A day in the Lower Shire…

August 16, 2018

I have been to most parts of Malawi, from the plateaus of Nyika in the North to the low plains of the South in Chikwawa with beautiful places like Majete Game Reserve and Ngona Lodge. Today I had the opportunity of going past Chikwawa to Nsanje… one less district to visit. All I knew about Nsanje was, IT IS BOILING HOT down South!!!
My day started early, I was asked to be at work by 6h30 for 6h45 departure but I live in Africa… African time is a real thing, my ride showed up an hour later😞😞, sometimes I ask myself why I still bother showing up on time πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” (I can’t stand being late, it irritates me when people are late, I’m early because I don’t want people experience what I feel when people are late and deep down I’m hoping African time will cease to exist, I HOPE)
20 minutes into the drive, we begun the decent into the Lower Shire with the familiar sights of Kamuzu View and Chikwawa from the top… An hour into the drive we are in Chikwawa and we are driving past the Illovo sugar plantation, the windows are down and the smell of sugar, caramelized sugar (I always find that strange) drifts through the windows.
Where the sugar plantations end, Nsanje begins but we are still 30 minutes out from our destination and I thought this place is not hot at all and yes this was a premature thought!
Nsanje seemed cool and quiet, not eerily quiet but an expectant type of quiet. That life would come to this small town

And life sure did come, at midday when the temperatures had risen to 34Β°C (apparently today was child’s play πŸ‘€πŸ™†β€β™€οΈπŸ™…β€β™€οΈπŸ˜¦ I do not want to be around when it’s not child’s play), like a scene from the Sons of Anarchy, motor bikes rolled through the town, honking coming from a gathering of what I do not know.
After our meeting, I wanted to see the Nsanje Port and I was very disappointed. Millions of Malawi Kwacha wasted, when that money could have been used in providing medicines in hospitals!!!

After a disappointing visit to the port, we started the journey back up the mountains and the Malawi sunset never disappoints. As we ascended, the sun begun to set, it was still a high up in the sky but setting nonetheless…

It made up for the heat and the port!
My beautiful Malawi
‘That Malawian Girl’
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