Day 118: Happy New Year

There was no hyped up countdown on TV to ring in the new year for us and we welcomed in 2013 from the airport in Johannesburg.  Our flight itinerary from Lilongwe to Port Elizabeth had an overnight stopover in “Joburg” which meant that we had another night of “free” accommodations.  At about 10:00 PM we…

Day 117: Sausage Tree Spottings

Crossing the huge expanses of undeveloped land in our overland travels has supplied some backdrops that have made us think, “This is Africa”.  The time spent in the various taxis, buses, and Matatus has exposed us to a variety of landscapes, animals, and vegetation that seem like scenes from “The Lion King”.  One of the…

Day 116: Nothing but nets

Visiting areas that have a risk of malaria transmission can cause some anxiety for travelers for fear of catching the potentially deadly disease.  Being bitten by mosquito that carries the infected parasite is a threat in much of sub-Sahara Africa so we’ve tried to take necessary precautions.  Aside from the weekly anti-malarial pills and the…

Day 115: Dugout Canoe Challenge

Our lodge has a standing challenge that any guest who can paddle round trip to a buoy that sits 50 meters from shore will get a free night. We read about the contest and immediately suspected it wasn’t as easy as it sounded. The rules stipulate that you have to use a traditional dugout canoe,…

Day 114: Bird watching

We read about the African Fish Eagles that call Lake Malawi home so we set out in a canoe one afternoon in search of the magnificent bird. They are normally found on large bodies of open water because as their name implies, they like to go fishing every day… They resemble the American Bald Eagle…