Tag Archive: Malawi

Jul 29 2013

Farewell to the Warm Heart of Africa

We weren’t quite sure what to expect when we first arrived in Malawi.  We knew it was a poor country.  We had heard how friendly the people were. We knew in the past that fuel shortages had plagued the country, which virtually stalled the country’s economy. We were not disappointed. The people are the friendliest …

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Jul 28 2013

Budget Update – Malawi

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Entering Malawi was a welcome surprise – the first country we entered where we didn’t have all sorts of fees to pay when we crossed the border. Finally our COMESA insurance was paying off, and neither of us needed visas for the tourist friendly country! Malawi’s official currency is the Malawian Kwacha, and at the …

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Jul 26 2013

On Malawian Forest Reserves…

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What is it with Malawian Forest Reserves? We have visited two, and there are a number of questions that immediately spring to mind… First, why is there so little information available about the reserves? Depending on the version and make of guide book you look at you may find the reserves listed – which is …

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Jul 26 2013

Souvenirs and memories from Dedza

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Until picking up our bawo board in Monkey Bay, we had struggled to find special souvenirs from Malawi.  Within a short time, that was all about to change! On the way to Dedza we passed a curio stall that had some of the most unique carvings we have seen while in Malawi.  Most curio stalls …

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Jul 24 2013

Wandering in circles

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OK, I definitely don’t want to sound ungrateful – and even a boring day of travelling beats a day in the office – but we have been circling a bit while waiting for our bawo board to be delivered. After our less than successful stay at Cape Maclear, we headed down to Mangochi – partly …

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Jul 22 2013

Cape Maclear

Another "Cape" visited by Kapp2Cape!

After a most enjoyable time spent in Monkey Bay – the less touristy side of the peninsular – we headed over to Cape Maclear. Our initial interaction was with the guide touts we met outside the entrance to the Lake Malawi National Park.  We asked about hiking in the national park – they offered their …

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Jul 20 2013

The sceptical volunteer

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We have volunteered while living in the UK, and there has always been a desire on our part to do some volunteering along the way, to share our skills with others.  At the same time, we didn’t want to get caught up in the volun-tourism industry where you are required to pay a large fee …

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Jul 19 2013

Monkeying around in Monkey Bay

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On the Eastern side of the Lake Malawi National Park peninsular is Monkey Bay.  Our destination here was Sumbi Beach Project, and Grant, Abi and Tom. This is an impressive duo – Grant and Abi.  They are 20-something Brits who have set up an NGO in Malawi with numerous ideas for local projects, particularly related …

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