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  • Day79

    Livingstonia

    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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  • Day25

    Aufstieg zur mushroom farm

    September 8 in Malawi

    La montée jusqu'à Mushroom Farm nous prend plus de trois bonnes heures pour 1000 M de dénivelé et comme vous le voyez à nos têtes, c'est hard entre nos sacs qui nous paraissent très lourds et la chaleur!! Mais voilà, une fois en haut, on est plus que récompensé! Notre emplacement pour camper est juste grandiose, en bord de falaise, avec une vue imprenable sur le lac Malawi :)

  • Day24

    Chitimba

    September 7 in Malawi

    Le lieu est tellement chouette et Willie, le proprio sud africain si intéressant qu'on reste une journée sur place. On profite de la jolie plage sur laquelle on discute avec un local puis on s'amuse avec des enfants. On se marre bien, ils sont sympas comme tout! Puis on fait la rencontre de vendeurs de woodcarving. Après avoir compris qu'on achètera rien, on se pose avec eux, on joue au Bao game ensemble, on discute longuement puis on part manger dans un resto avec l'un d'eux très sympa! Belle soirée :)Read more

  • Day29

    Kande Beach Resort

    July 7, 2017 in Malawi

    We arrived at Kande Beach Resort at about 1:00pm so that left us plenty of time to explore after we had checked in. I decided to upgrade again as the price was very reasonable for a beach front room as you can see in the photos the room is average but the view is beautiful - we are lucky enough to be staying here for two nights.

    Carrie and I had taken a liking to skirts that one of the girls on our other tour was working, we asked her where she got them and this was the place! We had been looking forward to this for a couple weeks.

    After lunch we got some directions from Hesbon our tour manager and started making our way to the village shops. Hesbon said as we were leaving 'don't worry you will find plenty of friends' we didn't quite understand this until we walked out the gate of the resort and we were met by about three men. The three men weren't trying to sell us anything, they were simply asking us our name, what we did for work, how big our family was, where we came from etc. I felt like they were taking the opportunity to talk to a 'mozuma' and find out how we lived, they were just as interested in us as we were in them.

    We continued walking with one of the males Shud who was studying as well as an artist with his own Malawian hip hop band, he invited us to the local pub that night to come watch him - we told him we would think about it. He continued to walk with us quite a while just making general conversation before stopping and leaving us to walk alone. The walk to the village shops was about 2.5km long and took about half an hour to walk, the path took us through the village, crops and a forrest.

    We were greeted by a man named James as we reached the shops, he asked us what we wanted - we explained to him that we were after material and a dress maker. He immediately showed us to a store with material, we found one each that we liked but we wanted two skirts each made so he took us to another store where we found another pattern each that we liked. What I liked was that there was no 'tourist price' or bullshit they told us the price and it was cheaper than what we had been told by our guides to pay. Once we bought the material James then took us to a dress maker who was sitting underneath a veranda of a shop on the side of the road with his singer sewing machine, James acted as a translator and explained to him what we were after.

    We then began walking back to Kande Beach Resort. Along the way many people, young and old spoke to us - everyone was so welcoming and friendly. It was great to be able to walk through the village, seeing the way that they live and speaking to the locals - a lot better than just driving past in the truck.

    That night I had an ant infestation in my bed, I went to sleep at about 12:00am and woke up at 1:30am in a sea of ants. I tried everything (even stripping the bed) to get rid of them but they just wouldn't budge so at 4:00am I am calling mum because I am in pain from the bites and emotional. The next morning they ended up moving us into a different room.

    The next day, after lunch Carrie and I went for a walk with Chris, Vig, Archana and Nicole to pick up our skirts. We wernt walking for long before Shud and James began walking with us again, they told us that they enjoyed walking with us because it gave them a chance to practice their English. The skirts had to be altered slightly so Shud and James took us for a walk about a kilometre down the road to a wood carving and painting stand on the side of the road. I ended up buying a bowl with the big five carved into the side of it, it was nice because they didn't hassle us and we were able to look.

    We walked back and the skirts weren't ready yet so we were taken to a local pub to have a beer. The pub literally had a few wooden benches, speakers, one fridge, television and a pool table.

    Our skirts were ready and they are just what we wanted! James began walking us back but at about half way he introduced us to his uncle William who walked with us the remainder of the way. Along the way we spoke to several children, one group showed us their soccer ball which was made out of a condom, plastic bag and string (very creative).

    This has been one of my favourite places to explore, majority of the places we have stayed we haven't been able to leave the resorts or camp grounds as it isn't safe for us. It was nice to be able to go out on our own, socialise with the locals, getting an understanding of the way they live and their culture.
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  • Day365

    MALAWI

    March 30 in Malawi

    After another long day drive from Zanzibar and a overnight stop we crossed the border into Malawi and arrived at our campsite in Kande beach on the edge of Lake Malawi! We thought we would posh it up somewhat and paid for an upgrade from our tent to a beach front cabin for $10/night each.
    Most of the time here was spent relaxing, playing football on the beach and swimming in the lake. Our guide Wilson made us a alcoholic punch in the first night and we spent it chatting around a camp fire on the beach!
    The next day was another highlight for us on the trip, but was also very eye opening. We took a guided tour around the local village next to our campsite. Initially they tried to sell us stuff which was a bit annoying but when we got to the village they left us well alone. We met all the local children, they were so excited to see us and just wanted to hold our hand and walk with us. As 'payment' they just wanted to borrow our sunglasses, get their photos or videos taken and look back at them on our phone screens which amazed them. The concept of a touch screen meant I had about 6 children around me at one point all trying to play with my phone.
    It was also quite a sad visit, we went to the school where we learnt that usually there was 100 children/teacher. The small school had 1000 pupils in total and very little equipment mostly relying on donations for books, paper and pencils. We were told by our guide to ask before giving the children anything. When one child asked for our 2 litre plastic bottle we didn't know why, but we found out it was just so he could take enough water to school for the day. As the nearest water pump was over half a mile from the school. When we gave it to him a fight broke out between the children all trying to get the bottle off him so they could have it for themselves.
    We visited the local health centre (nothing like ours at home) which services 4000 people. At which there was not a single doctor, but a few health assistants (we think nurses) and if they needed any other healthcare they had to go the the regional health centre over 20km away, obviously none of these people had cars and the ambulances wouldn't normally do anything other than emergencies so they had to somehow get there themselves.
    That night we were cooked a local meal in the village, at the only house with electricity, which cut off after 10 minutes. Then the school children have us a display of African dancing and singing which we had to join in with. They were far better then any of us!!
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  • Day125

    Schnorcheln /Boattrip

    April 6 in Malawi

    Heute ging es das erste Mal auf die Schnorchel-Safari. Wir sind mit den Kanus ungefähr 30 min geaddelt bis wir an einem weißen Stein angekommen sind (die weiße Farbe kommt von Vogelkacke :D). Die Kanus legten wir ans Ufer und dann gibt es ab ins Wasser. Es war wirklich cool, als wenn man in ein großes, wildes Aquarium steigt. Es waren nicht soo außergewöhnliche Fische zu sehen, aber es war trotzdem schön zu beobachten. Vor drei Tagen war ich das erste Mal auf dem Boattrip, wir waren ziemlich viele Leute (insgesamt 21) auf dem Boot. Es war richtig schön über den türkis, blauen See zu fahren. Zuerst wurden Adler mit Fisch gefüttert, daraufhin sind wir zu Klippen gefahren, von denen man runter springen konnte, ich glaub die waren ca 5 Meter hoch, anschließend ging es zu einem Strand an dem wir Spiele gespielt haben. Das war der Strand an dem die Fischer aus dem Ort ihre Holzboote flicken und ihre Netze reparieren, es waren auch Kinder am Strand, die sich einen Ball aus Plastiktüten gebastelt haben. Nachdem wir ein paar Spiele spielten, ein paar Kaltgetränke tranken und etwas relaxten ging es zurück. Normalerweise geht man auf dem Rückweg noch an dem weißen Stein schnorcheln, aber das Wasser war an dem Tag zu trüb, weil es in der Nacht zu stark geregnet hatte. Morgen werde ich den Schnorcheltrip alleine mit den Gästen machen.Read more

  • Day163

    Gerade sind wir in Livingstonia in der Mushroomfarm. Der Weg hierhin war schon ein Abenteuer für sich. Um hier hin zu kommen muss man eine sehr, sehr schlechte Straße den Berg hoch, es sind nur ca. 10 km, aber mit dem Pickup braucht man ne Stunde, weil überall Schlaglöcher sind, Steine herumliegen und es so steil ist. Das Auto ist zudem auch drei mal auf dem Weg ausgegangen. Wir saßen mit neun Personen und jeder Menge Gepäck hinten auf der Ladefläche des Pickups.
    Die Unterkunft ist aber sehr schön, wir sind im Dorm untergekommen, weil es ungefähr genauso teuer war wie das Campen. Es ist ein dreier Dorm, in dem wir die einzigen sind, haben auch einen Balkon mit schöner Aussicht, in der Nacht hat es stark geregnet, sodass wir nochmal bestärkt wurden, dass es gut war nicht zu campen.
    Heute haben wir eine kleine Wanderung zu den Wasserfällen hier gemacht. Die Aussicht war atemberaubend, man blickt auf einen großen Wasserfall, der umgeben ist von grünem Wald, in der Ferne sieht man den blauen Malawisee und Berge im ebenfalls blauen Himmel am Horizont.
    Einfach sooo wunderschön was die Natur hier angeht.
    Auf dem Balkon haben wir uns beide Abende Nudeln mit leckerer Soße aus lokalem Gemüse gekocht.
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  • Day121

    Mit meiner Überfahrt hat alles noch super geklappt, auch wenn das Taxi bei einer Verkehrskontrolle mit bewaffneten, betrunken Polizisten halten musste. In der Unterkunft wurde ich auch direkt nett empfangen, es war viel los in der Bar, weil es das Osterwochenende war. Die Mayoka Village liegt direkt am Lake Malawi und ist wirklich wie ein kleines Dorf. Überall sind keine Hütten, die durch steile Treppen und verwinkelte Wege verbunden sind. Es sind überall grüne Pflanzen und ähnelt einem Dschungel, sieht sehr paradiesisch aus. Die ersten beiden Nächte verbrachte ich im 8er Dorm, die Nächte waren sehr unruhig. Nachts hat es zudem heftig geregnet, momentan ist Regenzeit, tagsüber war es aber richtig schön und sonnig. Heute bin ich in mein eigenes Charlet eingezogen mit direkter Aussicht auf den See, ich liege im Bett und höre das Wasser :) hier leben ganz viele Eidechsen in verschiedenen Größen und Farben.
    Die beiden Besitzer sind super nett und legen sehr viel Wert darauf, dass sich jeder willkommen fühlt. Sie haben direkt gesagt, dass sie total froh sind, dass ich da bin und dass ich so lange bleiben kann wie ich möchte.
    Zu meinen Aufgaben gehören: Boattrips begleiten, Gäste mit zur Schnorchel-Safaris nehmen, jeden Abend in der Nähe der Bar sein und dafür sorgen, dass ein guter Vibe herrscht und die Gäste zufrieden sind.
    In der Lodge kann man sich Kanus, Stand-up-Paddelboote und Schnorchel kostenfrei leihen, die machen echt viel für ihre Gäste. Zudem haben die auch eine kleine Schule, in der ihre Kinder und die Kinder der Angestellten unterrichten werden. Die beiden haben vor zwanzig Jahren das Land/Grundstück bekommen und aus dem nichts diese Lodge aufgezogen-bewundernswert!
    Bin gespannt wie morgen mein erstes Erwachen mit Blick auf den See ist. Good night.
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  • Day122

    Schönes Erwachen

    April 3 in Malawi

    Heute Nacht hat es wieder geregnet und gestürmt. Die Fenster haben kein Glas(nur Fliegennetz) und durch den Wind ist meine Bettdecke sogar hoch geflogen. Heute morgen war wieder alles vergessen und es ist warm und sonnig/etwas bewölkt. Die Aussicht aus meinen Charlet ist der Hammer. Der See ist ein Süßwassersee und an der tiefsten Stelle 750 m tief, die meisten Fische sieht man an den Steinen. Heute fahre ich das erste Mal mit beim Boattrip, da gehen wir auch schnorcheln.Read more

  • Day125

    Ameisenhass

    April 6 in Malawi

    Hier sind viele Tiere die man oft ungewollt antrifft. Am meisten sieht man Krabbeltiere und Eidechsen. Meine größten Feinde momentan sind die Ameisen, die sind einfach überall und finden immer einen Weg. Wenn ich nur ein T-shirt zum Trocknen irgendwo aufhänge, sind eine Stunde später tausende Ameisen darauf, gestern haben sie es sogar durch mein Mückennetz geschafft. Muss mir noch eine gute Strategie überlegen um den Kampf zu gewinnen.Read more

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