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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Likoma Island, Likoma, Lake Malawi, Malawi, Likoma Summer Cultural Festival, Kaya Mawa, Green Safaris, African festivals

Kaya Mawa Celebrates the Likoma Summer Cultural Festival

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Likoma Island residents, including the Kaya Mawa team, put on their dancing shoes for the Likoma Summer Cultural Festival.

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Kaya Mawa joined in the party atmosphere on Likoma Island during October as the annual Likoma Summer Cultural Festival kicked off with a week of music, dancing and activities on the island. As it has in previous years, the event burst into life with a special party cruise aboard the illustrious Ilala as it undertook its weekly journey across Lake Malawi.

In addition to a stellar line-up of live bands and DJs, the week’s festivities included swimming and rowing competitions, parades and traditional Malipenga and Chioda dances.

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Malipenga is most closely associated with the Tonga people and the dance is said to have originated from imitations of military drills. Each village on Likoma has its own Malipenga group, comprising male dancers, as well as a Chioda group, comprising female dancers. As Kaya Mawa is based in Nkhwazi village there was special attention from the staff and guests on the dancers from the local area.

The Likoma Summer Cultural Festival has been running since 2014 and was originally set up to promote the vibrant culture of the island, encourage tourism and provide a week of fun and excitement for Likoma residents to enjoy. The team at Kaya Mawa all got the chance to experience the festivities and, as in previous years, were delighted to act as a sponsor for this highlight of Likoma’s annual cultural calendar.

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

Central African Wilderness Safaris, Mvuu Camp, Mvuu Lodge, Malawi, photography, photography workshops, wildlife photography. Robin Bruyns

Guests Get Snapping at CAWS Photography Workshops

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Conservationist Robin Bruyns leads photography workshops at Mvuu Camp and Lodge.

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© Robin Bruyns

Over the first weekend of October, Central African Wilderness Safaris recently hosted a series of photography workshops with South African conservationist and professional photographer Robin Bruyns at Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park.

Structured into three courses, ‘Intro to Manual Mode’, ‘Advanced Photography 101’, and ‘The 10 Rules of Composition’, this year’s workshops were geared to cater to both experienced photographers using DSLR cameras as well as to children and individuals who are burgeoning but beginner wildlife photographers.

The workshop instructor, Robin Bruyns, has extensive photography experience covering all genres, especially African culture and wildlife. He also teaches photography courses for all levels – from beginner through to intermediate – and has participated in several environment, community and conservation initiatives across the continent.

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

Robin Pope Safaris, cheesecake recipe, Malawi, baking, Almond and Lime Cheesecake

RPS Recipe: Everybody Say Cheese(cake)!

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It’s time for another scrumptious recipe with Robin Pope Safaris.

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Maggie with her mouthwatering Almond and Lime Cheesecake © Robin Pope Safaris

This month, the lovely Maggie from Robin Pope Safaris lets us in on a little secret – her Almond and Lime Cheesecake. Get ready for a whole lot of yum!

Ingredients

1 cup cream

125ml lime juice (you can substitute the lime juice for lemon if you have no lime juice)

1 tin condensed milk

2 tsp gelatin (dissolved in 50ml of warm water)

1 tsp Vanilla essence

½ packet Tennis biscuits

150 grams butter

80 grams flaked almonds

Method

Melt butter and crush half a packet of Tennis biscuits. Combine these gradually.

Use this as the base for the cheesecake and use this to line a flan dish or similar. Set aside and refrigerate for half an hour.

Roast flaked almonds in a hot oven for 5 minutes until golden brown and allow to cool.

Whisk cream till light and fluffy, then fold in condensed milk, lime juice and almonds along with 2 teaspoons gelatin dissolved in 50ml warm water.

Pour into flan dish and allow to set for 2 hours.

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

Ulendo Safaris, Ulendo Travel Group, Malawi, Lilongwe, travel agent, tour agent

The Ulendo Safaris’ Powerhouse

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Step into Ulendo Safaris head office in Lilongwe.

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The team at Ulendo Safaris © Ulendo Travel Group

Ulendo Travel Group is incredibly pleased with their beautiful home for Ulendo Safaris in Lilongwe. With an industrial architectural design, this modern and sleek building was an embassy before Ulendo Safaris turned it into their head office. Described by Ulendo as “slightly powerhouse in looks”, they feel that working in this environment has brought out and optimized the team’s creativity.

Ulendo prides itself in professionally designing itineraries that meet the budget, interests and preferred style of travel for a wide range of clients. They understand that holidays to Africa should encapsulate the wildlife, culture and spectacular scenery of this diverse continent. And they love doing this from their stunning office space.

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

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Green Tea Production Steams Ahead at Satemwa

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The green tea production at Satemwa is on track despite disruptive ongoing factory extensions.

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© Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

It’s full steam ahead at the Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate factory in Thyolo District and the green tea line is spreading its fresh aroma all over the yard. The staff have been under pressure with the new extension being built to improve the factory. Nevertheless, the roof is finally up just in time for the summer rains.

Everyone at Satemwa is eager to lead guests on a special all-inclusive tour inside the factory when they come to visit at Huntingdon House. With the improved factory layout, Satemwa will soon be ready to show them how tea is really made.

This third-generation family-owned estate has been crafting deliciously aromatic, high-quality teas and coffees to be exported around the world. Their green tea line is part of a new artisanal range, which also includes white, oolong, black and dark teas.

Huntingdon House / Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate
Website:  https://www.huntingdon-malawi.com/
Email: accommodation@satemwa.com
Tel: +265 99 312 1854

Malawi, Liwonde National Park, Central African Wilderness Safaris, Mvuu Camp, Mvuu Lodge, safari, lion sightings

Liwonde National Park Gets Some Extra Roar!

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Guests have enjoyed back-to-back lion sightings at Central African Wilderness Safaris’ Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park.

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Sapitwa and Chimwala © Sam Sankhani

A second pride of lions comprising three females and two males was recently released in Liwonde National Park. There are now nine free-ranging lions and lionesses roaming the 548 sq. km park managed by African Parks. As with other wildlife species, African Parks has been very active in conservation efforts and animal relocation projects in Liwonde.

Following this latest development, exhilarating lion sightings and show-downs near Central African Wilderness Safaris’ Mvuu Camp and Lodge have been on the rise.

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Sapitwa and Chimwala © Sam Sankhani

Fondly called ‘The Lion Brothers’, Chimwala and Sapitwa from the first pride, have been spotted regularly throughout the month, during both day and night game drives. With the newly introduced pride also settling in well into their surroundings, the CAWS’ guides have been able to track them successfully on several occasions and regular sightings have been reported between the Mwalasi River and Nangondo River.

In previous years, lion sightings have been rare so having a greater chance to witness these magnificent animals near to Mvuu Camp and Lodge has been such a privilege for staff and guests alike!

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

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New Staff Join the Kaya Mawa Team

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The Kaya Mawa team welcomes three new staff members.

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Ali and Oli Waite © Kaya Mawa

It has been an exciting start for all with a busy peak season and as Malawi enters the summer months, Green Safaris’ Kaya Mawa isn’t slowing down. The camp has recently been joined by three new team members.

Alexandra and Oliver Waite have been welcomed as the new Camp Managers and bring experience, enthusiasm and smiles to Kaya Mawa. They are passionate about guest experience and have infectious sparkle, which carries throughout the lodge and beyond into the Likoma Island communities. They are building partnerships, supportive relationships and most importantly, good friendships, in these neighbouring communities.

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Ruth Phiri © Kaya Mawa

Ruth Phiri has also recently joined the team at Kaya Mawa as Spa Manager. With years of experience behind her, Ruth eases away aches and pains from travel-weary bodies and creates the ultimate relaxation experience in her island spa surrounded by the lapping waves of Lake Malawi.

In other news, local festivities are in full swing with traditional Malipenga dances most weekends and the gentle sound of Malawian drums and instruments are crossing the island, whispering the stories of countless generations. More about these from Kaya Mawa next month…

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

Malawi, Ulendo Travel, luxury travel, luxury safari

Meet the Smiles Behind the New Wheels of Ulendo Travel

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Ulendo Travel Group has upgraded their vehicles for a more comfortable ride.

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© Ulendo Travel Group

The Ulendo Travel Group has recently bought spiffy new Hyundai H1 Buses that give passengers all the luxury, comfort and most importantly air-conditioning that guests need when travelling between the many exciting hotspots in Malawi.

Guests will be driven by the safe and reliable hands of Ulendo’s smiling crew of experienced drivers. Massa, Willy, Master and Martin will make sure that guests’ trip in ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ tick all their boxes and more!

Ulendo offers guests a wide range of captivating holiday solutions for family and corporate travel throughout Malawi. When exploring Malawi with Ulendo, guests will love the ride as much as the destination. Whether they choose a journey that is laid-back or lively, guests will enjoy all the many wonders of Malawi in style.

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

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Thirsty Horton Says ‘Hi!’ to Kuthengo Camp Staff

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A curious bull elephant visits Robin Pope Safaris’ Kuthengo Camp.

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© Robin Pope Safaris

The wildlife of Liwonde National Park are getting used to Robin Pope Safaris’ Kuthengo Camp. Many herds of waterbuck and pods of hippos have been frequenting the area, especially at night. Excitingly, the elephants have made their rounds back through the camp.

One elephant bull has become especially inquisitive. The camp staff have named him Horton, from the wonderful Dr Seuss story Horton Hears a Who, and he has come into Kuthengo Camp numerous times to munch on the many surrounding fever trees.

On one day, some of the camp staff were walking about the camp overseeing the general maintenance, when suddenly Horton appeared in front of them. Standing 10 metres away, he didn’t seem fazed by their presence and stayed in camp for several hours before moving on to take a drink at the water’s edge.

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© Robin Pope Safaris

Grabbing the opportunity by the horns (tusks?), the staff jumped into the boat and followed Horton as he waded into the river, watching him eat at the small fever trees that grow from the bank and slurp up water. The sun setting behind Horton was the perfect backdrop to such a special moment enjoyed by staff at Kuthengo Camp.

The camp is situated on a bend along the Shire River, with the tents facing downstream and tucked between ancient baobab trees and fever trees. The tents overlook an open grass patch which stretches to the riverbank, allowing guests to watch the hippos grazing nearby and the large herds of elephants using one of their favoured crossing points of the river just in front of camp. Often only the tips of their trunks are visible as they swim across the river.

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

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.

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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