DAY 1: THE JOURNEY
First of all, allow me to point out that Africa around this time of the year, especially central Africa, is stupidly HOT! And by hot, I mean everything that makes you sweat, hyperventilate, and need lots of fluids, PAUSE! Ok enough innuendo. We were running super late on Thursday 25th September (it was also mums birthday), from me deciding to do my hair two hours before our bus was scheduled to leave at 14.30pm and this was 13.10, with Lusaka traffic, I tried as hard as I could to visualize us on the BEFORE it left. Finally we( Photographer and I) got on a cab and started our journey to the inter-city bus terminus, ten minutes into the cab journey and about 15minutes late, I remembered I forgot my passport at home. Yes that’s right, I forgot my passport of all things, it felt like I was in a film!
Anyway after all that kafwafwa we got to the station, rushed past all the crazy conductors trying to grab our luggage from us and shouting different town names. Out of frustration I scream out “Tiyenda kumalawi” “we are going to Malawi”. Like a ray of sunshine at the end of a tunnel there was the Kobs Transport Ltd run “Zambia Malawi” bus. The bus luckily had been delayed and didn’t start off for another twenty minutes of us boarding. Quick instagram update and off we went.
Before we knew we were at the Luangwa bridge staring outside at all the lovely items on sale, I was one heartbeat away from jumping out through the window to buy this super cute reed bad. Fast forward 12 hours and many mini naps, bumpy roads, bad roadside food and ordeals at the border with the mobile bureaus with their actually alright rates, at 3.30am on Friday 26th September we were in Lilongwe the capital city safe sound and happy.
Lilongwe is quite small compared to Zambia but it was still filled with lots of energy. We didn’t spend too long there and we were jumping on yet another bus, this time a mini bus to Mangochi, the province where the festival was being held. This ride was funny, those are all the descriptive words I have.
12.40pm and we are in Mangochi at the Sunbird Nkopola lodge, figuring out how to put up the tent, which I pretty much left to the better half lol.
16hrs we are all showered , changed, fixed up our tent in the campsite (pictured below)and went straight to collect our media passes with our new found Malawian friends Zisper and Timothy.
There was so much to take in, the lake was absolutely beautiful! It was like a out of straight out of a high end travel magazine
The food food stands and market stalls were also a personal favourite
After dancing around a bit and sipping some and spotting this guy below
we were invited to some drinks and a networking opportunity by the PR team, so more sipping and eating. The tourism minister for Malawi came and gave a great speech as well as the organisers for the festival. After that we had lots of good finger food!! Thank you to Blackmore Creatives for the incredible hospitality show to us from day one of the festival! Next up it was time for what the festival was created for, MUSIC!
First up was Reason from SouthAfrica, who was incredible Live!!! What a talent!!
Then my dream of seeing Mafikizolo Live came true to levels that words cannot fully express, absolutely crazy!
The show came to a glorious close with Malawis very own Skeffa Chimotto and his brilliant band! I'm still mad he didn't play the one song I know by him called 'kakilole'
And by this time, with the journey we had, we were knackered beyond control and couldn’t even stay up, we went straight to our tent (pics of campsite in next post) and we slept it up, after drinking a bit more of course! INFO TIME: Lake of stars is held every year in September and this year it was 26-28 September