After leaving lovely Zanzibar behind it was two very long days to get to Malawi which is known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’. These days we would leave at 6am, drive through until 6pm, set up camp, shower, cook, clean and sleep. The long drives were exhausting and being able to crawl into my tent at 8.30pm was the dream! So when we finally arrived in Malawi it was so nice to have the massive Lake Malawi to admire.
We arrived into our first camp site in Chitimba, Malawi late so it was dark when we arrived but being so used to 5am starts. My body clock was up at the that time so I headed out to see the lake and it literally went for miles. It didn’t look like a lake at all, it was a huge body of water with cliffs surrounding it and Dan and I snatched a moment to ourselves before getting set up for breakfast.
The scenery in Malawi was really beautiful, lots of mountains and rolling hills on the way to our destination of Kande Beach where we would spend three nights.
Kande Beach was a really nice chilled out vibe. The campsite was right on the ‘beach’ and it meant we had a nice breeze through our tent at night to keep cool. We swam in Lake Malawi, got paddle boards, Dan did some rock jumping, we had a beach bon fire with some of the local guys who played the drums and sang and just generally chilled out.
Malawi is known for its crafts and the local guys had their stalls set up just outside camp, as we’re heading to NZ I didn’t bother buying anything wooden but I did get this personalised map a our African journey. We loved the chilled out vibe of Kande Beach and it was so cool just hanging out, drinking beer, chatting, reading and sleeping in the hammocks.
Whilst at Kande Beach I got up at 5.15am to see the beautiful sunrise over Lake Malawi two mornings in a row. It is such a luxury and a treat to be able to enjoy both the sunrise and sunset, one of life’s simple pleasures.
Another thing we did at Kande Beach was have a dress up party. Some of the outfits were hilarious! We had to pick a name out of hat and buy one for one of our camp mates. Here’s just the girls.
I did get a good story out of my stay at Kande Beach and that is that I got bitten by a snake. On the last night there after a few drinks, my friend Kristina and I were walking through the bar and I stood on what I thought was a branch and then felt a sting on my foot, I looked down to see a small black snake slithering away into the bushes. I tried not to panic, I spoke to a vet who was on the trip and she totally calmed me down and reassured me that because it hadn’t broken the skin I would be OK. Had it broken the skin I wouldn’t have been so lucky as apparently after speaking to the owner she said there was no anti venom in the area and I would’ve had to go to Zambia for treatment but it probably would have been too late had it been a real bad one like a Black Mamba.
Visa cost: $75USD
Where we stayed: Kande Beach Camp
Next stop: Zambia
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