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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Satemwa Football Olympiad Kicks Off

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The yearly Satemwa Football Olympiad in the Thyolo District is taking place this weekend.
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This Saturday 29 June hails the yearly Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate Football Olympiad at the Magara football ground. Each division at Satemwa – Engineering, Coffee, Teas and the Ladies team – will go head-to-head in this fantastic knockout tournament.

In the grandstand will be honoured guests and supporters of all ages who come from the surrounding areas to cheer on family and friends with great gusto. Last year there was a turnout of about 2000 spectators who joined in on the festivities.

Satemwa welcomes all to spend the day in a jubilant atmosphere – be sure to bring your singing voice and dancing shoes! Fingers are crossed that Saturday will be a beautiful day as the weather in the region is a little unpredictable at the moment. With this in mind, here is an overview of the yearly weather pattern at Satemwa.

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Walking through the mist-covered estate © Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

Loosely between mid-November and mid-April, a thunderstorm can be relied upon at midday and perhaps at night with sunny afternoons and mornings.

From May to September, the months are almost guaranteed to be dry and sunny. This is the time of unimaginably gorgeous evenings with clear skies, bright stars and a moon to dream of! In May, the nights are cool and crisp, whereas by the time September rolls around the nights begin heating up and becoming steamy.

The chiperoni seasons falls in June, July and August. A chiperoni is a light consistent rain, which usually comes in three-, five- or seven-day cycles. On, or around 20 August, the wind changes direction to blow in from the north and the evenings start warming up. The frogs become more enthusiastic, the fireflies come out and people enjoy the evenings outdoors.

So, if you decide to visit Satewa Tea and Coffee Estate during the hot season, enjoy the evenings in the garden of if you visit during the cool season, enjoy the fires indoors!

Huntingdon House and Satemwa Lodges
Website: www.satemwa.com
Email: accommodation@satemwa.com
Tel: +265 99 312 1854

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Short Trunk Enjoys a Poolside Lunch at Tongole

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Short Trunk, the resident bull elephant of Tongole Wilderness Lodge in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, recently visited for a delicious lunch!

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Short Trunk quenches his thirst at the swimming pool © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Short Trunk is a friendly lone bull elephant that is well-known among the staff and guests of Tongole Wilderness Lodge. The last time we heard about Short Trunk, he had visited the river for a mud bath and then began destroying an abandoned poacher’s canoe he discovered nearby.

This time around, Short Trunk decided to visit the swimming pool at Tongole – the second visit of its kind in the last two weeks – and began sampling the surrounding indigenous plants. While he tucked into the aloe vera flowers, it was clear that the plant’s bitter leaves were definitely not his favourite.

He followed this up with a good munch on the leaves from the kudu-berry tree also found around the pool. His browsing finally took him to the monkey apple tree at the lodge’s Maya Deck but was frightened away when he put one foot onto the deck and brought the railing down with much noise.

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The swimming pool at Tongole is surrounded by aloe vera plants © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Aloe vera has many medical benefits, such as reducing the inflammation of ulcers, remedying an upset stomach and bringing down a fever because of the quinine found in the plant. It also helps in wound recovery and treats various skin diseases.

So Short Trunk may have eaten the aloe vera because after testing it out, he tasted the quinine and other potential natural chemicals in the plant that would help him to remain healthy.

The staff at Tongole staff gave Short Trunk his name for having a shorter trunk, which is believed to have been cut off in a poacher’s trap. The good thing is that he is still able to eat and drink like other elephants. Unfortunately, he is unable to pick up small things which he would if he had the usual finger-like feature at the tip of an elephant’s trunk.

Along with elephants like Short Trunk, the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is home to healthy populations of diverse animal, bird and plant species. Check out what the Tongole experience is all about.

Tongole Wilderness Lodge
Website: https://www.tongole.com/
Email: reservations@tongole.com
Tel: +44 (0) 208 123 0301

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New Youth Scholarship to Boost Malawi Wildlife Conservation

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Central African Wilderness Safaris launches new youth scholarship for Malawi wildlife conservation in memory of rhino conservationist and ecologist, Krisztián Gyöngyi.

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Krisztián Gyöngyi © Central African Wilderness Safaris

In memory of the late ecologist and conservationist Krisztián Gyöngyi, Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) recently launched a scholarship programme focusing on Malawi wildlife conservation, which this year will enable a member of Children in the Wilderness (CITW), Emmanuel Moyo, to attend the prestigious Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) based in South Africa.

Krisztián played a crucial role in supporting the monitoring of black rhino in Liwonde National Park, when the species here was at the brink of extinction. He tragically passed away whilst working in the field in Rwanda and this scholarship is one way in which CAWS hopes to honour his contribution to conservation efforts in Africa as well as keep his important legacy in Malawi wildlife conservation alive.

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Children in the Wilderness © Central African Wilderness Safaris

Emmanuel is part of the CITW Youth Club and currently serves as its chairperson in the Chintheche zone. He joined CITW 10 years ago and has grown into a passionate young environmental leader.  The year-long course in Natural Resource Management at SAWC will equip him with skills in wildlife management, maintaining conservation policies, nature and resource management, community partnerships, problem-solving skills in conservation, and much more. Following the completion of the course, Emmanuel will have the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to make a significant contribution to national conservation efforts in Malawi.

CAWS is inviting all well-wishers, companies, conservation-based organizations and travel partners to support this initiative as an official partner, by sponsoring a part of the scholarship.

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

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Beating Winter’s Chill at Lake Malawi

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Even with winter coming to Malawi, Pumulani Lodge by Robin Pope Safaris is still an excellent outdoor destination for both water and land activities at Lake Malawi. 

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The view of Lake Malawi from the hill behind Pumulani Lodge © Robin Pope Safaris

In the middle of winter, Lake Malawi still experiences a pleasantly warm climate with low temperatures of around 17°C (63°F) and maximum temperatures ranging between 27°C (81°F) and 29°C (84°F). So although Malawi is heading into winter, the weather has been fabulous at Lake Malawi and guests at Robin Pope Safaris’ Pumulani Lodge have been treated to spectacular sunsets and cool clear waters, which are fantastic for snorkeling and swimming.

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Black before throwing a fish into the air for Obama the fish eagle © Robin Pope Safaris

It is always a treat to go on a snorkeling trip to Thumbi Island, which is a 30-minute boat ride from Pumulani. There is so much to see along the way whilst out on the water, including the African fish eagles, which Black – a guide at Pumulani – knows so well that he has named each of the fish eagles individually.

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Obama the fish eagle diving to catch the fish thrown by guide Black © Robin Pope Safaris

Guests were recently acquainted with Obama the fish eagle who put on quite the show, soaring down from a baobab and swooping in on a fish that Black had hurled into the air. Once at Thumbi Island, without wasting much time, everyone jumped into the water and enjoyed the refreshing water with the colourful cichlid fish on display.

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Trekking to the top of the hill behind Pumulani Lodge © Robin Pope Safaris

It is not only water activities that are on offer at Pumulani. Guests can also take light bush walks or, for the more daring and physically fit, there is a 45-minute climb to the top of the hill behind the lodge. While it is no easy feat, the view from the top makes the climb well worth the trek!

To experience some of the best destinations Malawi has to offer, check out Robin Pope Safaris’ Warm Heart safari itinerary, which takes you to Lake Malawi , Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve.

Robin Pope Safaris
Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net
Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net
Phone: (Lilongwe) +265 993 504 600
(Lusaka) +260 957 090 441

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Watch: Best of Robin Pope Safaris Malawi

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Take a sneak peek at the new promotional videos by Robin Pope Safaris Malawi of their camps and lodges – Kuthengo, Mkulumadzi and Pumulani.

Over the last couple of years, Robin Pope Safaris has been working with award-winning documentary-makers Will and Lianne Steenkamp who have been doing the well-loved Safari Diaries videos, which are published by Robin Pope Safaris every Monday. Most recently, they have been enthusiastically dashing around the lodges and camps in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe taking footage for new promotional videos.

Watch: Best of Robin Pope Safaris Malawi

Robin Pope Safaris is all about giving their guests an amazing African safari holiday, experiencing the wonder of Africa’s secluded wilderness, rich culture and outstanding wildlife, and these videos do just that. They will take you on a scenic tour of the different properties offered by Robin Pope Safaris or perhaps even on a trip down memory lane.

Robin Pope Safaris
Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net
Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net
Phone: +265 (0) 999 970 002/003

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Kaya Mawa Welcomes New Dive Instructor

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The newest dive instructor to join Kaya Mawa, Cedric Gourmelen, shares his story of a fulfilling diving career which has taken him across the world to the habitats of fascinating marine life.

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© Kaya Mawa by Green Safaris

Peace we seek; peace we dear; peace we draw, dream and live for. The peace of freedom, the peace of Malawi, with peace of heart from the people of Likoma.

My name is Cedric Gourmelen. I am from western France and have been a professional diver in the seas of the world for the last thirty years. From Alaska to the Galapagos, the great lagoons of Baya California to the Belizean Caye, the dark Scottish lakes to the ice carved floods of Iceland, the lost coast of Burma to the reefs of Papa New Guinea, western Australia to the southern tip of New Zealand, Cape Town to Zanzibar, the blues of the Greek Island to the colours of the Red Sea, following and studying the whales along the way.

I first came to Malawi in the late 1980’s when thick schools of usipa (a small sardine-like fish) were hiding from the lights of the tropical sun. I come again now to teach and guide visitors of Kaya Mawa by Green Safaris, where the evolution of diversity shows us the wonders of life in the great lake of Malawi.

Come, be curious and be rewarded with what few have witnessed, daring minds to explore our world and to allow peace of heart will follow.

We wish you wonderful time with the Kaya Mawa team on Likoma Island, Cedric.

Kaya Mawa by Green Safaris
Website: www.greensafaris.com/lodges/kaya-mawa/
Email: reservations@greensafaris.com
Tel: +44(0) 203 287 7937

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Volunteers Bring Smiles to Chankhokwe Community

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Mike Taylor, a volunteer with Tongole Wilderness Lodge in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, tells us about the work he and other volunteers from Europe recently undertook at a school in Chankhokwe community.

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© Tongole Wilderness Lodge

The team of volunteers headed for Tongole Wilderness Lodge met at Heathrow Terminal Two and after introductions set out for the “Warm Heart of Africa”, travelling Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa where the majority who had not been to Africa before, first came across the continent through its airline terminals.

On arrival at Lilongwe, we were introduced to Malawian immigration bureaucracy, which although lengthy, was carried out with a smile, something we rapidly got used to. Bentry and Tio Kalanga from Tongole welcomed the old hands and wide-eyed newcomers. The bus journey to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve caused some eyes to be opened even wider with questionable local driving customs, most of which involved goats.

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© Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Before we arrived in Malawi, they had had more than their fair share of rain as well as Cyclone Idai down south, and this turned a 45-minute journey from the reserve entrance gates into an almost four-hour marathon. This really tested the skills of our driver, but also tested the pushing capabilities of the volunteers. With bolt-on humour, this had the result of knitting together the group in atrocious conditions which saw the majority caked in a liberal coating of thick red mud! The lodge was a welcome sight in the dark, and after a drink and sumptuous supper we retired for the night.

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© Tongole Wilderness Lodge

The next day we were granted a work-free day by David and Bentry, but we made a visit to the school at Chankhokwe which we would be renovating and refurbishing. This was an eye-opener for the newcomers who had never experienced the conditions the pupils and teachers are used to working under. We met the Head Teacher, Stanley Kamanga, who outlined the work we were to undertake and allowed Bentry and David to assess the materials – paint, cement, filler, brushes, rollers and other decorating necessities. I think many were shocked by the state of the Head Teacher’s house but heartened to see that he was happy to live in comparative comfort.

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© Tongole Wilderness Lodge

The way in which the team gelled and got down to the work of transforming two classroom blocks the next day impressed the local villagers. Their school began its rebirth, accompanied by a daily dose of an Austrian techno-ski version of the “Helicopter Song”! The first day saw the distribution of pencil cases to every member of the school, which clearly went down a storm. Later, we visited Chilimani School, another Tongole success story, to touch base with the staff, governors, pupils and elders of the village and to give them orange T-shirts provided by some of the money raised by the volunteers.

The Chankhokwe community school transformation was finished so successfully that we started to tackle the third block, in a much worse state; this work was later finished by the local community members.

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© Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Being immersed in the culture of such a marvellous country and its people has changed the lives of the volunteers and the people of Chankhokwe who now have a transformed primary school at the heart of their village. The icing on the cake is the educational adoption of young Kevin and his sister Doreen through secondary school. The volunteers feel they have done something really special here and I guess many will be back to the “Warm Heart of Africa”.

Thank you for sharing this good news story from the Chankhokwe community volunteer project, Mike and the team at Tongole. 

Tongole Wilderness Lodge
Website: www.tongole.com/
Email: reservations@tongole.com
Tel: +44 (0) 208 123 0301

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Ulendo Airlink Opens Up North Malawi

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Ulendo Airlink, part of the Ulendo Travel Group, launches new flight route taking travellers to the well-kept secrets of north Malawi.

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The Nkhotakota Game Reserve in north Malawi © Ulendo Travel Group

Often perceived as unchartered territory, the Ulendo Travel Group has realised that the northern region of Malawi has plenty to offer the avid traveller. With the launch of the Lilongwe-Mzuzu-Likoma Island scheduled flight by Ulendo Airlink on 2nd June 2019 (postponed from the original May launch date), the north will soon become a key destination to explore.

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The Bua River in Nkhotakota Game Reserve © Ulendo Travel Group

With six scheduled flights a week to Mzuzu and Likoma Island, travellers to the north can also get road transfers or chartered flights to different destinations in the north, including Nkhotakota Game Reserve, Nyika National Park, Tongole Wilderness Lodge and Chelinda Lodge.

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Lindsay with the guides and ranger from Tongole Wilderness Lodge next to the Bua River © Ulendo Travel Group

Just a few weeks ago Lindsay and Rob McConaghy from the Ulendo Travel Group went on their own expedition to the breathtakingly beautiful Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, which is one of Africa’s last truly undiscovered wildlife areas. Nkhotakota supports a rich diversity of flora and fauna and is worth putting on the itinerary for your next getaway.

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

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Breathing Easy this World Environment Day

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Central African Wilderness Safaris and Root to Fruit are doing their part to beat air pollution in Malawi this World Environment Day.

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Root to Fruit members tend to saplings © Central African Wilderness Safaris

In keeping with this year’s theme for World Environment Day ‘Beat Air Pollution’ to be celebrated on 5 June, Central African Wilderness Safaris is encouraging guests to participate in planting trees with Root to Fruit as part of a global effort to improve air quality and combat climate change.

With the rise of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, air pollution is increasing at a frightening pace and with it, the impacts of climate change. The effects of air pollution are far-reaching and impact us in more ways than we realize. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, 92% of people worldwide do not breathe clean air, and every year, air pollution costs the global economy approximately USD5 trillion in welfare costs. In addition, with the increase of ground-level ozone pollution, staple crop yields are expected to reduce by 26% by 2030.

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Indigenous trees of Malawi © Root to Fruit

Combating climate change throughout the year, Root to Fruit Malawi gives guests the opportunity to offset CO2 emissions through tree planting. Trees help to improve air quality by removing certain toxins and pollutants from the atmosphere and returning oxygen to it. The planting of trees also helps reforestation efforts, prevents soil erosion, and sustains the livelihoods of local community members.

For just USD20, a guests can plant 10 trees with Root to Fruit which will offset 200kg of carbon emissions over 10 years. When purchasing trees from Root to Fruit, guests will receive a certificate, which grants them the carbon offsetting rights to their trees planted for 10 years and the GPS co-ordinates of their location so that they can be visited at any time.

Click here to help stop air pollution and climate change by planting 10 ten trees in Malawi.

Root to Fruit is a social enterprise run by Central African Wilderness Safaris and Southbound Travel.

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

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Kuthengo Camp Turns 1!

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Happy birthday to Kuthengo Camp, the newest member of the Robin Pope Safaris’ family in Malawi!

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Swapping stories around the firepit at Kuthengo Camp © Robin Pope Safaris

This month, Robin Pope Safaris celebrated the first anniversary of Kuthengo Camp in the glorious Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi. Last year, Kuthengo Camp joined the Robin Pope Safaris Malawi family of Pumulani Lodge at Lake Malawi and Mkulumadzi Lodge in Majete Wildlife Reserve, and guests have been flocking to enjoy this well-appointed camp that overlooks the Shire River and surrounds.

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Hippos wallow in the Shire River © Robin Pope Safaris

Robin Pope Safaris has invites you to join the festivities on its special 1st Anniversary Celebration safari package. This five-day itinerary takes you into Liwonde National Park and Majete Game Reserve, where you can experience two of Malawi’s finest parks on a game drive, by foot or boating along the mighty Shire River.

Kuthengo consists of four luxury en-suite safari tents located under a canopy of indigenous trees and have magical views of the Shire River and surrounding grasslands of Liwonde National Park. The camp staff are most welcoming and the guides are fluent in the language of the bush.

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Luxury en-suite tent at Kuthengo Camp © Robin Pope Safaris

Spaces are still available to join in the festivities and adventure promised by this limited offer safari itinerary. Contact Robin Pope Safaris to find out more!

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