A hard day’s travel
Trip Start Sep 29, 2010
124Trip End Nov 30, 2011
Sunday was another transition day as we began our journey from Kande Beach on the shores of Lake Malawi, north towards Tanzania. It was a day that was only supposed to take a matter of six hours at most, with a stop for shopping in Mzuzu, but what we expected to be a relatively simple day turned into a marathon. The flat truck batteries ended up being only the start of our problems. Everything began to go wrong as soon as we arrived in Mzuzu. Our hour and a half stop turned into over two and a half hours, as we searched all over town for a petrol station with any diesel – there was a severe diesel shortage in Malawi at the time – and for an ATM that worked so that Gino could get more Malawian kwacha
After eventually finding diesel – three jerry cans bought on the black market - and collecting our shoppers from the fruit and vegetable market, we were on our way again. Unfortunately our lengthy delays meant that we had to change our plans for lunch. Instead of having a late lunch as soon as we arrived at our evening’s campsite, as had been our original day’s plan, we were forced to stop and have a roadside lunch, delaying our arrival even further.
We finally arrived in Chitimba around 4.30pm, with our afternoon to relax just about gone. Kerry and I only had enough time to enjoy a quick walk on the beach, before I had to go and take my turn to help with dinner preparations
Our campground was again on the shores of Lake Malawi, but with not quite as nice beach or swimming as at Kande Beach. Fortunately, although there were two or three other overland groups there as well, it wasn’t as busy or quite as noisy as Kande Beach. Having not slept well the past two nights due to the late night/early morning partying, I was hoping that even with another ridiculously early start in the morning, that I’d get a decent night’s sleep finally.
Our next stop, after another longish travel day, is Iringa, across the border in Tanzania.