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Saturday, September 26th 2015, 12:58pm

Africa Trip June 2015- 7 Countries, 3 Months, 18 800km – Malawi Mulange, Liwonde 20 - 26 July 2015

We were very happy to be leaving Lilongwe. Picked up the car at Toyota, took it back as brake calliper and not been bolted tight, and headed for Mulange Mountain. As we were delayed decided to stop over at Dedza Pottery & Lodge. They make beautiful pottery, have a good restaurant but camping again on a lawn with poor donkey boiler.
The drive to Mulange passes through Blantyre which is allot nicer than Lilongwe but reminded us that large towns take allot longer to get through than one expects. Approaching Mulange we passed through beautiful tea estates and decided to camp at CCAP Forest Lodge . It would have been nicer to stay at Mulange Forest Lodge as we had to camp on the front lawn at the bungalows. The normal camp site down at the pools, is dirty and toilets are used by every bus load of kids visiting the area.
Organised a local guide to take us up to the waterfall. At half the price of the guides from the parks office it was worth it as he made us head up the mountain first. 900m later with stunning views we headed back down to the waterfall – freezing cold. Along the way we were passed by a group of young girls carrying wood on their head. They stopped and we tried to pick up the smallest bundle – almost impossible. We moan about having to walk to a shop but this was an eye opener – they had slipslops on and still passed us going down the mountain.
Spent the afternoon relaxing with allot of interest from the local kids, had a braai at the green swimming pool and next morning took the back roads via Phalombe (good dust and tar) to Zomba and Liwonde National Park. Stocked up in Zomba (main road under construction) and headed into Liwonde Park (K 20 240 2 nights, 2 people plus vehicle) for 2 nights at Mvuu lodge camp site (15$ ppd). Although the park is not great for game the river trip in the evening was stunning – lots of elephants, crocs, hippos and birds including the African Skimmer. The area is beautiful but the camp site is not great especially as the UK school trips stop over there and take up major space. Still we loved the area and although the lodge ripped us off on rate of exchange calcs. we were sad to leave. We headed out the back route to Ntaja gate (not sure what the gate looks like) and then on a 2 spoor road to the tar S131 and Chiponde border. Almost missed the border as the turn to the right (T4A) was just a boom with people. Everyone tried to stop us but we called the security guard to open the boom and let us into the Malawi border area. Malawi side was quick and we had some fun with the money changers. They knew we had kwacha and need to change. We always calculated what rate we would accept and how much this was so as usual they started at about 15% below. Eventually the guy just gave us the money and said go but we still had ours. Much amusement with him then trying to move notes across to his pile and after a loud “Hai Konna” they all collapsed in laughter and we went on a bit poorer than wanted, but that is Africa.
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Saturday, September 26th 2015, 3:13pm

I'm real jealous but in a good way. :S
I think one day when I'm all grown up I will also like to do something like this 8o

But thinking of it now I will never grow up :huh:
WIE PROBEER EN MISKIEN MISLUK IS BETER AS IEMAND WAT GLAD NIE PROBEER EN ALTYD MISLUK

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Saturday, September 26th 2015, 4:40pm

We just decided to go. Both resigned from jobs, sons off to varsity and sold big house. We are now on our 2nd "gap year" but are so happy we got going. Too often the other travelers we saw were just too old to do allot of the things we did.

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Saturday, September 26th 2015, 4:56pm

You are very lucky and fortunate
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