Touring Malawi, Mozambique & Madagascar in August. Like to avoid tourist venues and visit farms, factories, industries etc. and correspond with someone with local knowledge in each country to see if "local visits" are possible.
My experience through Malawi was touristy. As for getting away from the tourist spots. Be careful. Follow your gut. Factories and industries aren't that exciting. Best to get into the country side. Best you can is be friendly and talk to locals over a jug of banana beer. Most will point you in the tourist directions. Malawi is the place for woodcarvings though. about 6 years ago