Nyala Animal Reserve and Blantyre.

Amy’s photos-

KuNgoni Centre of Culture and Art are in the Dedza district of Malawi.
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We spent 3 days at the centre. They provide a wealth of information on Malawi history and culture.
A nineteenth-century Roman Catholic mission station that has spawned a museum of cultural history unsurpassed in the region and an organization for marketing the incredibly imaginative and complex work of local carvers and sculptors.
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Mua Mission is found just off the the main lakeshore road, the M5. The mission is famous for the quality of the wood carvings produced (and sold) there. The standards are superb and the prices reasonable.

Father Claude

The KuNgoni Centre of Culture & Art was established in 1976 by a Canadian missionary Fr. Claude Boucher Chisale. Fr. Boucher has dedicated his life to researching, recording and preserving Malawian culture. The Centre has grown from an art co-operative to a vibrant cultural centre. It provides insights into the history and culture of Malawi through the Chamare Museum, the Carving Centre and the new Research Centre/Library. The museum describes the Chewa, Ngoni amd Yao cultures, their rites of passage, their interaction with one another and their encounter with Islam and Christianity. It also holds a unique display of Gule Wamkulu masks, texts and images and dances can be arranged.

The Cultural Programmes present a selection of traditional dances and songs from the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao cultures. These are performed in traditional regalia, researched and recreated by the Centre, making the performances authentic and true to tradition. The origins of each performance are interpreted for the audience.

Benefiting the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. So we got us a beautiful piece oil painting of a Baobab and ladies around it. Panji gas some excellent work, will like to shoot more of it and maybe grab a couple more pieces.

But we only checked out the monkeys. This is right smack in the center of the city, so i’m sure we’ll be back. Its more of a rescue zoo…

These holes are both amazing, and really terrifying. Their sheer scale will remind you of just how tiny we really are!

1. Kimberley Big Hole — South Africa

Kimberley Big Hole -- South Africa

Stated to be the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1,097 meter (approx. 3,600 ft) deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds before being closed in 1914.

2. Glory Hole — Monticello Dam, California

Glory Hole -- Monticello Dam, California

A glory hole is used as an overflow for when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the reservoir. The ‘Glory Hole’ Monticello dam is the largest of its kind in the world of this type of spillway, its size enabling it to consume 14,400 cubic feet of water every second.

3. Bingham Canyon Mine — Utah

Bingham Canyon Mine -- Utah

Stated to be the largest man-made excavation on earth, extraction began in 1863 and still continues today. This increases the pit size constantly. The hole’s current state is miles deep and 2.5 miles wide.

4. Great Blue Hole – Belize

Great Blue Hole - Belize

This incredible geographical phenomenon known as “The Great Blue Hole” is situated 60 miles off the mainland of Belize.

There are many blue holes around the world, but none we believe as stunning as this one.

5. Mirny Diamond Mine — Serbia

Mirny Diamond Mine -- Serbia

Here is an absolutely beastly hole, which holds the title of largest open diamond mine in the world. At 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep, with a top diameter of 1,200 meters (3,937 ft), there’s even a no-fly zone above the hole due to a few helicopters having been sucked in.

6. Diavik Mine — Canada

Diavik Mine -- Canada

This mine recedes below surrounding water levels. It is so huge and the area so remote that it has its own airport with a runway large enough to accommodate a Boeing 737. It looks equally amazing when the surrounding water is frozen.

7. Sinkhole in Guatemala

Sinkhole in Guatemala

The photo above is of a sinkhole that occurred early this year in Guatemala. The hole swallowed a dozen homes and killed at least 3 people.

And the most terrifying one of all?

8. The Tax Hole

The Tax Hole

This is the famous ‘Tax Hole’ that you have likely heard about. It is capable of swallowing trillions and trillions of U.S. dollars … annually … never to be heard from again.

The Tax Hole has created a deafening monstrous deficit debt, acting irresponsibly in causes we don’t believe in and of no benefit to US.

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A great video on the ecology of Lake Malawi.