Mbeya to Nkhata Bay
Trip Start Jul 26, 2010
60Trip End Oct 31, 2010
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We got away early as it was border crossing time, it had been 18 days in Tanzania, by far the longest in any country. The border was easy fortunately and we crossed into Malawi without much hassle or having to make any payments at all. The journey continued south and Corrie started spluttering. The previous day a few splutters had been felt, but the idea was to change it the fuel filter in Malawi when we had time. However, after filling up with a bad batch of fuel, the filter had become blocked and so Corrie started to cut out every so often, invariably when it needed fuel the most like up a steep hill. This played havoc with our driving but with little other option we hacked on until we could get to a decent stopping place.
Corrie Rule 1:Make sure there is enough fuel at all times!
The new tyres we had put on Corrie in Arusha occasionally caught the inside of the wheel arch as they were a bit bigger than the previous ones so we had a quick pitstop in Mzuzu to get them switched around, worth every bit of the R30 to save us the work.
It was then on to Nkhata Bay and we got ourselves a little hut in Mayoka Village overlooking Lake Malawi. The lake stretches out to the horizon and boasts the biggest waves we've seen on the trip so far, although this is saying very little. The village is on the side of a cliff with a small inlet where you can swim and boats can dock. The bar was overlooking the bay and after the 3 days of driving we didn’t bother with bags and headed straight there.
First thing on the agenda was to change the blocked fuel filter and this fortunately was an easy task and solved the problem from the day before. After that the day was free and we spent it snorkelling in the lake which has an abundance of fish. We have no idea what they were but they were colourful and we were quite happy leaving it at that
That night we met another South African, James, who was making his way home by public transport. Then night 1 of the Great Malawian pool tournament began. The night ended Dave & James 4; Spoon & Rob 1. A hiding.
It was back to Mzuzu first thing in the morning to get Corries tyres aligned and some general admin done. We were in need of fuel but outside the garage there was a long queue of cars parked and waiting for a delivery, so it was back to Nkhata bay.
The afternoon was spent chilling although Spoon and Dave did attempt the Mayoka boat challenge. This requires two people to take a dug-out canoe from the inlet, around a buoy in the bay and back again without falling out. It proved to be an impossible task.
Night 2 of the Great Malawian pool tournament ended Dave & James 7; Spoon & Rob 6. Quite the comeback.