Cool Running's

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Malawi  , Central Region,
Monday, October 29, 2012

Cool Running's on Senga Bay

On the way to Senga Bay we passed through droves of villages. The region is, like I have said over and over again, extremely dry. The rainy season cannot start soon enough.

Mango season has however arrived with a bang!  Everywhere you go Mangos are for sale by the bucket. The lovely baskets and mats also still line the roads at regular intervals.

At some point we turned off the main road to investigate a campsite indicated on Tracks for Africa.  Next to a stream, we saw rise growing from close by for the first time.  The camp is run down and the villagers seem hostile.

So on we go. Once again, we planned on staying at a campsite suggested by a number of Overlands.  Steps Camp in Senga Bay.  First we had to go to Salima to draw money.  It is  a Sunday – not sure if we would be able to.  Thank Goodness we found an ATM that works.  We were running low on fuel by this time too.  No money – No fuel!  Fortunately it worked out. 

We arrived at Senga to find Steps Camp choc-a-block with locals enjoying the beach on a Sunday afternoon.  Bus and truck loads of people all pilled in.  Obviously a popular spot.  Not so ideal for us though.  Next door they have Van Zyl’s Overlands Camp next to the hotel.  Although more quiet, very little in the line of facilities. Really, just a patch of sand.  Still not satisfied we opted to go back up the road to find Cool Running’s.

At first we did not have high hopes for Cool Running’s as one has to weave your way through the village to get to Sam’s place. Rather claustrophobic at times.  Just follow the "little smile face" sign’s. It will end up putting a smile on your face for sure.

When they opened the gate for us we could hardly believe our luck.  Lush green grass, shade and security!  And cheap to boot!  We soon set up camp in order to start enjoying the surroundings.

A number of staff runs this place with Samantha.  It has a restaurant, bar and secondhand library.  Lovely beach chairs on the lawn under the trees and a barrier that prevents anyone bothering you.

Rusty, Sam’s darling dog, makes sure the place has a homely feel to it. 

Sam is involved in numerous community projects and is also the “village doctor”.  She is a medical sister but does far more that.  LIKE her Cool Running’s page on FB and see what this busy lady gets up to.

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