08.06.2011 - 15.06.2011 28 °C
Our time in Malawi was largely an exercise in relaxation. We drove up to Lilongwe, the capital, and spent the night there. The city is fairly small, with a laid back vibe, and it was nice just wandering around, chatting to the locals and visiting the markets.
Following a very scenic drive through the mountains, we crossed a pass and had our first view of Lake Malawi. This huge lake separates Malawi and Mozambique. From the shores, it looks like the sea. The truck slowly descended the long, windy road down to the lake and we arrived at Kande Beach. This place was very pleasant; there were hammocks by the beach, a relaxed bar and a couple of other overland trucks there to provide some company. I didn’t do much here, just read, swam in the (pleasantly warm and beautifully clear) lake and chilled out.
This campsite is a popular place with overlanders as a rest-and-recovery stopover. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman stayed here during the ‘Long Way Down’ expedition. The tranquillity of the place was quite addictive – I could have spent a long time there, just chilling and listening to the sound of the small waves breaking on the beach. Being freshwater, the lake was great to swim in and the air temperature stayed around the late twenties – very pleasant.
Grant, our driver, decided to buy some chickens and marinate them. He then built a spit roast from the truck's desert sand mats and a few other pieces of kit and spent the whole day slow cooking them. Super tender, they tasted great.
Sunrise over the lake.
From Kande, we drove north to Chitimba, a similar beach campsite not far from the Tanzanian border. Following another couple of days of relaxing, and an enormous infestation of ants in Jono's and my tent, we headed up to the border.