We arrived in the afternoon and everyone decided to relax. This meant going for a swim in Lake Malawi. A lot of our group decided to swim out to the island as it wasn’t too far but I declined as I wasn’t confident enough with my swimming abilities and wasn’t sure I would have the strength to come back once I was there.
The first night was a party night. The costumes that people bought at the market were brought out and everyone dressed up. The G Adventure group we had met at the border was also at Kande Beach and they were having a dress up party as well.
After supper, several of us went down to the beach as the girls had been invited down for a bonfire by some locals earlier. I didn’t really want to hang out down there so another lady and I left after not too long. We went back to the bar area and hung out there for a while and just watched what was going on. The G people were dancing at the bar and having a good time.
We went back to the beach after a while to see how the girls were doing. As it turned out, they were happy we showed up as they wanted to escape but didn’t know how. They were trying to give us clues when we arrived to let us know to rescue them so once all of us were back at the bar we setup an emergency phrase for the future. Turns out, one of the girls somehow had almost gotten herself engaged. The guy had already told his family about her and they had invited her for supper the next day to meet her.
When we had been walking back to the bar from the beach, we had come across the G adventures people who were going for a skinny dip. They invited us to join them but we declined. We found out later that they had several items stolen as they had taken cameras, iPods and keys with them. One of these sets of keys was for their truck and they didn’t have a spare set. We did find out later that they got their keys back (a reward had been offered).