M and Z's Grand Tour travel blog

riding the highways of Malawi

fisherman and his tools

a snapshot from the train (southern Tanzania)

National park in Malawi

warthogs - Malawi

a moment of reflection

a guy from MCV

the canoes of Lake Malawi

Sorry for the radio-silence, here's a quick update:

During the last two weeks we have made our way from Zanzibar to Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi (via Southern TAnzania). We took a train (24 hours) from Dar-es-Salaam to Mbeya, then various minibuses and truck through Malawi along the shore of Lake Malawi. It was tough going at times, the longest day was some 9 hours on 3 different trucks (in the back, sometimes with 30 other people and assorted stuff), covering 150Km (some of it over rough dirt roads). We spent a night at a good hotel in Mzuzu, after a few days of travel we needed some "cush-time". Then we hopped along the lake, stopping in Nkhata Bay, Chinteche and Nkhotakhota a night each, in little lodges along the road. We eventually arrived in Mangochi, where we were planning to visit the Malawi Children's Village. The visit went well, we ended up staying 5 days, most of it spent actually working there. (I occupied myself with some computer work, M helped with the kids and an EU grant proposal). We also found time to visit Liwonde National Park in the south over the weekend, with a couple who were also working at MCV. We managed to see a ton of antelopes and birds, and a handful of hippos up, close and personal on our paddling safari.

This morning one of the MCV guys drove us to Lilongwe, where upon a hearty breakfast we are preparing to cross the border to Zambia. Our overland truck is leaving on Monday, so we will only have 2 days at Vic Falls, but it holds the promise of better Internet and phone facilities , so we are hoping to give a better account of Malawi before we take off for Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

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