22 hour boat trip with the Ilala ferry

Getting to the boat I had had a perfect few days relaxing, reading, swimming and sunbathing (apart from the Patrick incident) before the weekly Ilala ferry would make its long trip northbound on Lake Malawi. Together with some Australian travellers I was crammed onto the back of a pick-up truck at about 7a.m., the only …

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Relaxing at Cape McLear

Monkey Bay turned out to be quite a bleak town with nothing much of interest for tourists, so we continued on to Cape Mc Lear which is only a few kilometers further down. The bumpy mud road there was a tough one for the car which was definitely not a 4WD. The bottom of the …

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Hiking Mount Mulanje

Patience After Blantyre I wanted to go to the Mount Mulanje region in the south. I spent 2 hours at the bus terminal waiting for a bus that never came, but I ended up with some great pictures (see the pictures below on the left). So I walked to the minibus stop 15 minutes down …

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Blantyre and museum

Conversations on the bus After two days of getting my bearings I took a bus to Blantyre in Southern Malawi, which was my first 'real' Africa experience, I was the only white person on the bus. The ride took just over 6 hours and different people were seated beside me at different intervals, all of …

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Lilongwe

Arrival I took a taxi and stared at the land and people outside, trying to suppress my excitement in order not to make the driver think I was some lunatic. I kept telling myself in my head: I am really in Africa!! But it was still very surreal. The driver let me have a look …

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The flight – first solo trip!

The flight from Amsterdam to Nairobi (Kenya) took 8 hours, I was seated next to an interesting Swedish lady of about 55 years old who was going to attend a congress on the changes in relationships between men and women in southern Africa. After a short layover on Nairobi it was two more hours to …

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Safety tips

If you listen to co-workers or your uncle, you can not go to Colombia, Tanzania or Amsterdam and come back in one piece. People love to share horror stories and to them it's not so important if they are fifth-hand or actually accurate. Fear of the unknown All those scare mongers make you feel like …

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