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Every day has its own color, its own people, and its own landscape. That is also true in Malawi. It is a state of harmony and we enjoy every day.
 

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On the 17th of May we arrive in Malawi.  If you exchange money before the border beware.   The exchange rates fluctuate enormously.  With a size of 118,484km2 Malawi is the smallest land on our agenda.  With 9,085,000 inhabitants it is very densely settled.  That is especially in comparison to Namibia with a size of 824,292km2 and a population of 1,700,000.  We achieve the rain free zone and the weather becomes much better.  We enjoy the sun and the

 

 

warmth.  With a size of 23,320km2 the Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa and is a cultural landmark.  The condition of the roads is either very good or terrible. Between Mzuzu and Lilongwe at a level of 1,500m above sea there are large forested areas.  The felling of trees is achieved with a saw and axe. Just like on the farmland the people here must do much physical labor.  The inhabitants here are extremely friendly.  Ones head or bike serves as a means of transportation in this area.  We did not even see a donkey in this land.  We spend some nice days and travel leisurely from one inlet to the next. The people we meet wherever we go are very helpful and don’t even expect a tip for the information they might have to offer.  Malawi is a nice vacation for us. The Livingstonia Hotel, very feudal, even offers us “far traveled a wonderful camping place by the sea”. We would like to give them the tip that there

 

are countless camping places by the sea. However, it was wonderful here and worth the extra few kwacha we had to pay.  We spend Sunday the 20th of May on Salinga Bay, the prettiest inlet on the sea. It actually reaches to the horizon and gives the impression of being an ocean.  With this it is important to note that the sea is deemed contaminated. Bathing is at your own risk. A farewell to Malawi draws near.  In the capital, Lilongwe, there is much industry, many hotels, the opportunity to get onto the Internet and of course various shopping opportunities.  Quiet and cozy yet a large city.  The road to the border of Sambia is good and doesn’t offer anything spectacular.  Different street peddlers offer unusual wares.  We find our Landrover in a true to form original carved reed design. We negotiate over the price and trading comes in handy. The grass to the left and right of the road is very high and so our view is limited.  Soon we are at the border and deal with the usual procedures.  It is only a few miles to the village of Chipata in Sambia. 
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