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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Malawi's wildlife, Robin Pope Safaris, Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi

Warmer Weather Brings Malawi’s Wildlife to Mkulumadzi Lodge

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Malawi’s wildlife is emerging to embrace the milder temperatures.

Malawi's wildlife, Robin Pope Safaris, Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi

Pangolin © Felix Reitberger

At Robin Pope Safaris’ Mkulumadzi Lodge the temperatures have begun heating up and so have the wildlife sightings.

Guests were enjoying another beautiful sunset and a 360-degree view of the picturesque Majete Wildlife Reserve from the aptly named View Spot, when lodge guide, Mali, spotted a pangolin next to the rocks. The pangolin is a heavily hunted and consequently endangered animal, so the guests were excited to see it lingering around. Needless to say, both the view and the sighting thrilled the guests!

Malawi's wildlife, Robin Pope Safaris, Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi

Pel’s Fishing Owl © Robin Pope Safaris

On another occasion, while cruising along the river during a boat safari, guests heard an unusual bird call in the distance. Arriving at a sandy island, Dave and the guests disembarked from the boat and took a short walk to find a rare bird that Dave was sure he recognized by the call. Sure enough, there was a Pel’s Fishing Owl, perched on a branch in a sausage tree.

Malawi's wildlife, Robin Pope Safaris, Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi

Leopard © Felix Reitberger

Not long after sighting the Pel’s, guests on a game drive around Nyala Loop caught two leopards in plain sight with their kill, an unfortunate waterbuck. The two were returning from a drink of water at the river’s edge, when they spotted the safari vehicle and quickly hid behind a rocky outcrop. As the vehicle approached, the two sprung off in a flash but not before the lodge’s intern, Felix, had taken a few snaps.

Malawi's wildlife, Robin Pope Safaris, Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi

Rhino © Erik Ju

And just when they thought the sightings couldn’t get any better, guests were treated to an excellent rhino sighting. One guest, Erik Ju, took some fantastic images of a very grand-looking rhino. Rhino sightings always remind staff and guests of the importance of protecting these magnificent animals.

Robin Pope Safaris
Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net
Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net
Phone: +265 993 504 600

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Kaya Mawa and Green Safaris Partner for Malawi’s Ecotourism

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A new alliance in Malawi’s ecotourism sector is investing in the well-being of both environment and community.

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A woman involved in the clay beads community empowerment project © Kaya Mawa

Kaya Mawa has recently joined together with the Green Safaris Conservation Foundation to further cultivate the beach lodge’s green credentials and invest extra support into the existing community and conservation projects.

To date, Kaya Mawa has worked together on many projects with the village headsman and district commission to address the real needs on the island in a meaningful way. One of these initiatives, which is has been successfully and sustainably running for 10 years, is Katundu, a creative trade workshop established to provide empowerment and employment to local orphan carers and single mothers.

Other undertakings include HIV/AIDS awareness programs, the construction and resourcing of a community library, supporting cultural dance teams as well as building a water tank and laying a piping system that supplies roughly 2000 people with running, potable water.

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Kaya Mawa is located on Likoma Island in the middle of Lake Malawi © Kaya Mawa

The new safari operator, Green Safaris, is committed to promoting ecotourism in Africa, and together with the Foundation and key community leaders, Kaya Mawa is currently planning projects that will continue to empower the Likoma Island community and surrounding environment.

These projects will focus on improving access to education, upgrading the services offered at community health facilities on the remote island, and increasing conservation initiatives that promote reforestation and education around fish conservation.

Guests at Kaya Mawa will be given the opportunity to become involved in some of these initiatives. They will be welcomed to visit and help at one of the schools or produce their own arts and crafts from recycled materials.

Kaya Mawa
Web: https://www.greensafaris.com/lodges/kaya-mawa/
Email: reservations@greensafaris.com
Phone: +265 999 318 359/60

Huntingdon House, Satemwa, Malawi's wildlife

Huntingdon House Welcomes Malawi’s Wildlife

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With visits from Malawi’s wildlife, it’s starting to feel a lot like a game park at Huntingdon House.

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The misty trail where the hyena was spotted © Huntingdon House

Huntingdon House and the Satemwa Estate are far more than just the delicious coffee and tea grown on the property. This month, the estate was host to a variety of wildlife and the staff were thrilled at these surprise visits from their four-legged neighbours.

On her way home one evening, the establishment’s accountant spotted a hyena and, on another occasion, the guard on duty witnessed two jackals wandering near the main administration office. Staff members have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of an African civet sneaking around the forest nearby. This spotty, catlike omnivore is shy and secretive, so everyone at Huntingdon were thrilled by these sightings.

Several skittish Duiker, which is a small- to medium-sized type of antelope, were seen quite often visiting the grounds. A picture-perfect moment was when a business of Mongoose was spied drinking water from the birdbath on one of the house’s lawns.

After a month filled with exciting animal encounters, the staff at Huntingdon House is now confident that the resident porcupine and serval will pay them a visit late at night.

Huntingdon House
Website: www.satemwa.com / www.huntingdon-malawi.com
Email: accommodation@satemwa.com
Tel: +265 99 312 1854

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CAWS 2019 Rates Enhance Guests’ Experience

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Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) recently revised its rates structure for 2019, and has implemented a few changes to provide travellers added value at each of its camps and lodges in Malawi.

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A family of elephants take a drink near Mvuu Camp © Dave Allen

Travellers will continue to enjoy a great quality safari experience at both luxury and affordable budget scales, with just a handful of changes to consider at Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) camps and lodges.

– Pricing is now based only on low and peak seasons – no shoulder. Christmas is now set at the low season.

– Full board options are no longer available at Chelinda Camp.

– International rates at Mvuu Lodge and Chelinda Lodge now include drinks, laundry and up to three or more game activities per day.

– Child policies have been revised – please contact the lodge for further details.

– No single supplements are offered at Mvuu Lodge and Chelinda Lodge.

– African residents receive the same rates as Malawi residents at Chintheche Camp.

– No extra conservation fees and add-ons are included in tariffs.

International agents can access CAWS’ 2019 rates here.

CAWS offer excellent safaris in Malawi, which enable guests to indulge in the ultimate holiday getaway in the warm heart of Africa. They are dedicated to offering personalized and authentic travel experiences that have a minimal impact on the planet and a lasting impact on visitors to Malawi.

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

pecan pie recipe, Robin Pope Safaris, Malawi

Moreish pecan pie recipe at RPS’s Kuthengo Camp

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One slice of Chef Dickson’s pecan pie is never enough!

With the establishment of Kuthengo Camp in the Liwonde National Park, Robin Pope Safaris brought on Chef Dickson Ngwira, a talented and friendly food fundi that loves to create delicious dishes for the camp’s guests.

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Chef Dickson plating up his pecan pie © Robin Pope Safaris

From Bartender to Chef

In 1994, Dickson started as a bartender where his love for experimenting started. After four years behind the bar he decided that he wanted to become a chef and set out to study at Hill View in Blantyre where Mrs. Staples taught him how to cook.

While studying, Dickson was working as a cook for his sponsor, Ingrid Turner. After six years, he ventured out to finally work as a professional chef in the hospitality industry. He has worked for many establishments, where he met, worked, and learned from the best, before joining the team at Robin Pope Safaris’ new Kuthengo Camp.

Cooking and learning from Chef Dickson

Standing at five-foot-tall with an infectious laugh, Dickson is full of drive and humility. He has often told his colleagues at Kuthengo Camp that he dreams about food and has a book full of recipes that he has compiled. He is always willing to learn, as well as share his wealth of knowledge with others. Dickson’s true passion lies in teaching aspiring chefs along the way and he shows great pride in doing this.

Chef Dickson’s famous pecan pie recipe

For Dickson, Kuthengo Camp is by far his favourite place to work. He loves to whip up his delicious pecan pie recipe for the different guests that come to visit. Here’s how he does it:

pecan pie recipe, Robin Pope Safaris, Malawi

Chef Dickson’s pecan pie © Robin Pope Safaris

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 ½ cups syrup

4 eggs

¼ cup butter

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla essence

1 ½ cups pecans, coarsely broken

1 unbaked pie shell

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The pecan pie mix is ready to be baked © Robin Pope Safaris

Directions

In a saucepan boil sugar, butter and syrup together for 2-3 minutes, set aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and very slowly pour the syrup mixture into the eggs, stir consistently.

Strain mixture to ensure it is lump-free.

Add the pecans to the final mixture.

Pour into the pie shell.

Bake in oven at 180 for 45 – 60 minutes or until set.

Wait for it to cool before serving with cream.

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Pecan pie with cream by Chef Dickson © Robin Pope Safaris

Do you want to taste a plate of heaven made by this brilliant chef at Robin Pope Safaris’ new Kuthengo Camp? Contact Robin Pope Safaris.

Robin Pope Safaris

Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net 
Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net
Phone: +265 993 504 600

Mulanje

Ulendo congratulates Mt Mulanje Porters Race runners

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Runners take on one of Malawi’s most adventurous mountains.

On Saturday the 14th of July, participants of the annual Mount Mulanje Porters Race took on Africa’s longest rock climb with the 2017 race winners, Charles Musowa and Doris Fisher, successfully defending the title.

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Participants in this year’s Mt Mulanje Porters Race in July © Ulendo Safaris

Ulendo Safaris congratulates all those that participated in the event!

The Mount Mulanje Porters Race has been taking place for 22 years and continues to be a much-loved extreme sporting event on the country’s sporting calendar. The race starts at the foot of Mount Mulanje in the Likhubula Valley, with participants running up to Chambe Plateau, onto Lichenya Plateau and back down to the Likhubula Valley. Participants must traverse rolling grasslands intersected with forested ravines and several rock pools as they race to the finish-line.

Guests in Malawi are welcome to hike the trails to the nearest rock pool or picnic site all year-round or take on the challenge of the Mount Mulanje Porters Race in July.

Mulanje

Blue skies above Mount Mulanje © Ulendo Safaris

For more information on how to visit the impressive Mount Mulanje, contact Ulendo Safaris.

Ulendo Safaris

Website: www.ulendo.net
Email: info@ulendo.net
Tel: +265 (0) 1794 555

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Satemwa’s passionate about African coffee

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‘Tis the season for coffee picking.

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Red coffee beans ripe for picking © Annette Kay / Satemwa

It’s winter time in Malawi, and Satemwa Coffee and Tea Estate is experiencing cold and rain like it hasn’t in many years. Roads are slippery and not for the fainthearted. The ripe red coffee cherries are adding bright colour to the misty weather. It is the season for picking the coffee beans and their little factory is full and busy getting the ripe skin off to release the bean inside.

Growing coffee at Satemwa

Coffee is indigenous to Africa and many species of the family grow in the forest of Satemwa. The team at Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate have grown coffee commercially since the early 1970s and are now the only farm growing coffee beans in the Thyolo and Mulanje area. They produce mild washed Arabica, a pulped natural and natural coffee types, and all are hand-picked to guarantee cherries that produce sweet and aromatic coffees.

While it’s a challenging crop, Satemwa remains passionate and committed to finding new, progressive ways to continue growing it so that you can always delight in a great cup of coffee.

Satemwa Tea & Coffee Estate

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

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Liwonde sightings and Shire showdowns at CAWS

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Winter has arrived at Mvuu.

From more regular sightings of lions, to large herds of elephants being seen on the banks of the Shire River, sightings at the Central African Wilderness Safaris’ northern Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park continue to be action-packed this winter.

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One of the first lion sightings at Mvuu © Chris Bunch

Wildlife sightings

Guests of CAWS’ Mvuu Camp and Lodge recently observed an African fish eagle take down an open-billed stork in mid-air by the river’s edge, which was quite a feat for the comparatively smaller fish eagle. What’s more, a group of birders at Mvuu got to tick an impressive 87 new species off their checklist.

The sightings for the month were rounded off with guests witnessing large herds of sable and their calves in town in the old sanctuary. The CAWS’s guides also reported an excellent sighting of a black rhino crossing the road during a game drive.

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Elephants take a drink at the Shire River © Sam Sankhani

To find out more about guest highlights from Mvuu, check out the full CAWS blog.

Central African Wilderness Safaris

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

Chintheche Inn by Mike Myers

CAWS Gets 20-year lease extension for Chintheche Inn

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New upgrading programme in the pipeline.

Chintheche Inn by Mike Myers

Chintheche Inn. Picture credit: Mike Myers

On Friday 22nd June, Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) signed a 20-year lease extension for Chintheche Inn with the Government of Malawi. CAWS signed the first-ever public-private partnership with the Government of Malawi in 1993, to run Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge in Liwonde National Park.

The company is delighted to carry on this tradition which aims to foster mutually beneficial agreements and partnerships with the Government of Malawi.

Read the full story here.

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

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

Pumulani turns 10 on 30th June

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This June Pumulani, the brightest star on Lake Malawi, turns 10!

Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani is celebrating its 10th anniversary on the 30th of June. This luxurious lodge is exclusively situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula, surrounded by the national park.

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

Accommodation and Facilities:

The ten villas are scattered around the hillside and are individual in shape and style but all have a spacious bedroom, bathroom and extensive sitting area. The front sliding doors open onto the deck – elevated above the ground giving optimal views.

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

The remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the clear blue waters of the lake. There is also an infinity pool near the central dining area with grand views over the lake for those who prefer to take a dive in the swimming pool.

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

Activities

Pumulani offers a range of activities to enjoy Lake Malawi. There are many watersports activities like snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding and fun tube rides (all motorized activities are excluded). At the end of the day climb aboard the Pumulani dhow and let their experienced local crewmen take you sailing into the sunset.

Robin Pope Safaris have put together an exciting and great value celebratory package in honour of Pumulani: Find out more about it here.

Come and join us in celebrating this milestone!

Contact Robin Pope Safaris
Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net
Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net
Phone: +265 993 504 600