Malawi was very green with lush vegetation. Most days we encountered a passing rain storm. We were told that later in the year it is very dry.
We entered the country near Majete Game Reserve. Lonely Planet said the park was very good. We were disappointed. The road to the park was horrible. The roads in the park were overgrown and most required 4-wheel drive. We saw very few animals. Plus we got stuck exiting the camp site. Due to recent heavy rains, the road was deeply rutted, steep, and covered in deep sand. Maintenance and repair is not a priority in Africa. Finally we made it out with the help of park employees and Chad's sand rails.
The rest of the time spent in Malawi we traveled along Lake Malawi. It is 580 km long, the third largest in Eastern Africa. It is located along the eastern border of the country. The lake is usually clear blue, but for us it was mostly muddy because of the heavy rains.
Even though the rains cased some problems, we still enjoyed Malawi. The people are very friendly and helpful. The countryside is beautiful. We are very glad that we visited.
|Nyala - male|
|Nyala - female|
|We saw a lot of rainbows in Malawi. This one was in Majete GR.|
|Countryside in southern Malawi.|
|The roads in Malawi are very busy with animals and people.|
|This is a typical village scene. People buy and sell everyday. Vehicles driving through is disruptive.|
|Palm Springs Rest Camp on Lake Malawi.|
|View out our window from our parking spot.|
|These boys were having a good time posing for a photo.|
|Road to Cape Maclear on Lake Malawi.|
|View of countryside near Cape Maclear.|
|Only one vehicle at a time on this bridge. The hole in the middle of the tire track went clear through the bridge deck. It was a little worrisome, but it was smaller then the tires.|
|FloJo Foundation camp site near Ngara.|
|Our view of the lake at FloJo Foundation. There was a preschool and after school classes on the grounds. Champa and I had a tour. We were very impressed.|
|Roads were always busier with people and bicycles near a town or village.|
|Bicycles were definitely the most popular transportation with wheels.|