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  • Day75

    Ngala Beach

    July 20, 2017 in Malawi

    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

  • Day71


    July 16, 2017 in Malawi

    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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  • Day79


    July 24, 2017 in Malawi

    Great name, for an unusual – you could even say a little odd -- place.
    Up the mountains 15km on a very rocky, potholed road with 21 switchbacks, which took about an hour to drive up and scared the hell out of Christy with sheer drops off the side of the mountain. We picked up 3 travellers at the bottom of the hill (many people walk up) and gave them a ride up to where we were all staying-the wonderfully named Mushroom Farm. Our passengers were 3 young ladies, 2 from Chile and 1 from The Netherlands. The amazing coincidence was Elise, from Holland, had been on our night drive in South Luanga. Another meeting in the middle of nowhere with someone we’d met in a different country, several hundred kilometers away! We got some good information about Chile and are now even more excited to visit, even if it’s still a few months away. We’ve had some great campsites, but this one was spectacular. High up on the plateau we were perched on the edge of the cliff, overlooking the valley and Lake Malawi below.
    Livingstonia, named after the famous Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, looked like a ghost town, but was still a busy place. It was established as a missionary outpost in the 19th century, with a hospital, university and large church. Most of the university buildings are now empty, but the church still has services every week. There’s an old house built of stone, now a museum, that used to house the mission’s doctor and other staff. We walked up about 5km from our camp to look around, and realized this was the longest walk we have done since leaving the US – it sort of hurt, but it was good to stretch our legs a bit.
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  • Day72

    Cape MaClear, Malawi

    July 17, 2017 in Malawi

    Enjoyed a beautiful drive through very dramatic, rocky mountains to the bottom of Lake Malawi - the 3rd largest lake in Africa and a world heritage site. We found a really nice campsite right on the beach where there was only one other couple camping. The village was all around the camp so we really enjoyed wandering into the local market, talking to local people, and saying endless “hellos” and giving high fives and fist bumps to many little kids as we walked along. They seemed super excited to be practicing their English and were ridiculously cute and funny. The downside of staying in the middle of the village was the late-night karaoke and music playing. Luckily, we have a good supply of ear plugs (thanks to the Davis family).
    Did an early morning kayak out to the national park, but didn’t stay out too long as the kayak was fairly tippy and there were some sizable waves because of the wind. Later, we took a boat out to the same island we’d visited by kayak and snorkeled, then cruised to a beautiful place called otter point. We were a bit dubious about getting in the water as they have bilharzia (a wormy-parasite…yuck!), but decided the temptation of seeing all of the colorful fresh-water fish was too good to pass up and that we could always treat the parasite if necessary. However symptoms of infection do not show up for at least 6 weeks – we will keep you posted. Let’s hope they don’t make an episode of “The Monster Inside Me” based on this experience…
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  • Day27

    Livingstonia et cascades

    September 10 in Malawi

    C'est parti pour Livingstonia depuis la ferme. On y va à pied (environ 5 km) et ça vaut le détour car on marche dans un beau décor parmi les locaux. La "ville" se situe sur les hauteurs et est intéressante de par son histoire. Son nom vient d'ailleurs du premier missionnaire écossais venu ici, Livingstone. Il y a le Stone House museum qui retrace justement l'arrivée des Européens au Malawi. L'hôpital comme l'église datent aussi de cette époque. Et encore plus surprenant, il y a même une université.

    Sur le retour, on va aux cascades en mode "explorateur" sur un chemin semé d'embûches. On passe par une cave derrière la cascade dans laquelle les locaux se cachaient à l'époque de la traite des esclaves. Puis on atteint la deuxième! Impressionnant!
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  • Day38

    Cape Maclear

    September 21 in Malawi

    30 minutes de moto dans un superbe décor, ça vous dit? Voilà comment on se rend à l'endroit le plus touristique du Sud du Malawi! Une fois qu'on y est, je ne tl'endroit si touristique que ça et tant mieux!!

  • Day30

    Likoma Island

    September 13 in Malawi

    Départ de Nkhata Bay pour Likoma Island, cette jolie petite île malawienne sur le territoire du Mozambique (euh oui bizarre me direz-vous ;))

    Réveil à 4h45 du mat pour attraper le bateau de 6h...enfin de 8h30 au bout du compte et sur un bateau de fortune de remplacement!! Le bateau initial est tout simplement cassé...On embarque sur un bateau quelque peu incertain à tel point que nos deux nouvelles connaissances, Guido et Melody, renoncent à monter. Nous voilà donc tous les deux parmi les locaux, 8h sur un amont de bagages, de sacs de sucre, de chips. en train de naviguer sur l'immense lac Malawi. L'expérience est absolument unique, d'autant plus que les gens se mettent à prier longuement (pas très rassurant!!) puis à chanter. Belle ambiance en tout cas!

    Après une telle traversée, on est happy d'arriver dans un nouveau coin de paradis. On campe sous un énorme manguier sur la plage. Superbe endroit!
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  • Day26

    Bon, faut l'avouer, une fois qu'on installe le hamac, ça y est, on est foutu! On est obligé de se relaxer :) Et c'est ce qu'on fait aujourd'hui avec graaaand plaisir! L'après-midi, on visite le méga jardin en terrasse de la ferme avec le jardinier. Il nous explique le principe de la permaculture. C'est très intéressant, ça donne envie!

  • Day31

    Alles Gute zum Geburtstag GERO!!

    September 14 in Malawi

    Que rêver de mieux pour son anniversaire? Voilà une superbe journée qui se déroule au gré des envies de Gero: petit déjeuner copieux, snorkeling, farniente, billard, badminton, bao pour finir en beauté: apéro offert par nos compagnons du moment et dîner aux bougies sur la plage avec gâteau d'anniversaire surprise :)) Elle n'est pas belle la vie?

  • Day49

    Version française plus bas...

    In Lilongwe gab es nicht viel zu besichtigen: ein nette beschauliche Stadt mit kleinen Läden an der Straße.
    Um so schöner, dass wir Vera und Daniel aus Innsbruck trafen, mit denen die Zeit ganz schnell verging.
    Nach zwei Übernachtungen nahmen wir Abschied auf der Ladenfläche eines Pick-ups und ließen uns von einem sympathischen englischen Geschwisterpaar bis nach Sambia kutschieren (danke für die Vermittlung Vera:)

    Lilongwe? Capitale certes mais ville sans plus. Il y a une vieille ville avec des shops et quelques stands souvenirs. Rien d'exceptionnel. Par contre, on a passé de très bons moments avec nos deux compères d'Innsbruck, Vera et Daniel!
    Merci Vera aussi pour le tuyau du covoiturage avec Baky et Chris, les deux Anglais qui nous emmènent jusqu'à Chipata en Zambie avec eux (2h30 de route). On ne pouvait pas espérer mieux!!
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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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