Campi Ya Kanzi to Likoma Island
We had planned to takeoff from Campi Ya Kanzi airstrip at 6:15am, but as it goes in the wild, we were delayed by a pride of lions that wanted to use the same road. It was an incredible sight to come around the corner and see 5 lions in the road. We stopped the trucks and shutdown the engines and just enjoyed watching as a couple of the lions wrestled like oversized house cats, chasing each other across the road and tumbling through the grass. The smallest of the bunch was determined to keep us behind him, it was his road this morning and we were not going to change that. Finally the playful cats let us pass and we continued out short drive to the airstrip.
Within thirty minutes of reaching Kanzi airstrip we had packed everything, done our preflight and were in the air. We were headed for Mombasa Kenya, our outbound international airport from Kenya. We made it to Mombasa in just over an hour and the flight was all clear skies and smooth air. After clearing customs and filing the required paperwork we were back in the air headed to Dar Es Saalam, Tanzania. This would serve as our international entry point into and out of Tanzania. The weather between Mombasa and Dar Es Salaam was not great so unfortunately we didn’t get to see as much of the coast as we wanted to, but we did get to do some low level flying, giving us a great view of the jagged rocks and pristine beaches. Once cleared into Tanzania we had our longest leg of the day, Dar Es Salaam Tanzania to Mzuzu Malawai. In the Cessna 206 it took slightly longer than 3 hours but it was worth it. Flying over Tanzania, for hundreds of miles, there was no sign of civilization. This is something I had never experienced in my life. Below me was lush green earth, certainly capable of sustaining life, yet there were no people. There were no roads, no villages, no power lines, no crops, nothing… It was a great time for introspection and it made me feel very small in this world. After reaching Mzuzu, we took a very short break before embarking on our final leg of the day, Mzuzu to Likoma island, a short hop of 45 minutes. Likoma island is a very small island in Lake Malawi, it is a beautiful island with sand beaches, rocky coves and friendly people. We are staying at Kaya Mawa for a couple nights before we continue our journey South.
It was a great first day of flying, the people we met at each stop were very friendly and helpful.