Mafinga - Lilongwe
Arriving at Lilongwe in
30th May 2004 from Mafinga in Tanzania, via Makumbako, Myeba
Mafinga heading south-west to Makumbako then following
the old railway line turning south before Myeba towards Lake
Malawi. The only land crossing between Malawi and Tanzania is
at the Songwe River bridge north of Kaporo at the north end of
lake Malawi. The rally
enters Malawi across the bridge and follows the shore of Lake
Malawi past the Nyika National Park to Mzuzu across the Biphya
Mountains and south to Lilongwe.
The tourist brochures bill Malawi as the warm
heart of Africa. The country has reliable transport; the scenery
is gorgeous and varied; the people are very friendly. There
are the national parks and game reserves, mountain hiking and
plateau trekking; Lake Malawi is great for diving, boating
or lazing about.
Lilongwe became the country's new capital
in 1975. The new city centre has the ministries,
embassies, airline offices, travel agents and a collection
of office buildings and mini-malls. In the old town
you'll find the market, restaurants and
cafes, the bus station and a good range of accommodation.
The market is jammed with pots and pans, car and bike
parts, vegetables, live chickens and dried fish.
rallyists take a rest stop and make repairs at Lilongwe,
before leaving for Lusaka on June 6th 2004.