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Southern Circle AFRICA | Travel Evening

 Tuesday, October 15th Kilroy Travels Trondheim organizes a travel evening from 6PM to 8PM in Nattergalen Café where me and a colleague will tell you all you need to know about traveling in Africa. The teaser below is from a trip called Southern Circle which will be the main theme for the presentation, but we will also give general advise on when to go, how to get around and what to see. You can read more about the event on this link. I hope to see you there!
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Mount Mulanje

When we arrived at Mulanje Gold Club where we would be staying for the next nights there was not much to do. At some point the resort must have been a beautiful place to be, with an indoor badminton hall and a pool which even had slides and a diving board, but because of the lack of maintenance it was all to worn out to even use. We then asked one of the porters at the hotel to show us around for some pocket money, and he was more than happy to do so. He took us through the nearby tea plantations and the local market, and showed to be a really good guide. Not only did he explain a lot of the things we saw along the way, but he also helped interact with the locals which was particularly useful when a group of 50 excited children started running after us. 

The next morning we drove early to the foot of Mount Mulanje which was laying at around 600 meters above sea level. It was important to be there early as we were supposed to climb 1200 height meters up to our turning point at around 1800 meters above sea level. After that we were going to walk down the other side of the mountain and have a stop at a waterfall. All that before the sun was starting to set. 

The hike was tough, and our guide had told us that only 70% of his clients made it to the top, but our whole group made it up and got to enjoy the view for a short time before starting to descend. On the way down our knees were weak and our bodies sweaty, but a break and a bath in the cold waterfall helped a lot before walking the last hours down the mountain. The food in the evening tasted especially good and the sleep in the night could not have been better. It was clear that the long hike that day had had a good impact on every single one of us. 
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Lake Malawi

On our way to Lake Malawi we stopped in Lilongwe where we got to eat lunch and do some shopping. The people who had not gotten their visas to Mozambique in advance spent the whole day at  the embassy, as Mozambique visas are very rarely issued at the border.  Lake Malawi was only a couple of hours away and we got there just before the sun went down. Just in time to pack up our tents and bring all our stuff from the truck before it got too dark. The evening was spent around the campfire where our guide gave us a proper introduction of Malawi and explained all the things it was possible for us to do by the lake. 

The next morning we got up early to start with a trip to the local village called “the hot sand village”. It was said to have gotten its name because of the sand becoming so hot in october that everyone needed to have their shoes on. The main thing that was produced and sold in the village were boats and fishing nets for the lake, but there were also some good wood carverers who took special requests, so I asked them to make a key chain with a text and picture on it, and they made it perfectly at almost no cost. It was also interesting to hear our guide explain that the boys left their parents at the age of 15 when they started building their own houses. Their houses could be made in two weeks or two months depending on how quick they were, and they usually used around 5000 bricks made out of dried mud and banana tree leafs for the roofs. 

We also got to do some snorkeling at the Lake which had more fish species than any other lake on earth. After the snorkeling trip we got to play some volleyball at the beach and then again spend the evening around the campfire. 
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