The Orbis Trail Challenge

Headlined by…(TBC Nov 25th 2019)


£2,200 (excluding flights) 3rd-10th October 2020

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The Challenge 


Join our 2020 Headliner as they take on three incredible trail runs through Southern Malawi. You will be joined by a team of Malawian runners for each challenge who will act as your guides, support crew and become an integral part of your team. 25km Extreme Mountain Trail Run, 20km Forest Run, 20km Lake Malawi Village Trail Run. Witness the beauty of Malawi’s stunning landscape from mountains to plateaus, forests to valleys and finish down at the shores of Lake Malawi. Between every event head off the beaten track, visit local communities, learn more about this year’s purpose and experience the stunning wildlife and landscape of this hidden gem of Africa.

Kate Horton Mulanje

25km Extreme Mountain Run
+1,000m Elevation. Steep. Rocky.

Rise early to beat the heat of the day. Meet up with your Malawian Running Team and the event starts around 6am. This event is an endurance challenge. The terrain is rough, the route very steep and you will rely heavily on your Malawian running guides to lead you over the rocky paths and safely down. There will be water and rescue teams throughout the route as well as a medic and nurse in case of emergencies. 25km. 1,060 m elevation. 3-7 hrs.

Zomba Three Girls

20km Forest Plateau Run
Forest Plantation Tracks, Steep Rocky Descents

Meet your Malawian Running Guides and head up into the hills and tracks of Zomba Forest Reserve. The climate should be slightly cooler than Mulanje and the easier terrain means in parts you can get into your stride and enjoy the run. Do expect slippy, rocky tracks- particularly on the descent. Water and Rescue Teams will be dotted throughout the route as well as a medic and nurse on call in case of emergency. 20km. Varying Terrain. 2-4 hrs.

Cape Maclear

20km Lake Malawi Trail Run
Sandy tracks, hilly terrain, village running

This will be your hottest climate during your challenge in Malawi with temperatures edging towards 40 degrees. We will start the event at dawn and you will be joined by a team of runners from the local school as well as a local running guide. The route is largely tracks with undulating landscape and sandy paths at times. Your run will begin and end in Chembe Village so be prepared to be joined by lots of children- they are fast! Afternoon at leisure- kayaking, snorkelling, diving, exploring.
20km. Varying Terrain. 2-4 hrs.


The Purpose

Stand by for The 2020 Orbis Trail Challenge ‘Purpose’. To be released 25th November 2019.

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Recovery Days…

The Orbis Trail Challenge is not just about pushing yourselves to the limits physically it is also about witnessing the beauty of Malawi and interacting with Malawi’s people. In between your event days you will visit local communities, take part in local sports and learn more about this years purpose; nutrition. Included in your cost is three days of community events, a wildlife safari and an afternoon spent on the shores of Lake Malawi. If you want to stay on to discover more we are here to book extra days travel across this beautiful region of Africa.


We live and breathe Malawi. It is the only country we sell and we are here with you from the booking process to welcoming you off the plane, full event support, community days, lighting that camp fire on the final night and ogling over your photos when you return home. Your health and safety are our paramount concern and we will be with you every step of the way providing 24hr in country support. Our Malawi company, The Responsible Safari Company will be your hosts and our UK Company, Orbis Expeditions will be your booking agents- Orbis Expeditions is ABTA and ATOL bonded. Kate and Dom (owners of both) will be your points of contact and might even join you for a run!

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