Zomba Plateau

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An uninvited guest at the breakfast table
A five hour drive took us from Lilongwe to Zomba Plateau. On the way we made a lunch stop in Dedza. The Dedza Pottery Coffee shop had wonderful home made food. Goodies you won´t come across to often in Malawi. While waiting for our lunch we visited the Pottery Shop. The pottery is made in the back of the same room as the shop, but unfortunately you are not alowed in to look.

It was a nice drive from Dedza to Zomba. We passed through various villages on the way. Must of the houses were made of bricks and with straw roofs. Each village had their own little brick factory. When a house was build, the hole village was involved and helped out building it. What struck me was that everything seemed so organized and clean.
The Chawe Primary School
Haven´t seen it so neat in any other African country.

On our second day in Zomba we started the day by visiting Chawe Primary School. The students are between 6 to 14 year old. The head master let us visit a couple of class rooms. In one they sang for us and we sang for them. In the second room they were busy doing their math with teacher Rebecca. Suddenly the hole school was in motion and all the students gathered in the field in the back of the school. Here they preformed for us, singing, dancing and playing drums. All very lovely. I´m afraid we got the children a bit wined up, cause when we left, they did not want to go back to their classrooms. It was scary to learn that only 10% of the children had passed their school exams. This had been the test before the big National Exam, which they now were waiting for the results of.
The Chawe Primary School


After the school visit we headed for Zomba Mountain, a popular area for walking and hiking. The mountain is largely covered in pine plantation. Zomba is mostly noted for its scenery and birds. They say that leopards and different types of antelopes are seen from time to time, but we did not see any of them. After a walk on a road, we reached the top of Molumbe (2075 m). What should have been a fantastic view was just a wall of fog. Oh well, it was a good walk anyway. From the mountain we went to Chingwe´s Hole, a natural hole which is said to be "bottomless". A lot of legends are told about the hole. It is said that back in the old days they threw people suffering from leprosy into the hole. It is also said that there is a tradition that the chiefs back in the old days threw their enemies into "bottomless" Chingew´s Hole.
The Headmaster
Presistent romuors has it that Banda´s regime revived this tradition. Banda was the first dictator president. Not too long ago a Dutch guy lowered himself into the hole to find out how deep it is. It turned out that it is not deep at all. At the bottom there is a little river, which runs underground into the valley. It is not know if he found human bones at the bottom of the hole.

After a nice lunch at the Sunbird Ku Chawe Hotel we set off for more sight seeing. Our first stop was Williams Falls. Coming from Norway, a country of mountains, water falls and fjords, this was a bit disappointing. Just a little creek! We continued to the Queen´s View. The view was named after Queen Elisabeth, who visited Zomba in 1957. We also made a stop at the Emperor´s View, named after Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia who was there in 1964. Both view points have a stunning view over Zomba and a dramatic scenery, but unfortunately it was very hazy.

Remarkable Himalayan raspberries grow all over the plateau and you can buy a generous portion from the vendors outside the Ku Chawe for around $1. There are also strawberries at most time of the year which grow in fields around the village. We also got lots of Mulberries.
lauro says:
i really love experiencing the culture! its amazing they sang for you!
Posted on: Jan 04, 2010
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An uninvited guest at the breakfas…
An uninvited guest at the breakfa…
The Chawe Primary School
The Chawe Primary School
The Chawe Primary School
The Chawe Primary School
The Headmaster
The Headmaster
The Headmasters office
The Headmasters office
Child abuse
Child abuse
Different projocts
Different projocts
The children singing for us
The children singing for us
Math with teacher Rebecca
Math with teacher Rebecca
Multiplication
Multiplication
The little clown
The little clown
View from Zomba Mountain
View from Zomba Mountain
On top of Zomba Mountain (2075 m)
On top of Zomba Mountain (2075 m)
View from Zomba Mountain
View from Zomba Mountain
The Chingwe´s Hole, the bottomle…
The Chingwe´s Hole, the "bottoml…
The bottomles hole
The "bottomles" hole
A Malawi game
A Malawi game
Williams Falls
Williams Falls
Williams Falls
Williams Falls
Scenery from the Queen´s View
Scenery from the Queen´s View
Scenery from the Queen´s
Scenery from the Queen´s
Scenery from the Queen´s View
Scenery from the Queen´s View
Our bus at the Emperor´s View
Our bus at the Emperor´s View
Scenery from the Emperor´s View
Scenery from the Emperor´s View
At the Emperor´s View
At the Emperor´s View
Zomba
photo by: sarahsan