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Overland Safari 2 – Malawi

The Malawi Diary…

Safari 2 Day 3: Today was another long drive day. Aside from a few stops along the way which was either for fuel, snacks, toilets, lunch, or to cross the Tanzanian – Malawi border, we drove all day to get to Chitimba Camp in Malawi. Tents were pitched on the sand overlooking beautiful Lake Malawi (third largest lake in Africa).

If you are going to camp it might has well be on a beach like this....

If you are going to camp it might has well be on a beach like this....

Lake Malawi and its beautiful surroundings.

Lake Malawi and its beautiful surroundings.

Day 4: The next day we could either go on a Township Tour or a 30km walk up hill to the town of Livingstonia Рa missionary town set up by David Livingstone (even more recommended). Elissa and one other traveller, Patrik from Sweden opted for the big hike and at 6am they headed out. This early start meant that we could climb up to the town before temperatures soared. With our local guide Dixon leading the way, we made good time and was overlooking Lake Malawi by 8am, enjoying the beautiful falls by 9am and had reached the final destination of the Museum by 9.45am.

Elissa on her way to conquering the 30km hike to Livingstone and back.

Elissa on her way to conquering the 30km hike to Livingstonia and back.

Waterfall near Livingstonia

Waterfall near Livingstonia

This missionary town was quite amazing with all the things most towns have including believe it or not – an Internet cafe. After spending an hour looking around town, we started the walk back to camp and made it back by 2pm…. slightly exhausted. The rest of the crew enjoyed either the township tour or just a lazy day of swimming, volleyball or shopping in the nearby stalls.

Livingstonia is a very small rural town developed by the missionaries. Despite its size it still has a primary and secondary school and university!!

Livingstonia is a very small rural town but despite its size it still has a primary and secondary school and University!!

Day 5: After a slight sleep in (7am was a sleep in), we were back on the road to another campsite on the other side of Lake Malawi called Kande Beach Campsite. We spent the next 3 nights here as there was quite a lot to do here. While everyone figured out which optional extras to do, Pete and Rainer set up the ATC Kande Beach Heptathlon utilizing the facilities at camp which kept everyone busy for the first day. Divided into 4 teams (known as Jambo, Wewe, Ugali and Karibu), everyone on the truck including our guide Hesbon, cook, Dom and driver Cyrus participated. There was basketball, farmers golf, table tennis, pool, fuzball and volleyball. Competition was fierce and close but Team Wewe were the overall Victors.

Dom (our amazing cook) shooting hoops

Dom (our amazing cook) shooting hoops for Karibou.

Volleyball at Kande beach.

Volleyball at Kande beach.

Day 6: Most of the crew on our truck signed up for optional extras today. Some enjoyed the Township Tour while others went horse riding along the beach. From here you could also scuba dive or snorkel to the nearby island. This campsite was well set up with really nice chill out area too.

Horse riding at Kande Beach sees you end on horseback in your bathers in the lake.... pretty amazing.

Horse riding at Kande Beach sees you end on horseback in your bathers in the lake.... pretty amazing.

Some of us did the 700m swim (its looks closer than it is) out to this island. It was well worth it especially with snorkellin gear. There are heaps of cyclids swimming around there.

Some of us did the 700m swim (its looks closer than it is) out to this island. It was well worth it especially with snorkelling gear. There are heaps of species of cichlids there.

Day 7: Until now the weather on this second trip had been amazing but we woke up at 4am this morning with a lake of our own in the tent. We had left our doors and windows open, while it poured down overnight. The day was overcast and windy but for some this provided another activity, unthinkable the day before… Who says it’s not possible to surf in a lake?

Pete's first ever surf in a LAKE!!!!!

Pete's first ever surf in a LAKE!!!!!

The country of Malawi is not just a lake but if you are going to visit this lovely place, this is easily its biggest attraction and not to be missed. It is possible, although very difficult, to visit Malawi (except if you fly into Lilongwe its capital) by public transport from Tanzania. You need to allow extra time for delays and/or cancelled buses etc. Safety in numbers is also a good idea. Not that we have felt unsafe in any of the Africa countries we have been to as yet.

It should also be noted that the Malawi people like to trade things more than other African nations. So if you don’t have any money or you have something that you no longer want eg clothes, shoes, even pens they will be more than happy to organise a trade with you. Its an enjoyable way to interact with the locals and get a local painting or sculpture for, well something you no longer need but they will… One of their most popular calls to us was ‘Give us a pen and we will go to school’.

Check out some more photos on our Gallery below:

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