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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #200 on: February 28, 2013, 05:25:16 pm »
All the kids wanted was to have their picture taken
 

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« Reply #201 on: February 28, 2013, 05:25:52 pm »
The lounge/bar area
 

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« Reply #202 on: February 28, 2013, 05:27:58 pm »
Us with the gang-we played hackey with the youngsters and discussed business with the adults,like how he could get more people to go up there....man,what an TRUE African experience
 

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« Reply #203 on: February 28, 2013, 05:30:17 pm »
To chickenbadger - the tyre's amazed us...we still did the whole lenght of the lake with the rear...maybe 9000km +
 

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« Reply #204 on: February 28, 2013, 05:32:44 pm »
To chickenbadger - the tyre's amazed us...we still did the whole lenght of the lake with the rear...maybe 9000km +

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #205 on: March 01, 2013, 01:36:42 pm »
Day 37 - Chitimba to Livingstonia [ 18km , gravel mountain pass]

Lake Malawi is known as 'lake of stars' ,because at night you can see all the fisherman going out with their parafine lamps on the dugout canoe's giving the star impression...spectacular. Its also known as the calender lake...its got 12 main rivers flowing into it;is 365km long and 520 meter wide at its narrowest part-just some interesting facts. In the morning I was taught how to play Bao[a local board game] and  played some hackey with the boy's in the rain while Micheal got our showers ready-this entailed carrying water 2km and filling up the shower bucket-the toilet is a 'longdrop',but watch out for spiders under the seat.Breakfast was in the form of a tomato dish with small fish in it-very salty.Micheals father who owns the land came down to greet us and wish us good luck with the rest of our trip. After it all we said our good bye's and promised to visit again.What an experience with humble friendly people. We went back down the hill and then up the pass towards Livingstonia - very steep with sharp bends,but lots of fun. The view from up there was also amazing!We decided to stay over at Mushroom Farm-an eco system backpackers right on the cliff and was glad to see our french firends form Chitimba has made it there already. The camp is run by 2 very friendly Hollanders[Hannes and Claudia] and things are not as cheep,but I suppose you pay for the view. We would stay here since its Christmas in the morning and would be able to enjoy it with the friend we have made since Karonga...it was like having a family of travelers together. That night we indulged in too much brandy and had allot of laughs...what a special place Mushroom Farm turned out to be....
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #206 on: March 01, 2013, 01:51:48 pm »
Our breakfast - he spend all night fishing for that
 

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« Reply #207 on: March 01, 2013, 01:53:18 pm »
The view from top of the pass
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #208 on: March 01, 2013, 01:54:34 pm »
Turnoff to Mushroom Farm
 

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« Reply #209 on: March 01, 2013, 01:55:13 pm »
Our camp spot right on the cliff
 

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« Reply #210 on: March 01, 2013, 01:56:26 pm »
The chill out area...you can lay in those hammocks and solve the worlds problems while enjoying that view
 

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« Reply #211 on: March 01, 2013, 01:57:05 pm »
The bar with the friendly hosts
 

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« Reply #212 on: March 01, 2013, 08:03:30 pm »
Great RR...Keep it coming...
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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #213 on: March 01, 2013, 08:11:29 pm »
Epic RR, keep it coming  :thumleft:
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« Reply #214 on: March 05, 2013, 04:06:56 pm »
Day 38 - Christmas at Mushroom Farm

That morning we woke with a huge hang over-they have Klipdrift brandy at Mushroom farm and we must have finished the bottle. I left Roadkill at the camp and decided to take a walk with the Frenchies to Livingstonia which was 16km further up the mountain. We had a lovely lunch of chicken and soup at Stone House and stopped at a beautiful waterfall on the way back. That night the staff arranged a 3 course meal for us which was really nice.....very relaxed day
 

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« Reply #215 on: March 05, 2013, 04:12:44 pm »
School ontop of the mountain
 

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« Reply #216 on: March 05, 2013, 04:13:34 pm »
Stone House- I believe Livingstone stayed here for a while
 

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« Reply #217 on: March 05, 2013, 04:14:18 pm »
Awesome waterfall on the way back down
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #218 on: March 05, 2013, 04:36:04 pm »
Day 39 - Mushroom Farm to Nkata bay [180km , 40% gravel]

After all our good bye's we only left there late in the morning-we decided on the gravel route that goes through Livingstone and down the other side of the mountain and comes out at Rumpi. Awesome road with lots of sharp turns and hectic descents...it was like I had to learn to ride all over again.Once down from the mountain we crossed a few wooden bridges in desperate need of some TLC...but hey,TIA[this is Africa]. Once on the tar road we inflated the tyre's properly and had a quick refreshing splash in the river...Mushroom farm was at 1100 meter above see level,so you don't feel the heat,but back down it felt like we were in an oven again. Just before Mzuzu we got caught speeding for the second time and could not talk our way out of it. These traffic cops were too friendly for my liking that it pissed me off even more....65 in a 50 zone[who drive's 50?] will cost you 5000 MK spot fine. We stopped in Mzuzu for petrol and money [petrol there are bad and my poor Trekka sounded like a tracktor] and continued on the tar road towards Nkata bay which took us through some more hills and lots of greenery. We also passed through the first roadblocks where they actually want to see your documents...also irritating. At the bay we went to Majorca Village...what a beautiful place! It looks like it could be in Greece or somewhere in the Mediterranean.The water is so clear that you could probably see 20 meter and the most colourfull fish between the rocks right on the edge. It is also very touristic which is not entirely my vibe since everybody pretty much keep to themselves. Anyway...really beautiful
 

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Re: Africa Raw Paws
« Reply #219 on: March 05, 2013, 04:57:41 pm »
The bridge at Rumpi where we cooled off a bit