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September 11th, 2009 – by: sarahsan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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