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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MistyTree Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

Christmas at Satemwa

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas is the busiest time at Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate in the Shire Highlands of Malawi. The factory is filling up each day with fresh green leaves as the rain and the sunny humid days are allowing the tea to grow like crazy.

MistyTree Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

© Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

It’s a farm that never sleeps at this time of the year and the constant humming from the factory is a welcoming sound. Even the kitchen at Huntingdon House is buzzing with excitement as Christmas treats like mince pies are festively made for our guests and the Christmas lunch and New Year’s dinner menus are the hot topics of conversation.

Christmas at Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

© Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate is looking forward to making the Christmas and New Year holidays extra special for everyone that visits.

Contact Satemwa Tea & Coffee Estate
Website: www.satemwa.com
Email: accommodation@satemwa.com
Tel: +265 99 312 1854

Nyika Serval Cub by Alan Grimes - Owner of Baobab Travel (1)

Sightings and Scenery in Nyika National Park

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Recent guests at Central African Wilderness safaris’ Chelinda Camp and Lodge’s enjoyed spectacular wildlife sightings in Nyika National Park.

Nyika National Park is Malawi’s largest park which extends across a great plateau covered in montane grasslands and boasts with spectacular wildlife sightings.

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The Plateau by Samuel Chihana

Incredible predator sightings

Over the past couple of months, guests visiting Chelinda Camp and Lodge were treated to an array of spectacular predator sightings in Nyika National Park. Guests on guided safaris were able to enjoy a series of leopard sightings near the Chosi Loop, as well as a variety of other predator sightings including spotted hyenas, jackals and serval cats, most of which were spotted during exciting night game drives. In addition, owner of Baobab Travel and frequent CAWS guest, Alan Grimes recently had the fortune of recording an extremely rare sighting of a young serval cub.

Nyika Serval Cub by Alan Grimes - Owner of Baobab Travel (1)

Serval Cub by Alan Grimes – Owner of Baobab Travel

More fascinating wildlife sightings

The elephants that were relocated to Nyika National Park in early August have settled in well now and have adjusted to the cooler climates on the plateau. In addition, the plateau’s resident herds of zebra, eland and bush buck can also be seen with relative ease, and guests on game drives and guided walks have been able to spot these mammals grazing nonchalantly on the plateau’s vast grasslands. Over the past month, the CAWS team at Chelinda Camp and Lodge have hosted a variety of birding tours and guests have been making special trips to the plateau in search of the many migrant and indigenous bird species that inhabit the grasslands and surrounding forests.

Lush shades of green coming to surface

As a result of the recent light showers and rainfall leading up to the rainy season, the montane grasslands of the plateau have started to take on a lush shade of green. Moreover, some of the hundreds of species of orchids and wildflowers that inhabit Nyika are gradually coming into bloom, and a wide variety of mushrooms have also sprouted up along the pine forest belt near Chelinda Lodge.

Travel note: When planning your next trip to Chelinda Camp and Lodge in Nyika National Park, please do consider opting for the ‘Trees with Every Trip’ (TWET) travel add-on. By adding just USD 20 to your final travel bill, you will be able to help plant 10 trees in Chintheche, and offset some of the carbon emissions that may be generated from your travels.

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

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Searching for Wildlife with Mkulumadzi guides

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A recent guest’s account on what if feels like scouting for wildlife in Majete Wildlife Reserve with Robin Pope Safaris Mkulumadzi’s guides.

“During a lovely mornings drive, we were treated to rhino tracks and scat. After Erik showed us how to identify rhino dung (lots of twigs bitten off at an angle) we set off again.

Not long after that lesson a mother and calf were spotted! They stood still for a few seconds, then came hurtling across the road to thicker vegetation. A fleeting glimpse, but an epic sighting!

RHINO 2- Mkulumadzi

© Shannon Naidoo

Later that afternoon on another drive, we were ambling along the riverside, when Erik our guide stopped and told us to listen. There it was, the roaring of a lion; which sounded very close by!  We started driving inland towards the sound, in hopes we would get to see the lion behind all this excitement. Between Erik and Ado (AP scout), they managed to spot Sapitwa in a small clearing amongst the thickets. He sat and snarled at us a few times… but was very relaxed overall, taking turns between sitting up and scanning around, and just laying down as male lions do.”

Lion 4 Mkulumadzi

© Shannon Naidoo

LION 3 Mkulumadzi

© Shannon Naidoo

Majete is a true wilderness where every trip into the bush with the experienced Mkulumadzi team feels like an adventure.

Mkulumadzi is the only upmarket accommodation in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi’s only Big Five Reserve, within a 7000 hectares private concession. A good mix of game makes the game viewing quite enjoyable.

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

Tongole Succeeds at the Safari Awards 2017

Tongole Wilderness Lodge:Best in Africa

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Malawi’s Tongole Wilderness Lodge awarded Best in Africa in 3 categories in the 2018 Safari Awards.

Malawi was in the spotlight at the 2018 Safari Awards, held at the World Travel Market in London on 6th November.  Tongole Wilderness Lodge, proudly received awards in three categories:

-Best Community Focused Safari property in Africa
-Best Ecologically Responsible Safari property in Africa
-Best Value Safari property in Africa

Tongole Succeeds at the Safari Awards 2017

© Matthew Brazier

Tongole lodge overlooks the Bua River in the heart of Malawi’s Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve (NWR).  The reserve has also been in the spotlight recently, due to one of the largest elephant translocations ever; with 500 more elephants being introduced, making Nkhotakota a vital sanctuary for the conservation of Africa’s elephants.

As part of its ecological focus, Tongole offers a unique ‘slow safari’ experience, with guests exploring the reserve primarily by canoe or on foot and motorised activities are kept to a minimum. This allows guests to fully appreciate the tranquility of this magnificent 1800 square kilometer reserve; in which Tongole is the only luxury lodge.  Tongole also offers a variety of other activities, including community visits, providing an authentic opportunity to discover Malawian culture and witness firsthand some of the work that the Tongole Foundation is doing.

Contact Tongole

Website: www.tongole.com
Email: reservations@tongole.com
Phone: +44 (0) 208 123 0301

 

CAWS Wildlife Sightings

Mvuu Guests Enjoy Plenty of Wildlife Sightings in Liwonde

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Mvuu guests enjoy an array of interesting sightings in Liwonde National Park.

Guests visiting Mvuu Camp and Lodge over the last month, were able to enjoy an array of interesting sightings on their guided activities in Liwonde National Park. From a distance, the team had the rare glimpse of cheetah cubs (the first to be born in the park in over 100 years, and the first in Malawi in over 20 years). Other interesting sightings included that of a pangolin, which was seen by a pool of water in the park.

Guests who went out on boat safaris were also able to see herds of up to 100 elephants drinking and playing by the edge of the Shire River. At the start of the month, the team at Mvuu Camp and Lodge started to see several warthog piglets, who were merely a few days old. Some of the piglets were so young, that you could still spot their umbilical cords.

CAWS Wildlife Sightings

Photo credits: Abby Tochterman

During daily game drives, the guests also spotted a crocodile capturing  a baboon for dinner as well as the extremely rare sighting of a baboon feeding on a bush buck calf. During nature walks, guests were able to spot a variety of birds, including the African Wood owl, barred owlet, olive bee-eaters, as well as the rare Pel’s fishing owl and Lillian’s lovebird.

Travel note: When planning your next trip to Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park, please do consider opting for the ‘Trees with Every Trip’ (TWET) travel add-on. By adding just USD 20 to your final travel bill, you will be able to help plant 10 trees in Chintheche and offset some of the carbon emissions that may be generated from your travels. To find out more about this initiative e-mail marketing@cawsmw.com or ask your travel consultant when making your booking.

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

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Robin Pope Safaris celebrates summer in Malawi

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Summer has arrived! It’s a couple degrees warmer in Malawi, and large fluffy clouds can be seen on the horizon.

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Clouds over Lake Malawi.

Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani is eagerly awaiting the first downpour to bring the landscape back to life, and to celebrate Christmas in a green paradise.

Guests have been enjoying the longer days, relaxing at the pools and keeping the guides(Black, Precious and Ganizani) busy. There’s a range of summer activities for guests to choose from at Pumulani, from the enjoyment of a good book by the infinity pool or down at the beach to racing on  the water with some water-skiing or wake-boarding.

Pumulani Water sports

Pumulani Water sports

During October / November the snorkeling in Lake Malawi is incredible with clear visibility at the snorkeling spots. Robin Pope Safaris guests can also enjoy the new boat now aptly named ‘Explorer’. For an even better snorkeling experience guest can also now enjoy new full face snorkeling masks.

Pumulani snorkel

The new snorkel masks.

Pumulani new boat

The new boat now aptly named ‘Explorer’.

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

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Malawisaurus, a Dinosaur from Malawi

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Visit the North of Malawi with Ulendo to see the Malawisaurus.

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The Malawisaurus

Malawi is not only the warm heart with great wildlife, interesting culture and diverse scenery, but also the previous home of the Malawisaurus (meaning “Malawi lizard“).  This dinosaur lived in Malawi a VERY long time ago and is one of the few titanosaurs for which skull material has been found.

Relatively small by sauropod standards, this dinosaur reached lengths of about 16 meters (52 ft), and weighed about 10 tons.

Ulendo offers itineraries to the north of Malawi that enables visitors to see the remains of the Malawisaurus and learn more about this interesting dinosaur.

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

Satemwa Coffee Flower

Satemwa celebrates the start of a new season

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Once a year magic happens at Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate, right after the first lovely rains.

Satemwa Coffee Flower

Coffee Flower

Suddenly, one morning, the whole field of coffee bushes at Satemwa are covered in small white flowers. A result of the welcomed Summer rains.

The air is full of the sweet smell, the birds are chirping and bees have plenty of flowers to choose from. Sadly, it only lasts for a few days,but there is something even better coming…

The flowers drop off and tiny little green hints of coffee fruit starts to cover the branches. The coffee bean cycle starts again and there is lots of work ahead to get that little green fruit to grow into the ripe red or orange cherries.

Meanwhile the tea loves the first rain after the heat from the harsh October sun and fresh shoots are rising on top of the plant.

It’s a time full of excitement about the season ahead.

Contact Satemwa Tea & Coffee Estate
Website: www.satemwa.com
Email: accommodation@satemwa.com
Tel: +265 99 312 1854

Kaya Mawa

Safari Awards for Kawa Mawa

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Kaya Mawa received 9 awards out of the 11 categories they were nominated for at the recent Safari Awards.

Kaya Mawa Safari Awards

©Kaya Mawa

Kaya Mawa has cleaned up at this year’s  Safari Awards, taking home two of the most hotly contended Africa awards; Best Cuisine and Most Romantic Property in Africa. Of the eleven categories Kaya Mawa was nominated for, they received awards in nine of these.

Receiving second place for the best location award, the island is everything an African paradise could be. It has massive Methuselah-aged baobab trees, mango groves, untouched coves and beaches, dirt roads leading to cassava fields and small fishing settlements. Visitors are drawn to swimming and snorkeling with the greatest diversity of fish anywhere on the planet in Lake Malawi.

luxurious pleasures at Kaya Mawa

Luxurious pleasures at Kaya Mawa

With an emphasis on conservation and sustainability, Kaya Mawa seamlessly integrates its dreamy chalets into the beauty of Likoma Island’s landscape. Each chalet boasts a unique design allowing nature to dictate architectural parameters and their interiors delicately created in partnership with community-run textiles projects. It’s no wonder Kaya Mawa was awarded second place for Best Design in the Awards.

Taking away second place for Best Family Safari Experience in the Safari Awards, Kaya Mawa is really a destination that everyone must see for themselves…

Safari Awards 2018 – Kaya Mawa

1st – ‘Best Safari Cuisine’, ‘Most Romantic Safari Property’

2nd – ‘Best Design’, ‘Best Family Safari Experience’, ‘Best Location’

3rd – ‘Best Marine Safari’, ‘Best Ecologically Responsible’

Honorable Mentions – ‘Best Community Focused’, ‘Best Safari House’

Contact Kaya Mawa
Website: www.kayamawa.com
Email: enquiries@kayamawa.com
Telephone +44 7453 32639

Planting Trees in Satemwa Estate's Forests

Planting Trees in Satemwa Estate’s Forests

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“He who plants a tree, plants hope.”-Lucy Larcom

Satemwa forest trees

Planting trees in Satemwa’s forest

The warm wind is sending the dry dust up in the air and everyone at Huntingdon House and Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate in Malawi are waiting for the rain to arrive.

Meanwhile life must go on, on the estate and Ellinor Lyton, one of the dedicated staff at Satemwa, is busy planting blue gums on one of the recently felled fields.

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Ellinor Lyton Planting trees

There are 350 hectares of blue gum growing on Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate. Most of the trees that they fell they feed to the boiler to make heat in their tea factory.

All trees that they use are sustainable grown and it takes about 8 years for the blue gum to be ready. Bamboo was recently introduced in the Satemwa forests as they don’t need so much water, fitting in with the estate’s CSR (Corporate and Social Responsibility) program, focussing on the environment.

Small bucks and lots of birds are often spotted in the forests around the estate, a real treat for guests to enjoy.

The changing of the seasons is a great time in Malawi and Satemwa looks forward to sharing it with their guests.

Contact Satemwa Tea & Coffee Estate
Website: www.satemwa.com
Email: accommodation@satemwa.com
Tel: +265 99 312 1854