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The Solo Scooterist

Documenting my travels on a Vespa

Date: June 3, 2014

Tanzanite , Emeralds and Finding Kawiya

The ride North from Nkhotakota took me into the Malawian Highlands , with the deep , deep blue lake on my right and to my left these tropical lands with mountains , valleys and forests , the road mimicking the shoreline . The road sweeping me along leaning left then right with this lush land cocooning me , the light between the trees winking at Vic and I as we popped  in and out of tunnels of trees.

It reminded me so of the garden route back home , just a great road for scootering . On the way up I wanted to go and meet Vincent’s family who live on the lake in a very unspoilt rural part of  Northern Malawi just past Chintheche.

Off road trying to track down Kawiya , Vincent's mom

Off road trying to track down Kawiya , Vincent’s mom

Still finding Kawiya

Still finding Kawiya

After about an hour and a bit with arms pointing left and  right passing the same tree and church for the third time , I thought I would never find Kawiya .

 

Kawiya , Kawiya please answer my call.

Kawiya , Kawiya please answer my call.

By this time I had met half of rural Chintheche and was the sole attraction ,  I came across a family working the land and somebody who was fluent in english  so I asked again  if anyone knew Vincent’s mother Oh came the chorus Mrs Kawiya , apparently there is a place called Kawiya , a man called Kawiya but only one Mrs Kawiya , next thing a random chap jumped on the scooter with the skill of a seasoned hurdler pointing me straight ahead and so down foot path after foot path we rode to finally finding Kawiya.

 

Kawiya found

Kawiya found

I spent a couple of hours exploring the lake and chatting to a couple of fisherman , enjoying the surroundings before taking the road up to Nkhata Bay .

 

Simon prepping his nets

Simon prepping his nets

 

Bike gear not very fashionable along the lake.

Bike gear not very fashionable along the lake.

The road I spoke about is best described through the eye of the Nikon , enjoy the road with Vic and I.

 

Vast deep blue

Vast deep blue

 

Mountains to the left

Mountains to the left

Beautiful rubber plantations

Beautiful rubber plantations

The winking forest

The winking forest

Mayoka's swimming pool

Mayoka’s swimming pool

I think I might spend a bit of time here before I take on the road up to Tanzania and another border crossing to a new and different African story .  A true beauty lies in the North .

Mayoka Village for my over night . I found it with the accomodation hanging on to the cliffs  for dear life , I am staying in a wonderful chalet with views of the lake from every window , door and the shower , perched high up on the rocks.

 

Don't drink and walk.

Don’t drink and walk.

 

Until we meet again

 

 

 

 

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Street life Nkhata Bay

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