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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CAWS Guests Trek The Shire River Trail

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Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp and lodge guests recently trekked through the bush on the three-day Shire River Trail in Liwonde National Park.

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© Bentley Palmer

Central African Wilderness Safaris recently conducted the Shire River Trail for a group of guests at Mvuu Camp and Lodge. The three-day trail takes you into the heart of the bush in Liwonde National Park, spanning across 30kms of scenic floodplains and Miombo woodlands. Starting at the foot of the Nafiulu Hills, leading up to a 23km hike, and ending with a 7km walk along the banks of the Shire River.

Walking trail safaris and what to expect:

A walking trail is ideal for guests who wants to enjoy the smaller, more subtle wildlife interactions and sightings that one might miss on a traditional game drive.

For the first night of the trail, CAWS set up camp at Njobvu and then spent the second night at Chipembere. Tents, an eco-loo and bucket shower were set up and warm meals were prepared and served on site.  The group was able to stop at various locations en-route and learn more about the tracks, habitats, birds and wildlife that they encountered on their way.

© Bentley Palmer

© Bentley Palmer

© Bentley Palmer

© Bentley Palmer

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Tel: +265 1771 393/153

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Ulendo Turns 20

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May saw the 20th birthday of Ulendo Safaris.

Having started as a small inbound tour operator and marketing agent, Ulendo has seen steady growth to become a leading Tour and Travel service provider in Malawi. The Ulendo Travel Group now boasts luxury vehicles offering self-drive and road transfers, ticketing services, corporate travel and operates Malawi’s only commercial charter airline.

© Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island

© Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island

These additional services build their tours and travel operation, for both inbound and outbound travel from Malawi, and give Ulendo the most comprehensive range of services within the country.

Malawi is a nature lovers’ paradise, with 2 ‘Big 5’ parks, over 650 species of bird – some subspecies endemic to Malawi –  and a lake full of brightly coloured endemic cichlids that can be enjoyed by boat, snorkelling or diving. Malawi has received global acclaim by travel guides and writers over the last 6 months as one of the ‘must visit’ destinations of 2018.

© Tongole Wilderness Lodge, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

© Tongole Wilderness Lodge, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

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© Chinteche Inn, Chinteche. Central African Wilderness Safaris

With 20 years of experience and a team of experts ready to create your ideal trip, Ulendo looks forward to another year of helping others experience the beauty of the Warm Heart of Africa.

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

The new Kuthengo Camp.

Robin Pope Safaris opens new camp, Kuthengo Camp

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Robin Pope Safaris recently announced the opening of their new camp, Kuthengo, in Liwonde National Park.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

Meaning “the wild” or “the bush”,  Kuthengo is located among fever trees on a large open plain along the spectacular Shire River.

The camp boasts four spacious en-suite safari tents, each featuring an outdoor shower, bathtub, basin (double) and state-of-the-art ‘Evening Breeze’ air-conditioned beds, as well as a private deck for enjoying sunset views. The main area and dining area are located under a magnificent fever tree, overlooking the Shire River where herds of elephants and other game are frequently seen coming down for a drink or to cool off.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

The camp hosts a maximum of ten guests, so the small team of guides at Kuthengo can personalize activities to give each guest the safari experience of their dreams.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

In addition to the camp’s quiet charm, a stay at Kuthengo promises adventure around every corner. Since Liwonde is a virtually untouched national park, you can expect game drives filled with wildlife sightings, adventurous walking safaris and peaceful boating safaris. Lions were re-introduced to the park earlier in 2018 by African Parks, which returned a key species to the natural system years after the last lion was seen in Liwonde.

Between the three Robin Pope Safaris properties located in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Lake Malawi National Park, and now Liwonde National Park, they are giving their guests every reason to get off the traditional safari highway and venture from bush to beach in Southern Malawi.

The Robin Pope Safaris team look forward to welcoming you at Kuthengo Camp.

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

Thyolo Tea Xtreme Run

Thyolo Tea Xtreme Run at Satemwa

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Satemwa recently hosted their first 5km, 10km, and 21km Thyolo Tea Xtreme Run.

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Runners enjoying the Thyolo Tea Xtreme Run

After a long time of consideration Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate finally did it, and hosted their first Thyolo Tea Xtreme Run last month. They always thought that their beautiful tea area would be perfect for any keen runner to enjoy the challenging hills and rocky roads through the tea fields.

Over 150 runners took part in the races ranging from a gruelling 21km, a 10km and a 5km fun run. It was a beautiful clear day where runners could admire the view of Mt Mulanje and the peaks on the other side of Mozambique as they went through Satemwa and the neighbouring tea estates.

Satemwa looks forward to hosting this event again next year, where it will be bigger, better and possibly more Xtreme!

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

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May Magic at Satemwa

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Every month of the season has its charm but May is one of Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate’s favourite months.

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By Satemwa

The rain has kept everyone happy and very busy the last couple of weeks and Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate doesn’t take a good farming season for granted.

In Malawi the sky is clear and blue and the view is endless.  The air is crisp and full of freshness. The temperature is staring to drop and the hot humid air is gone.

It is the best season at Satemwa for a long walk through the green fields or a lovely run on their dirt roads and small tracks. The mountain bikes are looking forward for a tough uphill and are rewarded with a fast downhill on the other side.

In May the warm jumpers come out and the fireplace is stocked and ready. It’s the perfect time to curl up in front of the fire with a good book and, of course, a cup of tea to warm the soul.

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

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Featured: A family holiday in Lake Malawi at Kaya Mawa

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Featured article- A family holiday in Lake Malawi: zen and the art of paddleboarding by Fiona Bruce

© Kaya Mawa

© Kaya Mawa

When I arrived at Kaya Mawa, I knew I had found my own piece of heaven. A dozen grass-fringed lodges were wedged between black boulders and baobab trees, overlooking a smooth crescent of sand lapped by the fresh water of Lake Malawi, brilliant blue and clear as glass.

Flying over the lake in a tiny Cessna plane is the best way to get an idea of its size, conveniently 365 miles long and 52 miles wide, which is easy enough to remember. Well, those are the dimensions they claim, anyway. It is certainly vast – stretching as far as the eye can see, so huge it even has waves.

I wasn’t so sure about how our children – Sam and Mia, then 14 and 10 respectively – would feel about the resort on small Likoma Island. With no television, no PlayStation and no obvious kids’ activities, it looked suspiciously like a newlyweds’ destination, perfect for mooning around and doing little more than gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes while trying not to worry about the cost of the wedding. Our son hates lounging around on a beach and his first request on arriving at any destination is to ask for the Wi-Fi code. Our daughter would spend every hour of every day in a pool if she could, but is much less keen on open water.

We were met at the tiny airstrip by Michelle Cavanagh – charming, Irish, a former Virgin Atlantic stewardess who was offered the job as resort manager by owner James Lightfoot after a few drinks on the flight to Malawi. She made it clear from the outset that Kaya Mawa was a resort that worked around its guests, not the other way around.

There are no fixed times for anything. If you want breakfast at two in the afternoon, no problem. Don’t fancy what’s on offer for lunch (though that’s unlikely)? Something else will be prepared for you. The head chef, Richard Greenhall, once trained chefs for Jamie Oliver and is no slouch in the kitchen. One delicious meal is served after another and he doesn’t turn his nose up when Mia confides that all she really wants is chicken goujons. They duly arrive.

© Kaya Mawa

© Kaya Mawa

Dinner is eaten on the beach; your table is moved every night to a different spot, surrounded by lanterns, and you tuck in under the stars with the waves lapping nearby. We got into the habit of playing a very competitive family game of Scrabble at the bar every night before dinner – a simple pleasure, but the kind of thing we’d never all do together at home.

Every water sport you could wish for is provided on the beach. We wimped out of scuba diving and contented ourselves with snorkelling among the kind of tiny jewel-bright fish you see in an aquarium. Every morning we were treated to the sight of James Lightfoot heroically kitesurfing across the bay – wrestling with the wind and leaping the waves, real man stuff, which made every male on the beach wish he was up to it, sigh, roll over on his lounger and decide to catch a few rays instead.

©Kaya Mawa

©Kaya Mawa

My daughter and I decided to take up paddle boarding, which is strangely Zen once you get the hang of keeping your balance on the wobbly board and manoeuvring your oar at the same time. We spent hours gently paddling along the shoreline, past Kaya Mawa’s villas tucked back from the beach, thatched and exquisitely designed with local materials.

Each is different. I couldn’t decide whether the highlight of ours was the enormous four-poster bed, swathed in mosquito netting, the outdoor shower made out of an upturned dugout from which you could watch the sun set, or the private deck and plunge pool. I paddled to sea past the rock high up on which was the thatched pagoda where you could have a massage; past sandy coves with hundreds of fish laid out to dry in neat rows on wooden platforms.

Original article by Fiona Bruce and published on The Telegraph. Read the full article here.

wildlife in Malawi By Stefan Schmid

Excellent Elephant and Cheetah Sightings at Mvuu

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Guests visiting Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park were treated to excellent elephant sightings recently.

This month, guests on boat safaris and transfers were able to see large herds of up to 120 elephants swimming across the Shire River from the bank at Namandanje. Elephants have also regularly been seen grazing by the river and are coming down to feed on the sweet reed grasses that prevail at this time of year.

wildlife in Malawi By Stefan Schmid

© Stefan Schmid

 

Guests have also been able to enjoy several cheetah sightings during the day and night game drives that are offered at Mvuu. As a highlight for the month, two male cheetahs were seen taking down an impala just 100 meters away from the camp.

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

Responsible tourism community

Pumulani Guests Donate New Stationary to Local School

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Robin Pope Safaris believes that investing in education in the local community is one of the best contributions one can make.

Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani have received many generous donations from their guests, enabling the team to go out and deliver stationery, note books and stickers to many grateful children and teachers at Nankhwali Primary and Secondary School.

Standard 7 children were the first to receive, with each of them getting a pencil case equipped with pens, pencils, erasers and protractors, as well as a note book for their studies. In addition, they were also able to give each child in standards 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 a pencil, eraser and colouring pencils. The stickers were saved for the youngest members of the school, standard 1. The smiling faces in the pictures show how happy the children were to receive these gifts.

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Teachers were not left out and also received coloured paper for their class and other resources to help them in their role.

Secondary education in Malawi is not free (unlike primary education), so many pupils cannot afford to attend Secondary School. In order to lend a helping hand to its local community, Pumulani sponsors students every year to attend Nankhwali CDSS (Community Day Secondary School), who otherwise would not be able to afford to go. Currently there are 6 sponsored students attending the school who each also received a note book and pencil case equipped with everything they need to make their studies easier. Two students will be writing their Malawi School Certificate Examination (MSCE) this year and the Robin Pope Safaris team would like to wish them every success for their studies and future endeavours.

Robin Pope Safaris would like to thank everyone who has considered these children and has generously donated to their community projects.

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

 

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Update on Robin Pope Safaris’ New Kuthengo Camp

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Building is in full swing at Robin Pope Safaris’ New Kuthengo Camp, and will be ready to start welcoming guests very soon.

Building is in full swing at Liwonde and the Robin Pope Safaris team are very excited for the opening of Kuthengo Camp in April 2018. After many months of planning, building finally commenced at the end of September and it’s been all systems go since then!

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The first few months were spent concentrating on the final layout of camp, the positioning of all the buildings and clearing the area. The team have also made a fantastic entrance into the camp that leads straight towards a Baobab, making for a rather grand first impression. The next step was to do all the foundations and ground work, and finally they started to see the camp take shape and get an idea for how it was going to look.

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All of the tent bases are now in and they are simply waiting for the tents to arrive.

Over the last few months whilst the team have been building the camp, they have been lucky enough to have had some amazing wildlife sightings. Although, thankfully the resident crocs decided it was far better to move down to a quieter spot along the river when the team arrived! This was much to their relief, as the team travels from the local village across the river by boat each day. But having said that, the crocodiles still pop up to have a look and check on progress from time to time.

Kuthengo, meaning ‘wilderness’ in the local language, truly depicts the setting of this camp. At the start of the project some very inquisitive elephants, waterbuck, impalas, baboons and hippos all passed through the camp to check out what was going on. The main point of curiosity was all these people and there would often be a stare down between the team and the animals. However, as time moved on, everyone has become far more relaxed and both animals and staff go about their daily chores pretty much ignoring the other and letting everyone get their jobs done.

The hippos, however, have probably been their biggest competition while building, as they simply love to spend their nights stomping all around camp making sure they trample over any freshly dug areas that have been prepared for a job the following day

Daily life in Liwonde is incredibly busy but the team loves working in such a beautiful place with the big open African skies, the Shire riverbank just a stone’s throw away, as well as the pods of hippos, abundant birdlife and many other animals that come through camp.

Kuthengo Camp is set to open 27 April 2018 and Robin Pope Safaris is looking forward to welcoming guests at their new camp.

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

Constructing the new plunge pools at Mvuu Lodge. ©CAWS

Sparkling new swimming pools at Mvuu Lodge

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Central African Wilderness Safaris commence construction of new plunge pools at Mvuu Lodge.

CAWS is constructing three luxury plunge pools at tents 6, 7 and 8 at Mvuu Lodge. Set on the edge of the tents’ wooden decks, each pool will be totally private with views over the lagoon and surrounding bush. Together with the new silent fans being installed, these pools will be a superb addition to the lodge tents.

Tune in to the CAWS blog and Facebook page for the latest product developments and updates at Mvuu and follow the construction of Mvuu’s new plunge pools: #MvuuBuilds

Constructing the new plunge pools at Mvuu Lodge. ©CAWS

Constructing the new plunge pools at Mvuu Lodge. ©CAWS

Constructing the new plunge pools at Mvuu Lodge. ©CAWS

Constructing the new plunge pools at Mvuu Lodge. ©CAWS

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