Hiking and biking on the Zomba Plateau

Trip Start May 03, 2011
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Zomba is the former capital of Malawi and a very nice city in the shadow of the impressive Zomba Plateau. I met with Louie who I knew from Kande Beach and could stay at his friend Gibran who was also on couchsurfing. Apparently he hosted people all the time and in total I stayed for more than a week but did some trips in that week. Met a lot of interesting people and had a great stay. 

In the first days I hiked on the Zomba Plateau. I borrowed a pan from Gibran, bought some spaghetti and fresh vegetables from the market and went up with my big backpack and my tent. It was a 2,5 hour climb up to the plateau and I got a 5 min lift along the way so that saved me 30 minutes of walking I guess. I camped on the Trout Farm and pitched my tent there in the misty and cold environment of the Plateau. I found out that there were a lot of ants who climb up your legs and bite you whenever they have the chance. Hiked around the plateau for 3 hours and went to some waterfalls, the queens view and the emperors view but because of the mist I didn't have any view so that was a pity. However the surroundings were beautiful and I enjoyed the hiking routes and the quiet forests.

After the hike the real challenge started since I had to make food for myself with only a knife, a pan and some firewood which I never did before. It took quite a while but I managed to create some spaghetti although it was cooked too long and was a bit 'jelly-ish'. I ate my meal in the dark and was alone in the camp when I ate my food in the dark with only a candle which I had to protect with my hand otherwise the wind finished it. What an experience..haha.. Since it was dark, misty and cold I jumped in my tent really early and watched a movie on my laptop before I went to sleep. 

Next morning got up early and rented a mountain bike and cycled for 4,5 hours around the whole plateau. On the way parked my bike to hike to the Malumbe Peak which is the highest point of the Plateau. During the 4,5 hours I lost track a couple of times and thought that is is wiser to take a guide because the Plateau is really big and you can get lost easily. But I managed to get back to the camp and would like to get my tent and clean my food when I heard from the camp guys that some baboons ate my food..haha.. Normally I wouldn't be happy but now I didn't have to clean the pan so thank you baboons! In the afternoon I updated my blog at a fancy hotel up the Zomba Plateau (cheapest room is $130 a night!) and went back down via the Potato Path to Gibran's place.

Climbed Mount Mulanje the next few days, for details go to the Mulanje story.

After the Mulanje climb went back to Gibran's place and was surprised by a full house of people. English, American, German, Swiss, Malawian and the Dutch guy ofcourse. Had a quiet evening with a good dinner and interesting conversations. The day after went to a reggae concert by the most popular band in Malawi called ' the Black Missionaries', cool name!
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