For the last few years, the value of the kwacha has been going down on the financial markets. In 2010, $US 1 was worth about 150 kwachas. In September 2015, the value had become $US 1 = 550 kwachas.
A 1,000 kwachas note is only worth about $US 2 and it is the biggest bank note available. On the next two photos, that big pile of money is worth only about 500 dollars (300,000 kwachas).
It is a headache to manage money in Malawi. At the ATM, only 40,000 kwachas can be withdrawn (70 dollars). Fill up the car and more than half that money is gone; credit cards are not accepted in fuel stations. There are a few rare banks allow withdrawal of large amounts of money directly at the counter using a credit card, but they are hard to found.
In this small village, a curious bridge made of branches and bamboos can be visited.
Moreover, there is a small museum and a chapel to visit.
Visiting the chapel only took 10 minutes, but I got a song. It is an offering to the ancestors like a prayer.
A curious experience.
Mufasa Eco-Lodge, in Monkey Bay, is one of the nicest places along Lake Malawi.
The Lengwe Park and Majete Reserve are both located in the Shire Valley.