Trip Start Sep 30, 2006
149Trip End Dec 24, 2008
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Its a private bus company so thankfully it only has four stops along the route and the journey is un-eventful. The highlight is driving through a National park and glimpsing a herd of Zebras, like cows in the UK, hanging out chewing the cud. A large group of red-arsed monkeys swing past and we spot some gazelle like creatures hiding in a bush.
Its a seven minute walk to the border and next we have to negotiate the bike boys, they have formed a friendly road block and beg we agree to a seat on the back of their bicycle down to the border. We want some exercise and after repeating no thanks fifty times we soon get some peace.
The border goes smoothly and soon enough we are squeezing six adults, one baby, luggage and a large stereo in to a taxi to the next town, 70km down the road. At Koronga we finds a minibus leaving shortly and jump in to the last stop of the day, Mzuzu.
Eventually we get going and pass markets and small fishing villages. There is huge poverty in the North, roughly 70% of Malawians live below the poverty line. The lack of food is evident by the products on offer at the markets, all three of them, tomatoes, red onions and dried smelly fish.
By 4 we get to Mzuzu, after handing over the carrier bag on my lap full of dried stinky fish, we stop here for the night. The hostel has rooms all named after African countries, we get the last and fittingly the most expensive room, Zimbabwe. In the evening we listen to the BBC world service about the problems faced by the only two black farmers in the UK. They are from Zimbabwe and explain how regularly they are visited and questioned bu the police after reports of black men seen walking in the fields, a rare sight in the UK.
Exciting animal count gets off the ground:
Red-arsed monkeys: 5
Something resembling a Gazelle: 2
Love Dan & Kat