With hiking and walking routes suitable for all fitness levels, exhilarating mountain-bike trails and treasure hunts for the kids, Huntingdon House and Satemwa Lodges make for a great place for active travellers to stay at whilst in Malawi.
There are a variety of walks that can be done by visitors themselves following the maps provided; strolling through the green plantations and breathing in the clear air, these walks offer a real sense of freedom in nature. For the hiking enthusiasts, the red route is a round-trip of four hours that starts from Hungtingdon taking you up a steady incline to a breath-taking picnic spot, with glorious views across to Mulanje Massif and the Shire Valley on the other side. The route passes the majestic stand of mahogany trees through a magnificent and, sadly increasingly, rare area of natural indigenous forest up to Thyolo Mountain ending at the ‘big rock’ with far-reaching views in every direction.
For those wanting to go a little faster, then mountain-biking from Huntingdon is the perfect challenge. The grueling uphill sections are made worth it when you take the exhilarating downhills past the groups of tea-pickers smiling and cheering. On the other hand, if rushing around is not your thing, then a game of croquet on the lawn is a perfect activity for groups of friends and families.
At Huntingdon House, the younger ones can get involved in two treasure hunts. They follow a series of clues that take them charging around the garden at great speed looking for the next item to be found or question to be answered. Needless to say, parents love this idea as it gives them time to sit and relax while the children run off all their excess energy. Once they have found everything, and are hopefully exhausted, it is back to the office to claim their loot!