 2016, COST – US $ 2625.00 P/P Single Supplement US$ 355


ITINERARY:

DAY 1 ARRIVAL LILONGWE CAPITAL CITY

Today you arrive in Lilongwe, also known as the garden city, (was made Malawi’s capital in 1975 by the country’s first President, Dr Banda, who was born just north of the town. The Old Town is distinct from the new Capital City and the two parts are separated by a wildlife sanctuary. While the former retains some of the appearance of a traditional African settlement, the City has much in common with other twentieth century urban developments around the world. Its gleaming modern buildings, in their spacious garden-like settings, contrast with the hustle and bustle of Old Town. It is in Old Town that some of the most recent developments have taken place, with new shops, malls and cafés adding to the amenities. The craft market in Old Town is especially popular with visitors). A visit to areas of interest like the new Parliament buildings, the Kamuzu Banda Mausoleum and the War Memorial is included. Transfer from the Airport to the Lodge. At 18H00 the guide addresses the team, introductions and the Tour briefing, after the briefing dinner will be served. Accommodation at Kumbali Lodge on dinner, Bed and Breakfast – A private lodge, situated on a 650Ha forest reserve and dairy farm. Only 10 minutes from Capital City center, Lilongwe, along a quiet traffic-free road. Stylish, relaxed and informal, it is the ideal home for the professional traveler and perfect stopover on the way to other destinations in Malawi.

Day 2, GRACE BANDAWE CENTRE - BLANTYRE
We depart for Blantyre (the regional capital and the country’s commercial heart). Drive approx 4 hours. Accommodation at Grace Bandawe Centre on dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Grace Bandawe is located opposite one of a number of historical buildings of interest in Blantyre. Perhaps the most impressive is St Michael and All Angels church, built by men with no training in architecture, construction or even brick-making

Day 3, GRACE BANDAWE CENTRE

Today, we drive to Chiradzulu district providence industrial mission, go on a tour around the mission full of history and get to see John Chilembwe memorial pillar. The industrial mission was set to develop programs that would improve natives in education, Christianity and industrialisation of people. After Lunch have a city tour -Blantyre , Visit the original town hall (Old Boma) and Mandala House, built in 1882 as the headquarter of the African Lakes Company. It was Malawi's first two-storey building and is believed now to be the country's oldest house. Mandala House is host to the 'The Society of Malawi' which protects and nourishes a true treasure trove of the country's history. With thousands of books and resources safely stored away, it provides an opportunity to find out a bit more about Malawi that perhaps many tourists don't ever discover. Accommodation at Grace Bandawe Centre- Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis. Lunch is not included this day.

Day 4, SUNBIRD KUCHAWE INN

Have an early breakfast, and then depart for Zomba Malawi’s first capital in colonial times which legacy remains today. Visit the gymkhana club, war memorials and colonial buildings around the city .Picnic Lunch is enjoyed enroute and a visit to a postal services museum near Zomba. Accommodation at Kuchawe inn on dinner, Bed and Breakfast. Sunbird Ku Chawe enjoys one of the most amazing sites of any hotel in Africa. Set on the very edge of the great Zomba Plateau, a table-top mountain of 6000 ft. /2000 m rising above the old capital of Malawi, Zomba town, it has its own micro-climate and a huge bio-diversity. Ku Chawe is imaginatively designed, built with handmade bricks incorporating fine arches throughout the public areas. Neat gardens spill down the mountain side. There are 40 large bedrooms, all en suite, in three categories. All have satellite television and all but the standard rooms have fireplaces for log fires on the cooler evenings. There’s an impressive restaurant, a bar and a terrace with stunning views. All the usual services of a first-class hotel are available and the hotel has conference facilities for 100 delegates. Guests can fish for trout in the nearby dam, go horse riding or tour the forested wilderness which is part of the extraordinary beauty of the plateau. CAPACITY - 40 rooms - Includes superior rooms and deluxe studios. All en suite. Sleeping a max of 80 people.

Day 5, MAKOKOLA RETREAT
After an early morning wake up call, we have breakfast then drive up Zomba plateau, Visit the Queens and Emperor View’s great place to witness a modern-day African market. After the visits drive down Mangochi a district that harbours some important history for the nation and the Yao people residents in this region dating back to the pre-colonial era. The name Mangochi was derived from a nearby mountain. Some Yao chiefs explain that the name Mangochi means Mgoji, a rope, and signifies the place where Yao immigrants were bound together in a strong community. In October 1891, the colonial government established a fort known as Fort Johnston in the Mangochi area to protect British interests. Following this establishment Mangochi became a very significant place and was then popularly known as the Fort Johnston District. It was however changed back to Mangochi some years later after independence. Lunch is enjoyed enroute. Accommodation at Makokola Retreat – Full Board. Makokola Retreat is set on an unspoilt palm fringed lakeshore, north of Mangochi. Their stylish and spacious rooms combine luxury with modern African décor. The harmonious combination of lush, immaculate gardens and 600 meters of wide natural sandy beach makes this resort a dream destination. This all-season retreat has become renowned for its excellent cuisine and personal service. Club Mak (as it is popularly known) with its own aerodrome, is a 30min flight from Lilongwe or Blantyre. International charter flights and private aircraft can clear customs and immigration at the hotel. Road connections are also good. The ideal place to relax and unwind, Club Makokola also has an unrivalled range of activities to offer its guests. The par 3, nine hole golf course is in a setting of baobab trees and natural streams. There are tennis courts, a floodlit bowling green, and an Olympic-sized beach pool with its own bar. On the Lake, there’s every sort of water sport imaginable from sailing to water skiing and sunset cruises around Bird Island. This unspoilt beach retreat is increasingly becoming the preferred exclusive and romantic Wedding Venue. If all of this were not enough to satisfy every taste, Club Makokola has now opened its own Lake Spa.

Day 6, MAKOKOLA RETREAT

Morning Boat ride to Bird Island southern part of Lake Malawi’s National Park and part of the World Heritage Site host to the biggest breading colony of White Breasted Cormorants in Southern Africa. After Lunch, visit Lake Museum in Mangochi and Makawa fishing village. Accommodation at Makokola Retreat- Full Board Day 7, MUA MISSION

Depart for Mua Mission the site of the KuNgoni Centre of Culture & Art, established in 1976 by a Canadian missionary Fr. Claude Boucher Chisale. Fr. Boucher has dedicated his life to researching, recording and preserving Malawian culture. The Centre has grown from an art co-operative to a vibrant cultural center. It provides insights into the history and culture of Malawi through the Chamare Museum, the Carving Centre and the new Research Centre/Library. The museum describes the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao cultures, their rites of passage, their interaction with one another and their encounters with Islam and Christianity. It also holds a unique display of Gule Wamkulu masks, texts and images. Mua works to preserve the local cultures and has the country’s best cultural museum. It is presently home to a thriving community, including an arts and crafts center whose students create Malawi’s finest wood carvings and who go on to make a living from their own handiwork throughout Malawi. The standards are superb and the prices very reasonable. Accommodation at Mua Mission- Bed and Breakfast basis. Ku Ngoni Chalets are situated on the hillside overlooking the stream, set in lush gardens. Each chalet is en suite, has a small verandah and is decorated in a rich African theme. The centrally local restaurant and patio dining areas offers guests the opportunity to mingle or sit on their own and appreciate the relaxed ambience of the area. Meals are simple but wholesome and there is a limited selection of varied dishes to choose from.


Day 8, MUA MISSION
After breakfast participate/patronize the KuNgoni open day, a cultural festival in memory of Father Jean-Baptise Champmartin to whom the museum at Mua is dedicated. This cultural festival brings drummers, singers and dancers from surrounding villages displaying knowledge and dancing skills of the Chewa, Yao, and Ngoni people. Accommodation at Mua Mission on Bed and Breakfast basis

Day 9, MAME MOTEL

This day we depart for Mzimba, northern side of Malawi, Drive through Nkhotakota-A district rich in history with brief stopover in some places, Lunch is enjoyed enroute. Upon arrival Inkosi ya Makosi lead the way to Hora Mountain cape site where we have the opportunity to see live performances by different cultural dance groups. Accommodation at Mame Motel on Bed and Breakfast Basis

Day 10, HORA MOUNTAIN
Attend Umthetho which means "Custom" or "Governance, a celebration of the Ngoni of Mzimba. The function promotes good traditional governance, heritage and traditions. There are all sorts of Ngoni dances such as Mthimba, Mbuweni, Msindo, Liguba and Ingoma. During the cerebrations Ngoni people are strict on attire. They showcase their dress Code such as Brasswire (Amasongo) and Bead strings (Izipote). Hora Mountain is said to be the first Ngoni settlement in Malawi. Accommodation at Mame Motel – Bed and Breakfast Basis

Day 11, KUMBALI LODGE

Depart for Lilongwe soon after breakfast, Picnic Lunch is enjoyed enroute. Accommodation at Kumbali Lodge on Bed and Breakfast Basis. Free evening to have dinner at a preferred restaurant in the capital city.
Day 12

After breakfast, Airport transfers in time for your return flights or onward Journey. End of Service Price inclusions of: • All road transfers • Tour’s program as mentioned in the itinerary • English speaking guide • Accommodation as per above schedule • Meals as indicated in the itinerary • Activities as indicated Does not include: • Visas (Malawi $75 Single entry) • Extra Meals or drinks • Other personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, mini bar, room service • Activities not indicated above • Gratuities
NOTE - The above Route is subject to changes dependent on the Cultural event outlined dates, so this lay out could change at the last minute or en-route.

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