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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wildlife photography workshop

Photography Workshops now available at Mvuu Camp and Lodge

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While on safari, guests eagerly click away with their cameras in the hope of capturing the safari experience as best as they can. However, it’s easy to be intimidated by the challenge of taking great photos. Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge in Liwonde National Park understands this all too well, which is why they now offer interactive wildlife photography workshops to their guests.

Conducted by international field guide Frank Weitzer, these courses are designed to enable Central African Wilderness Safaris guests to sharpen their wildlife and landscape photography skills. Covering a broad range of areas, these workshops will focus on key techniques and approaches to taking striking photographs whilst on safari. They will also provide training on how to approach wildlife and identify and interpret animal behaviour whilst photographing them in the wilderness.

Wildlife Photography workshop

Frank is always keen to share his knowledge and help others discover the joy of photography. The workshops will be run until mid-June and cost USD 50 per person.

Contact Central African Wilderness Safaris

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

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Processing coffee cherries at Satemwa

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The coffee cherries are ripe and ready to be turned into your favorite cup of coffee at Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate.

berriesCoffee trees produce berries called coffee cherries. These berries turn red when they are ripe and ready to be processed. The 40-year-old Satemwa Tea and Coffee  factory is filling up every day with these red and yellow ripe cherries – ready to be turned into some delicious coffee!

There are a few different methods of producing the coffee. The traditional Malawian way to process the berries is called the “Washed Process”. In this process, the outer skin is removed with the help of a machine. It then transports the cherry to a clean tank with the help of water. The remaining green beans then floats in big tanks for about one to two days (depending on the weather) and are then dried in direct sunlight on big tables.

The second method is called “Pulp Natural”. This is when the skin is taken off in the machine and then the berries are put straight out to dry in the African sun. This process brings out a natural sweetness in the coffee and makes a great Espresso.

The third method is called the “Natural Process”. In this process, the ripe cherries goes directly from the bush, and onto big tables to dry in the cool winter sun. They can take up to 30 days to dry and are then taken to a mill to take the husk off. The “Natural Process” gives the coffee bean a fruity flavor which can make the coffee taste like a berry.

The smell of freshly roasted coffee will soon linger in the Malawian air. It is true what they say…life is too short for bad coffee.

Contact Satemwa Tea & Coffee Estate

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

Kaya Mawa dining

Wasabi meets Sumac in Kaya Mawa’s kitchen

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Dining at Kaya Mawa is a truly unique experience. The aromatic smells and innovative combinations coming out of the lodge’s kitchen will leave you mesmerized.

The team, led by Richard Greenhall, has perfected the fine balance of Middle Eastern and Asian influences, creating their own unique style. They fuse together the explosive spices and subtle nuances of the ingredients which are loved by foodies around the world.

Tease your taste buds with elements such as poached pineapple, cardamom, anise and toasted fennel sea salt with Wasabi and Sumac ice cream or toasted quinoa, charred broccoli, chili and tahini with whipped lemon basil, feta and coconut sambal. These are just some of the many dishes which make their way from the Kaya Mawa kitchen to the lakeside dinner plates.

The ethos of the dining experience at the lodge is a balance between flavour and an understanding that many of us prefer a healthier eating lifestyle. Of course, there are moments to embrace a little indulgence, but the balance and planning of the guests’ meals are at the heart of this blend of cuisines.

 

Kaya Mawa dining

Contact Kaya Mawa

Website: www.kayamawa.com
Email: enquiries@kayamawa.com
Telephone +44 7453 326398

Pumulani new swimming pool

Sparkling new swimming pool at Pumulani

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As if the deep clear waters of Lake Malawi weren’t enough to excite visitors to Malawi, Robin Pope Safaris’ Pumulani team has added a sparkling blue addition to their lodge. A stylish infinity pool, the second such for Pumulani, with an elevated view of the lake now also entices guests to jump right in.

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The new swimming pool has already been mentioned as a highlight for some guests – “The infinity pool and the trip on the speedboat to snorkel amongst the cichlids were the highlights of the holiday, closely followed by an amazing lunch on the sun-drenched beach.” tripadvisor review by jackiea811

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Contact Pumulani

Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net
Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net
Phone: +265 (0) 179 4491 / 5483

 

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Cheetahs fly Ulendo Airlink

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Precious cargo was safely delivered to Malawi. It turns out that Ulendo Airlink is the preferred airline amongst fast, spotty felines.  After months of planning, four cheetahs have landed safe and sound on Malawian soil. They have been released into a boma before their final translocation into their new forever home in Liwonde National Park.

The migration of Liwonde’s newest residents was facilitated by Ulendo, together with Robin Pope Safaris as they arranged their transport via flights on Ulendo Airlink’s Grand Caravan.

The cheetahs are doing well, and settling in comfortably.

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Contact Ulendo Airlink

Website: www.flyulendo.com
Email: reservations@flyulendo.com
Tel: +265 (0) 1 794 638

Majete lion

Mkulumadzi Welcomes the Winter Season

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Robin Pope Safaris Mkulumadzi team is delighted to welcome winter to the Shire Valley. Erik, a Mkulumadiz guide, describes the joys of the new season:

‘Here at Mkulumadzi we are definitely going into a new season. Winter is on the doorstep, and while there are many places in the world where that phrase would not be uttered with much enthusiasm, we are thrilled down here in the Lower Shire Valley.

The humidity has dropped significantly, the rains are fewer and further between with pleasant winter winds blowing. On a few evening drives we have even had to resort to covering ourselves with blankets, a strange feeling since none of us have worn anything more than short sleeved shirts since September last year!

All animals are looking nice and plump from the abundance of grass and green leaves that they feast on. Here we are enjoying a dazzle of zebras whose contrasts stand out so beautifully in all the green.

The youngest member of our lion pride has also been growing with the grass it seems. He is turning out to be quite a strapping young lad. Bearing slightly equal features to our human teenagers with his disproportionate feet and large ears, he puts a smile on everyone’s faces.

Mkulumadzi is a stronghold for many beautiful species of butterflies. Point them out to your guide and ask him to let you into the fairytale world of swallowtails, pansies and charaxes.

So all in all we are doing well down here and we are looking forward to the colder winter months when we will be taking some longer walks and hikes around the reserve, and staying out on our drives for a little longer since the sun is not forcing us to retreat as early in the day. What a privilege it is to live in the bush and experience the change of seasons alongside the wildlife.’

Majete wildlife

Contact Mkulumadzi

Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net

Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net

Phone: +265 (0) 179 4491 / 5483

Elephant crocodile battle Liwonde

A Rare Battle between an Elephant and a Crocodile

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Elephant crocodile battle Liwonde

During a boat safari in Liwonde National Park, a recent Mvuu Camp guest witnessed an extremely rare spectacle of a heated tussle between a crocodile and an elephant. The scene unfolded when a breeding herd of elephants began ambling along the riverbank to quench their thirst, oblivious and unsuspecting of the crocodile lurking in the waters nearby.

Just as an elephant calf began to drink, dipping its trunk in the water, the large crocodile sprang up from the water with calculated precision, locking the defenceless elephant’s trunk between its lethal jaws. The calf bellowed in agony as it attempted to get away. Meanwhile, the elephants that had stood alongside the calf gave into their primal instinct of retreating to safety, momentarily leaving the calf to fend for itself.

Moments later, a larger elephant, that appeared to be the matriarch of the herd, entered the scene with a deafening, mighty trumpet, determined to turn around the course of events. She stomped on the crocodile making the predator release the calf. Having put up a futile yet brave fight to free itself from the crocodile’s relentless hold, the calf ran back to the safety and solace of its herd as soon as its rescuer intervened.

The video event was shared on the CAWS Facebook page. Video credit: please see guest details in video post.

Read the full story here.

Contact Central African Wilderness Safaris

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

Ulendo Airlink's new website

Ulendo Airlink Launches a New Website

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Ulendo Airlink's new website

The Ulendo team is happy to announce that Ulendo Airlink has launched a brand new website.

The new website is filled with useful information about Ulendo’s flights and the destinations the airline flies to. Created with the user experience in mind the site includes many new features to help users to quickly and easily navigate around the website and find the information they are looking for.

The updated site will provide easy booking widgets, useful information about luggage, facts about our airplanes and much more. All its contents are designed to make the Ulendo Airlink experience even better. The Ulendo team hopes that you like the changes. Share any feedback with Ulendo Airlink at info@ulendo.net.

Contact Ulendo Airlink

Website: www.flyulendo.com
Email: reservations@flyulendo.com
Tel: +265 (0) 1 794 638

Malawi miracles

5 Exciting Malawi Miracles

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Malawi miracles

From the clear, turquoise-watered Lake Malawi to the imposing Mount Mulanje and wildlife rich Liwonde National Park, Malawi is full of the beautiful wonders of nature.

The Culture-Ist shares her top five Malawi miracles:

1. An undercover photographer’s landscape

Malawi boasts an array of green valleys, dramatic cliffs, lush plantations, picturesque rivers, sunsets and much, much more to capture on camera.

2. Rare wildlife

Lake Malawi is one of only two places in the world where cichlids, brightly coloured freshwater fish, can be found. Malawi’s Liwonde National Park is also one of the few places where black rhinoceros can still be spotted in the wild.

3. A national secret handshake

The Malawian hospitality is well-known but did you also know, that the locals have developed their own greeting, or “secret handshake”? Lock thumbs as you say: “how are you,” then shake as you reply: “I am good”.

4. Less touristy as other African safari destinations

It may not last for long but Malawi is still less visited by tourists than many other popular Southern African safari destinations. Visitors can experience the unsoilt African wilderness without having to put up with hoards of tourists.

5. Unique location

Malawi borders Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania making it easy for travellers to combine a trip to Malawi with its neighbouring countries.

Huntingdon House activities

Action Packed Activities at Hungtingdon House

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Huntingdon House activities

The rainy season has been good to Satemwa Tea Estates. The tea is green and has finally recovered from last year’s drought. This is the time of year when the views of Mount Mulanje will mesmerize Huntingdon House’s visitors and demand many photos to be taken to capture the scene.

The sky is clear and blue; and with dry roads and cooling fresh air it is the perfect time for a hike up Mt Mulanje. The impressive site is only about an hour’s drive from the estate. Another favourite hiking spot amongst Huntingdon’s guests is Thyolo Mountain with views all across the valley.

The lodge’s visitors can also explore the area on a mountain bike. Huntingdon House is ideally situated close to perfect bicycle paths with challenging up hills followed by exciting down hills that will make your adrenaline pump. If the estate feels too small visitors can venture down the escarpment to meet the Shire River or cycle all the way to Mount Mulanje through villages and markets encountering Malawi’s friendly rural communities along the way.

Contact Huntingdon House

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