|The highlight of my day (sadly) was this awesome fruit salad. It|
really was good though!
I had expected this border to be one of our easiest, however with the car, this was not to be the case. After spending a good couple of hours trying to get Ruth “temporarily” exported from Zambia, I was starting to believe that I may never be able to leave there. It turned out that no one at customs had ever exported a car for more than three months and no one was quite sure what to do. A couple of hours later the boss gave us a post-it note with a stamp and his details allowing us to drive the car out of Zambia without completing a Temporary Export Permit. I guess whatever works!
The Malawian side was fortunately hassle free and we had no issues bringing in three full jerry cans of diesel which we had been a bit concerned about given all of the recent political issues that had been taking place in the country. So on route to the capital Lilongwe for an overnight stop where again we arrived in the dark, limiting our choice of accommodation. We ended up staying at Mabuya Lodge and Campsite, where we opted for a room with shared bathroom, but wished later we had just camped as the room was very ordinary.
In Lilongwe we found a lovely Italian restaurant, Mamma Mias” and enjoyed pizza and Carlsberg beers to celebrate our first night out of Zambia.
|Pizza at Mamma Mia's|
|Trying out the local brew|
|Relaxing by the "beach"|
|Our camp at Cool Runnings|
|Just like the beach @Senga Bay|
|Senga Bay "beach"|
|Mike getting into the "Flexirent" that we had saved up for our "out of Zambia"|
|.....and the result.....|
After arriving in Cape Maclear we looked at a couple of camps/ lodges, having a lovely fish lunch at one (Gecko Lounge), before settling on Chembe Eagle’sNest, located at the far east of the village.
|View from lunch at Gecko Lounge|
|Mike enjoying a quiet beer before lunch|
|Fresh fish and chips for lunch|
Chembe Eagle’s Nest has a lovely campsite and chalets; as we were the only ones camping there when we arrived, we got pick of the site. It is set on a private “beach” area, with a small fishing village located next door.
|Chembe Eagle's Nest private "beach" on Lake Malawi|
|Fishing village in the distance|
|And the view from our camp that we woke up to every morning. Not too shabby!|
|One of many Monitor Lizards. Surprisingly these guys are not particularly scared, |
not too mention not particularly smart!
|Awesome cheese burger we had at the camp's restaurant. I promise that we|
ate healthy the rest of the time!
We were less keen to swim in this part on the lake due to the likelihood of Bilharzia being present in the water. We did get in, however it wasn’t as enjoyable knowing there is a good chance there are parasites entering our bodies as we swim. Need to get onto those killing drugs ASAP!
|On the water|
|Mike in control of the boat and Jeff looking somewhat worried|
|View of the coast|
After five nights on the lake and feeling somewhat recharged we felt ready to now tackle Mount Malanje!