NORTHERN MALAWI: Vwaza Marsh, Mzuzu, Nhakotokota, Viphya. High above the shores of Lake Malawi is a colonial outpost, Livingstonia.Livingstonia was established in 1894 by the Free Church Of Scotland.Malawians crowd into a truck on the road near Livinstonia.The sun rises over Lake Malawi to our campground at Livinstonia. Walking up the steep hill is for the hardy, and the unfortunate. Vehicles travel up infrequently, but we got lucky after an hour or two.Walks around Livingstonia, Malawi, provide rewarding mountain views, as well as a chance to see rural life.Another waterfall near Livingstonia, Malawi.A pimped up bicycle taxi in Mzuzu, Malawi.Travel in the backwaters of Africa can get crowded and uncomfortable.Doorway of a hotel which was far too grand for its location by the dock at Nhakotakota, where we caught the MV Ilala to Likoma.Nhakotakota National Park, where we stayed for a few days, and watched the sun go down over those hills.We had the luxury of the front seat.Most people in this part of Malawi walk. Walk for water. Walk to school. Walk to town.Vwaza Marsh National Park is in Malawi's north, a long way down a dirt road, where transport is hard to come by.The most dangerous animal in Africa, the hippopotamus. Walking back in the dark to our tent one night, I apparently came between one and the water. Getting between a hippo and water can have dire consequences. I just didn't know he was there.Are these gazelle, springbok, some kind of ~buck? I'll let you know.Likoma is popular with travellers, but still the numbers are low. Local kids still enjoy seeing a mzungu (white man).Stained glass windows depict the arrival of the white man to the area, Livingstonia, Malawi.A small lake where kids fish in the Viphya mountains.On the dusty main road to Vwaza Marsh National Park, a small village shop stocks life's essentials: washing soap, bottled water and phone credit.Nkhotakota National ParkMonkeys (langur maybe, maybe way wrong) on the rocks by camp in Nkhotakota.An African fish eagle, Nhakotakota National Park, Malawi.Not the greatest wildlife spot in the world, but this shallow in Nkhotakota park was a pleasant place to watch the sun go down.Crocodiles, some primates, bee-eaters and others help pass the time.A (fish?) eagle in the tree at sunset in Nkhotakota.In the town of Mzuzu, we camped in the grounds of the local Catholic Church.Views of the fields on the way up to Livingstonia.Looking down the valley from the top of a waterfall in Livingstonia.The church built by Scottish missionaries at the start of the 20th century, Livingstonia.