Malawi

Lake Malawi with the hills in the background and the boats that are still used every day as the fishermen go out in the night/early morning and come back. They often have one boat on the other at right angles coming in. The one on top has the net and is used to tow the nets out from the other boat.
In the early morning you could hear the fishermen on the water singing and it was answered by the people on the beach waiting for the men to come back. Maybe they were saying they had finished and were on their way back.
Coming in with the catch
The catch of small fish which were often deep fried right on the beach to keep them for transport to markets. Otherwise they were put onto drying racks and stored for meals.
The women heading to the boats to collect the catch
A tortuous journey with many chicanes up to
Livingstonia from Kande Beach camp at Chintheche on Lake Malawi on a mostly one way, unpaved road, so when a truck came up the other way we nearly wet ourselves as someone had to reverse! Even going around the chicanes required some skill to do it in one go! Looking over the drop off from the landrover window, you could only see straight down.
Traditional food including Nsima( maize meal), ugali, rice, Peanut greens, bean and tomato stew. Delicious and so filling. The Nsima is like glue.
Sunrises were spectacular over the water. Mozambique on the other side of the lake. We stayed another day in order to leave on Friday, due to protests planned for Thursday.
Various aid programs have done a fabulous job providing manual water pumps on bores. These were spaced consistently along the roads we travelled and were well used. As you can see in this one, the wash troughs are there also. The water run off was often channelled into a vegetable growing area.
Beautiful Grace at the Kande Beach campsite. Her husband and children lived hours away in another town while she was working at the campsite, so she adopted us.
From the beach we went on to Mchinji where there was “gatherings” on Tuesdays and Thursdays. these gatherings were protesting about the recent elections and the ruling party. We were leaders driving to the Malawi border and did not get stuck in the huge crowd as 4 of the other vehicles did. They managed to get through safely, because it was Friday, but another couple we met were not so lucky. They had 4000 euro damage done to their vehicle and had to go back through the border to Zambia to get repairs done.

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