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Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe

sunny 37 °C

Octover 6th, Harare

The end of my African Overland is approaching too fast (as always), as I've only got one week left. After leaving Zanzibar (paradisical incase I forgot to mention last time!) we spent a quiet night back in Dar es Salaam before a couple of big drive days down to Malawi, home of the infamous 'Malawi Gold' and some of the friendliest people on earth.

Our first night was spent on the shores of Lake Malwai, the 7th biggest lake in the world, which takes up 1/2 of the entire country! Chitimba beach campsite was crazy, as there were a couple of other trucks in containing plenty of nutters. It goes without saying I woke up with a thumping headache, but it was softened substantially by the view of a bright red sunrise over from the comfort of my tent on the beach.

After Chitimba, we left for Kande beach where we spent 3 nights on a similarly white sandy beach where the sun was strong and the water warm, fresh, and clean. Nights were spent in the awesome bar (where else?), and then later on the beach, and every single one was raucous due to the four trucks on site.

We spent one day snorkelling around a small island, which was more like swimming in a tropical aquarium than a freshwater lake. All in all a fantastic place, full of welcoming people.

Yesterday, we crossed into Mozambique, which brought about a noticeable change. At the border, we were kept for 3 hours while the bureaucrats copied our details into 5 different books for no apparent reason- apparently they don't do photocopiers here!

Added to this was the 40 degree heat for most of the drive, and possible the worst night's sleep due to a rooster who must have popped too many viagra that night! All in all (although we've only driven through the interior and the coast is supposed to be much better) it would be an understatement to say I hate the place.

Today, we crossed into zimbabwe-the last country on my trip. The border was difficult, as expected, and Bob Mugabe added to his Swiss Bank Account by charging us massive Visas to get in. Nevertheless, for some reason, I like Zim. Its not as hard up as the BBC would have you believe, and the local whites still exist, just not on their farms. The currency is ruined, admittedly, and food is scarce, but everything runs on time and works, unlike some of the other countries.

Harare has also been suprising- the streets are safe and clean, and the people are friendly. The city centre is really developed- while some say it's due to Mugabe, and others say it was the whites who laid the infrastructure, the reality is its halfway between the two.

working suprisingly well

Posted by gilchrs 02:11 Archived in Zimbabwe

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