MALAWI GROUP ESCAPE

24 SEPT - 4 OCT 2019

Deposit - £500
(early bird spots sold out)

Join us this September on an adventurous eleven-day escape in Malawi. Explore this beautiful and under-the-radar destination with a small group of like-minded people on our personally-crafted trip. Experience private castaway islands, plateaus and waterfalls, a luxury safari and the Lake of Stars arts festival. Led by Faraway founders Helen and Al, this is a small group escape with thirteen spots available.

AS FEATURED IN

Faraway feature in Suitcase magazine
Faraway was featured in Conde Nast Traveller as an insider tip for how to attend the Lake of Stars festival in Malawi
Featured in The Telegraph
Kayaks on Lake Malawi
Lake of Stars Festival
Hiking on the plateau
Elephants in Majete National Park

ABOUT THE ESCAPE

Why Malawi?

It’s quite possible Malawi has completely passed you by, but that's just one of the things that makes it magical. It's untouched, unpolished, unplugged and far from most tourists' radars. Join us there and you’ll be wowed by the friendliest locals you could hope to meet, rugged landscapes, and beautiful Lake Malawi. Throw in its award-winning arts and music festival on the lakeshore and you’ll find a hidden gem of a destination that’s full of surprises.


Who’s this for?

Solo travellers, couples and small groups of friends are all welcome. You’ll need to be fairly adventurous, up for getting to know some new people and ready to embrace the unexpected. Much of Malawi is (truly) off-grid, so you’ll need to be okay with unplugging for most of the escape. Last year’s group were all keen travellers, although for many it was their first experience of travelling in Africa.


Why should you join us?

This is our second group escape to Malawi, and we’ve planned an experience that lets you explore the highlights of an unspoilt destination in a one-off adventure, with all the details taken care of. We promise you an eleven-day experience like nothing you’ve ever done before – and all you have to do is get yourself to Malawi (we’ll help with that too!). If last year is anything to go by, you’ll make new friends for life. We’re also bringing along a professional photographer to capture all the action.


WHAT’S THE PLAN?

Flying into and out of Lilongwe, we’ll begin by travelling north into Livingstonia, where we’ll stay at an entirely off-grid eco lodge and hike in Great Rift Valley. Next, we’ll head over to the lakeshore for three days at the Lake of Stars arts festival, followed by a two-day luxury big five safari in Liwonde National Park. We’ll finish with a couple of nights playing castaways on our own private island on Lake Malawi.

As it’s our second escape here, we've made a few tweaks to last year’s trip and we’ll be exploring some of the even less-visited areas in the north of the country. You can read all about the experience in our round-up blog and Suitcase Magazine.

Scroll down to see the full itinerary below...


WHAT DOES IT COST?

£2,950 - the first 4 spots - SOLD OUT

£3,100 - the remaining 9 spots

Deposit - £500


"Faraway somehow managed to seamlessly combine a travelling sense of freedom and adventure with having every little detail completely thought out to ensure the best possible trip was had by all."

Lizzie, Malawi 2018


THE ITINERARY

Mushroom Farm

DAYS: 1-4
LOCATION: LIVINGSTONIA

Welcome to Malawi! The group will meet at Lilongwe airport around midday and begin the drive north to Livingstonia. We'll spend our first evening in Mzuzu, getting to know one another over dinner and a beer or two, before an early night at the end of a long travel day. In the morning, we’ll make our way to the Mushroom Farm, a unique eco-lodge and permaculture farm with stunning views overlooking Lake Malawi and the Great Rift Valley, where we’ll stay for the next two nights. While there, we'll go on a full-day hike with local guides to explore the Chombe plateau, and also have plenty of time to relax in a hammock and soak up the views.

DAYS: 4-7
LOCATION: CHINTECHE

We’ll spend our next few days down by the lakeshore, at the Lake of Stars arts festival. Founded sixteen years ago by British promoter Will Jameson, the festival was launched to encourage tourism to the country and give artists from Malawi and across Africa an international stage. From small beginnings, it’s now often featured in round-ups of the best festivals in the world. This year’s is set to have more of a boutique feel, with a mix of known and unsigned artists, plus theatre, comedy, film, poetry and some wellness experiences too. We’ll be staying nearby at Chinteche Inn, just a short drive further up the lakeshore.

DAYS: 7-9
LOCATION: LIWONDE

Then, it’s time for a safari in Liwonde National Park, just southeast of Lake Malawi – where we’ll have the luxurious Mvuu Lodge all to ourselves for two nights. Known best for its dense populations of elephant, buffalo and hippo (or ‘mvuu’), in the last couple of years both cheetahs and lions have been introduced to the wildlife reserve too. Days on safari start early; we’ll be heading out on early morning boat safaris, nature walks and birding, as well as traditional game drives by day and night. Of course, sundowners will feature too...

Sunset on Mumbo island in Malawi

DAYS: 9-11
LOCATION: LAKE MALAWI

Finally, we have two nights on Mumbo Island, a deserted tropical island in the south of Lake Malawi. Completely unspoilt, the island looks very much the same as it always has except for a small, barefoot luxury eco-camp which we'll have all to ourselves. We’ll spend the days splashing about on kayaks, snorkelling in the freshwater lake, exploring the island on walking trails through the forest and lazing in hammocks. On the final day, we’ll have an early breakfast after a beautiful sunrise, take a boat over to shore and drive back to Lilongwe to fly home.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • All accommodation (2 nights luxury, 5 nights rustic luxury, 3 nights rustic but comfortable), plus tips 
  • All meals (except for food bought on-site at the festival)
  • Transport within Malawi
  • All activities including kayaking, freshwater snorkelling, hiking, yoga, and big five safari (all optional)
  • Tickets to the Lake of Stars Festival (“one of the best music festivals in the world” - TimeOut)
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    A professional photographer 
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    Extra help from us if you’d like to extend your trip and travel on elsewhere afterwards
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    1.5% of sales (not profit) will be donated to Microloan Foundation

AND WHAT'S NOT

  • International flights
  • Visas, vaccinations and mandatory travel insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks (we offer a local drinks package for £140 as an add-on)
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    Any additional activities (such as scuba diving, massages), although we will help arrange these in advance for you
  • Phone signal & WiFi
Lake Malawi
On safari in Malawi
Lake of Stars festival
Kayaking on Lake Malawi

TESTIMONIALS

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What Faraway hope to do is open up new destinations like Malawi by removing the elements of risk and friction, leaving nothing but distilled discovery.


...(On the last morning) I wake up gently to a reddening sky, feeling like the luckiest – and also the only – person on the planet. Adventure does this to you. And Malawi certainly knows how to serve up an adventure.


Anna, Belfast (Malawi 2018 for  Suitcase Magazine)

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Wow it was such a great experience. I was looking for a real getaway, leaving the laptop behind and Malawi was perfect for that. Helen and Al really went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a good time. The highlights for me were the Lake of Stars festival, amazing sunrises and being completely disconnected.


Gidon, Sydney (Malawi 2018)

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I absolutely LOVED my Faraway adventure. From start to finish it was impeccably organised and it was the first time I felt such a personal touch from a travel company. Helen and Al managed to pull together such an incredible group of like-minded individuals who were all up for making the most of the time in Malawi. If you're looking for something a little different, 100% don’t hesitate to book.


Harriet, London (Malawi 2018)

Faraway in Malawi

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