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Lilongwe is the capital of Malawi, chosen because if its position in the very heart of the country. The city has two contrasting faces: the bustling Old Town, and the landscaped City Centre. The city houses the offices and homes of civil servants and Government employees, the large diplomatic community and the many parastatals based there.
Located in the Capital of Malawi, the warm heart of Africa, this hotel is in the magnificent parkland adjacent to the Government headquarters and only a half-kilometer from the City Center, where most diplomatic missions are based.
Sunbird Capital is geared towards the business community, and conveniently located on Capital Hill close to the city centre, shops and numerous restaurants. Kamuzu International Airport is a comfortable 15 minutes from the hotel.
The hotel offers conference facilities, a dedicated business centre, swimming pool, gym, squash courts, hair salon, free WiFi, car hire, travel agent and airline offices.
Visit the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
If you love nature and natural wildlife, you simply must visit the Lilongwe wildlife centre whilst on your travels here. The Lilongwe wildlife centre is actually the only wildlife centre in Lilongwe, and is responsible for homing orphaned and rescued animals and wildlife from all over the area. There are so many different animals living there that you’ll be amazed by what you see. The animals range from lions and leopards, to gazelles, birds, even reptiles. The animals aren’t the only attraction of the wildlife centre however, as there are also some amazing wildlife nature trails for you to hike through. There’s a gift shop, as well as a bar which serves food and drink. If you’re looking for things to do in Lilongwe, a visit to the wildlife centre should definitely be one of your main priorities.
Visit the Market in the Old Town
To truly get a feel for what Lilongwe, and indeed, Malawi for that matter, is all about, you simply must visit the market in the old town before you leave. The food market is a busy, and at times pretty hectic place, yet it is fascinating and gives a real insight into how day to day life is in this part of the world. Fish freshly caught from Lake Malawi will be delivered at dawn, with a large lorry emptying the catch of the day out so that traders can sort through the catch and select the fish that they consider the best. Various other food traders aren’t quite as early, so will turn up a couple of hours later, with a selection of exotic African produce. If you wish to sample real African food, as fresh as it comes, you have to visit the market in the old town before you leave.
Take a Guided Tour of the Area
Another very popular thing to do whilst staying in Lilongwe, is to take a guided tour of the area, including Malawi. Remember, the area is vast and expansive, so trying to see everything yourself whilst there will be next to impossible. Besides which, as Lilongwe is such an history part of Malawi, and indeed Africa too for that matter, taking a guided tour where an incredibly friendly and knowledgeable tour guide will talk you through the history and cultures of various areas, is really the only way to learn everything there is to learn about where you’re staying. As well as learning some incredibly interesting facts, you’ll also see the natural beauty that the area has to offer, with stunning landscapes, lakes, open plains, and majestic wildlife never too far away. A guided tour will ensure that you get to see all the best parts of Malawi and Lilongwe and that you won’t miss out on the hidden beauties the country has to offer.
Visit the Nature Sanctuary
As well as the wildlife centre, there is also a nature sanctuary situated in Lilongwe, not far from the city centre in fact. It is located in-between the city centre and the old town, and is home to stunning woodland reserves, which cover a whopping 370 acres, all of which is pure woodland and nature at its absolute finest. The Lingadzi River also flows right through the sanctuary, and if you’re fond of animals then don’t worry, because you’ll find plenty whilst here. There is a large selection of exotic birds and mammals, including monkeys and hyenas. Food is also served and there are experienced and friendly tour guides that will walk you through the woodland, talking you through the various animals, trees, plants, and enclosures that you encounter. The animals located here can vary from time to time, with some months seeing an influx of animals, whilst other months being considered much quieter.
Malawi’s varied landscapes provide the perfect backdrop and environment for an ever-increasing range of outdoor activities.
Climbing & Abseiling
Rock climbing is largely restricted to the Mulanje Massif where a number of little-used routes up the great granite faces offer experienced climbers a variety of challenges. There are also opportunities for climbing on the Viphya Highlands and escarpments of the Northern Lakeshore. And where there is climbing, there is also abseiling.
Walking & Trekking
Malawi has such beautiful and varied scenery throughout, that walking and trekking is popular at pretty much any location, even along the lakeshore. Walks through all of the national parks and wildlife reserves are popular for game viewing but trekking is generally through the cooler, shady forests on the hills and plateaux.
Mulanje Massif offers the greatest choice and has a network of huts for intrepid explorers to stay in. Marked paths offer a variety of routes and guides and/or porters can be hired cheaply.
Nyika Plateau is less rugged but walking is undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore this unique and wildlife-rich wilderness. There are marked trails for those prepared to hike and camp for a few days. They cover the varied peaks and valleys whilst offering chances to encounter the animals in the park close at hand. Guides are available and to be advised.
Also in the north are the Viphya Highlands which are covered in forests and provide fascinating trails, including those off the highlands and down the Rift Valley escarpment to the shores of Lake Malawi.
Another which offers an exploration of the Rift Valey escarpment is Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. This is an area of rugged wilderness where rivers crash through thick forest. It is just beginning to become accessible to visitors.
The serene forests, hills and streams of Zomba Plateau, and the views from it, offer another attraction for walkers.
Finally, a number of forestry reserves around the country provide pleasant walks through shady environments. Ntchisi Forest is easily accessed from Lilongwe and a wonderful tranquil retreat. Dzalanyama Forest Reserve is even closer to Lilongwe (in the opposite direction). As well as the wonderful scenery, its hills and forests are home to fantastic birdlife. The hills surrounding Blantyre are also popular for walks.
There are a few places around Malawi where horse riding can be enjoyed – scenic locations that can be leisurely explored on horseback. Beginners are welcome and rides will be adapted to suit ability. There is a stables between Chintheche and Dwangwa offering rides into the bush and along the beach. All the lodges there offer rides to their guests. On Zomba Plateau there is a stables which offers rides through the forest at all levels of experience. Horses have also recently been introduced to the Viphya HIghlands by Luwawa Forest Lodge, who are now offering day-rides from the lodge and aim to introduce trails lasting a number of days, including one down to Lake Malawi.
Cycling & Mountain Biking
The change in scene over relatively short distances, and the varied terrain, make Malawi a good country for cycling. The generally good tar of the main roads allow for cycling tours over a few days, for example, along the lakeshore.
More challenging mountain biking is provided in the forests and on the plateaux. Many of the newly privatised forest lodges offer mountain bikes for hire and there is an increasing number of trails to explore.
As well as Lake Malawi, rivers and smaller lakes and reservoirs provide varied fishing opportunities. Light tackle will cover most situations and some equipment may be available for hire at the resorts, though it’s always best to bring your own.
The majority of the 400+ species in Lake Malawi are small tropical aquarium fish, mbuna. However, sungwa (perch), ngumbo (lake yellow-fish), mpasa (lake salmon), sanjika (smaller relative of lake salmon), ncheni (lake tiger), kampango (catfish) and vundu (catfish) offer interesting possibilities. Fishing is year round but best between September and April.
The best river fishing is usually off banks of reeds and heavy weed beds. The Bua river, running through the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, is excellent for salmon with the Luweya, Lufira and North Rukuru not far behind. In the Lower Shire river, below the Kapichira Falls on the southern boundary of the Majete Wildlife Reserve, tiger fish are abundant, joined further down by vundu and barbel as the river broadens. Heavier tackle and a boat are needed here. Dry season fishing between May and November is possible in the Lower Shire river and requires no licence.
The streams and dams of Zomba Plateau, Mount Mulanje and Nyika Plateau are well stocked with rainbow trout. Only fly fishing is permitted, with flies tied on single hooks. The season is September to April.
Quad Bikes & 4x4 Trips
With rugged terrain and some ‘challenging’ tracks once off the main highways, quad bikes and larger off-road vehicles offer a motorised way or reaching places otherwise only accessible on foot. Quad bikes are few and far between – currently only on Likoma Island and at the Tyholo Tea Estaes. 4x4 trips are available across some of the forested highland areas.
From Lilongwe International Airport Lumbadzi, Malawi
Head east for 2.0 km
Then Turn right - 4.0 km
Turn right onto M1 for 12.8 km
Continue onto M1 - 3.2 km
Turn left onto Chayamba Drive for 1.9 km
Turn right onto Chilembwe - 900 m
Turn left onto Mchinji for 150 m
To Capital Hotel Chilembwe Rd, Lilongwe, Malawi
30 min drive from the property - Lilongwe International Airport is an international airport serving Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. It is also known as Kamuzu International Airport.
These Terms and Conditions clarify The Owner's obligations to The Renter, The Renter's obligations to The Owner, and in the very unlikely event of any disputes, will be used as the basis for any resolution. Please read them carefully before confirming your booking.
Check-In: From [Time] / Check-Out: By [Time] (High Season Weekly Rentals)
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The Rental Applicant (The Renter) and The Property Owner (The Owner)
All persons listed on the Rental Agreement or added subsequently by The Renter will be bound by the terms of this agreement. Occupancy of the property is restricted to those names listed on the Agreement or added subsequently by The Renter. The Rental Applicant is considered to be the Lead Renter and will assume full responsibility for all members of the Rental Group throughout the rental period. Information or instructions relating to this rental will be communicated to the Rental Applicant only and not to any third-party member of the Rental Group.
A Reservation will be confirmed by The Owner once the application has been approved and initial or full payment has been processed. For reservations of one week or more, if the reservation is made 45 days or more before the rental commences, an initial rental deposit payment of [X%] of the rental fee will be due at the time of booking. If a reservation is made less than 45 days before the rental commences, or the reservation is less than a full week’s duration, the full rental fee must be paid at the time of booking. In the event of a reservation not being accepted by The Owner, all fees paid will be refunded immediately. Any booking made within 10 days of the start of the rental period must be paid in full by credit card via PayPal, certified check or money order at the time of booking. No reservation may commence without full payment being cleared.
Once a reservation is received and accepted by The Owner, The Renter is liable for payment of the balance of the rental fee 45 days before occupation of the property. Non-payment by the due date will be treated as a cancellation and the deposit will be forfeited.
Once a reservation has been accepted and confirmed, a cancellation can only be made in accordance with the terms below:
If the period of rental can be re-booked, a refund for the period re-rented or the part thereof, less a cancellation fee of [Amount] will be issued.
If any part of the rental period cannot be re-booked, the Renter will forfeit all monies paid for that period.
Regardless of the published maximum number of persons a property can accomodate, the number of guests occupying the Property is strictly limited to those named on the Rental Agreement or any subsequent amendment notified in writing to The Owner. The stated and agreed occupancy figure includes all persons irrespective of age, day and overnight guests.
Exceeding the number of stated and agreed persons will result in immediate eviction without refund, or a $100 per guest per night charge at the discretion of The Owner.
The Property will have been inspected prior to occupation and therefore The Renter undertakes to:
Notify The Owner immediately with regard to any damage and/or maintenance issues that require attention.
Keep the Property and all furniture, fixtures, fittings, chattels and effects in or about the Property in the same state of repair and condition as found at the commencement of the Rental.
Where a cleaning service is provided; The Renter shall follow the departure instructions provided by The Owner.
Where a cleaning service is not provided; The Renter shall leave the Property in the same state of cleanliness and general order in which it was found. Failure to do so to the satisfaction of The Owner will result in a damage/cleaning charge being levied.
Where a telephone is provided as part of the rental, The Renter must charge all long-distance telephone calls to either a credit/phone card or call collect, unless advised otherwise. Where internet services are provided, there may be download restrictions and a charge may be levied if these are exceeded. It is The Renter's responsibility to check for restrictions on an internet device before commencing any download.
One dog is permitted [indicate any restrictions]. All evidence of pet occupation must be removed from the Property and grounds at the end of the rental period. Pets are not permitted on any item of furniture, including beds, and evidence of pet hair on furniture and bedding may incur additional cleaning charges.
Pets are strictly prohibited at this property. Any evidence of pet occupation will result in a forfeit of the damage deposit in its entirety.
The Owner accepts no responsibility for any allergic reaction or other conditions arising from occupancy of the property. The designation of “No Pets” does not indicate there have not been pets at the property at some time.
Smoking is not permitted in or around the immediate vicinity of the property.
The Property is offered for rental during the winter months and has road access and receives a snow clearance service from [indicate municipal or private contractor]. However, Renters are advised that following any major snowfall, snow plough providers are contracted to clear local roads in a predetermined order. Consequently, plowing at a property may be delayed for several hours or, in severe storm conditions, days. In the unlikely event that a Renter is unable to leave a property on the planned departure date, the Renter will not be liable for any additional venue charges. Conversely, should a lack of snow clearance prevent a Renter from reaching a property, the Renter will receive a refund of the rental fee for the day(s) the property was inaccessible. However, The Owner will be held responsible for any losses, additional expenses or penalties incurred as a result of being unable to arrive at or leave a property on time due to a lack of snow clearance. Renters are also reminded to ensure that they and their vehicles are suitably prepared and equipped for driving in the wintry conditions likely to be encountered during their visit to the Property.
Equipment and facilities are provided at the discretion of The Owner and whilst every attempt is made to ensure that such equipment is in working order for the duration of the rental period, should a breakdown or some other situation occur that renders non-essential element unusable, the Owner does not take responsibility for replacing or refunding The Renter for the lack of use of these equipment or facilities. The equipment and facilities referred to include (but are not exclusive to) such items as watercraft, motors, televisions, VCRs/DVDs, hot tubs, saunas and Jacuzzis.
The Renter must report any inoperative or defective equipment to The Owner promptly! The Owner will make every reasonable effort to have repairs made as soon as possible; however, there are limited service contractors in [Your Area]. While every attempt will be made to ensure that all the advertised equipment and appliances are in working order at the commencement of a rental period, no reduction of rent; rebate; or refund will be issued for a mechanical failure of air conditioning, dishwasher, washer, dryer, TV or other appliances.
If a breakdown should occur to fundamental elements such as water systems, plumbing and electrical systems, and major appliances such as stove or refrigerator, every effort will be made to repair or replace, or an appropriate refund will be made for the inconvenience caused. This does not apply to system breakdown caused by misuse, such as plumbing blockages caused by inappropriate use of sanitary facilities.
The Owner is not liable, nor will provide a refund, for any stoppage of electrical services caused by extreme weather or other circumstances beyond his control. Similarly, there will be no refunds for inclement weather, changes in water levels, conditions at neighboring properties, or any nuisance afforded by the natural elements of the location such as flying insects or the animal population.
The Renter shall abide by these Terms and Conditions of Rental and any other instructions contained in the individual Cottage Guide and any additional information and instructions as shall be supplied in the Property or by The Owner.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: The Renter represents, warrants, acknowledges and agrees with The Owner that he/she will use the Property and its facilities in accordance with The Terms and Conditions above and the Information provided and that he/she does so at his/her own risk and that he/she indemnifies and saves The Owner harmless from any personal injury, sickness or death, loss or damage, however caused, to person or property of The Renter, his/her family, or guests, before during or after the time of occupancy. Further, he/she accepts full responsibility for the use of the Property and any recreational equipment such as boats and motors, etc. and agree to pay for any damage of said equipment, other than for normal wear and tear. The Renter further acknowledges he/she is responsible for ensuring all Boating Regulations are observed, including having required safety equipment in the watercraft, as well as meeting current Operator Competency Requirements.
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