Livingstonia

We had to travel along a narrow gravel road for about 20km to reach the top of the escarpment and negotiate 20 hairpin bends - it took us an hour.

The start of the track to the top of the escarpment.

We stopped at the Mushroom Farm near the top but there was nowhere to pitch a rooftop tent so we carried on a bit further to Lukwe Eco Camp where we were able to stay

Driving up the escarpment.

The lounge / bar area at Lukwe Eco Camp.

The wonderful view from the lounge / bar area at Lukwe.

The camp has a permaculture garden which we enjoyed exploring. Indigenous trees have been planted on the partially terraced slopes with streams and ponds supplying water for the varied crops that are grown amongst the trees.

Vegetables growing amongst the trees.

We made friends with the camp cat.

Livingstonia is a small town at the top of the escarpment that was founded by Scottish missionaries in the late 19th century after unsuccessfully, due to the prevalence of malaria, trying to establish a mission beside the lake.

Nowadays as well as a hospital and huge church (below) the town has a university with over 500 students.

The Stone House is now a museum - sadly closed when we visited.

On our way back down the gravel road we had some lovely views of the Lake.

Dedza Pottery & Mphunzi Mountain.

Southern Lakeside - Monkey Bay, Cape Maclear & Senga Bay.

Zomba Plateau & Mulanje Massif.

Majete Wildlife Reserve.

Kasungu National Park.

Viphya Forest Reserve.

Nyika National Park & Vzawa Marsh Wildlife Reserve.

Northern Lakeside - Chintheche & Mkondowe.

Livingstonia.

Diary (Word document).

We often saw steep hillsides that had been cleared of vegetation in order for crops to be grown - not always successfully as soil erosion is a problem.

 

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