MalawiPosted by Espen Fri, August 31, 2012 11:47:31

Malawi is all about the lake. At least for most of the tourists, and this time, also for us. The places along the lake are stunningly beautiful, and prices are reasonable (read: cheap). So we got stuck – twice…

From the border we kept going to Cape Maclear. We were hopng to meet up with Toyotours (yes, again – they are nice people!) Georg and Andrea had already been in Malawi for more than a month, and had recommended us several places. We pulled in to Fat Monkey Lodge directly on the lake, and camped as close to the beach as possible.

Cape Maclear is a pretty touristy place, but after driving through Northern Mozambique for the last days, we didn’t really mind. Sometimes it is nice to just go out and find a restaurant and eat together with other people that don’t look at you as you are from another planet. Anyway! After checking out the water the next morning we were a little skeptical to go in. It was quite murky, and after walking along the beach we realized why…

It was quite busy with lots of fishing boats going in and out. It also seemed as the whole village used the lake for washing clothes, dishes, and kid’s buts.

Toyotours came in the next day, and together we booked a small boat for a snorkeling trip to the nearest island. We had the place all to ourselves….. for about 15 minutes. After a while it kind of became ridiculous.

The snorkeling was good, however, and the lunch was world class!

After a few days of enjoying the pleasures of a tourist trap, we split up. Toyotours drove east more or less the route we came in, to Mozambique and the coast. Their plan was to hit the coast at Ilha de Mozambique, and from there drive north along the coast into Tanzania. We went north along the west side of the lake, and we have a feeling that we’ll run into Georg and Andrea again when we in a couple of weeks time cross the border to Tanzania.

On our way north through Malawi, we had a stop at Mua Mission, as we’d heard they had a very nice crafts shop. What we didn’t know was that the Norwegian Government had been involved in building the place years ago.

I mentioned getting stuck on the beach twice. After two days driving north we were looking for another place to stay and relax for a few days. We stocked up on food and drinks, and started checking out places along the lake. We stayed a night here and there, and then we found Makuzi Beach.

The bar and restaurant wasn't too bad either....

And to put the last week’s action into a few words: We’re still here…


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