Malawi in a Mini: Heading back home

Posted by Sarah Duff on 27 October 2011

On our way out of Malawi, from the Lake of Stars festival in Mangochi, we stopped at a roadblock just before the Mozambican border. The policeman recognised us from our drive in, and asked us why we were leaving Malawi. We couldn’t think of a better reason than the fact that we had to return (sigh) to the office. In response, he offered to find us jobs AND put us up in his house. That’s Malawian friendliness for you.

We made the hard slog back home in two days: one day to Great Zimbabwe (16 hours and two harassed border crossings) and another back to Joburg (10 hours, sustained by toasted sarmies and coffee from Mike’s Kitchen outside Louis Trichardt).

Our trusty Mini returned us home safely, albeit with hippy hair and dirty feet. We did 4600 kms in 15 days without a scratch.


Day 14

Mangochi to Masvingo (Zimbabwe)
986 km
16 hours
Great Zimbabwe Hotel
Sustenance: Woolies Bombay mix
Soundtrack: Foals (several times over)

Day 15

Masvingo to Joburg
822 km
10 hours
Sustenance: Toasted cheese sarmie from Mike’s Kitchen
Soundtrack: Lost in Translation soundtrack


Malawi in a Mini

Follow our trip around Malawi in a Mini Countryman

For part one of our Malawi in a Mini trip (Joburg to Lake Malawi) click here

For part two of our Malawi in a Mini trip (Road tripping around Lake Malawi) click here

For part three of Malawi in a Mini (Island hopping on Domwe and Mumbo) click here

For part four of Malawi in a Mini (Lake of Stars festival) click here

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