We’re in Malawi right now. We’ve been here for about 5 days, and today is the first time we’ve found internet access. The biggest feature about this country is Lake Malawi…it’s the 9th largest lake in the world, and it’s main feature is the abundant freshwater fish in it. Diving the lake is like diving in a freshwater aquarium! There are over 1000 species of chiclids, and they’re colorful and all over the place. The water temp is pretty warm, and the visibility wasn’t great, but since the fish were so small it didn’t matter much.
The 2nd night at the lake we cooked a whole pig on a spit. We’d bought the pig the previous day, and had the locals butcher it for us. It’s not the first time I’ve seen an animal go from alive to my plate, but it was the first time I’d seen it done with a pig. Cute and tasty…that’s a great feature in any animal!
Yesterday we had our first breakdown in the truck. We hit a huge pothole, and shattered the front right leaf spring. I was extremely impressed with how well our driver was able to replace it right on the side of the road. It took about 5 of us helping, but we were back on the road again within 90 minutes.
Today we’re in the town of Blantyre arranging our visas for Mozambique. We’ll only be in that country for about 3 hours in transit to Zimbabwe, but they still want 20 bucks for that privilege.
I’ve been thinking about the benefits of doing this trip as an organized tour and doing it independently like I’ve done the rest of this trip. It’s certainly easier to let the driver and guide do everything for us, but it seems like it’s cheating. I also don’t like the fact that our itinerary is so set, and there’s no flexibility to go explore other areas. This is a nice overview of Africa, but if I come back, I think I’ll do the independent dirty backpacker route!