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    Children of Malawi love to play with you

    by Christel21 Written Jul 15, 2004

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    Even if you just smile at them, even you talk and they don't understand, every single move or thing you do like drawing in the sand, the children are fascinated by it. They sat around me for at least an hour, laughing, playing, trying to teach me some Chichewa words.

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    Lunch with the locals of the very rural village

    by Christel21 Written Jul 13, 2004

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    Local chicken, peas, "zima" (maize) and green spinach-like veggies. We had the opportunity to have lunch with the locals of a rural village (Chimboa) where there's no electricity nor hot water. They made such an effort for us, showing superb hospitality. The chicken are free-range, and don't have much meat on them. Salt is also quite a delicacy. We learnt that Malawians take their time when having lunch. They sit at the table for about 45 minutes, eating very slowly. No rush, no stress. They have all the time in the world. African time ;-)

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    Visit a rural village and see how locals live

    by Christel21 Written Jul 13, 2004

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    We had a very unique experience since we had the opportunity to actually visit a very rural (no electricity or hot water) in a village about 10km outside Lilongwe every day for a week. We learnt about their lifestyle and a bit of Chichewa (their language) and their culture. We realize how friendly and kind most Malawians are. We learn not to take anything for granted.

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    Hear the singing in Nkhotakota church

    by c_obertop Updated Dec 29, 2003

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    Even though it is mentioned in Lonely Planet, I was the only tourist in Nkhotakota when I was there.

    The singing in the Angelican church is absolutely amazing. The service takes about 3 hours on every Sunday. Apart from sermons and collections there is much singing by various choires, one of which a childen's choire. The African voices are so melodious and deep, I had to keep choking back tears, it was so beautiful. They sang local style songs (with little dances enacting agricultural activities) and American style gospels, and a mix of those.

    The reverend, Rev. Francis Kaulanda, allowed me to take photographs. He also introduced me to the church visitors, or no, I had to introduce myself to all these hunderds of people! :-)

    After the service I was invited into Rev. Kaulanda's home where his wife made me some lunch and we had some interesting discussions about religion, funerals, aids, witchdoctors and more topics.

    You can get to Nkhotakota either by bus of with the weekly ILALA ferry.

    See my website for pictures and the full story in my travelogue.

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    Luwawa Forest getaway...

    by TracyG Updated Jul 6, 2003

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    It is a great place to do even more relaxing, and there is a beautiful lodge set amongst the forest and lake.
    There are plenty of opportunities for bird watching, hiking, tennis, canoeing on the lake, or nothing, take your pick....

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  • Nyika National Park, Nyika...

    by trl Written Aug 26, 2002

    Nyika National Park, Nyika Plateau, Northern Malawi We stayed in cabins in the park, they even came with their own cook. This was the only place in Malawi I ever saw frost. Lots of wild animals, not a lot of people. More Info: http://www.africa-insites.com/zambia/travel/NationalParks/nyika.htm

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  • Zomba plateau is great for its...

    by trl Written Aug 26, 2002

    Zomba plateau is great for its lush greenery, hiking trails and breathtaking views. Watch out for driver/army ants tho! There are cozy cottages for rent as well as camp sites with toilets and showers. The vegetation makes you think you are no longer in Africa but possibly in Vermont or somewhere on the west coast of the US. Very beautiful.

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    On Tuesday nights, the ferry...

    by Imbri Written Aug 25, 2002

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    On Tuesday nights, the ferry down Lake Malawi leaves from Nkhata Bay. I strongly suggest
    getting on that ferry, and getting off at Chizimulu Island. There is only one lodge - and no other
    tourist facilities - on the island, run by Nick from the UK. Accommodation is in huts on the
    beach, with comfortable beds, mosquito nets, and sand floors. The ferry arrives in the middle of
    the night, but a boat meets the ferry to pick up supplies and guests. Chizumulu is great for
    wandering around; there are absolutely no vehicles and the dirt paths are soft on your feet. You
    may get lost (hard to believe, on an island that’s only 2 km by 3 km...but I managed to lose myself
    completely!), but there are always people who are happy to show you the way home...and might
    even insist that you stop at their place first for a drink or something to eat! There’s free
    snorkeling, and if you know how to scuba dive, the lodge rents out equipment and a boat. The
    bar is built inside a living Baobab tree with a natural hollow...how cool is that?!? There’s nothing
    quite like having a few drinks underneath the stars, listening to the sounds of the waves. There is
    no electricity at the lodge; light is provided by oil lamps. There are never that many tourists there,
    because it’s just too much work to get there, and once you arrive, you can only get off twice a
    week - once going south, and once going north. Chizimulu is absolutely perfect.

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    Liwonde River safari

    by ultrasuave Written May 11, 2009

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    Make sure you take the river safari in Liwonde Park, its the best way to see wildlife because its quiet and the animals like to be near water

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    LIKHUBULA POOLS

    by johanl Written Mar 1, 2005

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    A view at the pools.
    The local guys will take your stuff and guard your car at the parking lot for a few kwatcha.

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    LENGWE PARK

    by johanl Written Mar 1, 2005

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    Sunsets in Africa are great.
    This was was taken on the way home from Lengwe park.
    Tip: dont look too long for your camera.
    The sun goes donw very quick and in a few minutes time it is gone.

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    LIWONDE

    by johanl Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Liwonde is situated at the southern end of Lake Malawi along the upper Shire River.
    Liwonde has some of the most scenic game viewing in Malawi and the best birdwatching in Southern Africa

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    VISIT A REMOTE VILLAGE

    by johanl Written Feb 26, 2005

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    The Malawians will be glad to show their local village and tell you how daily life is.
    And it is great to see. People are very friendly and kids like to show what they do in school.

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    Little girls carry their baby brother/sister

    by Christel21 Written Jul 13, 2004

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    Amazing. The girls are only 5 or 6 years old and carry their baby brother or sister on their backs for hours.

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    Local children who never saw a car before

    by Christel21 Written Jul 13, 2004

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    Visiting very rural village Chimboa in Malawi, the children loved just sitting on the back of the bakkie. Every child wanted to be on the car. They were thrilled.

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