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A Great Place To Relax On An Overland Trip Through East Africa

Fish Eagle Lodge in Nkhotakota, on the shores of Lake Malawi - Paradise found!

Fish Eagle Lodge in Nkhotakota, on the shores of Lake Malawi – Paradise found!

Itinerary And Time Of The Visit

In August 2014 we traveled Malawi, named after the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. We crossed the border coming from the south, from Tete in Mozambique. These are the places we visited: Blantyre, Liwonde Natonal Park, Chongoni Rock Painting Area, Lilongwe, Nkhotakota, Nkhata Bay, Livingstonia and last but not least South Viphya Forest Reserve. Continue Reading →

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Malawi – A Selection Of 30 Pictures

In August 2014, we spent 2 weeks (self-)driving through Malawi and covered some of the highlights this country has to offer: crossing from Mozambique, we started in Blantyre, then headed towards Liwonde National Park for a Canoe Safari & a Jeep Safari, Chongoni Rock Art Area & Lilongwe. From there, we focused on Lake Malawi: laid-down Nkhotakota, the backpacker heaven of Nkhata Bay, and finally scenic Livingstonia in the far north, testing our Offroad driving skills. A pleasant stop we made on the way back to Lilongwe in South Viphya Forest Reserve – Here you find a selection of 30 pictures of Malawi Continue Reading →

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Tobacco Auction in Lilongwe

Tobacco Auction in Lilongwe

Tobacco Auction in Lilongwe

Our true highlight in Lilongwe was a visit to the Tobacco Auction, about 15 kilometers outside of the city center on the road to the airport. No sign points to this place, so we had to ask for directions three times and ended up giving a ride to a street vendor to show us the way. Continue Reading →

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Lilongwe – A Capital Spread Out

Street sellers in Lilongwe

Street sellers in Lilongwe

Lilongwe is not pedestrian friendly, at least not from a European perspective. Except the very compact center, called Area 1, the city spreads into vastness. In the center, traffic crawls at snail speed, which made us realize how much wealthier people must be in the city. Private cars in rural areas are indeed basically unknown. Residences of the middle class are usually large properties, with a large garden surrounded by walls. Continue Reading →

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The Journey To Luwawa Forest Lodge Is The Reward

Luwawa Forest Lodge, on the way from Livingstonia to Lilongwe

Luwawa Forest Lodge, on the way from Livingstonia to Lilongwe

The trip to and back from Livingstonia itself was worth the long hours in the car. Heading north from Nkhata Bay we passed the village of Kandewe with its spectacular suspension bridge made of bamboo and reed (two wire ropes were added lately). Climbing across the wobbly bridge with the river well below was quite an experience and we truly enjoyed the small museum dedicated to the local Phuka culture. Continue Reading →

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Nkhata Bay Surf & Turf

Saturday Afternoon (Football) Fever in Nkhata Bay, on the Shore of Lake Malawi

Saturday Afternoon (Football) Fever in Nkhata Bay, on the Shore of Lake Malawi

This small town – Nkhata Bay – is heavily advertised as an alternative to busy Cape Maclear, further south on Lake Malawi. Well, we were not in Cape Maclear, but Nkhata Bay was the only place in Malawi where we had troubles finding a place to stay. Continue Reading →

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Nkhata Bay – Mzungus’ Ghetto

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Nkhata Bay, on the shors of Lake Malawi, one of the “Backpackers ghettos” in Malawi

Nkhata Bay has become the second party location in Malawi. Cape Maclear in the very south of the lake is the most known one. Before the ferry stopped running to the southern part of the lake, these two places could be easily reached just by hopping on the boat. Continue Reading →

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Nkhotkota’s Dark History

Remembrances of the Slave Trade that lasted until the XIXth Century in Malawi

Remembrances of the Slave Trade that lasted until the XIXth Century in Malawi

This area bore some of the horrendous of African slavery… When in most parts of the world slavery had been abolished, an era of monstrous bloodshed was about to start here around 1860. Continue Reading →

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