Muddy says: Ahhh, finally a travel company offering so much more than a bog standard package holiday! If it’s the year for experiential travel, or a really immersive cultural experience and Malawi is top of your list of must-visit places, then you, my friend, can stop the search now.
Where to even begin with this brilliant family-run business? Run by a couple who managed to escape their own frantic London lives and fall in love with the energy of Malawi, Orbis Expeditions is a Devon-based travel company, with offices in Africa. Its mission? To show you this country at its very best*. *warning: you’ll never want to go All Inclusive again after this.
Not content with simply helping you sort out a decent itinerary for your trip (they do this, of course), you can explore several bespoke and organised options with these guys, safe in the knowledge that they’ve built up years of getting to know Malawi like the back of their hands.
Choose to join an adult challenge expedition, alone or as a couple, where you’ll go behind the scenes in Malawi, spending time with schools and in villages, alongside all of the luxury down-time (sundowners on an idyllic island, anyone?). And if you really want to give your kids an experience like they’ve never had – and may never have again – you can take the family on an immersive trip, meeting locals, the wildlife and getting as inspired by the vistas as the attitudes in the communities.
Schools, universities and corporate businesses take note, too; educational and fundraising trips are all part of the Orbis armour, since they can lend planning and logistical support to your trip, as well as tonnes of local knowledge.
So, what are you waiting for? Fancy stepping out of your travel comfort zone? Make this the year to take that trip!