Blogs from Malawi, Africa - page 19


Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe September 19th 2010

Die Woche im Ded Haus Den nächsten Morgen wachte ich gegen sieben auf und fühlte mich total zerknittert und wenig erholt. - wir hatten uns nicht getraut im Dunkeln die Betten zu besteigen und die Moskitonetze unter die Matratze zu stopfen und daher das Licht angelassen. Um nicht mit Armen oder Beinen an das Netz zu stoßen und damit einen Mückenstich zu riskieren, musste ich im Schlaf wohl eine äußerst unnatürliche Position eingenommen haben, die bei mir morgendliche Rückenschmerzen und Unwohlsein zur Folge hatte. Als ich aufwachte, bemerkte ich einige Unruhe auf dem Gang. Offenbar hatte es um halb sieben an der Tür geklopft, so lange bis einige aufwachten. Es stellte sich heraus, dass wir, -gewissenhaft wie wir waren sowohl im Wohnzimmer, als auch in der Küche für die Nacht die Metallgitter von innen vor die ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Lake Malawi » Kandi Beach September 16th 2010

First up an apology, we have travelled many miles and for many weeks and not kept up to date with our blog. We feel it is best to update in chunks, and seeing as we have found a bar on the River Nile next to Lake Victoria with good internet access, this seems like the perfect opportunity to fill you all in with the first catch up instalment. So here we go..... We spent 3 nights in Livingstone, a great place for those who want to part with some US$’s and get involved in some extreme activities. We thought it better to watch rather than throw ourselves off the bridge in front of Victoria Falls and as a result we had a very welcome break from truck life and relaxed. The falls themselves are spectacular, throwing ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe September 7th 2010

Ankunft in Malawi Um nicht gleich zu Anfang alle abgedroschenen Klischees über Afrika zu bedienen, werde ich nicht sofort die rot-braune Farbe des Sandes erwähnen, und auch nicht die unendliche, von Staubstraßen und Flussbetten durchzogene Weite, die mir bereits vom Flugzeug aufgefallen ist. Auch nicht die sonderbare Atmosphäre verursacht vom afrikanischen Licht, und nicht die unerträgliche Hitze, die einem ins Gesicht schlagen soll, sobald man das Flugzeug verlässt. - denn die gehörte durchaus nicht zu meinen ersten Eindrücken. Als ich zum ersten Mal Fuß auf malawischen Boden setzte, war ich überrascht, über die milden Temperaturen. - am Flughafen von Lilongwe empfand ich die Temperaturen durchaus als angenehm, um ohne Jacke zu laufen, aber heiß geht anders… Auch die aus der Luft vermutete Leere der Landschaft, nur unterrochen von vereinzelten Bäumen, stel... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe September 5th 2010

The trek from Cape Maclear to Mpulungu is a tough one. First destination Lilongwe. I am told there is a minibus to Monkey Bay at 5:30am which meets the 7:30am bus to Lilongwe which takes 3.5hrs, once again it was pointless asking as it's nonsense! At 6:15 the minibus still hasn't arrived but luckily some of the day staff have so one of the men signals to a pickup truck and that takes me instead. Slightly worrying that it only has 4 people on it and is larger than normal so could take forever to fill up, luckily they only drive round the town once and then leave. So we have tons of room but also means we go very fast so a greater chance of falling out. Even the locals sit inside the back this ... read more
Pickup truck ride
Good road comparitively
Bus chaos

Africa » Malawi » Lake Malawi September 1st 2010

Blantyre is quite a nice town, a refreshingly developed town compared to many in Mozambique. Surfaced roads, chain shops, restaurants offering a variety of nationalities' food, post office, numerous banks etc. I decide to rest for a day to catch up on sleep, eating and general admin tasks. The next morning is a lie in from the norm, Doogles hostel is next door to the bus depot so I can easily get there for 6:30. After wandering for a while and asking almost everyone I find the bus to Monkey Bay. This is a big bus, similar to a single decker we'd have in a town at home, including the stop bell. The front and rear are rammed with luggage; a double mattress, sacks of food and supplies, only a few actual suitcases. I find a ... read more
Sunset at Cape Maclear
Tomato sauce!!


Africa » Malawi » Lake Malawi September 1st 2010

Am sat in the sun on the beach at Lake Malawi, is really hard to believe that it is not the sea. Have just been swimming, reading and relaxing after some really long driving days on the truck. Malawi is very beautiful, really lush and green which is a nice change from the deset and I finally feel quite clean for a change! On the drive here we passed through lots of little villages and some interesting police checks and we stopped over in the Luwawa forest. We treked for 3 hours in the rain to a remote village where we spent time playing with the kids and meeting the village chief, I also got picked to go and join in with the dancing. We head off tomorrow and should reach Tanzania sometime on friday oh ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Lake Malawi August 23rd 2010

From Zambia we again have another really early start this morning (4.45am) and a 9 hour drive along another bumpy drive to Luwawa Forest - Malawi. We noticed when we crossed the border from Zambia to Malawi the differnce in housing for the locals. It is a poorer country than Zambia and we were told that most people only survive on US$2 / day. We stopped at a local village market where all sorts of items were being sold (blankets / clothing / shoes / fabrics / fresh tomatoes). The clothing items were previously used and we were told these are most probably donations from western countries that are being sold??. We arrived at camp at sundown (6pm). It was allot cooler as we were up higher into the forrest. We put up our tents, had ... read more
Freddy is definitely stuck
Kande Beach - Lake Malawi
Sangria and Pasta night

Africa » Malawi » Northern » Nkhata Bay August 18th 2010

The flight from Lusaka to Lilongwe in Malawi was only a short one and I was due to be met by someone from the volunteer project. The airport is small but people everywhere pushing and shoving to get their luggage and get out. After waiting for about 2 hours I realized that no one was going to show so jumped into a taxi and asked to be taken to a backpackers (I think there is only a choice of two), it was OK the sheets were clean and there was hot water, but it was rundown and I did;'t really like the vibe, the staff were not particularly friendly or helpful (so unlike Malawi). I spent 3 days there emailing the project with no response (I eventually got a response 5 days later, but I had ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Lake Malawi August 16th 2010

We have spent a relaxing week in beautiful Malawi. Malawi is a very poor country (GNP is less than US$250 and life expectancy only 43 years) but the landscape is magnificent and the people friendly and excitable, they are some of the friendliest people in Africa. Our first stop was Chitimba Beach in the Livingstonia region, a lovely camp site on the shores of the freshwater Lake Malawi, Africa's third largest lake with a pristine beach on our doorstep. From Chitimba we headed on a long 22km walk up the mountains to Manchewe Falls which thunders 125m into the valley below. Walking through villages and cassava plantations, small subsistence farms and into the mountains, we caught a glimpse of traditional Malawian life with cassava drying outside the homes, children of all ages carrying their pots of ... read more
Chitimba Beach
Our guide to Manchewe Falls
One of the boys about to jump off the rock into the very shallow swimming hole

Africa » Malawi » Lake Malawi » Chitimba Beach August 15th 2010

Hello from Malawi! It looks like about half of my photos uploaded but there are some good ones in there. In Victoria Falls, Zim(babwe) and in Livingstone, Zam(bia) I did a lion walk in a lion conservation center. In a 4 phase process they are increasing the lion population in Africa. Phase 1 which we participate is walking with the lion cubs which are age 6 months to 2 years. We provide a valuable revenue source for them. In phase 2 they are released into a 500 acre environment with minimal human contact but no natural predators. At age 5 they are released into a 1500 acre environment with natural predators. Their cubs born are totally wild. A lot of the money goes towards purchasing the land from the government so I was happy to play ... read more
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