Route taken: Lilongwe, Mchinji (border crossing), Chipata (Mamrula’s campsite)

First carbon tax since Jordan, we got hit with $50 as our engine is so large. I had to go back and forth to exchange some dollars from the small bank at the border. Bun was inside the office watching ‘The dog whisperer’ on the brand new tv they had recently installed. Most other officials were watching it as well!

Chipata is 30km from the border so we headed there, knowing that there a good base for the night. The owner of Mama Rula’s, Andrea chatted to us over a drink after we arrived. She got on to ‘The long way down’ saying that Ewen McGregor and Charlie Boorman had stayed for one night with the rest of the team.