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Life in the lodge

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‘Pfff’, verzucht Felice, ‘ik vind het saai in de lodge. We wonen hier nu al zoooo lang.’ Geef haar eens ongelijk. Van rondreizende nomaden zijn we tijdelijke residents geworden. Op het platteland in arm Malawi, met het regenwoud naast de deur. ‘Even’ boodschappen doen gaat niet. Gelukkig komen de verkopers of hun kinderen hier gewoon aan de deur. Met manden…

The Lesser Wonders of Tanzania

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Ruaha National Park marked the northernmost point of our trip. From there, we had the dubious pleasure of re-tracing our tracks back to central Malawi, where we would cross into Zambia and begin meandering southwest to Cape Town. We varied our route where possible, but Malawi, like the other countries we’ve visited on this trip, has only a few main…

Nieuw vakantie-adresje!

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En dan ben je eigenaar van een lodge in Malawi! Vandaar dat we bijna zeven weken weinig van ons hebben laten horen. Ongelooflijk maar waar: samen met Ans (oud-collega van Joost die in Oeganda woont) zitten we nu officieel in de tourisme-branche. ‘Lodge’, een woord dat wij tot voor kort ook niet kenden, maar dat hier eigenlijk voor alles wordt…

Malawi: Part II

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Nov. 11-Nov. 18
Our final week in Malawi – until December, when we pass through again on the way from Tanzania to Zambia – was spent in the northern third of the country. The north is higher in elevation than the south and much less densely populated.

Road in northern Malawi.
Malawi, despite its busloads of pasty tourists, has high…

Southern Malawi

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Another Border: Mozambique to Malawi
Three days of relaxation in Cahora Bassa left us ill-prepared for the drive to Blantyre. Much of the route from Cahora Bassa to the Malawi border is one of Mozambique’s major arterial roads. This is not something that could be deduced from its condition, which deteriorated rapidly once we had passed Tete. First there was…

Malawi

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So here we are….back in Malawi.  En route between Iringa and Mbeya, the Hilux’s odometer turned over to 300000km!!! We had a small celebration with green tea and jam tarts in front of the truck, telling each other and the Hilux how a fantastic vehicle this is!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The border crossing was quick and easy on both sides. We…

How Mal Are We?

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After a relatively painless border crossing into Malawi we made our way up to Livingstonia, an old colonial town at the top of a steep windy pass with cliffs to one side and obstacles in the road requiring low range etc and obligatory clapped-out car with shot shocks and 10 passengers inside just behind to make us look like amateurs.…

Early rains bring more adventures

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Day: 179
KLMS:  26,435
After Balaka, it was time to head north up the lake where we found a complete paradise at Mkuzi beach about half way up. Not only was the setting one of the best yet, we were also excited to be meeting up with fellow overlanders Chris & Jules (osiyeza.net) who are travelling down to Johannesburg from…

Distributing mosquito nets in Malawi

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Day: 171
KLMS: 25,655
Firstly, thank you so much to everyone who has donated to Against Malaria Foundation, and sorry it has taken so long to post! We ended up raising over $1,200 which funded over 400 nets! It was a great feeling to join the distribution team in Balaka and see all the nets we’d funded with your kind…

Help us raise money for Against Malaria Foundation

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So here we are in Balaka, Malawi, taking time out of our travels to lend a hand to our chosen charity, Against Malaria Foundation as they begin their next mosquito net distribution. As part of our travels, we were keen to find a way of giving something back and helping out where we could. We chose to support Against Malaria…

Malawi – The Warm Heart of Africa

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Day: 165
KLMS: 25,155
Despite being one of the poorest African countries, Malawi is known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’ and also ‘Africa for beginners’ due to the laid back and peaceful people. However, our first 24hours in Malawi, was not quite the ‘Warm heart’ we were expecting! The border crossing at Chipata was easy enough, however we knew…

Condom Football, banks of Lake Malawi

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Kids playing Condom Football, on the beaches of lake Malawi. They cannot afford the appropriate sporting gear and we need to get a premier football club to sponsor to donate used balls to these lovely kids!…

Football Condoms, who can help them?

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IN Malawi, we discovered the local kids use around 100 wrapped condoms that they get from Hospitals and from some scrupulous adults as chore payments to make footballs because local balls are unreliable, expensive and burst because of local conditions. These second-grade balls originate from countries like China, India and Pakistan. Good manufacturers producing first-rate footballs like Taiwan and the…

Van garnalen naar maismeelpap

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Help, in militair konvooi rijden?! We kunnen het nu afvinken; been there, done that. De rebellen waren actief in een deel van Mozambique en bij onze doorsteek naar Malawi zouden we een stuk door onrustig gebied moeten rijden. Oplossing: in militair konvooi gaan, een stuk van zo’n 200 km. We besloten het te doen. We hoorden dat de spanningen afnamen…

Farewell to the Warm Heart of Africa

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We weren’t quite sure what to expect when we first arrived in Malawi.  We knew it was a poor country.  We had heard how friendly the people were. We knew in the past that fuel shortages had plagued the country, which virtually stalled the country’s economy.
We were not disappointed.
The people are the friendliest we have met in Africa…

Final days in Lilongwe

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And just like that, 5 weeks had passed, and we found ourselves back in Lilongwe, getting ready to leave the Warm Heart of Africa.
Our last stop in Lilongwe was primarily to pick up provisions more easily obtained in Malawi (paw-paw anyone?) and replace the relay switch so that our headlights function correctly.  Last, but not least, African GirlChild was…

On Malawian Forest Reserves…

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What is it with Malawian Forest Reserves?
We have visited two, and there are a number of questions that immediately spring to mind…
First, why is there so little information available about the reserves? Depending on the version and make of guide book you look at you may find the reserves listed – which is a prerequisite for physically being…

Souvenirs and memories from Dedza

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Until picking up our bawo board in Monkey Bay, we had struggled to find special souvenirs from Malawi.  Within a short time, that was all about to change!
On the way to Dedza we passed a curio stall that had some of the most unique carvings we have seen while in Malawi.  Most curio stalls have versions of the same…

Wandering in circles

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OK, I definitely don’t want to sound ungrateful – and even a boring day of travelling beats a day in the office – but we have been circling a bit while waiting for our bawo board to be delivered.
After our less than successful stay at Cape Maclear, we headed down to Mangochi – partly to buy some food, partly…

Cape Maclear

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After a most enjoyable time spent in Monkey Bay – the less touristy side of the peninsular – we headed over to Cape Maclear.
Our initial interaction was with the guide touts we met outside the entrance to the Lake Malawi National Park.  We asked about hiking in the national park – they offered their services for US$15 per hiker…

The sceptical volunteer

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We have volunteered while living in the UK, and there has always been a desire on our part to do some volunteering along the way, to share our skills with others.  At the same time, we didn’t want to get caught up in the volun-tourism industry where you are required to pay a large fee to volunteer/work for a week. …

Monkeying around in Monkey Bay

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On the Eastern side of the Lake Malawi National Park peninsular is Monkey Bay.  Our destination here was Sumbi Beach Project, and Grant, Abi and Tom.

This is an impressive duo – Grant and Abi.  They are 20-something Brits who have set up an NGO in Malawi with numerous ideas for local projects, particularly related to nursery age children.  Many…

Skirting the shores of Lake Malawi

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Our southwards exploration of Lake Malawi continued the next morning.  Our ultimate destination was Cape Maclear, located on a peninsular on the southern tip of Lake Malawi.
We stopped briefly in Dwangwa to stock up on provisions at Metro Cash & Carry.  There wasn’t an enormous selection, but we managed to find some of what we needed, then headed into…

CAMPING REVIEW: Chintheche Strip

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It wasn’t supposed to be this way, but we ended up stopping in at almost every campsite down the strip trying to find somewhere we were happy to stay.  Each accommodation spot is about 2-3 km from the main tar road, located on the shores of Lake Malawi, making for a meandering route.
Chintheche Strip is south of Nkhata Bay…

On reaching Lake Malawi

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After chilly temperatures in Nyika, we were starting to feel like we were enduring another UK summer, rather than savouring a Malawian winter.  Also, after 2 weeks in Malawi, we still hadn’t reached the shores of Lake Malawi – criminal!  So, after stopping in at Eva Demaya clinic for Viking Explorer, and overnighting in Mzuzu again, we could finally make…

Oh what to do with him

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There are few things more difficult to deal with than a bear with a sore head – except perhaps a Viking with a cold! Not only was his Viking stubbornness shining strongly, but he also somehow acquired a dose of superman-ness, and keeping him down was nigh on impossible.
It seems that there is a Malawi bug which is being…

Nyika National Park

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We were finally here!  After too many hours on dirt road, bumping our way higher and higher, we arrived at Chelinda Camp.  As we descended from the vehicle, we noticed the high altitude chill to the air and the fragrance of pine plantations.  Certainly one of the more unusual parks we have visited.
Malawi’s largest National Park, Nyika, is a…

Blantyre Malawi to Tete Mozambique

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8-9th June
We left Blantyre Malawi and drove 100km or so towards the Mozambique border Zobue. On route I said to Nic I am not sure if we would have a problem leaving Malawi as I had noted they had scribbled a 7 day visa above the entry stamp. Usually countries grant you 30 day visa even if you are…

Trekking northwards in Malawi

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Anyway, after leaving Lilongwe, we made our way north for 3 days.  Our first night, we stopped at Luwawa Forest Lodge on the edge of Viphya Plateau.  The lodge is the old rest house for the logging operation, but has been taken over and developed by the enigmatic George, and his son James.  It is set in beautiful gardens overlooking…

Livingstonia

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In Mzuzo we had Mzuzu brand coffee at the Mzuzu Coffee Shop and used their Internet to update the blog. Then the Hilux climbed a mountain! We turned off at Chitimba towards Livingstonia. The road is forcing its way up the escarpment in a series of acute “hairpin” bends. It is a dirt road and difficult to access without being…