When one thinks of hiking in the African continent, Kilimanjaro likely comes to mind. The Tanzanian mountain range hosts Africa's highest peak at 5,895 meters. The popular and challenging trek comes at a high cost - required permits, guides, and porters can easily add up to over $1,000 and it can be questionable how fairly that money is distributed. If Kilimanjaro isn't a high priority and you'd like to seek paths less traveled while maintaining a low budget, consider hiking at Mulanje in neighboring Malawi!
Most people cross from Zambia into Malawi and vice versa via Chipata/Mchiinji. The roads are well paved, making it a highly traveled road a simple journey. However, we started from Kasama in Northern Zambia, meaning it would take us 24 hours of transport to reach Malawi. Plus I wanted to start in Northern Malawi and work our way down. There wasn't much information online on how to cross the Nakonde/Chitipa border, so I thought a write-up would be helpful for travelers.