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Where from: Fly from London to Lilongwe
Overnight flight from London via Addis Ababa
Arrive in Malawi
Arrive at lunchtime and transfer to Mua (3-hour bus transfer). The rest of the afternoon is spent acclimatising and bike fitting.
This evening after dinner we meet the local staff and hear more about the challenge ahead.
Where from: Mua Mission, Dedza to Cape McLear
Starting from the Mission and as you hit the sandy cycle tracks it will dawn on you what you have actually signed up for. Children will run from the villages and wave and shout you on.
The day ends with a spectacular cycle into the sunset on the aptly named Road to Monkey Bay and arrival on the shores of Lake Malawi.
Highlights: children waving, sunset
Where from: Cape McLear to Mangochi
A relaxed day. You will head off to Mangochi, firstly on sandy tracks up to the main road then on tarmac, cycling through villages and local markets, finishing by the lake.
This evening following another spectacular sunset, a barbeque on the beach and local band will entertain you on the shores of lake Malawi.
Highlights: contrasts, bustling markets, long quiet stretches, colours
Activity: Spend the day at the the Open Arms Mangochi Infant Home.
Distance: 15Km local cycling
Cycle to the home this morning to an amazing welcome of singing and dancing. Today you will be able to spend some time in the infant home and visiting one of our nursery schools cycling off the beaten track to a remote village.
Highlights: Seeing how your money helps, experiencing why Open Arms is so special.
Where from: Mangochi to Liwonde
Today is an early start and a long day on mostly tarmac roads, cycling through market towns with children waving and cheering you on. Arriving at Hippo View Lodge on the River Shire, you will never be so pleased to see a hippo!
Highlights: Sense of achievement at the end of a long day, hearing and seeing hippos
Where from: Liwonde to Zomba
A great start to the day with a 2 hour river safari at sunrise. After a quick breakfast, off to Zomba with a hill climb out of Liwonde. You will finish the day with a cool drink at the top of the Zomba plateau with stunning views over the Shire Highlands.
Highlight: Sunrise safari, the realisation that you can actually do this!
Where from: Zomba to Blantyre
Your last day cycling, and surprisingly, you will feel a mixture of sadness and elation. Following the official group photo you will set off for an undulating route to Blantyre. Your adventure ends at our home in Blantyre with an enthusiastic welcome from Open Arms staff and children – never to be forgotten.
Tonight there is a dinner to celebrate your amazing achievements.
Highlights: Cycling into the home to an amazing welcome, celebration of what you’ve done and the people you’ve met.
Fly Blantyre to London
This morning you will have time to explore Blantyre and buy some souvenirs. A late morning transfer for the early afternoon flight to London via Addis Ababa.
Arrive in London
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