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Oct 27, 2014 - 22 October - Kande Beach, Malawi

We have arrived at Kande Beach on the shores of Lake Malawi. The lake is the 4th largest freshwater lake in Africa, and the 9th largest in the world - it covers almost one fifth of the country and is so huge you can't see the far shore and it looks just like the ocean. It even had waves when we arrived yesterday afternoon and it was a really strange experience being in freshwater surf! We upgraded to a beach shack, a small cabin right on the beach so we could fall asleep with the sound of the sea - magic. Today (Thursday) five of us went...

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Oct 26, 2011 - Hello Namibia, and Elaine and Dick!

Four am our alarm went off. A quick shower, dress and wait for the taxi scheduled for 4:30. We couldn't bare to eat the breakfast so we gave t to the two night watchman who were at the end of their shift and sleeping behind the counter. The taxi was not here yet at 4:40 so I asked the night watchman to call someone to find out what was up. He found out that the taxi driver understood he was to pick us up at the airport not drive us to the airport. It would be another twenty to thirty minutes before he would be back to get us. Oops! Five was...

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Oct 23, 2011 - Mzuzu to Lilongwe Express

The night was pleasantly cool. We requested an early breakfast in order to catch the bus. The six o'clock taxi waited for us briefly then dropped us off with forty-five minutes to spare.. We learned yesterday that seats were first come first served. We purchased our tickets and picked our seats in the surprisingly clean bus. The tickets cost 5000 kwacha or $15 each. Not much for traveling 400 km  on the luxury bus. Everything seemed very organized. The bus was scheduled to depart at seven and did so a few minutes after. Impressive! There...

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Oct 22, 2011 - To Mzuzu

As usual our night watchman woke us at five followed by Shalome who was the one sent to help us get from the cottage to the Mzuzu transport. To our surprise he was way to early! Yesterday we agreed on a 9:30 pick up and he arrived at 5:30. Communication error somehow between our English and his understanding. He happily waited for us on the deck. I didn't end up sleeping much more but didn't get out of bed until two hours later to prepare for departure.  Al and I were ready at eight thirty. We carried our bags up the steps to the road only...

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Dec 31, 2010 - Sylvester in Mzuzu / Réveillon du Nouvel An à Mzuzu

Auf dem Weg nach Tansania haben wir einen Zwischenstopp in Mzuzu gemacht, nur eine Nacht, aber eben die Sylvesternacht. Hier in Malawi nimmt man Sylvester aber nicht so wichtig, keine großen Partys oder Feiern sondern eher das übliche Freitag Abend Programm. Wir sind dann einfach auch nur was essen gegangen, haben dort ein bisschen mit den Einheimischen den lokalen Tanz geübt und sind dann gegen 23 Uhr ins Bett gegangen, da unser Bus am nächsten Morgen bereits um 6 Uhr vom Busbahnhof startete. Dafür haben wir jetzt auch einen Stempel im...

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Mar 28, 2010 - On the road

We have had a very tiresome two days on the road to get to Malawi. On the first one in Tanzania we drove through a national park where we saw elephants, giraffes, zebras, water buffalo and the baboons were everywhere, even when we left the park. It was really exciting but hard work getting them to pose for pictures! So that livened things up a bit. We stayed up in the mountains that night which was great as we could actually get inside the sleeping bags - it was almost chilly. The next day was another 11 hours in the truck, at one of our...

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Jan 31, 2010 - Mzuzu

We have arranged with the car rental guy that we will pick up the car in Mzuzu so we take a 2 hour bus that takes 4 hours and meet him there. In Mzuzu there is a power outage and the cell phone network is down so its a challenge to meet up with him. Its a wonderful luxury to finally throw the packs into the trunk and stop at the supermarket to buy some large bottles of water and some snacks for the road. At the gas station i try to buy some time for our Sim card and an angry man glares at me and says "Now speak to me in Tumbuka. You are in...

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Team FroJo 2010

Jan 24, 2010 - Kande Beach and Bomba

Saturday, Jan.23 About 1:30 am I woke up thinking someone was taking pictures outside the tent. We had all the tent flaps open since it was so hot and the flashes were lightning striking across the lake. I thought of closing the flaps but was too lazy. Thankfully it never did rain. We gained an hour due to crossing a time zone and got to sleep in till 5.30 and didn't leave till 7. Again the terrain changed as we drove up into the mountains surrounding Lake Malawi which is about 600 km long and 80(I think) wide. In Mzuzu we stopped at a...

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Jan 26, 2009 - Mzuzu - a bad start on Malawi

So we got here after being scammed again and being left at the border with no transportation. Do I have to say this was just one scam too many. And when we even figured out that everything is 99% more expensive than Loneley PLanet states, we had a very very bad start on Malawi. Maciej turned in to a jerk and kicked and sweared the entire day. This day ended early...

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Apr 7, 2008 - Mzuzu

It rained very hard last nite so the road is questionable. The view from the front porch is absolutely fantastic - puffy clouds, clear crisp air...beautiful! Green mtn slopes all around, reflection of the rising sun over Lake Malawi in the distance, birds chirping in the flame tree, a baby copeting w/ a rooster crtowing down the precipitous slope somewhere off to my right. Genesis(nitewatchman) helped us w/ transport which left at 10:30...the same red Toyota we came up in. There are 20 hairpin bends, many sections 16-18% grade and lots of...

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Feb 6, 2006 - Minibuses and Malawi

It was appropriate that the sky was leaden and the air wet when we pulled into Mbeya, because the gods of transport were clearly not smiling on us. The Tazara was late and we had just over two hours to get to the Malawi border before it closed at 6pm. The guidebook was pretty vague on transport options to this border, and one guy in the Dar es Salaam tourist office had told us the 130km trip would take as long as seven hours! So when Mr Paul presented himself outside Mbeya's station we were perhaps more willing to believe him than we should...

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