Activities & Services
at CHITIMBA CAMP
We have various activities on offer
Our guests are welcome to explore the local area. For the more adventurous, explore trails in the natural surroundings of the famous Livingstone mountains and enjoy the spectaculair views on Lake Malawi while hiking to Livingstonia, the Manchewe falls or Chombe Mountain.
You can also enjoy other activities such as the village walk, woodcarving lessons or visiting the witchdoctor.
There is a beach volleyball court in front of the bar or play beach soccer with the local people.
Feel free to walk along the beach past the fishing villages and do some bird watching along the way.
Let the guide take you through the beautiful and serene surroundings all the way up to the First Free Primary school of Chihanga. This walk is a normal hike in a hilly environment which at some parts can be slippery during the wet season and will take about 3,5 to 4 hours.
LIVIINGSTONIA DAY HIKE
You go for a wonderful trip up the mountains. Enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Malawi and Nyika Mountains. If you are up to it the guide will lead your through many short cuts which have been
used for ages by the local people. The trip by normal track 16 km one way, if you use the short cuts it will be several km less. It will be a steep and tough walk which takes between 8 and 12 hours.
MANCHEWE FALLS DAY HIKE
You go for a wonderful trip up the mountains. Enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Malawi. If you are up to it the guide will lead your through many short cuts which have been used for ages by the local people.
The trip by normal track 11 km one way, if you use the short cuts it will be several km less. It will be a steep and tough walk which takes between 6 and 10 hours.
MOUNT CHOMBE DAY HIKE
An elevation standing mountain, high above the surrounding area with small summit area, steep slopes and local relief of 300 meter or more. Our guide will take you all the way up to this wonderful mountain. If you want fantastic views, this is the one!
It will be a steep and long walk which takes between 12 and
One way is about 21 km but using the short cuts it will be several km less.
Bookings and information at the bar of Chitimba Camp
Support some of the families in Chitimba village and let the laundry ladies do your laundry.
With the money they earn these ladies are able to buy food, pay school fees, etc.
LIVINGSTONIA DAY DRIVE - HALF WAY DRIVE/WALK
What to do:
✓ Mantchewe waterfalls:
Before you get to the top of the mountain you will visit the Mantchewe waterfalls and a natural swimming pool. You can have a nice cool-down in the natural pool.
✓ Livingstonia Mission:
You will visit Stone-house and the museum where you can learn about the history of the early Scottish missionaries who once settled in Livingstonia (Dr. David Livingstone). After that you will have a chance to visit Livingstonia Church. You will have spectacular views of the area from the top of the church. In Livingstonia is also a small coffee shop where you can buy drinks and food.
The day drive:
The vehicle will pick you up from the camp and drive you up to Livingstonia to do the tour with a guider. After the tour the car will bring you back to the camp.
The half way drive/hike:
The vehicle will pick you up from the camp and drive you up to Livingstonia. A guider will walk with you through the mountains with beautiful views of the lake back to the camp.
You can also do it the other way around. The guider escorts you up the mountain where the car will be waiting to bring you back to the camp.
What to wear:
Please wear good strong shoes or hiking boots.
Also wear something on your head and don’t forget sun cream as it can get very hot.
Rain clothes only in the rainy season.
Types of the vehicle:
4X4 pickup which can take about 10 people.
We do also use other types of cars depending on the number of people or according the weather of that day.
✓ 100 US dollars per vehicle both ways (including guiding fee, excluding entrance fees).
✓ 100 US dollars for the half way trip (including guiding fee, excluding entrance fees).
✓ Mantchewe falls: 2 US dollars per person
✓ Museum: 2 US dollars per person
✓ Livingstonia Church: Donation
Bookings and information:
For bookings and information call Charles Gondwe (+265(0)884484948)
If there is no network you can always ask for hime at the bar of Chitimba Camp.
USEFUL LINKs, ADRESSES & PHONE Numbers
✓ Kamuzu International Airport, Lilongwe
✓ Chileka International Airport, Blantyre
Tel: 0111692322, 0111692017
✓ Axa Coach Service, Mzuzu
✓ SS Rent A Car Lilongwe
Tel: 01751478, 01750112, 0999010070
✓ Avis Lilongwe
Tel: 01751661, 01700223, 01750 333, 0888868700
✓ Malawi Lake Services
Tel: 01587731, 01587309, 01587203
✓ Saint Johns Hospital, Mzuzu
✓ Saint Anne's Hospital, Chilumba
✓ Livingstonia Hospital, Livingstonia
Chilenda Lodge & Camp
Tel: 01771393, 01771153
✓ Vwaza Marsh GameReserve
Lake Kazuni Safari Camp
✓ Ministry of Information and Tourism / Department of National Parks & Information
Tel: 01759831 or 0999511976
✓ Kiboko Safaris
Tel: +265 (0)999878685, +265(0)1751226
✓ Land & Lake Safaris
OTHER FINE PLACES TO STAY
✓ Floja Foundation: B&B - Campsite, Ngara
Tel: 0884333023, 0999060185
✓ Kande Beach, Nkhata
Tel: 01751226, 0999838485
✓ Kiboko Town Hotel, Lilongwe
Tel: 0888203424, 0888202643
✓ Lukwe Eco Camp, Livingstonia
✓ Mathunka Safari lodge, Rumphi
Tel: 0888203424, 0888202643
✓ The Mushroom Farm, Livingstonia
Tel: 0999652485, 0888591564