Malawi
Malawi

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36 travelers at this place:

  • Day44

    Day 43 & 44: Lake Malawi (North)

    March 17 in Malawi ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    Lake Malawi is a beautiful place ... just look at the lake 🌴

    The only problem: it’s so incredibly hot... much hotter than anywhere else I have been before on this trip. And: there are so many flies 😱

    In the morning we went to the local village. This village is supported by an NGO, namely the lodge that we are staying at (and USAid). Any profit this NGO makes go directly into support for the local village. A very nice idea - which makes the fact that our accommodation was very very basic (no water today for washing) seem irrelevant. The village was beautiful 💛 So many happy and proud people. They were especially proud of their local hospital. And we were very impressed by everything they have accomplished 🙏

    Remember I was supposed to give Anne’s umbrella to the local kids? Well, I did and they were soooo happy about it. Just a simple umbrella. And more than 10 kids were excited about it ✨

    In the afternoon I was ready for another adventure. I wanted to go up to Livingstonia. Not hiking - too hot - driving up. It was an adventure for sure. We drove in a small car, no 4x4 ... and of course did not make it to the top 😂 At some point two passengers actually jumped out of the car as the car was just going downhill backwards (quite scary when the driver is not doing anything to stop this process) ... I stayed inside trying to explain to the driver how to drive an automatic car. He did not quite like it (he was actually surprised that I can drive a car in my home country) ... but finally accepted help and we made it safely back down to the hotel. The others were a bit terrified ... but I loved this trip ... when things do not go as planned you usually make the best memories 🤷🏼‍♀️☺️🙏
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  • Day46

    Day 46: Malawi Waterfall Hike

    March 19 in Malawi ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Today was one of my favorite days. That’s why you will see two posts for this day 💫

    I got up early to go on a guided tour to the local waterfall. 4 hours of hiking. It was amazing to be active again - I haven’t done much physical activity ever since I got on the truck 💪

    The waterfall was beautiful but what was even better were all the people I have met on the way. The friendliness and happiness of these people is just unbelievable ✨💛🙏

    Words cannot describe how it feels to be around these people. I feel great being with them - their smiles are the best. I don’t think we need to pity these people. Yes, they lack wealth as defined by the first world. And yes, they are in need of education, medical supplies etc. BUT: They are so rich in happiness. And they live in line with nature. So I think they deserve our admiration as well as our compassion 🙏✨
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  • Day43

    Work with wood needs power

    February 17 in Malawi ⋅ 🌧 30 °C

    Ausgeschlafen, Frühstück und dann ging an die Holzarbeit.
    Wahnsinn! Es gibt keinen Schraubstock, der die Figur hält. Entweder mit beiden Füßen oder einer Hand sollten wir das Holzstück festhalten.
    Wir arbeiteten mit gefährliche Werkzeuge. Beim Abrutschen habe ich mir sogar am Fuß verletzt. 😅 zum Glück nicht so tief.
    Sarah und ich haben Respekt bekommen, wie sie die Figuren verarbeiten. Wir hätten nicht gedacht, dass der ganze Körper eingesetzt werden muss.
    Unsere Teile mussten noch geschliffen werden, da schleppten sie uns zu ihrem Shop. Sie wollten uns wieder was noch zusätzlich verkaufen. Man können sie nervig sein. Wir können verstehen, dass sie Geld brauchen, aber so verscheuchen sie doch nur die Leute. 🙈
    Einer von denen war Vater von einem gehörlosem Sohn und fragte, wie viel so ein CI kostet. Er war erstaunt, dass wir sprechen können. Ich versuchte ihm zu erklären, was ein CI ist und dass wir es selber nicht bezahlt haben. Aber wo sie die Summe erfahren haben, schauten sie uns an, als wären wir reich und zeigten uns Dinge, Figuren und Bilder. Ich so: we don't need it! Sie waren zwar beleidigt, ließen uns aber endlich in Ruhe.

    Wir brauchten nach der Arbeit eine Abkühlung und vergnügten uns danach mit Buch lesen.
    Alle haben an dem Tag schön gechillt und einfach den Tag genossen.
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  • Day33

    Kande Beach day

    October 6 in Malawi ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Today we got to sleep in and just enjoy the beach and relax. Since it was hot and being a campsite I was still up by 8am. After breakfast I sat in the hammock and read my book for a few hours until it was lunchtime. After lunch returned to the hammock and continued reading. It was very relaxing day. Later in the afternoon I went to the beach and relaxed there and went swimming a few times.
    For dinner we went to the guides home and had a dinner there. On the way the village children came up to us and said hello and held our hands as we walked to the home. We sat on bamboo mats outside his home. For dinner we had sweet potato soup, rice, chicken with tomatoes, and cassava the local plant. It was a very nice dinner.
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  • Day32

    Kande Beach

    October 5 in Malawi ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Today we drove to Kande Beach, a resort on Lake Malawi. The drive wasn’t as long. We stopped in Mzuzu for snacks and cash. We had to wait in line for almost a hour to use the ATM. There was only one working machine which was very slow. In route we drove by a rubber tree farm. They use the rubber and latex for all sorts of things.
    Our campsite was very nice. The beach was even better than the night before. Once we arrived and set up our tents, the local G staff made us some lunch. Then we did a village tour where we met with a local young villager and learned about their life. We saw their houses, a cassava tree farm and how it was processed and dried. They make it into a dish similar to Ugali. We stopped at a bar that was playing a soccer match. There was a health clinic ran by an American woman. Once we finished the walk, I ended up buying the bao game, with beads and another bracelet. We relaxed at the beach before another yummy dinner. After dinner we played the bao game but the gnats were so annoying that I had to go to bed early.
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  • Day34

    To Zambia

    October 7 in Malawi ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Sadly we had to leave the beach and the relaxation. We drove to the Zambia border but on our way drove through NP. We didn’t see any animals. The road was quite bumpy.

    The border exit was much quicker than entering. We got straight through. Entering Zambia we hoped for the multiple entry visa but unfortunately did not receive it. We stopped to shop at a large mall nearby and then settled into our camp for the night. We had a good dinner of pumpkin with potato leaves, chicken and veggies.Read more

  • Day75

    Ngala Beach

    July 20, 2017 in Malawi ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

    Drove a half day up the lake to Ngala beach. A beautiful spot, though when we arrived at our lodge, we saw not just 1, but 2, overland trucks and a very full campsite. Luckily, the owners were apologetic and upgraded us to a chalet for 2 of our 4 nights so we have really enjoyed the change of pace. The beach is absolutely beautiful and we’ve pretty much spent 4 days doing not much of anything apart from re-connecting with family and friends, doing some planning for the rest of our trip, and eating some very good food at the restaurant.Read more

  • Day46

    Day 46: Malawi Village Tour

    March 19 in Malawi ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    So here is part 2 of today. In the afternoon we visited the local village. Village tours are the best as you actually interact with the locals and see what they are like 🙏

    Just like at the waterfall I was confronted with nothing but kindness. So many friendly people - almost everyone we have met wanted to “high five” or do a handshake 🤝 💛 And the children ... they were just adorable. I gave out some cookies and jut after a few seconds I made many new friends 👭

    After the tour I went to my tour guide’s wood carving shop to buy some stuff for my home. He asked for a certain amount of dollars and asked if I could also give him some supplies (rather than just money). So I gave him bandaids and mosquito repellant ... and because he was so happy about this, he made me a present and gave me one of his paintings. So someone who has much less than I do just gives me things for free ... I was beyond happy ... Malawi 🇲🇼 you are the best ✨💛 (I’ll come back some day)
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  • Day31

    To Malawi

    October 4 in Malawi ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today we got up very early for our long drive to Malawi. It was very hot on the bus and we didn’t stop much. The border crossing into Malawi to get our visas took about an hour or so, but it’s been known to take up to 4 hours as it’s all done manually, they have no computers to process the visas. Before we got there after leaving Tanzania, there was a huge lineup of trucks waiting to pass through. Apparently there was a meeting with the head immigration officer so the trucks couldn’t pass through nor could our bus. So we had to walk through the border past all the big trucks.
    Malawi had quite a few hills. It’s one of the poorest countries in the world, and in Africa. It’s known as the warm heart of Africa, as the people are so friendly and nice. There weren’t as many busses, trucks and cars on the road like Tanzania and Kenya. We finally arrived to our campsite. It was very nice. Right on Lake Malawi with a big beach. The facilities were very nice as well. G staff cooked us our meals so we had time to relax on the beach. Some locals came and talked with us, but also to sell us some goods. After dinner I ended up buying two bracelets—they were made of copper ?
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  • Day71

    LILONGWE, MILAWI

    July 16, 2017 in Malawi ⋅ 🌙 68 °F

    After a slightly shady money changing transaction in a parking lot in Chipata, had an easy-ish border crossing into Malawi and a short drive to the capital of Lilongwe where we spent just one night. We decided to stay in a hotel, and what a great decision. The front desk guy knew a guy who might be able to fix our winch (which John had sort-of broke). The guy came with his assistant on Sunday night, in his best Sunday outfit, removed the winch, and then took it somewhere (via taxi) overnight turning up at 7am the next day. He had managed to untangle the cable and fix the motor. He installed it, demonstrated it was working, and we happily paid him and on our way by 9am.
    We’d heard that re-filling gas bottles (which is how we cook our meals) was difficult North of Zambia, but luckily, Christy saw a guy in the parking lot near the supermarket, where we were stocking up, with a gas bottle and quickly went up to him and found out there was a refilling station right across from the Shoprite. Very exciting.
    We next were trying to get some cash from the ATM, but because it was Monday machine after machine was empty. Finally, on our way out of town, we saw an armed guard at an ATM at a filling station and were told they were putting cash in the machine. We decided to wait to withdraw some cash (no credit cards are accepted at filling stations). While waiting, we had a great conversation with a few of the fuel station attendants. One was very curious how we were finding Malawi compared to other African countries we’d visited. He’d worked briefly in South Africa, but had to return because of the “xenophobia” he found there (his words). He was focused on raising his 2 kids (only 2 so he could give them a good life and education). The other guy found out we were headed to the lake and reminded us that where we were going was not the “real Malawi” and that whatever we could do to buy from local people and give them work like washing our laundry during our travels could make a big difference.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Republic of Malawi, Malawi, ማላዊ, Malaui, ملاوي, Malavi, Малаві, Малави, মালাউই, མཱ་ལཱ་ཝི།, Malawi nutome, Μαλάουι, Malavio, مالاوی, Malaawi, An Mhaláiv, માલાવી, מלאווי, मलावी, Մալավի, Malaví, マラウイ共和国, მალავი, ಮಲಾವಿ, 말라위, Malavia, Malavis, Malāvija, Malaoì, മലാവി, မာလာဝီ, मालावी, Malaŵi, ମାଲୱି, Malauí, Malawïi, Malevia, மாலவி, మాలావి, ประเทศมาลาวี, مالاۋى, ملاوی, Ma-la-uy (Malawi), Malaviyän, Orílẹ́ède Malawi, 马拉维, i-Malawi

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