Monthly Archives: July 2013

What a surprise!

After crossing the border into Zambia, we very efficiently took care of the chores we had to do: shopping at Shoprite, over to the bank to draw some Zambian Kwacha, into Spar for very last provisions, Highway suprette for coke, … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Final days in Lilongwe

And just like that, 5 weeks had passed, and we found ourselves back in Lilongwe, getting ready to leave the Warm Heart of Africa. Our last stop in Lilongwe was primarily to pick up provisions more easily obtained in Malawi … Continue reading

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Budget Update – Malawi

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 … Continue reading

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On Malawian Forest Reserves…

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 … Continue reading

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Souvenirs and memories from Dedza

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 … Continue reading

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Wandering in circles

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 … Continue reading

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Cape Maclear

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 … Continue reading

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The sceptical volunteer

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 … Continue reading

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Monkeying around in Monkey Bay

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 … Continue reading

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