mulanje, majete + likoma

“Each day is one step further from birth, one moment closer to dismissal. How we travel this path is our own decision.” -Frederick A Babb

Every month we were given a four day break. Our first adventure was to Mt. Mulanje. We considered doing what many people do and actually climb it, but instead we found a nice little hotel with a great view. Rows of tea and mountains across the border in Mozambique were our backdrop.

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We listened to the calls of the monkeys and toucans and just sort of recouped some energy. There was cool weather and rain – things I forgot existed. We took a nice stroll thru the field and sipped a few cups of good tea.

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One weekend a bunch of us hopped in the truck to Majete Wildlife Reserve and had a quick little safari and camped out.

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It was not the most spectacular in terms of animal sightings, but we had fun nonetheless. We went on a night drive where we saw one of the few lions in the park, zebras, hippos, elephants and crocs.

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In the early morning there was a bush walk that was nice, but we mainly viewed antelope, animal tracks and termite mounds. 

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My favorite though was the boat ride. We had a dodgy few minutes when we got stuck on a rock but we made it back in one piece.

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Our last break we took a few extra days and went up to Lake Malawi. After a crazy bus ride, another bus ride which broken down in the middle of the night, switching buses again, and finally we made it to Nkhata Bay.

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We only stayed a couple nights before taking an overnight boat to Likoma, which is a beautiful little island in the middle of the lake with lots of baobab trees.

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After all the travel to get there we were happy it was such a beautiful place. In hind sight I’m not sure it was worth all the travel.

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But we swam and lounged on the beach and took lots of naps. Getting up at 4:30 is not an easy habit to break and by about 9:00 each night I was passed out asleep.

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Cute kids and interestingly named barber shops abound.

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Do this trip in reverse and we were back at base for a couple last weeks of volunteering.

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