"Just a warning about a local feature" Malaza Warnings Or Dangers Tip by Norali

Malaza Warnings and Dangers: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  A 4wd for this 1'-ride in rainy summers
by Norali

Let's put it that way: Malaza wouldn't be the same without those potholes. Oxcarts are accountable for the conditions of this section, the last one leading to my house (see picture).

It used to be so every summer: it's customary to find a car stuck in the mud during a rainy season, not a local car but "strangers" who are not acquainted with the area. Even worse, the "scenery" of an oxcart trying to pull itself out of the potholes and mud it has just created is more usual. Then, to pull out of the potholes, they use to download their goods in the nearby whenever possible (sand or bricks), then let the cars that were blocked behind them. Afterwads, oxcarts drivers would lay some bricks in the potholes they have just deepened (as if this was the perennial solution !), reload the remaining bricks then move away, knowing the car drivers would drive on the bricks to make them fit in the potholes.

What can I say ? For years, locals use to ask oxcarts owners (both local and "external") to replace those iron and wooden thin wheels with old tyres: vain attempts.
Car drivers use to be mad at oxcarts drivers but things remain the same.. every summer.

Anyway, if you ever drive to my village, leave your car on the main place and don't intend to pass this last section to my place, unless you drive a 4wd or a small car and are acquainted with the section. 7 minutes to pass this section whilst if it were in a good shape, it would take less than 1 minute to do so. Anyway, it used to deter "stalkers". Unaccessable place usually deters unwanted people...

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  • Updated May 21, 2005
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