about the adventurologists

We aren’t one of those full-time traveling families. We are normal people who live and work in beautiful Malawi, with real jobs and everyday responsibilities. But we are also serious about making adventure happen in the midst of normal life.

We hope that we can inspire you to make adventure happen in the midst of your day-to-day life, too.

Stacy Leigh & Josh

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Visit Malawi: Zomba Forest Lodge

Zomba Forest Lodge is a peaceful, secluded hideaway on the side of the Zomba Plateau. This small, off-grid lodge with its incredible food, variety of hikes, and laid-back vibe makes it one of our favorite places in Malawi.

Visit Malawi: Casa Rossa

Casa Rossa has earned its place as a Zomba, Malawi icon. Nestled at the foot of the plateau, and serving up some of the best Italian food you’ll find anywhere, the renovated old British colonial home is just as inviting as its friendly owners, Mark and Sylvia.

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Paștele Morților (Easter of the Dead)

The Sunday and Monday after Easter are very special days in Moldova — Paștele Morților, which means the Easter of the Dead. It’s also called Paștele Blajinilor, or Memorial Easter.

Visiting Bandelier National Monument with Kids

Bandelier is an incredibly kid-friendly place, with trails for all ages and abilities, including a short one that hits most of the sites and even allows you to climb up into some of the old alcoves.

Hike Malawi: Ntonya Mountain

Our family loves a good day hike, and Ntonya mountain has been on our list for a long time. It’s challenging, but short, and offers gorgeous views of the surrounding area (if it isn’t cloudy and/or raining).

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zomba forest lodge plateau malawi

Visit Malawi: Zomba Forest Lodge

Zomba Forest Lodge is a peaceful, secluded hideaway on the side of the Zomba Plateau. This small, off-grid lodge with its incredible food, variety of hikes, and laid-back vibe makes it one of our favorite places in Malawi.

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Eating at Malawian Roadside Restaurants

Finding yourself as an azungu (foreigner) at lunchtime far away from recognizable restaurants in the city can be intimidating. Thankfully, most small towns in Malawi have simple roadside restaurants that you can safely taste with a little bit of “need to know” information.

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The Guide to Getting On and Off Malawi’s Ilala

Riding on the Ilala is an adventure, but getting on and off at Likoma Island is a WHOLE ‘NOTHER adventure of its own, and was hands-down the CRAZIEST thing we’ve EVER done. Let our experience and tips prepare you (as much as is possible) to make Likoma Island your next destination!

Cotopaxi Allpa 35 Backpack Review

The Cotopaxi Allpa 35 is a sturdy travel pack that’s the perfect size for almost any length of trip. With lots of color options, tons of built-in organization, and a clamshell opening, it’s hard to go wrong with this pack.

Monkey Bay Beach Lodge in Malawi on Lake Malawi sits in front of a hill with a bright sunny sky and large grassy lawn

Visit Malawi: Monkey Bay Beach Lodge

Monkey Bay for sure lives up to its name: it’s full of monkeys! And Monkey Bay Beach Lodge is no exception. You can watch the cheeky monkeys play in the trees while you have coffee by the shore of Lake Malawi or kayak around Monkey Bay in this cozy little gem of a lodge.

Visit Malawi: Blue Zebra Island Lodge

We have twice now been to Blue Zebra Island Lodge on Nankoma Island in Lake Malawi, and both times we absolutely loved it! It has been, without question, our favorite place we’ve stayed in Malawi.