Blogs from Lilongwe, Central, Malawi, Africa - page 18


Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe December 1st 2006

This trip has been planned for some time and now, departure day is next week! I am so excited. At this moment I have not yet packed everything into one rucksack, so I may yet be the only back-and-front-packer in Africa! Tomorrow I am going out for dinner with walking friends in Leicester, a curry to see me on my way! Then I have two days to do all the things I have forgotten to do before I go. This is my first independent journey of this length of time so I am excited but also apprehensive. I shall try to write this blog everytime I find an internet cafe and in between I shall keep a diary. So, let's travel! read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe September 8th 2006

Day 3 - 8th September - Patience Wearing Very Thin Up and away before the Kiboko overlanders awoke and a breakfast stop with Manasseh’s (Mr Chiumia and me were getting to know each other much better by now) daughter in a ragged suburb of Lilongwe. We rocked up to the Air Cargo depot at 8.30 and were immediately surrounded by clearing agents trying to get our business. A bit of negotiation and the promise of a big fat bonus of they could get the stuff in duty free later and we had secured the services of a guy called “Newstyle”. MRA wanted to inspect the goods to be sure that the batteries shown on the shipping papers weren’t actually there (we bought them locally in Blantyre). I pointed out that 12 batteries alone would weigh 240kg ... read more
Where it all happens

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe August 7th 2006

hi all I am alive & well... We just left Zambia this morning and have arrived for a short stop in Lilongwe, Malawi's capital. From here we head to Livingstonia Beach for the night then to Kande Beach on Lake Malawi for the next few days. After that, one day in the north of Malawi is followed by Dar es Salaam Tanzania and then Zanzibar for 4 days or so. On to Arusha after that & a 3 day adventure in the Serengeti then back to Arusha, onward to Nairobi Kenya & it's done!!!! This last leg of the trip is going to be over in a flash!! Most of our old 'crew' (save 4 of us) left us... either stopping their trips in Livingstone Zambia or continuing back down to Joburg in SA. 19 new ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe June 15th 2006

Well we decided to say goodbye to Zimbabwe, I'd love to go back one day if things change a bit. I might have neglected to mention how beautiful Zimbabwe is in my last blog, its Victorian buildings are really awesome coming in second place only to Cape Town so far and I regret not taking more pictures. We left Harare and ventured north yesterday on another terrible, terrible bus ride. We had arranged for a taxi driver to pick us up at the mansion of a hostel just outside of town and drive us through city center over to the other side where the market and buses are. The taxi driver was asleep in his ride when we went out to the gates just before 5am. Off we go across town! Finbar and Patrick came along ... read more
More Locals
The bus
Marvelous Malawi

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe February 20th 2006

We travelled into Malawi over a couple of days and stayed in Chitimba on the Northern shores of Lake Malawi -the lake is vast and could be taken for an ocean. After a bartering session for some Malawian furniture (Mums expect a dining set to turn up in the next couple of months!) we headed down to Chinteche with a brief stop at Mzuzu to buy some dodgy Afrian threads for a fancy dress party the following night. The local rag market was a totally crazy experience. It was pretty hilarious for about 5 minutes and then got seriously full on - word of our visit had spread like wildfire and we were completely surrounded having the most hideous garmets ever created thrust in our faces, and some wandering hands in our pockets - cheeky blighters! ... read more
They Seem Like Nice Boys!
The beautiful Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe May 28th 2003

On the bus to Chipata we chatted to a lovely Zambian called Foster who was surprize visiting her sister. She had travelled quite a bit with the Zambian bowls team and it was a very enjoyable chat. At the Malawi border - a short taxi ride from Chipata we scored and got a ride all the way to our backpackers in Lilongwe - the capital - from an overlanders bus. The backpackers - Kiboko - was great and we stayed there for 3 days playing the local game - bau and other games with the prople we met there. We met a fun crowd there and played a lot of games which was great fun. ... read more

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