Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Today we left Collin’s village early, destination Mzuzu, in the north. We hitched to a crossroads, then boarded a [crowded] minibus, followed by an equally crowded, if larger, regular bus. We originally planned to spend a night or two in Mzuzu, the largest city in the north of Malawi, but when we arrived, we took one look at the chaos in the bus terminal and decided we should try to get to our final destination – relaxed Nkhata Bay, on the shores of Lake Malawi – as soon as possible. So we hopped on our third [crowded] bus of the day and left for the lake. We arrived in Nkata Bay and made our way to our hotel just in time for sunset. The hotel is absolutely amazing, yet surprisingly affordable (this is Malawi), composed of a rambling spread of reed and mud huts built on a lakeside slope, right down to the rocky lake edge. Beautiful!