Having arrived in Blantyre after a stopover in Nairobi, a delay and a lack of sleep I am greeted at the airport by my driver who will be taking me to my research destinations throughout my stay. When I arrived at my lodge I spent the afternoon meeting other travellers- many of which were also in Malawi carrying out research for their dissertations. The next day I visited the Responsible Safari Company team at their office where myself and Elizabeth- the manager based in Malawi, discussed my itinerary for the following 2 weeks.
The day is drawing closer to which I embark on my trip to Malawi. This will be my first ever time travelling abroad completely by myself and it’s starting to feel like a very daunting (but exciting) adventure.
When I arrive in Blantyre I will be hosted by the Responsible Safari Company, a tour operator who aims to promote sustainable and educational travel. They run tours for school and university field trips, charity work, adventures and challenges as well as people travelling alone to explore some of the key issues communities in Africa are facing. Although I have not met the team at the RSC yet, throughout planning the trip I have had regular contact and they have been extremely helpful with their passion for their work showing through.