Malawi Waves is an association of safari operators in Malawi who are passionate about the destination and keen to promote the country to the rest of the world. An undiscovered African Gem, this country has a lot to offer from Africa’s most beautiful and third largest lake, diverse landscapes (rocky outcrops, high mountains, plateaus) to rich and friendly culture – the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. Malawi Waves releases a newsletter monthly with news feeds from each member on exciting/interesting happenings on the ground and some tips on what to do when on holiday within the country.

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luxurious pleasures at Kaya Mawa

Simple but luxurious pleasures at Kaya Mawa

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Be transported into a world of simple but luxurious pleasures at Kaya Mawa.

Most visitors to Malawi are drawn to its natural attractions, including the majestic view over the “Lake of Stars.” At Kaya Mawa you’ll be transported into a world of simple pleasures; embraced by the warmth and hospitality of the enchanting Malawian staff.
luxurious pleasures at Kaya MawaGuests enjoy the timeless luxury and the best of modern conveniences at this luxury lodge at the head of a crescent-shaped bay on Likoma Island.

“WOW!! Such a beautiful island paradise in every way – stunning accommodation in very private, large ‘rooms’, built into and out of the rocks, with astounding views of Lake Malawi. Fabulous manager, Michelle and talented chef, Rich – every meal was a delicious delight! Dining lakeside, on the sand and under the stars was just magic. Loved the decor and ambience of the whole resort. Lots to do or nothing to do – your choice – snorkelling, kayaking, walks, boat trips, quad biking or cycling – or just dipping into the warm, clear waters of Lake Malawi and relax.” Review on Tripadvisor from Maz and Rich L

luxurious pleasures at Kaya Mawa.

Experience timeless luxury at Kaya Mawa this September at reduced rates!
Stay 6 nights for the price of 4 OR Stay 4 nights for the price of 3.
Bookings are subject to availability in September 2017 and not combinable with other offers. Contact enquiries@kayamawa.com Terms & Conditions apply.

Contact Kaya Mawa

Website: www.kayamawa.com
Email: enquiries@kayamawa.com
Telephone +44 7453 326398

Thyolo Mountain

The haunted rock of Thyolo Mountain

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The rolling lush green hills of the Thylo Mountains are arguably one of the most scenically beautiful regions in Malawi. Satemwa and Huntingdon House lie on the slopes of this majestic mountain. Visitors to this corner of Malawi cannot but help to be caught up in the colonial magic of this area.
Thyolo MountainJust over a decade ago the mountain was covered in indigenous forest with a giant rock balancing on the edge of the steep slope. The forest is gone but the rock is still there. Satemwa’s former manager, Mr Phiri is now blind and almost 90 years old. His memories of the area are as vivid as ever and he gladly shares his stories of the special rock on Thyolo Mountain. He tells of how the rock was visible from far away and the flowers up there where it lies were beautiful. In the olden days, the village elders used to go up to the rock to pray to the spirits of their ancestors, asking for rain. And they were successful, he says. He tells us that any time a white man was trying to camp up near the rock he would find himself lying far away from the tent the next day.Thyolo Mountain Mr PhiriThere is still a path up to the rock, and it’s definitely worth the short hike as it offers stunning views of the fields below. A sleep over is allowed at the rock, if you are brave enough…

Contact Satemwa Tea & Coffee Estate
Website: www.satemwa.com
Email: accommodation@satemwa.com
Tel: +265 99 312 1854

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A stylish home away from home in Lilongwe

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Lilongwe, the quiet capital of Malawi, started out as a small fishing village on the banks of the River Lilongwe. Today it is divided into New and Old Town. The Old Town is the area where the original fishing village was located and today it maintains the appearance of a traditional African settlement. New Town came into existence after Lilongwe became the capital in 1975 and boasts modern buildings and other features. It is an exceptionally green city with trees and patches of grassland covering a great deal of the city.

Located in new town’s leafy lanes on the northern edge of Malawi you will find Latitude 13°. This oasis offers naturally stylish two-storey apartments made of exposed brick, wooden ceilings and a good dose of ironworks. Your stylish home away from home.
stylish home away from homePast guests can’t get enough of the boutique hotel, such as Lameen who described his stay in this Trip Advisor  review: “Probably the best design hotel I’ve stayed in – the attention to detail through the whole property and the rooms is impeccable. I was even more pleased to hear that most of the designs and art work were locally done in Malawi. I took so many pictures to show my family but was so impressed that I just took a video and sent it right away – they were jealous…”
stylish home away from homeThe one and two bedroom apartments are suitable for families and offer fully equipped kitchens, lounging areas, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs with premium channels, free-grab and go breakfast, on-site laundry facilities and all other facilities you would expect in a luxury long-stay residence.

Lilongwe is the perfect stop-over spot for tired travelers, where they can relax and pick up some essentials before the next big adventure.

Contact Latitude 13˚
Website: www.thelatitudehotels.com
Email: mailto:m13@thelatitudehotels.com
Tel: +265 9999 75959

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Exciting wildlife sightings in Majete Wildlife Reserve

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Majete offers an abundance of wildlife sightings waiting to be discovered.

Every safari is a new adventure that you embark on. No two days are ever the same and that is what makes each one so special. When you head out on a game drive you always yearn for a glimpse of Africa’s icons, such as elephant, rhino or lion. What a pleasure it is to observe them in their wild habitats, getting on with their lives and filling their niches in the natural order of things. At Robin Pope Safaris Mkulumadzi Camp it’s no different as an abundance of wildlife roams the Majete Wildlife Reserve.

An exciting wildlife experience in Majete revolved around discovering these little lion cubs feasting on a recent kill.

Mkulumadzi’s guide Erik experiences the exciting wildlife sightings that Majete has to offer, first-hand. He describes some by saying, “Every animal brings out a certain feeling and reaction when you come across them in the wild. The knot in your stomach from the excitement of approaching your first big male lion or when you’re being dwarfed and feel so insignificant in the presence of a herd of elephants. We feel alive, amazed, awe-struck and filled with wonder.”Wildlife Sightings in MajeteWildlife sightings in MajeteWildlife sightings in Majete

The mega-fauna is often what initially draws your attention to nature and while we might not be aware of it, they open up a door to a world of interesting behaviours that we long to learn more about.

Contact Mkulumadzi

Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net

Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net

Phone: +265 (0) 179 4491 / 5483

Refurbishments at Mvuu Camp & Lodge

Refurbishments underway at Mvuu Camp & Lodge

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Exciting new refurbishments are under way at Mvuu Camp & Lodge promising some great new additions.
Refurbishments Mvuu Camp & LodgeEarlier this year, Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) began refurbishing two of its key properties, Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge. The revamped properties along with their added amenities, will further enhance CAWS’ overall offering, and enable guests to enjoy greater comfort and an enhanced experience in the heart of Liwonde National Park, Malawi’s premier wildlife destination.

The lounge area at Mvuu Lodge has been extended, and features a brand-new viewing deck. The interesting new setting offers guests the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the tranquil lagoon flowing into the Shire River. A dreamy new addition to the camp is the new Star Bed, set out on the southern floodplains, in the great outdoors. A sleep out there will allow a unique “back to nature” experience which won’t be forgotten.
Refurbishments are underway at Mvuu Camp & LodgeThe J&B chalets near the camp have had a complete make over, boasting new décor, renovated bathrooms, a new dining area and comfortable lounge area. The new décor was designed to tell the story of the chalets and how they have served as a base for guides, officials and conservationists who were involved in the black rhino conservation project in Liwonde. These refurbished chalets will be the ideal spot for small groups and families who want a totally private and exclusive experience at Mvuu Camp.
Refurbishments are underway at Mvuu Camp & LodgeTwo new Land Rovers have also been purchased by CAWS, which will be used to take Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge guests on the day and night game drives that are a must-do during any stay at Mvuu.

Website: www.cawsmw.com
E-mail: info@cawsmw.com
Tel: +265 1771 393/153

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Photography Workshops now available at Mvuu Camp and Lodge

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While on safari, guests eagerly click away with their cameras in the hope of capturing the safari experience as best as they can. However, it’s easy to be intimidated by the challenge of taking great photos. Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge in Liwonde National Park understands this all too well, which is why they now offer interactive wildlife photography workshops to their guests.

Conducted by international field guide Frank Weitzer, these courses are designed to enable Central African Wilderness Safaris guests to sharpen their wildlife and landscape photography skills. Covering a broad range of areas, these workshops will focus on key techniques and approaches to taking striking photographs whilst on safari. They will also provide training on how to approach wildlife and identify and interpret animal behaviour whilst photographing them in the wilderness.

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Frank is always keen to share his knowledge and help others discover the joy of photography. The workshops will be run until mid-June and cost USD 50 per person.

Contact Central African Wilderness Safaris

Website: www.cawsmw.com
E-mail: info@cawsmw.com
Tel: +265 1771 393/153

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Processing coffee cherries at Satemwa

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The coffee cherries are ripe and ready to be turned into your favorite cup of coffee at Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate.

berriesCoffee trees produce berries called coffee cherries. These berries turn red when they are ripe and ready to be processed. The 40-year-old Satemwa Tea and Coffee  factory is filling up every day with these red and yellow ripe cherries – ready to be turned into some delicious coffee!

There are a few different methods of producing the coffee. The traditional Malawian way to process the berries is called the “Washed Process”. In this process, the outer skin is removed with the help of a machine. It then transports the cherry to a clean tank with the help of water. The remaining green beans then floats in big tanks for about one to two days (depending on the weather) and are then dried in direct sunlight on big tables.

The second method is called “Pulp Natural”. This is when the skin is taken off in the machine and then the berries are put straight out to dry in the African sun. This process brings out a natural sweetness in the coffee and makes a great Espresso.

The third method is called the “Natural Process”. In this process, the ripe cherries goes directly from the bush, and onto big tables to dry in the cool winter sun. They can take up to 30 days to dry and are then taken to a mill to take the husk off. The “Natural Process” gives the coffee bean a fruity flavor which can make the coffee taste like a berry.

The smell of freshly roasted coffee will soon linger in the Malawian air. It is true what they say…life is too short for bad coffee.

Contact Satemwa Tea & Coffee Estate

Website: www.satemwa.com
Email: accommodation@satemwa.com
Tel: +265 99 312 1854

Kaya Mawa dining

Wasabi meets Sumac in Kaya Mawa’s kitchen

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Dining at Kaya Mawa is a truly unique experience. The aromatic smells and innovative combinations coming out of the lodge’s kitchen will leave you mesmerized.

The team, led by Richard Greenhall, has perfected the fine balance of Middle Eastern and Asian influences, creating their own unique style. They fuse together the explosive spices and subtle nuances of the ingredients which are loved by foodies around the world.

Tease your taste buds with elements such as poached pineapple, cardamom, anise and toasted fennel sea salt with Wasabi and Sumac ice cream or toasted quinoa, charred broccoli, chili and tahini with whipped lemon basil, feta and coconut sambal. These are just some of the many dishes which make their way from the Kaya Mawa kitchen to the lakeside dinner plates.

The ethos of the dining experience at the lodge is a balance between flavour and an understanding that many of us prefer a healthier eating lifestyle. Of course, there are moments to embrace a little indulgence, but the balance and planning of the guests’ meals are at the heart of this blend of cuisines.

 

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Contact Kaya Mawa

Website: www.kayamawa.com
Email: enquiries@kayamawa.com
Telephone +44 7453 326398

Pumulani new swimming pool

Sparkling new swimming pool at Pumulani

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As if the deep clear waters of Lake Malawi weren’t enough to excite visitors to Malawi, Robin Pope Safaris’ Pumulani team has added a sparkling blue addition to their lodge. A stylish infinity pool, the second such for Pumulani, with an elevated view of the lake now also entices guests to jump right in.

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The new swimming pool has already been mentioned as a highlight for some guests – “The infinity pool and the trip on the speedboat to snorkel amongst the cichlids were the highlights of the holiday, closely followed by an amazing lunch on the sun-drenched beach.” tripadvisor review by jackiea811

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Contact Pumulani

Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net
Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net
Phone: +265 (0) 179 4491 / 5483

 

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Cheetahs fly Ulendo Airlink

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Precious cargo was safely delivered to Malawi. It turns out that Ulendo Airlink is the preferred airline amongst fast, spotty felines.  After months of planning, four cheetahs have landed safe and sound on Malawian soil. They have been released into a boma before their final translocation into their new forever home in Liwonde National Park.

The migration of Liwonde’s newest residents was facilitated by Ulendo, together with Robin Pope Safaris as they arranged their transport via flights on Ulendo Airlink’s Grand Caravan.

The cheetahs are doing well, and settling in comfortably.

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Contact Ulendo Airlink

Website: www.flyulendo.com
Email: reservations@flyulendo.com
Tel: +265 (0) 1 794 638