Tour malawi - an epic Experience
Chigoli Tours are perfectly placed to deliver tours for players, from the moment you step off your flight Chigoli takes care of everything, creating unforgettable sporting and cultural experiences.
From playing in Super League of Malawi Stadia to relaxing watching the sunset over UNESCO World Heritage site for Nature, Lake Malawi, tours are as varied as they are enjoyable.
You will tour a spectacular landscape, playing soccer with and against Malawians. A variety of footballing experiences are arranged to showcase a broad range of African life through sport.
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Three matches are scheduled to be played in each 9-night tour: one in Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe, in a Super League Stadium; and two against village sides close to Lake Malawi. The village teams play on dirt pitches with wooden goal posts and are well supported. Before all matches both sides sing their national anthems, creating an international match feeling for all players. Previous tours have experienced crowds of up to 3,000 people!
Tours also engage with Chigoli Academy. Tour members are free to join in the coaching sessions as well as play against some of the brightest young players in Malawian football.
In addition to from being immersed in African culture throughout the tour, we will visit the Kumbali Cultural Village (www.kumbalilodge.com). This is an ecotourism village with traditional huts to sleep in. Kumbali also provides traditional music, dancing and drumming as evening entertainment – it is classic Malawi fare! We will stay at Cape Maclear, a World Heritage Site at the southern end of Lake Malawi. It is the only place where you can see the sun set over the lake and offers amazing snorkelling! We will also stroll through Malawi villages, look at their smallholdings, and meet a range of local characters – the things that you never get to do on most ‘organised’ tours. Safari is an experience you will never forget and there is also the chance to visit a crocodile farm! Visiting a Malawian primary school is a player's favourite element of the tour. You will be mobbed as if you are an A list celebrity and touched by the nature of the children despite the abject poverty they are born into.
Accommodation & Food
We stay in a variety of accommodation establishments on Chigoli Tours. All are secure, well managed, clean and comfortable. From safari tents to lakeshore lodges, we stay in some seriously beautiful locations and – apart from on safari – all have either swimming pools or the lake to cool down in after matches. Accommodation is usually shared depending on the numbers in the squad. All tour accommodations have mosquito nets and electricity, except on safari where there is solar power in the day time. Internet is also available in most locations on a pay as you go basis. Single or twin rooms are available for the tour (where available) on request, with a financial supplement required. Across the tour you will experience a range of Malawian cuisines, from lakeshore BBQs of freshly caught fish to a traditional Malawian feast sampling the best of local produce. Previous groups have been pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality of food on tour. The tour price includes 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). We will do our best to meet all dietary requirements. Drinks are at your own expense but it is very cheap with a Coca-Cola at about 50p, water at 40p and a bottled beer 90p.
Security & Transport
Every tour needs a tour bus and ours will be in very good mechanical condition. We are very careful about who drives the bus. The driver will be well known to us, with a proven record of safety and an excellent knowledge of Malawi’s roads and tracks. The longest journey on the tour is around 4 hours long. Malawi has a good network of tarmac main roads. Leading from these are a multitude of dirt roads of varying quality and we will have to use some of these to get to villages and sometimes our accommodation.
Malawi is one of the most stable countries in Africa. It has never been at war and the transition from British colonial rule to own rule and then multi-party democracy was achieved relatively peaceably. We have managed multiple agri and sports tours across Malawi and without any serious incident. Our management team has over a decade of operational experience on the ground in Malawi. Malawians are very friendly people – they have fairly conservative traditions and values (similar to British Society in the 1950's) which mean there are a few do’s and don’ts. These will be explained to you prior to departing for Malawi.