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Grab life by the handlebars! Register your interest in Cycle Malawi 2019

Do you have a thirst for adventure? Are you looking for the experience of a lifetime? Could you cycle for charity across some of the most beautiful but difficult terrain that Malawi has to offer?

On 27th September 2019 a team of 20 cyclists will take to their bikes to ride 337 kilometres against the stunning backdrop of southern Malawi.  They will cycle from Lilongwe to Blantyre in seven days as part of an incredible challenge to raise money for Open Arms.

If so, we want to hear from you!

As part of team Open Arms, you’ll cycle through spectacular landscapes in a seven-day charity bike ride.  This is not just about the cycling though as we want you to truly feel everything Malawi has to offer.

You’ll pass through rural villages and small towns to experience village life off the beaten track. You’ll have the opportunity to get up close with wildlife.  And you’ll have a chance to visit our Infant Home in Malawi to see how children benefit from the work that you will be supporting.

You’ll end the trip at the magnificent Blantyre, where you can celebrate in style. We promise that you will be captivated by the magic of Malawi – it really is the chance of a lifetime!

As you can probably guess, this will not be an easy trip. There will be some long cycling days and some steep hill climbing.  But with a good level of fitness, some pre-training and lots of determination it will suit anyone that is ready to take their cycling to the next level.

Your charity adventure will begin as soon as you sign up …

We will support you from the word go. You will get our challenge pack with training details, fundraising ideas, travel information and much more.  There will be a chance to meet the organisers and your teammates. And, whether this is your first challenge or you’re a regular fundraiser, you can be sure of a warm welcome into a team of fantastic people.

Once you’ve arrived and got set, you’ll cycle through Monkey Bay. With its sandy beaches and tropical fish, there couldn’t be anywhere more perfect to introduce you to Malawi.  The undulating roads and tracks lead to the old colonial town of Mangochi on the shore of Lake Malawi. You’ll ride down wide avenues lined with palms and thick fruit trees and see the crumbling waterfront buildings.  What an idyllic African setting for your first few days in the saddle!!

Halfway through the trip, you will spend a day at Open Arms Infant home, where our excited children can’t wait to meet you. You’ll experience first hand the amazing work we do and how children’s lives have been transformed. As you get to know the staff and children, you will also visit a Feeding Station and a Nursery School to see how far our support goes.

After spending time with our inspirational children and staff, you’ll be eager to get back in the saddle to support them.  So you’ll follow the river and Lake Malombe before you come off the beaten track to the spectacular Liwonde National Park.  Its woodland parched scrub, and vast flood plains will be a kaleidoscope of colour at this time of year.

The park is well known to be the best place to see wildlife in Malawi.  And in the late afternoon, you can see hippos and crocodiles come up to bask in the sun, while elephants and antelope wander the floodplains.   Imagine the magic of being able to experience all of this from your bike – you really will be at one with nature!

It doesn’t stop there either as you’ll have the opportunity of a safari with a local guide to see as many of these magnificent animals as possible.

After your rest day, the next will be a tough day of cycling as you’ll travel to the old colonial capital of Zomba. The fabulous Zomba Plateau rises 1800 metres and is covered in forests and grasslands, interspersed with waterfalls and lakes.  While this will be a very challenging day, you will be in a true hikers’ and bikers’ paradise.

The final day of biking will take you away from the plateau to Blantyre, Malawi’s largest and most vibrant city.  You will cross the ‘finish line’ to an enthusiastic welcome, and the celebrations can really start! Even in the large city, you will be touched by the vulnerability and resourcefulness of the people of Malawi.  We promise that you’ll be truly mesmerised by this magical place, and you’ll understand why it is known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’.

Come and join us to do something amazing!

If this has whetted your appetite, if you’re not afraid of a personal challenge and want to do something to really make a difference, then what are you waiting for, sign up today!

If you’re not quite sure but would like some more information, head over to our Cycle Malawi page where we have all the details.  Or you can call us or  email us to find out more; we’d love to hear from you.

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