As one of her last weekends in Malawi Elaine wanted to visit Livingstonia. It was also somewhere I wanted to go and on Friday the 23rd of November we headed off.
So what is Livingstonia and why did we want to visit? Livingstonia was the third site of Dr Robert Laws’ mission which was set up in memory of Dr Livingstone. The first two sites were on the lake shore and they were plagued by malaria so they decided to move to Livingstonia which is 900m higher than the lake. Some of the original stone buildings, built in 1894, are still in use. Why would we want to visit what seems, for all intents and purposes, to be a living museum. From what we had heard Livingstonia is set in possibly one of the most scenic areas of Malawi. There is also a trek from the lakeshore to Livingstonia, 15km, rising 900m in altitude, consisting of 20 bends in a very windy road and some very “interesting” shortcuts. Challenge accepted!
|Add in a 100l drum and another 5 people|
and a goat and then we left!
|Yup, we're going up there!|
|Sunrise over the lake|
|View from 3/4 of the way up|
|View from the top of the waterfall|
|Elaine and I admiring the view|
|Look at the size of the mushroom!|
|Elaine looks happy, I look like I'm|
|Church in Livingstonia|
|Stained glass depicting Dr Robert Laws' arrival|
|I mean really?|
|I'm not really sure how|
I thought pineapples grew
but this wasn't it!
Quote of the day: "I think it's my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may" Leonard Nimoy.