One of Malawi’s leading safari and adventure holiday specialistsMalawian Style have today launched two new tours, to incorporate Malawi’s biggest arts event, the Lake of Stars Festival.
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Celebrating it’s 10th anniversary on the shores of Lake Malawi, this year being held at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi, the festival will take place on Friday 25th –Sunday 27th September, with three stages featuring both local and international artists and a diverse music bill incorporating electronic, hip hop, Afropop, Afrofusion, reggae, folk, beatboxers, DJs and more.
The Malawian Style tours, which will both conclude at the Lake of Stars Festival, are 16 days long (13-28 Sept) with a range of price options to suit both budget and luxury traveller. Both include safaris and game drives within the breath-taking South Luangwa National Park, as well as water-sports on Lake Malawi, and includes all meals and accommodation.
In the Livingstone tour, travellers will then follow in the footsteps of the great explorer and visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Alternatively, the South Malawi tour will then take in Nankoma Island, Mulanje Mountain, the Liwonde National Park and Zomba Plateau, with a chance to enjoy some of the most beautiful and diverse natural places on the planet.
Both tours will then finish at the Lake of Stars Festival on the shores of Lake Malawi, which was featured by the Independent as one of the ‘top 20 international music festivals’, and described by The Metro as ‘utterly unique….it redefines the festival experience as we know it’. Young Fathers, the hip-hop trio from Edinburgh who won the Mercury Award in 2014 for their debut album Dead, and recently performed on the Other Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2015, will headline this year’s festival. Previous UK performers at the festival include The Maccabees, Foals, Noisettes, Mistajam and more.
The Lake of Stars project (www.lakeofstars.org) was launched in 2003 to promote cultural tourism and Malawi’s creative industries and is estimated to have generated over $3.25 million spend in Malawi. It has grown from humble beginnings to become a high profile multi-arts event. Frequently recognised as a leading player amongst both African and global festivals, Lake of Stars offers Malawian artists an unrivalled opportunity to showcase their talents on an international stage. The project has exposed over 800 million people to Malawi through its media coverage, notably on global networks (BBC, CNN, MTV, DSTV) and online.
Mike Varndell, Founder of Malawian Style said:
“Malawi consistently lives up to it’s name as ‘the warm heart of Africa’, and Malawian Style tours are the best way to see it. Our trips incorporate safaris, watersports and an amazing festival, and all the organisation is done for you. This will truly be a trip of a lifetime.
Will Jameson, founder and director of Lake of Stars Festival, said:
“2014 was the biggest and best Lake of Stars Festival to date, and this year we want to deliver an even better experience for all those involved. We are extremely grateful for the love and support that’s shown to Lake of Stars each year by the people of Malawi and beyond, and we want to continue raising the bar for live events within the country”.