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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More Good Vibes on Likoma Island

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In the true relaxed, barefoot ethos of Likoma Island, Kaya Mawa by Green Safaris has recently launched reiki treatments and morning meditations to help you find love, light and peace in your life while holidaying at Lake Malawi.

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Unwind on Likoma Island, Lake Malawi © Kaya Mawa by Green Safaris

Kaya Mawa Spa now offers guests a Grateful Waves Reiki Treatment, which is a soothing therapy method that promotes feelings of balance and harmony in your mind, body and spirit.

The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word ‘Rei’ meaning ‘Universal Life’ and ‘Ki’ meaning ‘Energy’.Reiki promotes overall well-being and helps to release pain, tension, trauma, energy blockages, stress and discomfort.

Your reiki experience at Kaya Mawa will combine gentle and warm hand pressure on your body with healing sounds and light aromatherapy, which will transport you into a deep state of natural calm and relaxation. The Reiki treatments are available for 30 or 60 minutes.

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Unwind on Likoma Island, Lake Malawi © Kaya Mawa by Green Safaris

As if it couldn’t get more zen than that, Kaya Mawa has also launched 45-minute Morning Meditations in beautiful serene locations around the lakeshore.

Meditation is about training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. It helps to reduce stress, promote mental concentration, develop healthy sleep patterns and even increase pain tolerance.

During a meditation, you will be guided through soothing breathing exercises before gently settling the mind and drifting into a natural meditation led by the sounds of nature around you. To end and round off the meditation, the tones of a singing bowl will bring your focus back to the present, allowing you to feel awakened and ready for another day in paradise.

Chat to the team at Kaya Mawa about arranging a mindful retreat on Likoma Island that will leave you feeling happy and healthy.

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

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World Ranger Day: Malawi’s Wildlife Conservation Success

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As we commemorate World Ranger Day on 31 July, Robin Pope Safaris takes us on an inspiring journey into the heart of wildlife conservation in our beautifully wild country.

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Guests of Mkulumadzi Lodge on walking safari in Majete Wildlife Reserve © Robin Pope Safaris

With World Ranger Day coming up in a couple of days, we take this moment to remember those rangers killed in the line of duty and celebrate those that continue to protect the fauna of Majete Wildlife Reserve, Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. African Parks together with various local organisations, have turned three of Malawi’s most impressive wilderness areas into exciting conservation success stories to be celebrated at country, region and continent levels.

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Lion reintroduction at Majete Wildlife Reserve in 2012 © Robin Pope Safaris

Exploring these wonderful destinations on the Conservation Malawi safari hosted by Robin Pope Safaris and Tongole Wilderness Lodge is an 11-day journey of witnessing and learning about the incredible dedication, passion and collaborative effort that goes into protecting the wildlife that call these areas home. For instance, there have been several cases of successful relocation and reintroduction of various animals such as elephants, lions and leopards, which are constantly monitored to ensure their safety and protection.

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Elephants in Majete Wildlife Reserve © Robin Pope Safaris

This is a wonderful opportunity to encounter some of Africa’s most precious animals with the informative and interesting input of conservation experts from African Parks and guides at Robin Pope Safaris. On this safari, which runs annually from March to December, you will get to experience the stunning Mkulumadzi Lodge in Majete, Kuthengo Camp in Liwonde and Tongole in Nkhotakota.

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Guests from Kuthengo Camp drive alongside the Shire River in Liwonde National Park © Robin Pope Safaris

And remember, your park fees are an important financial source of support for the conservation efforts of African Parks in Malawi. If you’re interested in going on safari, get in touch with the team at Robin Pope Safaris for more details.

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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Heart-warming Family Travel in Malawi

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With a predominantly young population, and a reputation for being one of the most welcoming places on the continent, Ulendo Travel Group shares why Malawi provides the ideal environment and atmosphere for unforgettable family travel within Africa.

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Serene shores of Lake Malawi © Ulendo Travel Group

In addition to Malawi being a generally safe and friendly country, nearly 95% of the lodges in the wilderness areas and along the sandy beaches of Lake Malawi cater for the specific needs of families. Some of the larger hotels in the main cities provide babysitting services, family rooms and cots for babies.

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Some of the little faces of Malawi © Ulendo Travel Group

Another appeal of Malawi rests in the fact that it is not overcrowded and therefore offers a more restful commute across and between cities. It also offers the little ones’ vast amounts of space to go on outdoor adventures and get involved in activities like swimming, camping and mountain climbing.

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Some of the little faces of Malawi © Ulendo Travel Group

A visit to Malawi is never quite complete without an endeavouring interaction with our local youth. Ever inquisitive and eager to share the warmth of Malawi with visitors, the young children always offer a warming smile to even the greatest of strangers, and by the end of your encounter with them, you are sure to part as the best of friends!

Malawi is definitely a superb place for cross-generational family travel. No matter how young your little ones are, Ulendo will help you plan a truly memorable holiday. 

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

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Getting Bendy at the Tongole Yoga Retreat

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It was all ‘downward dogs’, ‘happy babies’ and other interestingly named poses at Tongole Wilderness Lodge as guests experienced the first Xtreme Yoga Retreat weekend amidst the beauty and tranquility of the remote Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.

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Yoga at the Muta Falls © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

This month, Tongole Wilderness Lodge hosted a weekend-long yoga retreat with four participants that were keen to stretch it out and get bendy with the help of qualified yoga instructor, Laura Blatch. The yoga sessions were conducted in some of the most magical areas of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and at the lodge itself.

As you may already know, yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices which come from ancient India and have spread throughout the world. Regularly practicing yoga produces many benefits for the human body, including promoting strength, balance and general good health. It also helps to reduce heart disease, stress and anxiety while improving body flexibility, balance and breathing.

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Yoga at the Muta Falls © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

One of the yoga sessions was held at the stunning Muta Falls, which provided the perfect setting of the calm and sweet sound effects of water flowing, birds chirping and the breeze blowing gently through the trees.

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Meditation on the Kachenga Deck at sunrise © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

There was also an early Sunrise Meditation at Tongole’s Kachenga Deck, where participants braved the cold morning in order to start their day in a mindful and peaceful way.

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Canoeing on the Bua River © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

The Tongole yoga retreat was rounded off with a serene canoeing trip on the Bua River to relax and balance the physical workout of a weekend filled with energetic yoga flows.

The team are excited to tell you about the upcoming Tongole Yoga Retreat so get in touch with them if you’re interested in a unique weekend away.

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

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Gather Round, Coffee Lovers, It’s Coffee Season in Thyolo

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Coffee addicts and aficionados from Malawi and beyond, it’s time to wake up and smell the freshly brewed cup of java as coffee season at Satemwa is in full swing!

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For many, this is the sign of another day © Vesselin Dochkov

Already well-known for their tasty tea, the team at Satemwa also proudly produces their own coffee. In fact, it is considered to be a particularly delicious cup – well-balanced with a naturally low caffeine content.

Coffee has been grown at Satemwa since 1971, with growing philosophy and techniques changing over the decades. All the coffee is grown at an altitude of between 900 to 1000 meters above sea level. The current coffee season has seen plants covering approximately 45 hectares, with distinct varieties, both new and old, like the Geisha.

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Picking the ripe coffee berries © Anette Kay / Satemwa Lodges

A range of coffee styles are produced such as a mild washed Arabica, pulped natural and natural coffee. All coffees are handpicked to ensure the cherries are ripe and produce those tongue-tantalising sweet and aromatic flavours.

Since 2008, Satemwa has planted numerous trees in the coffee fields on their estate. The trees need to be particular varieties in order to complement not compete with the coffee bushes. The right sort of shade entices birds, butterflies and other fauna, which all impact positively and create natural harmony in the soil and with other tree species. This is an important part of the future sustainability of coffee at Satemwa.

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Checking the quality of the coffee beans © Anette Kay / Satemwa Lodges

Each cup of coffee at Satemwa has a fascinating story behind it. You can hear about it while visiting the nursery, where you can learn about the different varieties and taste them straight from the bush. Then, take a trip to the coffee factory and see how the beans are washed, channel graded and sun dried. When it’s time for roasting the coffee beans, be prepared for a wonderful aroma to hit your nose!

If this has got you dreaming of a coffee-filled getaway in the hills of Thyolo, get in touch with the team at Satemwa.

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

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2020 – The Year of Bush & Beach Breaks

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Gearing up for the new year ahead, Central African Wilderness Safaris will be introducing two new packages for bush and beach breaks for international visitors travelling to Malawi in 2020.

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Chintheche Inn, Lake Malawi © Central African Wilderness Safaris

A Winter Escape at Chintheche Inn will offer seven days of rest, relaxation and adventure on the northern shores of Lake Malawi. Clear skies, astoundingly blue waters and soft white sand set the scene for a wide range of activities from working those arms kayaking, snorkelling with the colourful cichlid fish, blissful sunbathing and private beach dinners for the lovebirds on a romantic retreat. There are also other more land-based adventures like guided bush walks that get you up close to the lake’s nearby terrestrial wildlife as well as visiting and meeting with the local people that run the Root to Fruit nursery.

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Mvuu Camp, Liwonde National Park © Central African Wilderness Safaris

For those seeking the best of both worlds during Malawi’s vibrant summer green season, a Bush Break will offer a week-long combined stay at Mvuu Camp in Liwonde National Park and Mumbo Island Camp on Lake Malawi. As one of Malawi’s premier parks, Liwonde is a great place for safari enthusiasts as exceptional wildlife sightings and nature’s beauty make for a memorable wilderness experience. The waters surrounding Mumbo Island are considered the best for freshwater diving and snorkelling globally.

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Mumbo Island Camp, Lake Malawi © Central African Wilderness Safaris

The team at Central African Wilderness Safaris are keeping us in suspense for a little longer as full package details and pricing for these exciting bush and beach breaks are still be released. In the meantime, contact them for more information about their camps and lodges located in Malawi’s top destinations.

Feature image courtesy of Dillan Sievwright

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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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