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Oct 21, 2014 - 21 October - Lilongwe, Malawi

A reasonably long drive today through pretty countryside, hilly and green with laden mango trees everywhere - as per usual, we are here a month or two early and the mangoes are still green! The good news is that Denford, our cook, says that as we get nearer to Nairobi the mangoes should be ripe. Just a one night stop here at Mabuyu camp and we have internet! Very slow, but at least it does work. We have upgraded to a room with ensuite so a bit of luxury for one night!

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Jun 11, 2013 - Week 6 - Travelling

Hello everyone, I am now at an internet cafe in Nhkata Bay so can tell you all about our journey to Malawi. Livingstone to Lusaka We set off from Livingstone on Saturday 1st June on a coach that was business class so was very comfortable with plenty of loo stops, free cake and drink and we arrived with no hitches at all! The only slightly annoying bit was the radio station that was playing as we arrived in Lusaka (the capital of Zambia) where the host was doing a phone in and just kept repeating "hello? hello? hello?" for about 10...

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African Adventure

May 22, 2012 - Day 123 to 127 - Bua River to Nkhotakota to Lilongwe

Leaving Kande beach with a modest bar tab of $26, we headed for Bua river camp set in one of Malawi's very few wildlife reserves. A beautiful camp set on the banks of the Bua river, I will now pass over to Saba for her journal entry on our time spent at Bua river.... "Today we all went for a morning walk with Juma. He told us about all the different trees like the brastegia tree. If there is a problem in the village like the rains are not coming all the villages gather around this tree and lay meat and fruits and preay to there god could...

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5 African Hornes

May 20, 2012 - To the top of Lake Malawi

On our way by 6.30 – tents down, breakfast set up, eaten and packed away. We really are quite good at it. The scenery quite stunning today. Lots of hills and deep valleys, some rubber plantations and sugar crops. A coal mine. Some of the hills are cleared right to the top. We travel down a steep and windy pass – at the bottom we see the remains of a petrol tanker who obviously missed a corner and took the short way down – burnt out and, if the driver survived, he should be thanking god, Allah or his traditional healer – not necessarily in...

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May 19, 2012 - A village walk

We opt to go for a village walk this morning. As soon as we leave the compound we are immediately surrounded and separated by young men – two or three attach themselves to each of us. Quite confronting at first. They explain that they are there to practice their English and answer any questions. Our local guide says nothing to us about them so we wander along with them. Whenever our guide wants to show us something or talk to us they leave only to return when he has finished. We visit the local school and have a talk to the local...

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May 18, 2012 - and on to Kande Beach

Another travel day. The vegetation is very different in Malawi. We see many ‘ornamental ‘ plants – even some around the houses. The Poinsettia are everywhere – growing to a couple of metres high. The houses have vegetable plots growing a variety of plants. Most have a corn plot and everyone has a plot of Cassava. This is used to make flour and replaces maize in many cases. Very easy to grow. The roots are what are used to make the flour and the stems are cut and put back in the soil to grow into new plants. A very self-sufficient staple...

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May 17, 2012 - Into Malawi

Up early – on the same road for another four hours. We fill up with fuel at Chipata as diesel is unreliable in Malawi. Not long before we reach the border and cross into Malawi. Just love these early morning starts. Watching the villages and roads come alive. The women heading off with their plastic buckets and containers to the central water point. The men on their bicycles with baskets on the back with some type of vegetable hoping to sell to the market stall holders. Others ride past with their charcoal bags, kindling or wood. Other...

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Oct 25, 2011 - Last day in Malawi

Today was spent sitting around the pool till about two when we decided to go to our favorite spot in town; the Kiboko hotel. A bite of lunch and a great wifi connection drew us back. For some unknown reason the wifi at our lodge didn't work all that great.  In preparation for an early departure tomorrow we asked the reception if it was possible to get a bagged breakfast to take to the airport. It was to be ready for pick up tonight.  We confirmed the taxi for 4:30am and felt set. We enjoyed another wonderful Korean meal.  We picked up our...

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Oct 24, 2011 - Korean Gardens (Again)

After enjoying a nice breakfast at the Golden Peacock, we walked back a block to check in to the Kore Gardens, this time with a reservation. Surprise they had to upgrade our room for the same price as the cheaper one. Awesome!  Today we arranged to have our laundry done, even my filthy running shoes. Chico, remembers us from our last stay, probably because I gave her my sleeping bag. She was assigned to do our laundry and assures me she can clean my shoes. Al wants to get Cd's burned with photosnso he can send them home and reuse his camera...

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Oct 18, 2011 - Back in Lilongwe

Breakfast was included but disappointing with a choice of white bread or cereal. Coffee and tea were available at not cost any time of the day. Another hot uncomfortable night with the air being so still that open windows made no difference. We had hoped for a fan but the one they gave to us didn't work.  I thought I had heard  a light knock on our door this  morning. Patrick had stopped by. He left a message at reception that he was leaving tomorrow . That left us with a nice unplanned leisurely day today.  The guidebook suggested to take...

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Oct 17, 2011 - Return Trip

Sleeping in a bit was glorious. I set my alarm for 7:30. During the night we awoke to the sounds of hippo close by. It was right outside our tent! Cool! It was light so early so I woke at sunrise and decided I may as well get up. Is at on our little patio to enjoy the early morning view over the river before packing up. Our breakfast pick up jeep was on time as usual. Patrick was to meet us at eight to begin our drive back to Lilongwe. The drive was very rough through Zambia as the same road construction we experienced on the way here was...

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Oct 12, 2011 - Korea Garden Lodge Day

If you want to check out the Korea Garden Lodge then this website will give you a glimpse of where we stayed. www.kglodge.net First morning here proved to be a very pleasant one with breakfast being a huge buffet spread with many choices. Our stay here included breakfast. Laundry was on our agenda before heading into old town Lilongwe to explore a bit. We wanted to check out Mufasa Backpackers as well to see if they had room for us upon our return from the Safari with Patrick to Zambia. Korea Garden was all booked up. The guide book gave...

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