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Wednesday, August 9, 2000
Chitimba to Livingstonia, Malawi
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Livingstonia, Malawi:
Latitude: 10° 36' 42" South
Longitude: 34° 6' 47" East
Altitude: 4087 feet
From Seattle: 11149 miles
Lodging: Hotel - The Stone House

Today's Travel:
Country: Malawi
Region: Northern Malawi
Route: On Foot: Trail: Chitimba - Livingstonia
Path:Chitimba - Livingstonia, Malawi
Linear:5 miles
Weather: Partial Sun

Available Photos:

Lake from trail Livingstonia Trail, Malawi

View from mission bell tower towards lake Livingstonia, Malawi

View from mission bell tower towards Nyika Plateau Livingstonia, Malawi

Livingstonia Mission Livingstonia, Malawi

Old house Livingstonia, Malawi

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1217
Linear Dist: 235707
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 268
More stats...
Hotels: 435
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 129
Hostels: 261
Transit: 76
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4170

Journal Entry:
We managed to get up nice and early. After we packed I walked a couple kilometers down the road to exchange some money so that we could pay our bill. Also picked up four bottles of water and some bread for our trek. After moving our left luggage - we're only carrying the absolute minimum (sleeping bags and a change of clothes) - we were ready to go. <>Before leaving I walked down on the beach to take a photo of our hut and discovered my camera is broken. When I take a photo the shutter opens and stays open until I turn the camera off - not good. I sat down and fiddled with the camera (changed film, looked for dirt, and changed batteries) but nothing seemed to fix it. Then after about fifteen minutes it started working again. Hmm...

Hired a local guy to take us up the trail which will cut five kilometers off the road - though at the cost of it being a steeper climb. The trail was steep and our guide was quick. I kept up with him for the first hour then died - I think I would have been ok had I paced myself, but I didn't and I was hurting. Frequent rests, and two and a half painful hours after starting we leveled off near the top of the ridge. The view back were magnificent - as they had been the entire hike, but I'd been to occupied to really appreciate them. Our guide pointed us in the right direction then took off and we wandered through the village. It's a bit bizarre, beautiful old Victorian brick and cut stone houses with porches and fantastic gardens - completely surreal after the surrounding thatched clay huts!

We met amazingly friendly people who were so excited to welcome us to their town and tell us a little about it before continuing on their way. We'd decided to stay in "The Stone House" - the original house that Robert Laws (the Scottish missionary who founded Livingstonia) built just over a hundred years ago. It's a big stone house with a huge porch still furnished with the original, if worn, furniture. After sitting for an hour just to recover we got up and wandered around the village. Checked out the original mission - even climbed the bell tower to get the most incredible satellite photo like views of the lake to the east and the Nyika plateau to the west. Then we wandered back through the town to the old hospital - a large beautiful rambling brick structure with great gardens. Somewhere in this walk my camera broke again and I couldn't get it to work at all.

By this time I could barely stand any longer so we went back to the house and played cards until dinner time. Dinner was basic, but very good - rice, beans, and veggies. As soon as dinner was over we went to bed - I'm sure I was sound asleep before eight!

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Malawi
CIA World Fact Book: Malawi

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