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    Zomba Plateau, look at my baby

    by sachara Updated Sep 26, 2003

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    Favorite thing: After the singing and the dancing the women asked me to take more pictures of them.
    Especially the mothers carrying their child on their back liked it to be photographed with their child.

    Fondest memory: Everywhere in Malawi the people are very friendly and was it rather easy to meet them.
    But the spontaneous meeting with the local women at the Zomba Plateau was the best.

    look at my baby

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    Lake Malawi, peaceful and relaxing

    by duke0123 Updated Dec 21, 2002

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    Favorite thing: It's not really a must but it's possible to relax at Lake Malawi. On the lake you can have a boat trip and go to one of the islands in the lake. Another possibility is to watch hippo's during the boat trip.

    Interesting is to have a look at the activity of the local people who live near the lake.

    Near Lake Malawi

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    spend some time on the shores...

    by cosmopolit Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: spend some time on the shores of Lake Malawi.

    Fondest memory: Baobabtrees n Malawi gold on the beach while watching the locals paddling past in their dugout canoes. Abundant supplies of fresh fruit, fish and wonderful flowers. Malawis people are probably the most warm and friendly to be encounterd despite poverty and hardship. A place we all could learn something for life.

    Lake Malawi

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    It has to be Cape McClear on...

    by Durbanite Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: It has to be Cape McClear on the Southern end of Lake Malawi. Have you ever heard the evocotive cry of the Fish symbolises Africa. Here at Cape McClear you can not only hear the cry but also see the great bird ( 2 metre wingspan) take fish from the water only metres from your boat. Magnificent.

    Fondest memory: Staying at Club Makakola just North of Mangoshi. Beautiful thatched rondavels to stay in right by the fresh water Lake Malawi.

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    My favorite town in Malawi was...

    by travladdict Written Aug 25, 2002

    Favorite thing: My favorite town in Malawi was Zomba which was the old capital of the country and has a beautiful colonial look to it and the atmosphere is very laid back and untouristed. Zomba sits on the flanks of the Zomba Plateau which is a beautiful forested area and can be easily visited as a day trip. The views out over the surrounding countryside are magnificent. The town itself has a great market and I spent many hours there talking to the locals and playing many games of bao (the local pit and pebble game).

    Fondest memory: Only 15 miles from Zomba (but an hour's trip in the back of a pickup - the road is horrible) is Lake Chilwa. This is Malawi's second largest lake but it is shallow and weed infested and not suitable for any kind of water sports. Therefore it was largely ignored by tourists and was my favorite off the beaten track site in Malawi. The villagers were surprised to see a foreigner but they were extremely friendly and I always had someone to give me a 'tour' and talk for a while. This recommendation is ONLY for people who don't mind being stared at constantly.

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    Relax and play on the beach...

    by TracyG Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Spend at least 3 nights relaxing/playing at one of the beach resorts, I think my favourite has to be Senga Bay, just for its variety of things to see and do.

    Fondest memory: Being invited to a Malawian village for a traditional feast and dancing, and being swarmed by all of the children. (See my Village Life Travelogue for more photos)

    Malawian Village - Senga Bay
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  • visit one of the little...

    by blondebabe Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: visit one of the little islands on Lake Malawi. You feel like Robinson Crusoe! The plants, trees and birds are amazing.

    Fondest memory: going to sleep right by the lakeside, with the full moon out and the waves lapping gently at the shoreline.

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    by benfw Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: {TOURIST BACKPACKER} Go to Nkharta Bay. Of all the tourist places it's the nicest, with the least pressure from the locals, and the most tourist-oriented setup. While you're there, stay at Njaya Lodge: fantastic luxury, for not much more money. It takes a long walk to reach it (round two headlands) but it's definitely worth it!

    {SERIOUS BACKPACKER} If you like the simpler conditions, then cross from Nkharta Bay (or other places along the shore) to Likoma Island. It's more spartan, and fellow travellers tend to be more dedicated and experienced. Beautiful island, with friendly people and gorgeous (baobab) scenery. You can stay in the main town if you want, but two much nicer places are just across the island. Kaya Mawa (means 'Maybe Tomorrow') is *very expensive* but stunning and fantastic: I want to go there for my honeymoon! Mango Drift is cheap & friendly, just along the beach.

    Fondest memory: Being crammed into a minibus, 25 people inside, plus 3 chickens, 1 goat and 4 breastfeeding women. Unforgettable!

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    Zomba Plateau, dancing woman

    by sachara Updated Sep 26, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The women at the Zomba Plateau liked to show me how to dance. Especially one was a very good dancer, she danced while the others sung and clapped hands.
    After we danced together again.


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    The big baobab trees

    by duke0123 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: A tree you see a lot in Malawi is the baobab tree. This tree can be very big and the branches of this tree look like roots. It seems the tree is standing upside down.

    Baobab tree
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