Guided Kayak Adventure in Malawi

Malawi Kayak & Bike Adventure

On the Malawi Kayak & Bike Adventure you will experience an exciting Biking and Kayaking trail, riding and canoeing through one of the remotest parts of Africa and refresh and relax tropical island! Malawi is a nation of bikers with humble one-gear bikes serving as personal transport, freight-carriers and “the family car”. Exploring biking trails around Lake Malawi  and criss-cross the rural landscape, presenting unbeatable access to a safe yet very real perspective of Africa and its people.

Our bicycle adventure tour meanders across the Central African Plateau, dropping down into the Great Rift Valley. Most riding is off-tarmac and cars are virtually non-existent on this route, which makes the experience all the more unique! Distances are challenging but reasonable, and no technical expertise is required.

The bike ride on the Malawi Kayak & Bike Adventure ends as you embark for Mumbo Island, a barefoot island luxury vacation camp ideally situated on Lake Malawi. While staying on the island you have the oppertunity to enjoy sea kayaking, snorkelling, swimming, SCUBA diving or walks through the stunning island forest. Or simply flop into a shady hammock and just “time-out”.


  • Cycle through rural Malawi
  • View the amazing vistas of the Great Rift Valley
  • Fully catered and assisted camping expedition
  • Spend your last few nights on the tropical Mumbo Island
  • Snorkeling, Scuba Diving & Kayaking in Lake Malawi
  • Relax in a shady hammock in your beachfront rustic cabin

Our Malawi Kayak & Bike Adventure is fully supported and catered. A trusty support team follows behind guests with camping gear, cold drinks, food and chef.
Kindly contact us for rates and pricing for this once-in-a-life-time tour.


All Meals Included

7 Day / 6 Nights
Kayak & Bicycle


Day 1 - Arrival In Lilongwe (D)
Upon arrival in Lilonge Airport, you will be collected by a representative and transferred by road to your hotel. Today you will have time to prepare for the bike trails ahead.
Overnight Lilongwe

Day 2 - Lilongwe to Nkhoma Mission by Bicycle (fully supported)
You will be transferred to the starting point of the biking trail by raod transfer. From Lilongwe we travel to Nkhoma Mission (43 Km).
Overnight at the Nkhoma Mission Camp

Day 3 - Nkhoma Mission to Dedza by Bicycle (fully supported)
Cycling from the Nkhoma Mission we head towards Dedza (53km)
Overnight at the Dedza Pottery Camp

Day 4 - Dedza Pottery - Mua Mission by Bicycle (fully supported)
Cycling from the Dedza we ride on to Mua Mission (85km)
Overnight at the Mua Mission Camp

Day 5 - Mua Mission to Cape Maclear by Bicycle (All Meals & Activities on Mumbo Island)
Today we reach Cape Maclear. Arriving at the reception we take a boat transfer to Mumbo Island where we spend the next 2 nights.
Overnight Mumbo Island

Day 6 - Leisure time on Mumbo Island (All Meals & Activities on Mumbo Island)
The day is spent relaxing on the island. Here you have the oppertunity to take part in some of the activities on offer including snorkelling, kayking and forest walks.
Overnight Mumbo Island

Day 7 - Return to Lilongwe
After an exciting biking and kayaking safari, we return to Lilongwe via Cape Maclear by boat and road transfer. You will be dropped off at the Lilongwe airport.

The nature of the Safari (what to expect)
Our Bike trips to Malawi are activity-orientated, camping trips for the outdoor enthusiast. The biking/kayaking group is accompanied by guides and vehicle/boat support carrying the camp equipment and provisions. The guide team prepares all meals and takes care of all camp chores. The route and itinerary may change due to weather and other conditions of the day.

Fitness Level (biking/kayaking experience)
Our Malawi Adventure trips are suitable for any active person in good health. Participants do not need to be super-fit, experienced mountain bikers or kayakers, but some fitness always enhances one’s appreciation of the experience. The route does not require any technical mountain biking or kayaking expertise.

Lake Malawi lies in the tropics and presents a malaria risk. Malaria is totally preventable through the proper use of prophylactics and avoidance of being bitten (using repellent from dusk, and sleeping in a tent or under a net).

Other health considerations are confined to treating and preventing infection of minor cuts and scrapes, and preventing sunburn. A comprehensive medical kit is part of our equipment, and our guides are trained in first aid. We provide purified drinking water and maintain a high standard of camp hygiene.

Travel insurance is highly recommended. Satellite phone communications enable contact with a home base and emergency call centres in the event of any emergency situation.

Bring with you
Getaway Africa provides all specialised equipment, including all boating, kayaking, camping and catering gear. Participants must provide their own bikes and all items of a personal nature, including bedding, clothing and toiletries. Getaway Africa will provide you with a recommended Personal Gear List at the appropriate time.


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