Cycling & Mountain Biking
The change in scene over relatively short distances, and the varied terrain, make Malawi a great country for cycling. The generally good tar and limited traffic of the main country roads allow for cycling tours over a few days to cover good distances, for example, along the lakeshore. And bicycles allow better access to rural areas, being less disruptive in the villages and more practical along the dirt tracks. More rugged mountain biking is provided in the forests and on the plateaux. Many of the forest lodges offer mountain bikes for hire and there is an increasing number of trails to explore.
A number of Malawi’s Tour & Safari companies have bikes for hire and can organise cycling -based tours. A relatively new specialist in this area is Cycle Malawi, who are are now offering dedicated cycling tours around the country. These vary from day excursions to two week tours.
Places offering Cycling & Mountain Biking
Chintheche offers some of the best beaches on Lake Malawi, with a collection of luxury lodges right by the shore.
Dzalanyama Forest Reserve
Dzalanyama is approximately 40 km from Lilongwe and covers the steep range of hills which bear the same name. It's a beautiful natural environment to explore and enjoy.
Ntchisi Forest Reserve
Ntchisi Forest Reserve contains some of the last remaining indigenous rainforest in Malawi. Some trees tower thirty metres overhead.
Nyika National Park
Nyika is Malawi’s largest park. Superb wildlife and landscapes in one, it offers breathtaking, unique, scenery combined with wonderful safaris.
Thyolo Tea Estates
Tea has been grown at Thyolo, south-east of Blantyre, since 1908 and the primly trimmed bushes (strictly, trees) give the whole area the appearance of a neatly kept but vast garden.
The forested Viphya is a wonderful area for those seeking a combination of stunning scenery and solitude, with opportunities for trekking, mountain biking and various other activities.
Known for its views, Zomba Plateau is a great slab of a mountain with vast tracts of cedar, pine and cypress and criss-crossed by streams with tumbling waterfalls and still lakes.
Walking & Trekking
Malawi has such beautiful and varied scenery throughout, that walking and trekking is popular at pretty much any location, even along the lakeshore.
There are a few places around Malawi where horse riding can be enjoyed – scenic locations that can be leisurely explored on horseback.
As well as Lake Malawi, rivers and smaller lakes and reservoirs provide varied fishing opportunities. Light tackle will cover most situations.
Climbing & Abseiling
With its variety of mountains and highlands, it's no surprise that Malawi has a few places that can offer some great climbing experiences.