Join a team of 14 women on this skill-sharing expedition. A 10-day adventure to Malawi designed to push your limits both physically and mentally . . . 

My name is Kate Webb, and I own Orbis Expeditions along with my husband Dom. I am a mother to Sam, aged 3, and Emmie, aged 1. I lived in Africa for 10 years, and now help run the company from the UK. Orbis Expeditions aim to offer experiences which inspire and challenge.

I am passionate about giving women in Malawi the chance to connect with ladies from around the world, in order to drive their businesses and organisations forward. I am a firm believer that sustainable development must come from economic empowerment.  Importantly, this involves a shift away from traditional charitable giving. 

Water project LR2.GC

Travel can play a big part in this movement.  Dom and I are committed to creating expeditions which combine adventure with the opportunity to use skills to support local initiatives. Our team members question global view points and their perceptions of sustainable development.


2019 Women’s Challenge Expedition Outline 

Skill Sharing Forum 

When you apply to be on the expedition team, we arrange a call to chat about your experiences, what you are passionate about, and any skills you might want to share during your time in Malawi. 

Previous participants include industry leaders, start-up business owners, marketers, and women who are just passionate about supporting women from a different culture. 

Once we have the team compiled, I sit down with my Malawi staff to put together the group of Malawain women and organisations who need your skills the most. This could be anything from a group of 20 individual business owners that want finance and marketing skills, to a number of small organisations that are need of resources, training and support.

Womens Ex Workshop Business

Either way, we plan activities to suit a collaborative workshop day where there is space to interact with and learn from one another. This will take place at our barn office in Blantyre and on location in nearby villages/organisations. Whether you wish to lead a workshop, or just assist, either is fine.  The aim is to create a supportive environment for collaborative work to take place.


Women’s Expedition Hike Challenge

Though climbing experience is not necessary, you need to be physically fit and used to walking on uneven ground to partake in the Women’s Expedition Hike Challenge.

Day 1 is a real test, with a steep climb that meanders its way up to the plateau of Mulanje Mountain.  The hike time is between 5 and 7 hours.  Day 2 is an easier walk, offering the option to swim in wild pools, or take on one of Mulanje’s peak climbs.

Womens Ex Hike river

Your accommodation is a simple mountain hut with just a bucket shower, long drop loo, and a fire to cook on. Your mountain guides and porters will be your lifeline – and will quickly become close friends too! 

The Women’s Expedition Hike Challenge offers a chance to really strip it all back, and bond as team!


Tea Estate

Once you have descended Mulanje Mountain, the team has a 1-hour transfer to the beautiful rolling hills of Satemwa Fair Trade Tea Estate. 

Everyone will be able to rest and catch up on some sleep after the hike challenge. 

Your accommodation is colonial style lodges, and the food, drink and whole experience is utterly blissful, while retaining that real rustic Malawi feel.

Page 2 Right Satemwa Sunrise


Women’s Expedition Safari

With a good night’s sleep under your belt, the team moves on to 24 hours of safari! 

Arriving in time for lunch at Mvuu Camp, you head out on an afternoon game drive for your first glimpse of the park’s beautiful flora and fauna.  A further game drive the following day is followed by a river boat safari, which is a great chance to see herds of elephant coming to the banks of the Shire River to drink.

 2016 Liwonde Boat Safari

Secondary School Workshop Days

After your final safari activity, you journey to the shores of Lake Malawi and meet the community youth group for Makwawa Village, and Rainbow Hope Secondary School. 

Similar to your workshop day, activities vary depending on your group set up – these may involve team building, gender debates with the final year students, STEM style challenges, or sports.

Walk Village

Alternatively, you might choose to join the youth group and head into the village to learn more about permaculture, village healthcare or some of the traditional cultures of this fishing community. 

Translators and youth group members accompany and assist you where needed, but most students and teachers have a good level of English.


Mumbo Island

After the highlight of a day and a half spent in Makwawa, it’s time to reflect, unwind and have some time to yourself before heading home. 

Included on this 2019 Women’s Challenge Expedition are two nights on the beautiful Mumbo Island – and there is a chance for more if you want!  The island is that perfect mix between eco-luxury and rustic charm, and the pictures say it all . . .

Womens Ex Lake Malawi Boat


Further Travel following the 2019 Women’s Challenge Expedition

Orbis Expeditions would be delighted to help you arrange further travel or community work across Malawi and surrounding countries.



£2,350 pp (Including Accommodation and Meals)

Mumbo Island Lake Malawi



Your flights are completely up to you. Here at Orbis Expeditions, we recommend the route through Joannesburg and up to Blantyre, but there are also routes through Nairobi and Addis Ababa. 

Flights can be confusing for first-time travellers, so do email us if you need some support.


How many people will be on my team?

There will be 13 women, plus one UK Tour Leader. The leader is a full member of the team, but will also be responsible for team admin, connecting you all in the run up and before the expedition, and acting as your point of contact before, during and after the 2019 Women’s Challenge.


How do I sign up?

If you would like to experience the Orbis Expeditions 2019 Women’s Challenge, or have any questions, drop me an email and we can set up a time to chat.

I ask for 20% deposit to confirm your space, and the remainder 6 weeks before departure. 



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