Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Blantyre is a strange place. It is as if two worlds co-exist here. The business sector and shopping mall is fairly modern. The main road is in good condition and bill boards line its route. Complete with traffic circles and robots. But then, not even one kilometer further, the road becomes a track and the area resembles a township.
Blantyre is home to a huge brewery. Carlsberg, is Malawi's home brew. We are not beer specialists and so we cannot rate it but it went down smoothly.
Mala-a-Moyo is the only camp in Blantyre. Arriving at the indicated spot on Tracks for Africa, there was no sign of a campsite
The camp is approximately 600 meter from where the GPS indicated. There are no signs posted anywhere, not even at the gate. The folks at Mala-a-Moyo are lovely and soon settled us in. The site belongs to the New Covenant Church and has various buildings on it. It is not a holiday campsite but rather a stopover camp site. They have electricity and the bathroom is very clean with hot water. Very secure – leaving one’s things there while driving around is no problem.
Being rather high, Blantyre has a cooler climate. To top it off it started raining soon after we set up camp and did not let up for two days. Marvelous Rain! Our trip south to the tea plantations was wet and cold to say the least. Visibility was poor at times. It still was a lovely drive into the country side. There were workers in plantation as picking continued in the rain.
We noticed a blanket factory in the midst of all the plantations. With weather like this it sure seemed a good place to have a blanket factory.
We did not drive out to Fisherman’s Rest or Mulanje Mountain as the low cloud cover and rain blocked out the views for which it is famous.
We left on Friday morning, just in time too as they planned an all-night service that night. Zomba would be our next stop.