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The cycle of life

Bicycling through Malawi’s diverse and striking landscapes is certainly strenuous, but it’s also an enlightening adventure. What’s more, it’s affordable and fun

Experience Africa on two wheels

What should you look for when planning a month-long cycling holiday in Africa? I would say: beautiful and varied landscapes, no traffic, a safe environment and an abundance of wildlife (without the risk of being chased by lions!). So where should you go? After some research the answer became clear to me: Malawi, a relatively compact country filled with savannahs, jungles, mountains, long plains and one of the most picturesque and inviting swimming lakes in Africa.

As soon as I began my journey, my pre-existing impressions were confirmed. I began pedalling along the M9, the road that connects Lilongwe, the Malawian capital, with the north. To my surprise, the roads were uncongested — with the exception of a few minibuses. The gravelled surface was relatively smooth, and everyone smiled at me as I passed. What a dream! Of course, things were not all easy. Even though it was August, and thus winter in Malawi, the conditions were hot and dry.

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