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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Where to Experience Malawi’s Arts & Culture

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Ulendo Safaris is helping visitors to experience Malawi’s arts and culture.

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As 2019 kicks in, so too does the urge to travel and where there are people, there is art. According to Ulendo Safaris, in Malawi, this is no different, as fine and performing arts are very much alive. There is no shortage of artists and, in many communities, singing, dancing and art are integrated into everyday life, which draws on their cultural heritage.

Along with trips to Malawi’s majestic lake and productive wildlife regions, there is also so much arts and culture to experience in the Warm Heart of Africa. This is why a visit to the Mua Mission is not complete without visiting the Kungoni Centre of Art and Culture, one of the country’s leading cultural museum and artistic centres.

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The Kungoni Centre has collected over 4000 works by over 200 artists. Ulendo recently had the opportunity to chat to one of the artists, Peter Phansisi, who plays an integral part in the ongoing sustainability and development of the centre. He is passionate about the cultural and artistic activity of each and every art project that the centre seeks to record.

The centre’s art gallery and showroom is a tribute to the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao people of Malawi, and illustrates their important history and culture. While taking you on the journey through the centre, Peter explains how the artists listed on their walls have come to be internationally famous for their carvings and artwork. Some of the pieces on display tell a magnificent story and other pieces evoke many emotions.

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Ulendo invites visitors to experience Malawi’s local community through its art, culture and history.

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

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International Waterbird Census at Mvuu Camp & Lodge

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It was all birds, birds and more birds at Central African Wilderness Safaris’ Mvuu Camp and Lodge during the International Waterbird Census in January.

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Mvuu guests and guides carrying out the waterbird count © Samuel Chihana

The International Waterbird Census, which is facilitated each year by Wetlands International across 143 different countries, took place from the 12th to 13th January 2019.

Central African Wilderness Safaris once again participated in the annual account from their base at Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge in Liwonde National Park. It was an excellent opportunity for avid birders to explore one of Malawi’s top birding hotspots as well as be part of this exciting initiative.

The event kicked off with a briefing and presentation by Dr. John Wilson, Malawi’s foremost environmental scientist, who later participated in the count alongside Mvuu guides and guests. Over the course of the special birding weekend, sightings of a total 1030 birds belonging to 39 different species were recorded.

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

Robin Pope Safaris, Mkulumadzi Lodge, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi Travel, Malawi Safari, Travel 2019

Happy New Year from Mkulumadzi Lodge

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Happy New Year from the staff at Robin Pope Safaris’ Mkulumadzi Lodge!

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The recent rains over Majete Wildlife Reserve – where Mkulumadzi Lodge is located – have transformed it into a beautiful lush and emerald green wonderland for the guests of Robin Pope Safaris! Despite the thick and dense vegetation, the Big 5 have been making frequent appearances and were the highlight of the year-end celebrations!

The cats in particular have been quite busy, with some activity even occurring around the lodge. Recently, in a very rare sighting, two young male lions managed to cross the Shire River in front of the lodge. African Parks had to take them back to the other side of the river in the concession but they made their way back across the fluctuating river in no time!

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Whilst taking guests to the lodge’s main area to begin the New Year’s Eve celebrations, the lions could be heard roaring close-by, which certainly got everyone’s adrenaline going. As if that wasn’t enough of a show from the lions, the guests from two chalets that stayed behind from the usual game drive the next morning had a first time Mkulumadzi experience. While they were laying in bed, sipping on their coffee, they got to watch the two lions lazing around on the shore across the river! Never before have guests been able to witness this from the comfort of chalets at Mkulumadzi Lodge so it was an incredibly special view to wake up to on New Year’s Day.

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Along with these fantastic sightings of lions, guests at Mkulumadzi heard other interesting wildlife calls in the area. While enjoying sundowners from the star-bed, guests were thrilled when they heard a leopard nearby. Hyena have also been heard and their tracks have been spotted near one of the chalets. Not wanting to be left out of the limelight, there have been regular sightings of rhinos, even on the roads in clear view, much to the delight of guests.

Robin Pope Safaris wishes everyone all the best in 2019! With such a great start to the year, the staff at Mkulumadzi anticipate many more exciting times ahead.

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

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RPS Kuthengo Camp’s First Christmas

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It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas at Robin Pope Safaris’ Kuthengo Camp in Liwonde National Park!

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Having joined the Robin Pope Safaris’ family in Malawi this year, Kuthengo Camp is celebrating its first Christmas amidst the beautiful scenery of Liwonde National Park. The camp’s chef, Dickson, and guide, Stanley, have been hard at work spreading the festive cheer around. Here is a short Q & A session with them:

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Dickson – chef at Robin Pope Safaris

Chef Dickson, what’s on the menu for Christmas Dinner?

Starter: Cream of mushroom soup with croutons.

Mains: Roast gammon and roast turkey with stuffing, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, peas, carrots and sweetcorn as well as baked cauliflower cheese. Served with gravy.

Dessert: Ice cream loaf with custard jelly.

Tea: Pecan pie – remember Chef Dickson’s moreish pecan pie recipe?

Game drive: Mini mince Christmas pies.

Chef Dickson, what’s your all-time favourite Christmas dish to prepare?

I love cooking gammon and turkey for guests, and then being able to serve and carve in front of them is always a bonus!

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Stanley – guide at Robin Pope Safaris

Guide Stanley, why are you looking forward to Christmas this year?

Christmas will be extra special in Liwonde this year as Kuthengo Camp will have its first Christmas. Also, Liwonde is now a tourism hot-spot as more new wildlife has been and is being re-introduced, which I think makes Liwonde the best wildlife park in Malawi. It will be a special time for everyone at Kuthengo!

Guide Stanley, what was the best present you received at Christmas?

My favourite present was a safari travel bag, which was hand sewn in the traditional Masai way, presented to me by my former employer in 2012.

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

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Dr John Wilson & CAWS at International Waterbird Census

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Join Dr John Wilson at the International Waterbird Count at Central African Wilderness Safaris’ Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park.

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Dr. John Wilson

Malawi’s foremost environmental scientist, Dr John Wilson, will be at the upcoming International Waterbird Census. Dr. Wilson has been the National Coordinator for the African Waterbird Census for the last 18 years and will deliver a special briefing and presentation for all Mvuu guests participating in the 2019 count.

The event is being held at Central African Wilderness Safaris‘ (CAWS) Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park from the 12th to 13th January 2019. Facilitated by Wetlands International, the count will take place in 143 countries around the world in an effort to gather data about different waterbird species and wetland ecosystems.

Dr Wilson has served as the National Chairman of the Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi. He also co-authored The Birds of Malawi – The Splendor of Diversity, published in 2017, with Bentley Palmer. Furthermore, Dr Wilson has published papers on the vernacular names of birds in Malawi, the Chewa proverbs relating to birds as well as the birds of Lake Chilwa. His work includes studies related to bird hunting on Lake Chilwa and the development of community waterbird conservation and management. At present, Dr Wilson is actively involved with issues related to human-made climate change in Malawi, and is working towards mitigating its impact on Malawi’s lakes and rivers.

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© Mike Dexter

CAWS will be offering a scheduled tour during this period to give travellers the chance to experience the best of Malawi’s green season birding and actively join in the count. For those interested, CAWS has released information on their packages and programmes.

In other news, on 12th December, the Children In The Wilderness (CITW) Camp discovered the beautiful and elusive African Pitta in the grounds of Chintheche Inn at Lake Malawi. This is a new record for the area and it is hope that they may breed in the immediate vicinity. The verdict is still out on this and it may have been a single bird on migration.

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

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2018 Reflections by Kaya Mawa

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Join Kaya Mawa by Green Safaris in reflecting on 2018.

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2018 was a revolutionary year for Kaya Mawa in more ways than one. In April, Kaya Mawa was acquired by Green Safaris, a group dedicated to promoting sustainable and eco-friendly tourism. Kaya Mawa is a world-renowned property for its stunning African beach location, luxury accommodation, adventurous activities and, most of all, its style and character. So, the team at Green Safaris was unbelievably proud of the potential of Kaya Mawa and the wonderful team that came with it.

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True to their core purpose, Green Safaris’ dedicated Conservation Foundation has worked its way tirelessly through Likoma Island in search of ways to support and empower the community as well as preserve the unimaginable beauty of this island in the Indian Ocean. Working closely with communities that have been on the island for decades, the team has begun a few projects which are currently in their early stages but with great potential in 2019.
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Together with key community leaders, traditional authorities, the district council and concerned members of the Likoma community, Kaya Mawa has kicked off a Clean Up Likoma Campaign. The team committed to this project with the aim to reduce the amount of litter polluting the environment and raise awareness of the damaging effect plastic has to the well-being of both the community and environment.

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

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Watch: Robin Pope Safaris & the Elephants of Liwonde National Park

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Guests at Kuthengo Camp shared a special moment with the elephants of Liwonde National Park.

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Elephants enjoying an afternoon sip of water © Robin Pope Safaris

Recent guests at Robin Pope Safaris’ Kuthengo Camp , which is on the banks of the Shire River flowing through the wildlife-rich Liwonde National Park, were treated to a memorable experience whilst on a river boat cruise.

They came across a large herd of elephants that were taking a drink from the river and finally crossing over to the other bank. Some of the elephants stop to check out this strangle creature moving in the water, whilst others are engrossed in the business of quenching their thirst.

Watch: Elephants of Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is situated at the southern-most tip of Lake Malombe in the south of Malawi. As it makes its way to the Zambezi River, the Shire River – the largest in the country – flows into the park, feeding the fauna and flora that call it home. This includes over 500 elephants that love to munch on the lush green grasses on the Shire’s banks as well as sip its deliciously cool water.

Footage by Michael Davy

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

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Rain at Hungtindon House Brings Joy to Satemwa Tea Estate

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It’s all smiles at Huntingdon House and Satemwa Tea Estate as Malawi’s rainy season begins. 

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This is the time of the year that the planters at Satemwa Tea Estate, on which Huntingdon House is located, always wait and stress and look up nervously to the sky that hangs over Malawi. This month, dark clouds started building up and the thunder was heard rumbling in the distance. The hot, humid air was replaced by a cool wind. Then, a little later in the year than had been hoped, the rain comes down, filling the dry holes in the ground, finding the holes in the roofs, knocking over a few trees, and cutting off the power supply.

But, more importantly, rain brings life to Malawi!

Planting of the new tea in selected fields has begun and everyone at the Satemwa Estate factory is rushing around to get things done before the busy season ahead. The festive season holiday is the time that work is around the clock in order to keep the tea moving in and out of the factory.

For the folks at Huntingdon House and Satemwa Estate, the rainy season is very special on the farm. They’re sure that even if their guests get wet, they’ll feel and join in the excited energy that has washed over the Shire Highlands. Preparations are underway for Christmas and, of course, mince pies, gingerbread and mulled wine is being enjoyed after long days on the farm.

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

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Malawi Gains New Giraffe Population in Majete Wildlife Reserve

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Malawi has reached another wonderful wildlife milestone – a new giraffe population in Majete Wildlife Reserve!

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Giraffe drinking from Shire River in Majete Wildlife Reserve © African Parks

Thirteen giraffe have been released into Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve, African Parks and Giraffe Conservation Foundation announced on Monday, 19th November. Nine hail from South Africa and travelled 2,500 km by road in one of the longest translocations of this kind. They and four giraffe already living in Malawi represent a new population for Majete and Malawi. The introduction boosts the reserve’s biodiversity while helping tourism to enhance the already emerging conservation-led economy and to support community development.

WATCH: Malawi Gains New Giraffe Population in Majete Wildlife Reserve

While southern Africa has a robust giraffe population, few are present in Malawi. In fact, this translocation brings national giraffe numbers to just over 30. Broadly, giraffe populations have plummeted in recent decades, with habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting reducing Africa’s population to fewer than 100,000 animals. This introduction comes at a crucial time: on 14th November, the IUCN Red List announced that several giraffe subspecies are critically endangered. The translocation of South African giraffe to Majete aims to establish a viable population that will support giraffe conservation across the region.

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Giraffe at the Shire River in Majete Wildlife Reserve © African Parks

It’s also a new chapter in Majete’s story. Since 2003, African Parks has managed Majete in partnership with Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), their collaborative efforts a national success story. “For fifteen years, our partnership with DNPW has driven Majete’s evolution from a depleted landscape to a vibrant ecosystem,” says Craig Hay, Park Manager for Majete Wildlife Reserve. More than 2,900 animals have been introduced to Majete; lion, rhino, elephant, and giraffe are among the species that have returned to a reserve now containing more than 12,000 animals. Critical support from partners, including The Wyss Foundation, WWF-Belgium and the People’s Postcode Lottery, helped improve infrastructure and law enforcement, effectively halting poaching in Majete.

“Introducing giraffe in Majete is an example of how collaborative partnerships can make a difference to save giraffe in the wild before it is too late,” said Dr. Julian Fennessy, Director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. More than a year was spent carefully planning the translocation. In Majete, the founding of a new population forms part of the reserve’s development as a flagship wildlife sanctuary, benefiting local communities and affording people in Malawi the opportunity to see the world’s tallest land mammal. He continued, “Without giraffe, the African landscape is a poorer place.”

Source: African Parks

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Summery Mango Ice Cream Recipe by Kaya Mawa

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As mango season arrives on Likoma Island, we meet the new Head Chef at Kaya Mawa and he shares his summer-ready Mango Ice Cream recipe.

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Kaya Mawa has welcomed the arrival of mango season on Likoma Island this month. Across the island, the trees have been full to bursting point and, throughout the month, a plentiful bounty of fresh, juicy mangos has fallen to earth, coating the ground everywhere.

The chefs at Kaya have been waiting patiently for the mangos to ripen over the last few months so they can begin producing a whole range of mango-based culinary delights. Since the trees started to drop a few weeks ago, Kaya’s chefs have been busy cooking up an array of delicious treats, from mango chutneys and sauces, to ice creams and sorbets.

The arrival of the mango season also provides the perfect opportunity to properly introduce Malawi Waves readers to Cephas Guda, Kaya’s talented new Head Chef, who has recently joined the lodge.  Cephas arrived at Kaya after a six-year stint as Head Chef at Latitude 13 in Lilongwe. During his 11-year career, he accumulated an in-depth knowledge of global cuisine; think Thailand, Mexico, Mediterranean and African countries like Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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Cephas hails from Monkey Bay in Malawi but his great-grandparents have their roots on Likoma, so island life is very much in his DNA. His love of food began at an early age, when he used to cook for his 13 brothers and sisters, experimenting with garnishes made from tomatoes and pumpkin leaves which grew in the family garden. His passion blossomed from there and now he delights Kaya’s guests every day with his special brand of fusion fine dining, utilising the ingredients grown on site in Kaya’s lodge garden.

Cephas: “My passion for cooking has been with me since I was a boy, so to now have the chance to cook at Kaya on Likoma where my great-grandparents were born, is very special for me. It’s been a great season in the kitchen and I’ve enjoyed getting to know the whole team. We’re creating such beautiful food together, and I am already thinking about what we can do next year to make things even better. As it’s mango season, I wanted to give you one of my favourite mango recipes we’re using at Kaya right now, my method for making mango ice cream. I hope you like it and that I’ll have the chance to cook for you on Likoma soon.”

Mango Ice Cream

Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 3 hours 20 mins

Instructions

Freeze a freezer bowl 24 hours prior to making ice cream. Wrap in a plastic bag so the bowl stays clean.

Put one mango, ¼ cup sugar, and lemon juice into a blender and puree until texture is smooth. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine heavy whipping cream, milk, and ½ cup sugar, then stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Mix in the pureed mango.

Cover and chill the mixture in the fridge for at least one hour. Then, move the mixture to the freezer for one hour.

Turn on your ice cream maker. When the freezer bowl begins to turn, pour the mixture through the ingredient spout.

If you desire a firmer consistency, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and store in the freezer for 3 or more hours before serving.

Cephas: “My initial end result was similar to the texture of frozen yogurt but when I froze the mixture for another few hours, the consistency was perfect!”

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