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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The Elusive Lions of Nyika Spotted at Last!

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The Nyika Plateau has recently treated guests and staff of Chelinda Lodge and Camp to some special sightings of Africa’s biggest cat.

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In December 2018, the Central African Wilderness Safaris team reported a brief glimpse of a lone lion amidst the rolling grasslands of Nyika National Park and at the start of the year, they heard occasional roars echoing in the distance. In April, for the first time in many years, several guests and staff members saw not one, but two lions on the plateau crossing the road, just 200m away from Chelinda Lodge. They were also spotted again during the Easter break and since then, the team has continued to hear them roaring throughout the park.

Although the staff and guests visiting the park were lucky to spot one or both of the lions on several occasions, after months of waiting, some of the Chelinda guests finally managed to capture a photo of one of Nyika’s elusive lions!

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Nyika National Park © Matthew Brazier

The teams at Chelinda Camp and Chelinda Lodge are also conducting a regular lion patrol to try and gauge their whereabouts and movements on the plateau. They are unsure if the lions are going to stay around the Chelinda area on the plateau or are simply moving through the area.

Stay tuned for regular updates on the lions of Nyika on the Chelinda Camp and Chelinda Lodge Facebook page and CAWS Instagram page.

Feature image courtesy of Conrad Hennig.

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

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How to Make Macadamia Nut Pies, Pumulani-style

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The Head Chef at Pumulani by Robin Pope Safaris lets us in on how to make moreish, mouth-watering Macadamia Nut Pies.

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Macadamia nut pies just out of the oven © Robin Pope Safaris

When staying with Robin Pope Safaris at Pumulani on Lake Malawi, you can do as little or as much as you choose. From adrenaline pumping water sports, like water skiing and fun tubing, to lazing around on the private beach with a cocktail in hand or cruising on the hand-crafted dhow at sunset – there is something for everyone!

Regardless of how active you choose to be, it’s not difficult to work up an appetite. With their delicious offerings, Head Chef Frank and his team in the kitchen make sure you are never hungry!

Before learning how to make his Macadamia Nut Pies, here is a little bit about Frank…

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Frank, Head Chef of Pumulani © Robin Pope Safaris

Frank grew up in the Kasankha area with his parents and four siblings. His ambition to become a chef started when he was very young and inspired by his father who has been a chef in the Monkey Bay area for many years.

Frank has been working at Pumulani for four years and raised through the ranks rapidly due to his willingness to learn and his passion for the kitchen. His on-the-job training got him to where he is today – Head of the Kitchen Department.

His Macadamia Nut Pie using locally sourced macadamia nuts is a real hit with the guests and he has been kind enough to share it with us:

Macadamia Nut Pie (makes 12 individual pies)

Ingredients

Pastries

1 ¼ cups flour
½ tsp baking powder
2 Tbs caster sugar
100g butter, diced

Filling

1 Tbs cake flour
1 Tbs Maizena cornflour
1 whole egg
100g butter
250ml syrup
1 tsp vanilla essence
500g macadamia nuts

Instructions

Pastry

Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl and then stir in the castor sugar.

Rub in butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in ¼ cup of cold water and mix to a stiff dough.

Turn onto floured board and knead until smooth.

Roll out and cut into discs to line your muffin tray.

Add roughly chopped macadamia nuts enough to cover the bottom of the muffin tray.

Filling

Mix the flour, Maizena and egg (lightly beaten) together.

Heat the butter and syrup until it melts.

Combine it with the flour mixture until you have a smooth batter.

Spoon the batter over the prepared muffin trays.

Bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes at 180°C until golden brown.

Serve with homemade ice cream and a caramel drizzle – bon appetite!

Why not contact Robin Pope Safaris about ending off the year with the perfect beach-break.

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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The Lazy ‘Lizards’ of the Bua River

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From the comfort (and safety) of their rooms at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, recent guests have had several opportunities to watch the resident crocodiles basking on the banks of Bua River.

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River-facing guest suite © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

August and September are the best months to view crocodiles from Tongole Wilderness Lodge in the remote Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Recent accounts from guests confirm this, as they have been seeing several crocodiles on numerous occasions basking on the sunny banks of the Bua River.

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The crocodiles of the Bua River © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Even if their large teeth and scaly exterior make you shiver a little, crocodiles are definitely fascinating creatures. Here are five interesting facts about these prehistoric beasts:

Crocodiles are the biggest reptiles on the planet.

They produce tears while they are eating because they swallow too much air which comes into contact with lachrymal glands (glands that produce tears). This air forces tears to flow out, which makes them look like they are crying.

Crocodiles generally live an average life span of between 30 to 40 years. Larger species can live for an average of 60 to 70 years.

They are good swimmers with a top swimming speed of 15km (9.3 mph).

Crocodiles have good night vision.

If you are interested in a safari experience in one of Malawi’s true wilderness areas, get in touch with the team at Tongole Wilderness Lodge.

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

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Meet Your Malawi Safari Driver Guide

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We chat to a long-standing member and Malawi Safari Driver Guide of the Ulendo Malawi Group about his favourite places to visit in Malawi.

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© Ulendo Travel Group

A visit to Malawi is incomplete without a road safari courtesy of the Ulendo Malawi Group. The team of Driver Guides at Ulendo boasts years of experience in unraveling the beauties of Malawi to local and international guests. We meet Martin Magola, one of the much-loved Driver Guides at Ulendo.

Martin has been a Malawi Safari Driver Guide with Ulendo for over eight years now and says the most exciting things about his job are “travelling, meeting different people and sharing ideas”. When asked, Martin struggled to pick his favourite place as Malawi is so diverse but among his favourites are Lake Malawi, Liwonde National Park and Mulanje Mountain:

Lake Malawi is the most beautiful lake with its fresh water and Chambo fish, Liwonde National Park has wide open spaces which make animal sightings very easy and Mulanje Mountain is the highest mountain in Malawi and will always remain a key tourist attraction.

Contact the Ulendo Malawi Group and let Martin and his team take you on your Malawi safari of a lifetime.

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

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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