(Day 11) Senga Bay to Kande Beach – 10 April 2011
Distance for the day – 274 km Odometer – 5 077 km
Hours on the Bike – 03:56
Donations up to date for Adelaide Hospital – R 47 864.00
We woke with a bang, when Norman announced “saddle up, lets hit the road !” Shortly after this we were heading up along the Western side of the lake to Nkhata Bay, fully stocked with Blackmarket Petrol.
The ride took us through a number of villages and over numerous rivers, all running into the Gigantic Malawi Lake. We only had a cup of coffee early morning and the food stalls became more appetizing the further we went. At one village market we stopped and tried some of the local cuisine – Potato wedges with goats’ lung and “dikderm”/colon. This went down well. What a pleasure to mix with the locals and experience their way of doing things. There were luckily now uncalled pit stops thereafter.
We stopped after some 150 km’s to refuel, seeing that fuel is scarce, but no luck! We got hold of a local and waited for two and a half hours for them to bring us fuel, but nobody appeared. This gave us good time to check the bikes through for any obvious problems.
We continued and turned off at a very narrow sand road towards Kande Beach. This quickly became quite an interesting experience – look up, throttle up and leave all fear at the tar road behind. Now, the one biker that claimed to have all the experience in riding sand had to look for his ego somewhere in the bush after a wipe out in some loose stuff. Rufus at least took the necessary photo before picking up his bike. His only excuse was the 290 kg bike handles a little different to when it was weighing 200 kgs.
Kenda Beach Lodge and Camping is such a nice getaway – basic facilities away from all the rush. Could definitely become a highlight destination for our trip. We were out of petrol with no local support at this stage, a fully stocked bar, so with some Internet support and a good imagination we could easily write a few days ahead right here from base camp.
The jewel in the crown of the country’s tourist attractions is Lake Malawi, “discovered” by the missionary-explorer Dr David Livingstone just over 150 years ago. Although totally landlocked, Malawi is not denied its “inland sea”. This vast body of freshwater fringed by beaches of golden sand is not only a scenic wonderland but it provides water sport opportunities for those looking for something beyond sun, sand and swimming. Its approximate dimensions are 587 km north to south and 84 km broad, hence the sobriquet: “the calendar lake”. The Lake, in the north, is quite extraordinarily deep: 700m, plunging well below sea level. This reflects the enormity of the natural faulting of the Great Rift Valley, which is the origin of the Lake. The width of the lake’s shorelines, vary from nothing to over 25km, the edge of the Rift Valley rising steeply in places and more gently in others.
Malawi is among the world’s least developed and most densely populated countries. The economy is heavily based in agriculture, with a largely rural population. The Malawian government depends heavily on outside aid to meet development needs. This we have noticed with many Missionaries and Orphanages that are aided by outside countries.