Majete Wildlife Reserve to Lengwe National Park (47km)
17 km rutted hard sand from Majete National Park gate. 22 km good tarmac with lots of other cyclists and friendly waves. Keen to slip stream us…or several young men and boys accelerating to overtake us, then with grins and waves we continued cycling our normal pace and overtook them repeatedly. Sunday in Malawi..people out in Sunday best walking on roads, on bikes, in a few open market stalls.
Brian cycles up the sandy hill from Ng’ona lodge with Vervet monkeys and birds abounding…after Delicious breakfast of fresh fruit and English breakfast plus good coffee to fortify us both. A beautiful comfy place to stay. In Churches, and also groups of people in the shade of trees singing harmonies; some gospel some more rhythmic. Plenty of cycle repair stalls ..track pump invention much needed by Brian’s back tyre was the highlight of his day.
Right turn to Lengwe National Park along a straight hot hard sand road through sugar cane fields to Lengwe National Park gate (8km) Nyala lodge bosses forgot to mention to their staff or N.P we were coming. But Deans info got us in ..phone calls made.. all well. A swim in the small pool watched by monkeys waiting to steal our water bottles or sandals. The place has a slightly disused, feel business bad this year for them..but friendly Daniel cooked dinner eaten on the veranda under a multitude of stars with crickets and frog sounds filling the night sky. A twilight game walk with the game ranger complete with guns as lots of buffalo in the park. We saw none as best seen many miles from main gate..saw footprints and baboons from peaceful main hide; an atmospheric African bush walk..you cannot go on walks by yourself due to buffalo in the park.
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