Weekly Photo Challenge: V2V Collage

A submission to this week’s photo-challenge: Collage  Two years ago we were in the middle of our epic journey across Africa from Lake Victoria to Victoria Falls. I’ve decided to revisit this blog and to update it having never done so since it was composed on route. It’s a work in progress but I hope to…

The End of the Journey

We are home and after 29 days on the road it is good to stop. Some statistics about our journey We traveled a total of 5500 miles. We visited 5 countries. If you’d like to see more here is our day by day itinerary Tanzania Malawi Zambia Botswana Zimbabwe (courtesy of the Victoria Falls bridge) We passed…

Day 16 – Lilongwe to Lusaka

We’re up at 4:30am for the bus to Lusaka. My son complains “It would be nice some time if we could catch a bus at a normal time”. I can’t say I disagree with him. A hurried breakfast and Sam, our host drops us off at the bus station.         Like the Dar to…

Day 15 – Dedza to Lilongwe

After our first night in the tent we’re up early and after breakfast we explore the pottery. Dedza Pottery is a place Anita visited more than once in her time here. It’s much bigger now and has a lodge attached , where we are camped. We decide to buy a candle holder, pay our bills…

Day 14 – Zomba to Liwonde to Dedza

We wake up early and bid farewell to fellow guests Joanne and Claire who are heading off to Balaka for a week working with young people.    We also say goodbye to Helen, our hostess who is driving them.      After breakfast Paul takes us to the minibus station and we cram into the first of…

Day 13 – Zomba to Zomba Plateau

After an early church service at Zomba Baptist Church and a quick lunch we make our way up to Zomba Plateau. This lies at 1500m above sea level overlooking Zomba. We are dropped off by Helen our host near to Kuchawe Inn and make our way down the track past a troop of baboons.   …

Day 12 – Zomba to Chilimba

The following post recounts one of the most humbling experiences of my life and an amazing set of reunions for Anita. This was an amazing day for us all and a real highlight of our holiday. Twenty two years ago Chilimba Village was the place Anita lived and worked as an NGO for almost two…

Day 11 – Monkey Bay to Zomba

Today we leave the lake (Nyassa/Malawi) and head South climbing into the mountains towards Zomba the old colonial Capital. We will miss this body of water that has been our home for the past week; it’s dark skies; it’s gentle waters full of Cichlids; it’s amazing sunsets and awesome sunrises.       There is…

Day 9 – Nkhotakota to Monkey Bay

It a tough night for the back, sleeping on the deck of the Ilala Ferry but we get some sleep and are greeted by an amazing sunrise.    The boat has moved continuously over night traveling from Nkhota Kota to Makanjira Chipoka and on to Salima which is up river. Monkey Bay is still ahead. One…

Day 8 – Likoma to Nkhotakota (Ilala Ferry)

Another early start, we are up at 6am and have breakfast before picking up a taxi at 7am to catch the Southbound Ilala Ferry. We’re ultimately heading for Monkey Bay, but the ferry will travel all day and night, arriving there tomorrow. The ferry is due to depart at 6:15am but everyone knows it won’t….

Day 7- Likoma Island (Mango Drift)

I wake up early, my body clock not yet adjusted, an early coffee as the pale pink of the dawn sky fades into blue. After a hearty breakfast we book a snorkeling trip out to an outlying island, Masimbwe. Here the fish are more plentiful and show greater variety. We are taken on a small…

Day 6 – Likoma Island

As soon as we arrive in Likoma we set our watches back an hour, we are now just one hour ahead of the UK. Our boat weighs anchor and immediately the rope snaps. We then spend much of the next half an hour retrieving the anchor and positioning the boat in the shallow bay. A…

Day 5b- Mbamba Bay to Likoma

Just before midnight there is a knock at the door of our guesthouse. There is a man outside. The landlady has gone to bed, we are up awaiting the arrival of the captain of our intended boat at 2am. We wake her up and she lets him  in. It is the owner of another boat…

Day 5a –  Mbamba Bay 2

After the peace and quiet of recent days the night is noisy. A local party blares out music through the night in typically Tanzanian style. As we toss and turn In our separate dorms we both mull things over. Some questions. Why a night crossing? What about the boat? Who is the captain? We meet…

Day 4 – Mbamba Bay

I wake at just before 7. The sun is rising, the smell of smoke from charcoal fires permeates the morning air. We are staying put today. After two heavy days of travel it is time to put our feet up and relax. One peculiarity of our accommodation is that all of us are in a…

Changing Plans

We’ve not even set off yet, but are plans are going to have to change. Two problems have arisen today. 1. The TANZARA train from Dar Es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi is fully booked for next week. This was our way into Zambia. My wife’s malaria in recent weeks delaying our preparations and so we…

Welcome

Welcome to this new blog, which will chart our travels in the next few weeks. It is a companion to our main blog Tanzalongs but is specific to our journey from Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania to Livingstone in Zambia, home to Victoria Falls and back again, hence the name Victoria…