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A DREAM DESTINATION FOR ANY 4X4 OVERLAND ENTHUSIAST

 

LAKE MALAWI

 

27 August – 17 September 2018

 

EXPERIENCE THE VERY BEST OF FIVE AMAZING DESTINATIONS ALONG THE SHORE OF LAKE MALAWI


During our visit we will endeavour to spend as much time as possible along the shore of the lake. We will visit five campsites, all situated directly along the shore of the lake, spending three nights at each campsite. The short distances between campsites will mean an early arrival at the next camp. This will ensure that maximum time is spent at each campsite, enjoying the many activities and amenities on offer along the shore. Sunga Moyo near Nkhata Bay will be the most northern point of our tour, with Palm Beach just north of Liwonde the most southern point along the lake.

Peace of mind


It is important for people joining us on the Malawi overland adventure, in true expedition style, to have peace of mind that the rendezvous is in close proximity to the South African border when heading north. Thus the reason why we will rendezvous at Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort situated next to the Zimbabwe Ruins approximately 25km from Masvingo in southern Zimbabwe. The town of Masvingo is approximately 300km from Beitbridge border post on one of the major tar roads, in good condition, leading north. Departing from the rendezvous we will drive in convoy, ensuring safety in numbers, for the duration of the trip. The Malawi overland adventure will end once again at Norma Jeane’s Lakeview resort from where we will depart in convoy heading for the Beitbridge border post en-route to South Africa.

 

Lake Malawi


This vast body of crystal clear water fringed by beaches of golden sand is not only a scenic wonderland but it provides water sport opportunities. Kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and water skiing are just some of the lake activities available to visitors. The fishing villages are plentiful on the lake’s shore as the redbreast tilapia, kampango, chemba, catfish and many other species are vital to the area’s economy and the abundant fish harvest allows for excellent fishing conditions. Alternatively relax at the campsite, visit local markets or explore the surrounding area by foot or vehicle.

 

Malawi, one of the friendliest countries in Africa and still wonderfully untouched by mass tourism, has a massive diversity of beautiful landscapes. The highest peaks in Malawi touch 3000m while the lowest point is barely above sea level. This range of altitudes in a small area helps to make the landscape of Malawi one of the most varied in all Africa. It is generally a green, lush country, with plateaus, highlands, forests, mountains, plains, escarpments and dramatic river valleys. The variety of scenery is a major attraction to visitors.

Rendezvous
Our rendezvous will be at Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort near the town of Masvingo and the Zimbabwe Ruins in southern Zimbabwe. The camp is set against the mountain with great views over Lake Kyle. Plan your early arrival giving you enough time to visit the famous and well-known Great Zimbabwe Ruins or you may consider visiting the ruins on your return from Malawi.

 

En-route to and from Malawi
Departing from the rendezvous we will spend only two nights on the road before we reach the first destination along the shore of Lake Malawi. On our return trip we will once again only spend two nights on the road before reaching Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort near Masvingo in southern Zimbabwe where the trip officially ends. The two nights en-route to and from Malawi will require setting camp in Harare in Zimbabwe and Tete in Mozambique. Both campsites en-route are safe and offer good facilities.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION


All information supplied in the agenda is given in good faith by Cederberg 4x4 and compiled from the latest information available at the time.  The activity times, as indicated on the agenda, are subject to change without notice and at the sole discretion of the guide.

 

Vehicle  :  4x4 Vehicles WITH & WITHOUT low range capabilities can be accommodated. 
Trailers :  Off-Road Caravans and Off-Road Trailers can be accommodated.
      NB. Contact Coenie should you intend pulling a caravan or trailer.
    Contact Coenie should you be driving a vehicle without low-range capabilities.
Nearest Towns   : 
Nkhata Bay, Salima and Liwonde.
Guide    :  Coenie Moll.

 

RENDEZVOUS


PLACE : NORMA JEANE’S LAKEVIEW RESORT next to the ZIMBABWE RUINS and approximately
                 25km from Masvingo. GPS Coordinates – S 20.2516°  E 031.0024°

DATE   : FRIDAY 27 AUGUST 2018.

TIME   :  ARRIVE any time during the day. Plan your arrival time to replenish supplies in Masvingo. 

 

ITINERARY


On our previous visit to Malawi we gathered sufficient information to select the best destinations along Lake Malawi where we will spend three nights at five different destinations. This equates to spending 15 x days along the shore of Lake Malawi. Our rendezvous will be at Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort in southern Zimbabwe near Masvingo. Plan an early arrival giving you enough time to visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, replenish fuel and food in Masvingo. One night will be spend near Harare before crossing the border into Mozambique and setting camp in Tete. The following day we will enter Malawi and head for our first of five destinations along the shore of Lake Malawi. All our camps are within a stone throw from the shore ensuring maximum exposure to what the lake has to offer. Enough time will be on hand to visit some of the local markets on foot, enjoy the facilities of the lodges we will be using, relax in the camp, enjoy snorkel diving, hire a yacht and visit one of the many islands in the lake. The pristine white beaches call for long walks, also giving you the option of buying fish from some of the locals.

 

FUEL STOPS

Ensure your vehicle is refuelled prior to arriving at the rendezvous.  We require all vehicles to be able to complete a minimum distance off 600km before needing to refuel.  Calculate your vehicle’s fuel consumption and requirements and plan accordingly.

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY

 

Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi’s electricity supply is based on the 220-240 volt system using the “British Type” square bayonet three-pin plugs as well as South African 15amp plugs. We suggest you carry both plug options during the trip. Always advisable to carry long electricity extension leads to be used at the campsites.

 

CELL PHONE RECEPTION


Good cell phone coverage will be experienced throughout our journey. Local sim cards are readily available at most destinations we will be visiting.

 

CATERING


Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of the Malawi overland adventure. Once in Malawi an abundance of fresh fish and fresh produce will be available at the various destinations we will visit along the shore of the Malawi Lake. As we will not be visiting any of the mayor towns/cities in Malawi to replenish supplies, we suggest you consider arriving a day early at the rendezvous in Masvingo where supplies can be replenished at a well-stocked Pick & Pay/GM Store.

 

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS


Click on the links below for more information.

 

ZIMBABWE - http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/Zimbabwe
MALAWI - http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/malawi
MOZAMBIQUE - http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/mozambique

 

PRE-TRIP BRIEFING/MEETING


A pre-trip briefing/meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 June 2018. The venue will be announced closer to the time. Please try and attend this meeting, as it is very informative.

 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING MINOR CHILDREN


Contact your nearest Home Affairs office for information regarding unabridged birth certificates for children and other information regarding taking children across the border. The inception date for the unabridged birth certificates law has been enforced from 1 June 2014. See this link for information http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/475-home-affairs-encourages-parents-to-get-unabridged-birth-certificates-for-children

 

WATER – it is always advisable to carry your own drinking water.
WATER – bottled drinking water is available at all the destinations.
WATER – washing water is available at all the campsites.
An awning or umbrella is advisable for this Malawi tour.
The evenings could become cold while the days could be warm.  Pack clothing accordingly.
Always advisable to wear closed shoes or boots.
No wood allowed over the border.
Wood or charcoal can be purchased en-route.
A communal braai area will be determined on arrival at the campsite. 
Only one fire permitted for the group.
Consider bringing a portable braai to be used in the communal braai area.
No electric kettles to be used on trips as most camps have limited electricity.
No generators permitted on trips.

 

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS


According to our latest information available, the police vehicle clearance certificate is no longer required throughout the SADEC countries.
All vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition.
Always have your spare keys with you when on tour.
Recovery points fitted to the front and rear on your vehicle are a prerequisite.
Your own Kinetic/recovery strap will be advisable.
A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge will be required to deflate/inflate tyres.
Please ensure that a fire extinguisher is mounted in your vehicle and easily accessible.
All vehicles to carry their own personal medical kit.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed. Loose items become missiles.
More information will be shared at the pre-trip briefing.

 

29 MHz TWO-WAY RADIOS

 

Communication between participating vehicles on the Malawi Safari is important for many reasons.  It ensures the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on the Safari, where drivers can communicate with one another as regards to their location and situation, not to mention the interesting information that is shared with participants.  The fun part is the many interesting stories that are shared among participants, taking the boredom out of the long distances we need to travel to enjoy the great outdoors. 

 

We suggest all 4x4 vehicles that don’t have a 29MHz two-way radio, HIRE one from us at a nominal fee of R600-00 for this Malawi Safari.


Should you be hiring a 29MHz radio, please ensure that your lighter socket is working.  If you intend running more than one item from the lighter socket, ensure to have a double adapter handy as well as spare fuses.

 

NB:  Should you intend hiring a radio, it is very important to confirm your intent as soon as possible to ensure availability as this time of the year they are in very high demand.

 

Should you wish to make a once-off investment and purchase a 29MHz. radio, we have negotiated a special deal for all Cederberg 4x4 participants.  For more information, contact Marina on 021 910 1363.

 

NB:  If your vehicle is fitted with a 29MHz. radio, please make sure that channels 1, 14 and 23 are open and working for this excursion.  

 

TWO-WAY RADIO REQUIREMENTS


Should you be hiring or taking your own TWO-WAY RADIO to the countries we will be visiting, please ensure that you have the correct documentation and license on hand. More details will follow upon booking or contact Coenie in this regard.

 

EXCLUDED


All border crossing costs through the countries we will be travelling.
Any activities you wish to partake in while on the trip.
Two-way radio license cost for the countries we will be visiting. Talk to Coenie in this regard.
Two-way radio hire from Cederberg 4x4.

 

INCLUDED


All camping fees for the 21 x days of the tour as per the agenda.
Cederberg 4x4 facilitating and coordinating fee.
Cederberg 4x4 guide fees.

 

COST

 

Adults:    R7550-00 per adult.
Children 13yrs and older: R7550-00 per child.  
Children 6 – 12yrs:  R3250-00 per child.  
Children 5yrs and younger: FREE.


Radio hire:  R650-00 per radio should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29 MHz two-way radio.

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS


Should you wish to join us on this excursion, please contact Marina immediately on 021 913 4632 to obtain the booking form for this excursion.

We can only accommodate a maximum of 12 vehicles on this overland adventure. 
All Cederberg 4x4 excursions are subject to a minimum of 8 x vehicles.
All bookings are made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
To secure your place, contact Marina for a Cederberg 4x4 booking form.
Your booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of your completed and signed booking form.
A 25% deposit is required within 7 days of booking.
Should you intend being part of this tour but cannot pay the deposit now, please contact the office in this regard to make alternative arrangements.
The balance is payable on or before Wednesday 18 July 2018.
Your completed and signed booking form binds you to all conditions on page one and two of the booking form.
Should you wish to cancel or withdraw after booking for this trip, you will be required to find other people to take your place before any refunds will be considered.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  NO PETS ARE ALLOWED.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MARINA on 021 910 1363

 

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Anticipated Price Increase of between 10 to 12 % for 2018