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Shared Travel - Lake of Stars

Aug 30

With fuel and transport costs being high in Malawi I have put my head together with some others on how we can get to the Lake of Stars (in the north of Malawi) from here in the south.

I expect quite a number will be heading up from Blantyre, Zomba, Liwonde, the southern Lakeshore, Cape Maclear & possibly Senga Bay.

We have come up with the revolutionary idea of sharing with others who are planning on going. :-) We will go with local Malawian drivers to support local businesses. We won't stop at every lamp-post, only particular lodges en-rout where visitors have got in contact to put their names down.

Even if we don't have everyone coming from one place, if we know the route we are going we can possibly pick people up on the way.

So, if you are interested in joining in a trip to the Lake of Stars with others then please get in touch by following the link at the bottom of this post.

Click here to enquire about joining a trip to the Lake of Stars

 

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A Guide to Malawi's Mammals

Aug 13

Shortly after returning to Malawi the voice on the end of the phone was that of Lindsay Macdonald. On my return it had not been difficult to decide whether to join The Environmental and Wildlife Society of Malawi (WESM). After Lindsay's welcome I was in and since then have followed the news concerning Malawi's wildife from the back row seats. Should I say 'The backbenches'?

Sometime later Lindsay has left Malawi but I am still here with a book that she put together, in between those times, for WESM. It is called 'The Sobo Guide to Malawi's Mammals'.

I have decided to make this valuable little book the theme of some forthcoming tweets on my twitter account.I have decided also to make a very modest return to the blogsphere so that I have a small blog post that I can put up to go hand in hand with these planned tweets.

At a later stage I fully intend to return to blogging in force and to build on this blog post over time. In the meantime please be patient and while...

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Enjoy Bushman's Baobabs - How and When

May 2

The location of Bushman’s Baobabs was selected by a Liwonde expert. It is found at a quiet junction of the great Shire River and a seasonal tributary river at Liwonde National Park.


Wildlife Sightings or Relaxation or….both
To decide how best you will appreciate Bushman’s Baobabs decide first which of the following is your objective. Do you aim to maximize wildlife sightings and your enjoyment of the views over the landscapes and the river or instead must you retreat to the bush to unwind and relax? The answer to that question may depend upon whether you have many opportunities to go on safari or whether you have a short window of opportunity. Firstly, let us get some background.

Liwonde National Park – What’s so Special?
Elephants and hippos are regular visitors to Bushman’s and numerous other forms of wildlife are in close proximity or can be seen from the elevated viewing platform at Bushman’s Baobabs. Liwonde’s wildlife area is one of the top bird-watching hotspots...

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Retro Post - CLIMBING MULANJE - DAY 1

Apr 28

A mixed group go on a trip trip to Frances Cottage, Chambe on Mulanje Mountain. I first published this blog post here in 2011. Does a small group of young adults and a young family work for a trip like this? Why not?

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The first step, well the first step for me at least, is to find people to climb Mulanje with. One reason for that is the number one rule on Mulanje - don't climb alone. Also, the point of climbing Mulanje is to enjoy it, so therefore best to share the fun.

If you don't have anyone you know to climb Mulanje with and don't have time to wait for the right person to come along, then climb with a porter and / or guide. Mike Petzold in 'The Peaks of Mulanje Mountain' lists 59 peaks and tops. He says that he has been on the top of all but three of them, some of them several times, 'but NEVER alone.' If one of the most experienced Mulanje people is NEVER alone up there -...

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Discovering Alcon Cottages

Apr 9

Sometimes it is by a chance conversation that we find a new place or person or idea. It was like that for me with Alcon Cottages, a setting in a secluded and picturesque bay on Lake Malawi’s southern lakeshore. Much traffic* rushes past on a main lakeshore road 2km from here as people turn off for Cape Maclear or proceed on to Monkey Bay. Areas north of here and areas to the south are quite well known but this corner of the lake lies largely undiscovered.**

Transfer deals in Malawi to and from the Lake Shores. Lake Malawi, Monkey Bay Lodges Alcon Cottages

 

As I discovered from the owner this bay is largely known only to the private cottage owners who dot around the large beachside arc. With no other lodges or hotels, Alcon Cottages is perhaps the real opportunity to experience the views in this area.


Given that the ‘Calendar Lake’ is 365 miles long and 52 miles wide there certainly is huge variety on Lake Malawi. Many...

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