Fifty shades of orange
Yet the remote nature is not the only reason why people come here. You can snorkel, canoe, hike and dive on the island. The lodge itself also organises boat trips. I let myself be tempted by the sunset cruise. With a small motor boat I sail a long way away from the island with some other guests, so that we are almost only surrounded by water. With a fresh gin and tonic in our hands we watch breathlessly how everything around us changes colour from blue to orange. Even a small tear appears in the corner of my eye. Damn, life can be beautiful.
After a night on the island you never want to leave. The regret I feel when my feet touch the mainland, soon makes way for curiosity about the next destination. That is, the stylish Huntington House in the middle of the tea plantations, both equally spectacular. The building itself was completely built in the British style of the 1930s, when the Maclean family moved in. Although renovation work has been done in the meantime, every effort has been made to retain its authentic character. This also applies to the rooms, which have largely retained the style of the original occupant. This may be taken in the wrong way, but believe me: father and mother Maclean were a lot more stylish than the average Flemish couple.
There is plenty to do in the Huntington House area to keep you busy for a few days. Those who have completed a hectic journey can relax in the private garden with a cup of Malawian fair trade tea. Those who fancy a little more action can go for a walk between the tea plantations, visit the tea factories or go mountain biking. However, I choose to show myself from my most lazy side and opt for a jeep ride to the top of the tea plantations. A small picnic table has been installed there, where I see the African sun setting for the last time with a cocktail in my hand. I could not have dreamed of a better end to this wonderful journey.