Sept. 26 – Return to Malawi
On our last safari drive, we once again saw a lioness munching on the remains of a Cape buffalo kill and several sated males and females nearby as well as vultures waiting patiently in the trees for their turn. There was a traffic jam of safari vehicles when all the guides hurried to the scene! We also saw lots of zebra and a wildebeest. We said a sad farewell to Bwalya and staff at our last lodge.
The journey was filled with colorful sites in local villages, and the border crossing was smoother than the first time. Yet it was still a long day. The last leg of the journey was harrowing as we somehow lost our way in town and wound up on the wrong road where there was a huge traffic jam and lots of cars coming off dirt roads near the football stadium. With trust and faith in the compassion of the locals, and once again a kindly Malawian woman standing along the road, cellphone on her ear, came to our rescue and told us how to get back to the right area. We arrived at our hotel too exhausted to eat anything but butternut squash soup while learning a great deal about Malawi tourism from another hotel guest who worked for a high-end safari company.