Travel to Malawi, Africa: Game Changer
As we crossed Lake Malawi in what seemed to be a fragile canoe, the local guide seemed unmoved by the many hippos that were glaring at us. I tried to compose myself and pretend that I was not afraid but there was no hiding it. I promise to finish the story later.
My summer holiday visit to Malawi, Africa was a complete game changer in what I thought about African countries. When I arrived at Kamuzu International Airport, I half expected to be greeted by half naked villagers with spears (Blame my American background). Anyway, I was welcomed by this smartly dressed Malawians who greeted me with a jovial smile and I was amazed at the top notch hospitality. I already had in mind all the interesting things to do there. The hotel room was amazingly comfortable.
The first day the tour guide was really late and he could read my impatience when he finally arrived. I had spent the whole morning just watching local TV and I couldn’t understand a word of the native language. My guide could speak English and very fluently too. We were first to visit Mount Mulanje. Wow!
Of all the beautiful things in Africa
On God’s green earth, the mountain was certainly breathtaking. I couldn’t really make it to the top but I tried. My guide also took me to Likhubula Falls and this was my first time seeing such a big waterfall. I was told that staring at a river continuously will help take away any worries you have.
At Lunch I had Nsima. Nsima is like the most commonly eaten health food in Malawi, Africa. It is made from corn flour and water and usually served with a relish. It had a weird taste but very sweet. I tried to make it when I came back from the trip but I must have missed an ingredient because what I made did not resemble what I ate. Climbing the mountain was tiring enough and so I decided to go back to my hotel room.
I got to my room but I couldn’t bear sitting around the rest of the day doing nothing so I decided to take a walk. I have GPS on my phone so there was no way I was going to get lost. I had already let my tour guide take the rest of the day off. As I was walking down the street I saw a group of young men playing a game. I was curious so I decided to go watch.
The game is called Bao. It is a simple game involving a board and beans. It looked really fun to play so I asked if I could join in and they let me. The game is super addictive, I did not even realize that the sun was about to set. I learned how to say good morning from the young men and I couldn’t wait to impress my guide the next day.
The night was quite long. This time my tour guide arrived quite early but I had completely forgotten how to say good morning. He told me that we were going to visit a reserve in the mid morning and in the afternoon visit Lake Malawi, in Africa. We drove all the way to Majete Wildlife Reserve and it was quite a distant. The Lake was not very far from the Reserve. The reserve has quite a story to tell. It is home to the big five and apparently all those animals were restored and recovered. In the 90s there was a big reduction of endangered game in the reserve. The reserve is really worth visiting. After the reserve we left for the lake.
Lake Malawi, in Africa is very big and I initially thought it was an ocean.
It is home to numerous specie of marine life and my tour guide told me it is the major tourist attraction feature in the country. My guide decided to use a canoe and two villagers helped sail it. Back to my encounter, I honestly thought that the hippos were going to attack us but the relaxed mood of the passengers in the boat helped ease my fear. Apparently, it is very rare for the animals to attack and the people there and the society as a whole have a control measure if they do. Needless to say, Lake Malawi visit was quite interesting.
Over the next few days we visited several other places and I really enjoyed my summer holidays there and I have souvenirs to show for it.