Malawi Land Rover Defenders club targets the hard-to-reach


As Malawians commemorated Martyrs days on March 3, members of the Malawi Land Rover Defenders club were making their way from the commercial city of Blantyre to the treacherous, rickety terrain of Thekerani in the tea or shall we say banana-growing part of Thyolo.

The club comprises at least 32 members  from Blantyre, Nkhotakota, Salima and Lilongwe via social media platform WhatApp and other connections.

According to club chairperson Mphatso Mjojo, beyond sharing tips on how to manage their off-road beast they decided to add a charity component to their adventures.

Before they could start off police came to inquire about the gathering

And so on Wednesday they set off for Zoa falls some 10kms after Thekerani where according to Mjojo they had the experience of their lives as some of the members had not really driven off-road.

The rains tested their mettle and muscle, still, they made it.

"Some of our members including me, had been to Zoa falls where most vehicles can not reach and had seen the conditions that the people live in. So, we mobilised a few funds [K250,000], we also collected some clothes to share with them.

Landrovers on the tarmac
Members of the club set off. Photos by Vincent Zodabwitsa

"We'll soon be registering as a charity organisation. These are fellow Malawians that live in hard-to-reach areas, some vehicles are not able to reach even some Government ones, but we're able to get there," he said, adding they also encouraged the communities to make the area surrounding the falls attractive so they make money out of it.

Our photojournalist Vincent Zodabwitsa was on the trip and captured more of trip's moments.

The vehicles negotiate their way through the muddy terrain

Zoa falls
Members of the club pose in front of Zoa Falls
Vehicle in Thekerani
The motorcade provides some rare eye candy to kids 
Team work
Members of the club helped each other out when they were stuck
We made it
We made it! Clubs members interact with members of the community