§ Steven’s lodge is very basic, doesn’t have internet facilities and a room for 3 persons was 2500 KW
§ Gaia is very attractive and I would recommend it, sgl 2000 KW, dbl 3000KW, dorm 1250 KW, telephone number is missing
§ Gecko’s lodge is a bit more expensive. You can rent kayaks (2 persons) here for $10 half/day and snorkeling equipment $5 h/d. Single kayaks are for rent at Kayak Africa for $10 h/d.
§ Where to eat: Thomasen’s had very good (local)food for ~500 KW.
§ If you arrange a ride back with a private car, make sure how many people will join you, because the driver asks other people too, without you knowing. Never pay all the money in advance, because the chance of a breakdown is not minor.
§ Chinguni Hills Campsite has a 3 course dinner for $15 and safari’s from $15. There is no electricity. Recommended for backpackers (better than Mvuu I heard).
§ CCAP cottage 2000 KW pp, 8 beds, there is a living room with couches and it is allowed to sleep on them, but you still have to pay 2000 KW.
§ Troutfarm 800 KW
· Monkey bay:
§ Zawadi guesthouse sgl 750 KW
§ Venice backpackers $7 dorm, nice place at the beach, but half an hour walk from the village
§ meals white rock bar 500 KW, Ulemu 350 KW
· Satemwa tea estate:
§ Chawani Bungalow $110 for the whole house. Very beautiful, but you need your own transport.
§ Every hut on the mountain had 4 mattresses (first come, first served). You can rent a sleeping bag and/or mattress for ~1000 KW per day.
§ A porter is 1000 KW per day, a guide 1300 KW per day, while a porter also knows the way (confirm this!)
· Nkhata bay:
§ Mayoka village dorm 700 KW, every Tuesday free dinner
· Ilala ferry:
§ 2840 KW to Likoma Island (1st class deck)
§ Likoma Island, Mango drift dorm 700 KW, dinner 800 KW
§ Chizumulu Island, Wakwenda retreat dorm 900 KW, dinner 800 KW
§ fishing boat (=dhow) between islands costs 100 KW, leaves Likoma at 5.00 am, takes 1 h and returns at 1 pm.
§ 30 min. walk from roadblock with junction to Livingstonia to Chitimba beach. Not likely to find a lift to Livingstonia on a Sunday.
§ ~3 hrs walk from Chitima beach to mushroom farm, where you can storage your bags if necessary. Especially the shortcuts in the beginning are not too steep and save a you a lot of time. A lot of Malawians offer to guide you, but there is only one road, so not difficult to find your way.
§ Mushroom farm: camping 700 KW, tent+matras+sheets 700KW, abseiling and other activities are only possible when Mick is around.
§ Walk to the waterfalls from mushroom farm ~30 minutes, to Livingstonia 1.30 hrs.
§ Rhumphi has only a small market with a very small selection of fruits and vegetables
§ Kazunu: 4000 KW for a hut with 2 sgl beds. Cooking utensils can be provided, but is very marginal
§ Walking safari costs 750 KW,you see mainly elephants and hippo’s
§ Zambia much better than Malawi
§ Kiboko safari 4-days South Luangwa NP $375, good value for money. Recommendable
§ Pick and pay 2: 1800 dbl s/c, local guesthouse, not very nice place
§ You can also do pottery with a local, which is a lot cheaper and very nice to have some contact with locals, try to ask for Denes at the BP filling station.
· Kande beach:
§ Dorm 1000 KW, horseriding 1 hr $25, 2 hrs $50 (with swimming), 3 hrs $75
§ Sketch map is a real sketch, it’s about 4 km from bus depot to Kande beach resort. Call the lodge and ask if someone can pick you up. If there are horse riding trips the car of Kande Horse goes there 4 time a day.
· Viphya forest reserve:
§ Rest house 700 KW pp, lodge 800 KW, Joseph is an excellent cook
§ There are no buses from the airport to Lilongwe, you have to take a cab. This will cost around 4500 KW
Annie’s coffee pot lodge doesn’t exist, there is only a restaurant
§ Cheap good local food you can find behind Ali baba, in summer park. There is also an internet place for 4 KW/minute