Blantyre city centre or lodge
Minimum for 4 people needed for this trip to run. For smaller groups please request rates.
A group discount can be arranged for groups exceeding 10.
This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a morning within the community, see the fantastic work of the NAYO organization, learn some Malawian dance moves and sample some true Malawian Cuisine.
In 2003 a group of young people started a community youth club in response to the increasing immoral behavior amongst the youth in this area. With determination, they established an organization called NAYO and was registered in June 2004. Recognizing that young people from Nancholi had little to do in their spare time the Youth Organization decided to create a number of programs to involve young people within this area, which included tree planting, fertilizer distribution to local farmers, and volunteering in home based care programs.
Blantyre city centre or lodge
These tours will be taking place in the morning and below is the time schedule:
Morning: 10:00 hours to 13:30 hours
Activities to be done:
Arrive at Nancholi.
Meet the guide and NAYO crew at their main office for a briefing about NAYO and the tour.
Visit the orphan care centre (either by foot or bicycle taxi).
Traditional welcome by NAYO Youth Dancing Group who will show you some of the traditional dances performed in Malawi – feel free to join the party!
Short presentation by Nancholi youths on Sexual Reproduction issues affecting the area
Visit a maize field owned by NAYO used to support all their feeding programs
11:30am: Visit a child-headed home or a recovering HIV patient who is under NAYO Home Based Care Program. Take time to cheer them up and listen to their life stories, help them clean up the yard or drawing water from the borehole – an opportunity to carry water on your head…African style!
12:15pm: Enjoy a traditional lunch or snack (tea with roasted ground nuts, maize (boiled or roasted), African Cakes or flitters etc. depending on what’s in season) at a home; visit the home’s garden…an opportunity to help planting seeds, weeding the garden, applying fertilizer or harvesting depending on the time of the year.
13:15pm: Cycle back to NAYO office and return the bicycles before departing at 13:30pm
Tour includes: Return Transport, all activities mentioned above, traditional lunch.
Tour does not include: Drinks- we would suggest you bring a bottle of water to drink while walking around the village.
If you wish to cancel or amend your booking The Responsible Safari Company Ltd. will make every effort to assist you. Requests for amendment or cancellation must be in writing, and confirmed by the same individual as on the original confirmation. Amendments received and made 60 days before departure will incur an amendment charge of £40 per booking, plus any communication charge or other expenses incurred by The Responsible Safari Company Ltd.
If you cancel your booking, the following general scale of cancellation charges will be payable based on the number of days prior to departure that written notice of cancellation is received at our office.
Prior to 84 days forfeiture of deposit
Children are welcome.
What to wear
Men: Wear anything casual like pair of khaki trousers/shorts and shirt or jeans and t-shirt
Women: Nancholi is more like a village as such women are not expected to wear short skirts/shorts; a long skirt/dress or pair of long shorts/trousers can be worn.
Orphan Care Centre: This tour will take you to an orphan care centre which is run and supported by the Nancholi Youth Organisation. The centre supports about 120 orphans through its feeding program as well as pre-school education. In order to ensure sustainability of the feeding program, the village chief donated land to NAYO and together with some local volunteers they grow maize & soya that is used to prepare porridge for the children at the centre.
Visit Child Headed Family: Families headed by children have been one of the challenges faced by Nancholi area. These families face different problems like lack of food, clothing, school resources, parental support & guidance as well as proper housing.
Visit Home Based Care Patient: Like many areas in Malawi, Nancholi also faces a big challenge when it comes to HIV/AIDS such that the organisation introduced a Home Based Care program where local volunteers are trained to assist those infected with both their treatment and daily needs like bathing, cleaning the house, laundry and drawing water.
Lunch at A Home: An opportunity to visit a home and taste local food as well as a chance to learn more about the family and get dirty in the field. Different foods including Malawi’s traditional dish called Nsima will be prepared for you. If you are not sure about any food being offered at a home, it is ok to say no and if you have any allergies please let us know before eating any food.