Malawi Off The Beaten Path
Off The Beaten Path
Off The Beaten Path
En route to Liwonde.
Baob tree, en route to Kasungu, Malawi.
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Nyika Plateau- a long way but worth it!
Nyika National Park is well worth the visit- it is a very long way North and hard to get to but make the effort! We would suggest hiring a 4 x 4 and leaving plenty of time- maybe stop off somewhere like Makuzi Beach Lodge/Campsite on route. From Rumphi it is still about 4 hours into Nyika. Once there the montane landscape and cool air makes for ideal safaris, both walking and game drives. There is an option of staying in the self catering chalets or the high end lodge. Or if you have your own camping gear then there is a small campsite. Camping out with the noise of the hyenas in the distance- bliss! Nyika is so different from anywhere else in Malawi i would really suggest it!
Get to know the people and the animals........
I find it a very good idea to try to meet as many ordinary people as you can in another country. This is a trite statement, of course, and I always advise the traveller to exercise great caution when abroad - you are NOT in a theme park and some of the most congenial seeming of folk can turn out to be the biggest villains! I was lucky in having dear servants working for me who were both my helpers and my friends. Frank, our steward, was delighted to take us to his home village some miles outside of Blantyre. From the photo, you may not guess it, but it was a truly idyllic spot and its inhabitants were happy, smiling and contented with their lot. Their huts were consructed in a grove of trees - the shade and the way it caught the breeze making it a haven of cool in the intense afternoon heat. The people did not have much but they had all they needed and with this they were content.Like...
Do you like elephants........
I have recently read on VT some controversy about the number of elephants in the Kasungo National Park in Malawi. All I can say is, speaking from my own experience - albeit from the early 1980's - I have never seen so many elephants in any 0ther part of Africa, as I saw here. Not only that, they were the most enormous of their species that I have ever come across. The dive from the park entrance to the Lodge itself was a considerable distance and we must have seen well more than 100 huge, feisty and restless elephants. What an experience - one which has stayed with me ever since and has inspired many of my subsequent paintings(see photo) .Elephants and Malawi are certainly synonymous in my mind. In another of Malawi's National Parks, Liwonde, the elephants were not only ubiquitous but also very aggressive. As the park was relatively newly opened at that time, they were unaccustomed to...
On the road from Mangochi to Monkey Bay
The road from Mangochi to Monkey Bay pass through several small villages. Every time the minibus made a stop it felt like a highlight in the village. The villagers came running towards the minibus to pick up the cargo or to welcome passengers who got off the minibus. I felt like an alien when they were staring at me.
NYALA GAME PARK
Nyale park is a small gamepark which is being runby the owners of a sugar estate.But it is great to drive around and see the animals real close. It is hard to find, but once you are in the sugar estate area, south of Blantyre, the Malawians will show you the way.
Hike from Usisya to Ruarwe
Get a bike in Mzuzu, cycle down to the lake along the Usisya road (stunning views and intruiging shortcuts that go past military training grounds), stay the night in Usisya (head down to the local youth club (the big building with satellite dish) for some banter), leave your bike in hostel and walk north along the lakeside paths all day, make sure to stop for oranges and mangoes and the odd roast utaka along the way. Make it to beautiful Ruarwe and hang out at Zilunkhuni lodge for a while before walking back to Usisya and getting a pickup back to Mzuzu or the Ilala ferry down to Nkhata Bay.So special because no roads penetrate Ruarwe, so it's natural, undisturbe, beautiful deepwater harbour. The path along the steep sides of the lake is stunning.
Before you start the climb of the mountain Mulanje, relax and refresh at the Likhubula natural pools.The pools are fed by the water of the many falls coming down from the mountain.It is a great experience to swim in there.No Bilharzia , cause it is streaming water.
At Mount Mulanje it is great to swim and relax. For the brave amongst us, they can make a hike to the top in 2 days.Local guides and porters are around and will help you climbing the mountain.Be careful as the weather can change suddenly. So be prepared and take lots of water and food.
On the way to Mulanje mountain you will see a lot of tea and coffee estates.Many people earn their living on these estates.They stretch out for miles and miles.Most of the tea and coffee is still hand picked, processed and shipped overseas.
Lengwe park is at the other side of the road of Nayla park.It is a big park and great things to see.Game watching from the diiferent loops is great.Do not forget to ask for a roadplan, before going in. You can get lost easely.
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