Kande Beach

Trip Start Mar 24, 2005
Trip End Jun 23, 2005

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Kande beach resort

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Friday, May 13, 2005

What can I say... This place is absolutely stunning, gorgeous white sand, FRESH WATER to swim in (big bonus), amazing people and lovely sunshine - it doesn't get much better than that - anywhere.

Unsurprisingly from that intro, you might have sussed that we had a great few days here, although we said a sad goodbye to the overland group as they headed on up to Nairobi without us...

Kande beach resort is basicially designed for overland trucks, so its pretty basic camping or beach huts on the water front - accompanied with the normal shower blocks, bar, restaurant etc. I went for a really lovely horse ride on the second day through the village and along the shore with some of the girls from the tour - even better was going in the lake bareback on the horse after the ride to wash them...! The slight downside of that was that it did prompt all the horses to relieve their bowels in a fairly spectacular way - strangely I went up current when swimming afterwards !

We also had a fairly mad evening the second night, with much Kuche Kuche (local beer) and the worst wine ever made consumed in abundance - it even made me think I could play the bongo drums like an African superstar (we headed down to the beach with loads of the guys from the village who appeared to have the patience of saints trying to teach us!)... All in all, not great for the hangover the following morning - although mine wasn't quite as bad as Herdy's, who also managed to loose his camera during the evening.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed our fishing trip at 9am the following morning, although I did recover in time to make a few heavily negotiated purchases from the boys with the market stalls outside (its amazing how much value they place on an England shirt with Bridge on the back?!)...

Anyway, after we said our goodbyes to the group, we managed to blag ourselves a lift to Likoma Island, which is over towards the Mozambique side of the lake. Luckily it was from the owner of a nice resort & the backpackers there, who happened to have his speedboat there - it definately beat having to get a local bus & overnight ferry (the normal route there)!
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violacaramel on

i really like it!

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