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 10 – Monkey Bay

Having arrived yesterday afternoon at Mufasa Eco Lodge we decide to stay two nights giving us a chance to rest and explore the area.  I wake up early and enjoy another fabulous sunrise. You can see why Malawi’s flag has a riding sun on it when you see the number of fabulous sunrises here. Our…

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 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 3 – Songea to Mbamba Bay

Yet another early start – up at 4:30am to get taxi at 5am except our taxi driver had overslept so no pickup until 5:45 for a bus which departs at 6am. We arrived so late last night we have not arranged for tickets do it is risky. Luckily there is room for us and our…

Visa Variations

It seems that every country has it’s own way of admitting or denying entry. In recent weeks  these have been revised and changed in such a way as to make it harder to get across the border. Whether this in response to  a perceived terrorist threat or ‘tit for tat’ responses to the way countries…

Filling in the Blanks

We have definite fixed points on our journey. The flight to Dar The crossing of Lake Malawi The train back from Kapiri Mposhi to Dar The flight for my son to Nairobi The other points are flexible and today we have spent some time filling in the gaps. We are definitely visiting Livingstone in Zambia…

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…