06-07-2012, 10:17 AM
Joined: Apr 2005
Location: South Africa
MALAWI PART 2
It was time to move on, the fewer in Malawi is bogging us down. The bikes was fixed and looked after as good as we could, and with some sad faces we rode out of Monkey bay on our way north to Nkatha bay, our next stop. We were bit behind on time for our 6 month planning but thought we would be able to make it up once out of Malawi as there's parts in Tanzania that we can skip.
INFRASTRUCTURE NOT IN GOOD SHAPE
KIDS ARE ALWAYS FAST TO GET SOME CAMERA ACTION
We hugged the coast line of the lake. It's a old narrow road with derelict bridges. For the first time we also saw the famous lake flies of Lake Malawi. Apparently they are so small they can fly through a mosquito net, the larvae at the same time shed their eggs and then get blown up by the wind in their billions to life for a day.
WE SAID GOOD BYE TO JENSON BUTTON AND HIS OLD XT AND BRANDED HIS HOME MADE PANNIERS AS TRAX
We heard some say they do not even have stomachs. It’s mind blowing to see these clouds of flies sweeping across the lake. We also wanted to try them as the locals make small cakes from them, but in the end we could not find any. People told us the flies stink of fish for some reason. It's unbelievable that such small creatures can make up such huge clouds. They are visible over vast distances on the horizon of the lake.
LIFE IS TOUGH IN AFRICA
MYOKA VILLAGE IN NKATHA BAY
Mayoka village in Nkatha bay is a must stay, it’s not really geared for kids as there’s no beach. For adults and young travellers its paradise! The lodge hangs on a cliff it was started 13 years ago. From the shower or rooms you can look down into the lake and see the small blue fishes play between the rocks. They offered some of the cheapest rates for their rooms and their food was the best we had in Malawi.
For the time stayed there our bikes were left at the gate with all our kit and they had a guard 24hours a day looking after our stuff.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TOILETS AND OUTSIDE SHOWERS ARE ALL PART OF THIS COOL LODGE
FOOD AS ALWAYS ARE GREAT AND THE PARTIES NON STOP.
We went on a free boat trip they offer once a week for cliff diving, Fish Eagle feeding and beach games. The most amazing experience is seeing a Fish Eagle take a fish out of the water right in front of you! I don’t think anywhere else in the world will you see something like this.
FISH EAGLE DOING WHAT IT DOES BEST, CATCH FISH, AND HE NEVER MISSED
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We end up spending another 5 days at Myoka, the Bongi fewer was seriously getting to us. We were behind on time and had to make up skipping other parts of Malawi but it was worth it.
The small town of Nkatha bay is a busy little place with it's own prison and harbour. It's great walking around there exploring the small shops and talking shit with the locals. Some straight out ask for money while others will at least say hello first.
A TRUE WTF MOMENT?
WELL JA, WHAT CAN I SAY, THEY ENFORCE THE LAW
THIS MAN WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS AND BUILDERS OF THE LODGE 13 YEARS AGO, HE EARNED HIMSELF THE NAME CHOCOLATE MAN. HE HAS BEEN SELLING CHOCOLATES EVERY NIGHT AT THE LODGE SINCE IT OPENED. THE LODGE IS A COMMUNITY OWNED PLACE.
michnus screwed with this post 07-16-2013 at 10:58 AM