Lilongwe, Malawi with Zeb the Duck

All of our traveling companions have left Malawi now.   Mom and I, Zeb the Duck, have one more day here.   We have been to Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, a few times, but never for very long.   Today I want to show you some of what we saw here, in Lilongwe.   When we first arrived in Malawi, we walked to this shopping center.

Lilongwe Shopping Center

Lilongwe Shopping Center

You can see it is very nice, but not like our shopping malls.   There is a Game Store.   That is where we purchased sleeping bags for our safari.   We did leave the sleeping bags at our hotel so others can use them or they can be sold to help other people.   Remember our first trip was to Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary where we hiked and saw some animals.

Monkeys by road in Lilongwe

Monkeys by road in Lilongwe

This was our taxi.

Taxi in Lilongwe

Taxi in Lilongwe

I, Zeb the Duck, like these kinds of taxis.   A couple times we had dinner here, at the Bombay Palace.

Bombay Palace, Lilongwe, Malawi

Bombay Palace, Lilongwe, Malawi

The food was good and the people were nice.   This was a nice dessert stop.

Here for dessert, Lilongwe, Malawi

Here for dessert, Lilongwe, Malawi

We stayed at the Kiboko Town Hotel in Lilongwe.

Kiboko Town Hotel. Our home in Lilongwe, Malawi

Kiboko Town Hotel.  Our home in Lilongwe, Malawi

Again, the people were all so nice and helpful.   Everyone we met in Malawi was wonderful.   We also had dinner here at the Ad Lib Restaurant.

Ad Lib Restaurant, Lilongwe, Malawi

Ad Lib Restaurant, Lilongwe, Malawi

This restaurant is in the hotel building, but they are separate businesses.   I admired the huge wood carvings.

Wood carving

Wood carving

There are many talented artists in Malawi.

Wood carving in our hotel

Wood carving in our hotel

The craft market was next to our hotel.

Craft market from our hotel balcony

Craft market from our hotel balcony

We all spent a lot of time there.   This craft market goes to the end of the street,  turns to the right and goes about another block.  Many purchases were made, but we felt the prices were very reasonable.   And the vendors were very friendly and helpful.   If you did not purchase anything from them, they were still nice.   Mom and I wandered along different streets, but she did not take many photos.   This is one street photo including a mosque.

Street scene with mosque

Street scene with mosque

People from many countries and of many religions seem to get along well with each other.   We did not see any arguments.   Back to the craft market by our hotel, these friendly vendors were our friends.

Favorite vendors

Favorite vendors

Of course we did purchase some souvenirs.   Mom said we have more countries to visit, so we can only purchase a few small things at each market.   The suitcase will not hold too much.   We want you know that all the people we met in Malawi were so nice and so willing to share with each other.   Everyone had smiles.   But, life here is difficult.   This is one of the poorest countries in Africa.   The malaria rate is high.   Many people get cholera.   The HIV rate is also very high.   Even finishing elementary school is not common.   You may have heard that southern Africa is enduring another drought and many organizations predict millions will die of starvation.   These are the faces of youth we met.

Eager faces of youth

Eager faces of youth

All eager and wanting to learn so much.

Students eager to learn more

Students eager to learn more

If you have a favorite charity, perhaps you can give a donation for Malawi and other southern African countries.   Some of our favorite charities are Women for Women.   This charity often gives small loans to help women start businesses.   Perhaps $25 to sew items to sell.   They have a very high success rate and the loan repayment rate is also very high.   Heifer International gives a few goats or other animals, perhaps chickens and teaches how to use milk, eggs  etc for themselves, sell the extra and let the animals reproduce.   Then the new animals are given to another family or village to continue the process.   Of course, Ripple Africa is the organization where we volunteered for a couple weeks.   You have seen some of the good that they do.   And, World Food Program, connected with the United Nations, does get food to many  that need it.   We usually do not get this serious in our blogs, but we hope you can help these people.   If you donate through a church or a favorite charity, the people of southern Africa and the Colorado Traveling Ducks thank you.

Attentive students on floor. No desks and chairs available

Attentive students on floor. No desks and chairs available

Next time we will show you our first day in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Zeb the Duck Goes to Africa

Look at this!

Safari vehicle at Kiboko Town Hotel in Lilongwe, Malawi

Safari vehicle at Kiboko Town Hotel in Lilongwe, Malawi

I, Zeb the Duck, am in Africa with 6 human women.   We are in Lilongwe, the capital of  Malawi in southern Africa.   Where, you may ask, is Malawi?   Many humans ask, so here is a map of Africa showing Malawi in southern Africa.

Map of Africa showing Malawi. From Bradt travel guide to Malawi

Map of Africa showing Malawi. From Bradt travel guide to Malawi

Three humans and I take this taxi.

Our taxi and our friendly taxi driver

Our taxi and our friendly taxi driver

We arrive at Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary.

Let's explore he Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary

Let’s explore the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary

This is a beautiful, peaceful place in Lilongwe between Old Town and Capital City.   These sofas look inviting, but they are made of cement.

May not be too comfortable. They are made of cement

May not be too comfortable. They are made of cement

Heading down a trail, I, Zeb the Duck, am fascinated with the twisted trunk on this tree.

Twisted tree trunk

Twisted tree trunk

What are these hanging from a tree, over the river?

Nests of Weaver birds

Nests of Weaver birds

The humans say they are nests of the Weaver Birds.   The male Weaver bird builds the nest, and if the female does not like it, she will knock it down.   Then the male has to build a new and better nest for her.   I love this river.

Love a river

Love a river

It was so pretty and rivers always sound soothing.   We wander around the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary for awhile, enjoying every moment.   We decide to walk to the adjoining Lilongwe Wildlife Center.   Crossing the river on the road, these monkeys entertained us.

Monkeys are so playful

Monkeys are so playful

Here at the Lilongwe Wildlife Center, injured, abused and orphaned animals are cared for.

Lilongwe Wildlife Center is also a rehabilitation center

Lilongwe Wildlife Center is also a rehabilitation center

Some may later be released into the wild, and some will remain at the wildlife center for the remainder of their lives.   Let’s follow this bridge, with our guide, and explore.

Let's go see the Lilongwe Wildlife Center

Let’s go see the Lilongwe Wildlife Center

The diuker resembles the deer we see in Colorado.

Diuker

Diuker

This orange baboon could be my new friend.

Orange Baboon

Orange Baboon

Here is a big crocodile.

African crocodile

African crocodile

And it is no surprise that it is an African crocodile.   This is Africa, of course.   This was a great first day in Lilongwe, Malawi.   But there is much more to show you, so check back here soon.