After the reserve we moved
southwards to the Viphya Plateau. This is a large undulating area of Malawi,
nice and cool, and mostly forest covered with lumps of granite in between.
We were in search of some climbing and went to the Luwawa Forest Reserve
campsite to find out where they went climbing with their guests. They
gave us directions to a granite lump, not hugely exciting but fairly entertaining.
We set up a top rope but had to do a bit of moss removal to get at the
After that we headed to Lilongwe to sort out our visas for Zambia. We
also wanted to have a look at Nelly’s engine and get some washing
done. We stayed at Kiboko Camp where we met Pim, the owner who has three
101’s. He uses 2 of them for safari's and the other one is used
for spare parts. He had an old gearbox lying around with a power take
off on it. Chris couldn’t resist, Pim had no use for it. Not sure
that we do at the moment but we may do soon.
After a few days in Lilongwe we felt we should see the Lake before we
left so went eastwards to Senga Bay where we camped within earshot of
the lake. We had a pleasant swim and boulder on the granite lumps at the
edge before retiring for a warm nights sleep.
The next day was my Birthday and I woke to a bright and sunny day on the
lake shore. We went in search of coolness and decided on Dedza Mountain
but not before we had a sail on the lake. The campsite had a catamaran
and we pottered around the lake which was very pleasant but it wasn’t
windy enough for any adrenalin to flow. The road up to Dedza from the
lake is being rebuilt and they are half way through a two year contract,
judging by the appearance of the road they are making good progress, still
no tarmac but some fancy bridges. At Dedza mountain we found a track that
went all the way up to the radio masts and then further on.