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Published: March 2nd 2011
The next day I chatted to Mike for a bit before he set off back to Salima. Turns out in the storm I had broken my phone - it got wet. I sat at the breakfast table for a few hours and ended up having a really good conversation with Edward about politics, South Africa, USA, China, the future, investments etc. It was an interesting and in depth conversation. It was Grant's birthday so after wishing him happy birthday, I set off with them into town to try get my phone fixed.
We waited in a tiny 'African Mobile Service' shop for about an hour while this guy took my phone apart and used chemicals to displace the water and then used a box and a light bulb to dry it - amazing, and after all that my phone worked again - MK1000 (R50) well spent. We then bought some bread and water and headed back to camp. We didn't stay long before realising we needed to get some supplies for Grant's birthday dinner. They had very kindly offered for me to join them for dinner - they were getting fish (Chomba), salad (I would provide the tomatoes & avo
and Crocodile bread). Sun bakery in town bakes bread in the shape of a crocodile and tortoises -they are wickedly cute and rather delicious - slightly sweet bread.
The hunt for fish took ages but we were determined. We walked all the way to Venice Beach Hotel - the place I was trying to get to the night before. Man was I grateful Kiera found me when she did. It was really far (over 3km) and through a village - I don't think I would've found it in the dark. But it was a beautiful walk to do during the day and really enjoyed the conversation with Edward and Grant.
We were joined at dinner by Naomi and Jen (two British girls I had met the night before) and 3 Dainish guys (Yelte, Daniel and Johan). Edward and the cooks in Mufasa's managed to cook the fish perfectly, so dinner turned out really well. The backpackers also managed to arrange a cake and blew up condoms as balloons. It was very festive. We spent the rest of the evening just enjoying each others company, the food, the drinks etc etc - it was quite the party!
next day Naomi and I headed into the bay for a swim. We waded out to the pillars and rocks (the future bar area of Mufasas) and took a few pictures. Then we swam off to the bigger rocks in the bay. We have heard rumours about crocs so we were wary but it was tons of fun exploring through the rocks and shallows. At one point we decide to swim around a massive rock and around the back I decided it would be fun to try climb it. After a few attempts I was up and Naomi followed. We jumped off it into the lake and swam back. I snorkelled for a bit and while there were fish, there wasn't anything exciting to see.
We then just hung around Mufasas until 2 when we left for Cape Maclear. Mufasa's has a really nice rustic vibe to it with no power, no wireless, candle-lit bar and dining and beach sand everywhere. They have a bar called 'The joint' and a lounging area with cushions and basket chairs which were so much fun to just chill on.
We all piled into the back of a bakkie 8 of us
Muzungus + Zande (kid) and Steven (cook) in the back of the bakkie. It didn't take too long together but the road was windy, pot-holed and bumpy. We arrived at Cape Maclear and decided to stay at the Mufasa's here as well. It was a beautiful beach - with the bar right on the beach front.
Jenny, Naomi and I all shared a dorm. There was another British girl Trix staying in there already. We just lounged around, went to try sort out diving and then had a cold glassed coke on the beach. They have more of these basket chairs here - which are truly amazing. I wish I could take one back to South Africa with me. I'll have to try figure something out me thinks.
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