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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Malawi, Liwonde National Park, Central African Wilderness Safaris, Mvuu Camp, Mvuu Lodge, safari, lion sightings

Liwonde National Park Gets Some Extra Roar!

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Guests have enjoyed back-to-back lion sightings at Central African Wilderness Safaris’ Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park.

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Sapitwa and Chimwala © Sam Sankhani

A second pride of lions comprising three females and two males was recently released in Liwonde National Park. There are now nine free-ranging lions and lionesses roaming the 548 sq. km park managed by African Parks. As with other wildlife species, African Parks has been very active in conservation efforts and animal relocation projects in Liwonde.

Following this latest development, exhilarating lion sightings and show-downs near Central African Wilderness Safaris’ Mvuu Camp and Lodge have been on the rise.

Malawi, Liwonde National Park, Central African Wilderness Safaris, Mvuu Camp, Mvuu Lodge, safari, lion sightings,

Sapitwa and Chimwala © Sam Sankhani

Fondly called ‘The Lion Brothers’, Chimwala and Sapitwa from the first pride, have been spotted regularly throughout the month, during both day and night game drives. With the newly introduced pride also settling in well into their surroundings, the CAWS’ guides have been able to track them successfully on several occasions and regular sightings have been reported between the Mwalasi River and Nangondo River.

In previous years, lion sightings have been rare so having a greater chance to witness these magnificent animals near to Mvuu Camp and Lodge has been such a privilege for staff and guests alike!

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

Malawi, Lake Malawi, Likoma Island, Kaya Mawa, Kaya Mawa Team, Green Safaris

New Staff Join the Kaya Mawa Team

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The Kaya Mawa team welcomes three new staff members.

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Ali and Oli Waite © Kaya Mawa

It has been an exciting start for all with a busy peak season and as Malawi enters the summer months, Green Safaris’ Kaya Mawa isn’t slowing down. The camp has recently been joined by three new team members.

Alexandra and Oliver Waite have been welcomed as the new Camp Managers and bring experience, enthusiasm and smiles to Kaya Mawa. They are passionate about guest experience and have infectious sparkle, which carries throughout the lodge and beyond into the Likoma Island communities. They are building partnerships, supportive relationships and most importantly, good friendships, in these neighbouring communities.

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Ruth Phiri © Kaya Mawa

Ruth Phiri has also recently joined the team at Kaya Mawa as Spa Manager. With years of experience behind her, Ruth eases away aches and pains from travel-weary bodies and creates the ultimate relaxation experience in her island spa surrounded by the lapping waves of Lake Malawi.

In other news, local festivities are in full swing with traditional Malipenga dances most weekends and the gentle sound of Malawian drums and instruments are crossing the island, whispering the stories of countless generations. More about these from Kaya Mawa next month…

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

Malawi, Ulendo Travel, luxury travel, luxury safari

Meet the Smiles Behind the New Wheels of Ulendo Travel

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Ulendo Travel Group has upgraded their vehicles for a more comfortable ride.

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© Ulendo Travel Group

The Ulendo Travel Group has recently bought spiffy new Hyundai H1 Buses that give passengers all the luxury, comfort and most importantly air-conditioning that guests need when travelling between the many exciting hotspots in Malawi.

Guests will be driven by the safe and reliable hands of Ulendo’s smiling crew of experienced drivers. Massa, Willy, Master and Martin will make sure that guests’ trip in ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ tick all their boxes and more!

Ulendo offers guests a wide range of captivating holiday solutions for family and corporate travel throughout Malawi. When exploring Malawi with Ulendo, guests will love the ride as much as the destination. Whether they choose a journey that is laid-back or lively, guests will enjoy all the many wonders of Malawi in style.

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

Malawi, Liwonde National Park, Robin Pope Safaris, Kuthengo Camp, elephant sighting,

Thirsty Horton Says ‘Hi!’ to Kuthengo Camp Staff

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A curious bull elephant visits Robin Pope Safaris’ Kuthengo Camp.

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© Robin Pope Safaris

The wildlife of Liwonde National Park are getting used to Robin Pope Safaris’ Kuthengo Camp. Many herds of waterbuck and pods of hippos have been frequenting the area, especially at night. Excitingly, the elephants have made their rounds back through the camp.

One elephant bull has become especially inquisitive. The camp staff have named him Horton, from the wonderful Dr Seuss story Horton Hears a Who, and he has come into Kuthengo Camp numerous times to munch on the many surrounding fever trees.

On one day, some of the camp staff were walking about the camp overseeing the general maintenance, when suddenly Horton appeared in front of them. Standing 10 metres away, he didn’t seem fazed by their presence and stayed in camp for several hours before moving on to take a drink at the water’s edge.

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© Robin Pope Safaris

Grabbing the opportunity by the horns (tusks?), the staff jumped into the boat and followed Horton as he waded into the river, watching him eat at the small fever trees that grow from the bank and slurp up water. The sun setting behind Horton was the perfect backdrop to such a special moment enjoyed by staff at Kuthengo Camp.

The camp is situated on a bend along the Shire River, with the tents facing downstream and tucked between ancient baobab trees and fever trees. The tents overlook an open grass patch which stretches to the riverbank, allowing guests to watch the hippos grazing nearby and the large herds of elephants using one of their favoured crossing points of the river just in front of camp. Often only the tips of their trunks are visible as they swim across the river.

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

Malawi's wildlife, Robin Pope Safaris, Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi

Warmer Weather Brings Malawi’s Wildlife to Mkulumadzi Lodge

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Malawi’s wildlife is emerging to embrace the milder temperatures.

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Pangolin © Felix Reitberger

At Robin Pope Safaris’ Mkulumadzi Lodge the temperatures have begun heating up and so have the wildlife sightings.

Guests were enjoying another beautiful sunset and a 360-degree view of the picturesque Majete Wildlife Reserve from the aptly named View Spot, when lodge guide, Mali, spotted a pangolin next to the rocks. The pangolin is a heavily hunted and consequently endangered animal, so the guests were excited to see it lingering around. Needless to say, both the view and the sighting thrilled the guests!

Malawi's wildlife, Robin Pope Safaris, Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi

Pel’s Fishing Owl © Robin Pope Safaris

On another occasion, while cruising along the river during a boat safari, guests heard an unusual bird call in the distance. Arriving at a sandy island, Dave and the guests disembarked from the boat and took a short walk to find a rare bird that Dave was sure he recognized by the call. Sure enough, there was a Pel’s Fishing Owl, perched on a branch in a sausage tree.

Malawi's wildlife, Robin Pope Safaris, Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi

Leopard © Felix Reitberger

Not long after sighting the Pel’s, guests on a game drive around Nyala Loop caught two leopards in plain sight with their kill, an unfortunate waterbuck. The two were returning from a drink of water at the river’s edge, when they spotted the safari vehicle and quickly hid behind a rocky outcrop. As the vehicle approached, the two sprung off in a flash but not before the lodge’s intern, Felix, had taken a few snaps.

Malawi's wildlife, Robin Pope Safaris, Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi

Rhino © Erik Ju

And just when they thought the sightings couldn’t get any better, guests were treated to an excellent rhino sighting. One guest, Erik Ju, took some fantastic images of a very grand-looking rhino. Rhino sightings always remind staff and guests of the importance of protecting these magnificent animals.

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

Kaya Mawa, Malawi's ecotourism, Malawi, ecotourism

Kaya Mawa and Green Safaris Partner for Malawi’s Ecotourism

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A new alliance in Malawi’s ecotourism sector is investing in the well-being of both environment and community.

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A woman involved in the clay beads community empowerment project © Kaya Mawa

Kaya Mawa has recently joined together with the Green Safaris Conservation Foundation to further cultivate the beach lodge’s green credentials and invest extra support into the existing community and conservation projects.

To date, Kaya Mawa has worked together on many projects with the village headsman and district commission to address the real needs on the island in a meaningful way. One of these initiatives, which is has been successfully and sustainably running for 10 years, is Katundu, a creative trade workshop established to provide empowerment and employment to local orphan carers and single mothers.

Other undertakings include HIV/AIDS awareness programs, the construction and resourcing of a community library, supporting cultural dance teams as well as building a water tank and laying a piping system that supplies roughly 2000 people with running, potable water.

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Kaya Mawa is located on Likoma Island in the middle of Lake Malawi © Kaya Mawa

The new safari operator, Green Safaris, is committed to promoting ecotourism in Africa, and together with the Foundation and key community leaders, Kaya Mawa is currently planning projects that will continue to empower the Likoma Island community and surrounding environment.

These projects will focus on improving access to education, upgrading the services offered at community health facilities on the remote island, and increasing conservation initiatives that promote reforestation and education around fish conservation.

Guests at Kaya Mawa will be given the opportunity to become involved in some of these initiatives. They will be welcomed to visit and help at one of the schools or produce their own arts and crafts from recycled materials.

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

Huntingdon House, Satemwa, Malawi's wildlife

Huntingdon House Welcomes Malawi’s Wildlife

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With visits from Malawi’s wildlife, it’s starting to feel a lot like a game park at Huntingdon House.

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The misty trail where the hyena was spotted © Huntingdon House

Huntingdon House and the Satemwa Estate are far more than just the delicious coffee and tea grown on the property. This month, the estate was host to a variety of wildlife and the staff were thrilled at these surprise visits from their four-legged neighbours.

On her way home one evening, the establishment’s accountant spotted a hyena and, on another occasion, the guard on duty witnessed two jackals wandering near the main administration office. Staff members have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of an African civet sneaking around the forest nearby. This spotty, catlike omnivore is shy and secretive, so everyone at Huntingdon were thrilled by these sightings.

Several skittish Duiker, which is a small- to medium-sized type of antelope, were seen quite often visiting the grounds. A picture-perfect moment was when a business of Mongoose was spied drinking water from the birdbath on one of the house’s lawns.

After a month filled with exciting animal encounters, the staff at Huntingdon House is now confident that the resident porcupine and serval will pay them a visit late at night.

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

Central African Wilderness Safaris, CAWS, 2019 rates

CAWS 2019 Rates Enhance Guests’ Experience

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Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) recently revised its rates structure for 2019, and has implemented a few changes to provide travellers added value at each of its camps and lodges in Malawi.

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A family of elephants take a drink near Mvuu Camp © Dave Allen

Travellers will continue to enjoy a great quality safari experience at both luxury and affordable budget scales, with just a handful of changes to consider at Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) camps and lodges.

– Pricing is now based only on low and peak seasons – no shoulder. Christmas is now set at the low season.

– Full board options are no longer available at Chelinda Camp.

– International rates at Mvuu Lodge and Chelinda Lodge now include drinks, laundry and up to three or more game activities per day.

– Child policies have been revised – please contact the lodge for further details.

– No single supplements are offered at Mvuu Lodge and Chelinda Lodge.

– African residents receive the same rates as Malawi residents at Chintheche Camp.

– No extra conservation fees and add-ons are included in tariffs.

International agents can access CAWS’ 2019 rates here.

CAWS offer excellent safaris in Malawi, which enable guests to indulge in the ultimate holiday getaway in the warm heart of Africa. They are dedicated to offering personalized and authentic travel experiences that have a minimal impact on the planet and a lasting impact on visitors to Malawi.

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

pecan pie recipe, Robin Pope Safaris, Malawi

Moreish pecan pie recipe at RPS’s Kuthengo Camp

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One slice of Chef Dickson’s pecan pie is never enough!

With the establishment of Kuthengo Camp in the Liwonde National Park, Robin Pope Safaris brought on Chef Dickson Ngwira, a talented and friendly food fundi that loves to create delicious dishes for the camp’s guests.

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Chef Dickson plating up his pecan pie © Robin Pope Safaris

From Bartender to Chef

In 1994, Dickson started as a bartender where his love for experimenting started. After four years behind the bar he decided that he wanted to become a chef and set out to study at Hill View in Blantyre where Mrs. Staples taught him how to cook.

While studying, Dickson was working as a cook for his sponsor, Ingrid Turner. After six years, he ventured out to finally work as a professional chef in the hospitality industry. He has worked for many establishments, where he met, worked, and learned from the best, before joining the team at Robin Pope Safaris’ new Kuthengo Camp.

Cooking and learning from Chef Dickson

Standing at five-foot-tall with an infectious laugh, Dickson is full of drive and humility. He has often told his colleagues at Kuthengo Camp that he dreams about food and has a book full of recipes that he has compiled. He is always willing to learn, as well as share his wealth of knowledge with others. Dickson’s true passion lies in teaching aspiring chefs along the way and he shows great pride in doing this.

Chef Dickson’s famous pecan pie recipe

For Dickson, Kuthengo Camp is by far his favourite place to work. He loves to whip up his delicious pecan pie recipe for the different guests that come to visit. Here’s how he does it:

pecan pie recipe, Robin Pope Safaris, Malawi

Chef Dickson’s pecan pie © Robin Pope Safaris

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 ½ cups syrup

4 eggs

¼ cup butter

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla essence

1 ½ cups pecans, coarsely broken

1 unbaked pie shell

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The pecan pie mix is ready to be baked © Robin Pope Safaris

Directions

In a saucepan boil sugar, butter and syrup together for 2-3 minutes, set aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and very slowly pour the syrup mixture into the eggs, stir consistently.

Strain mixture to ensure it is lump-free.

Add the pecans to the final mixture.

Pour into the pie shell.

Bake in oven at 180 for 45 – 60 minutes or until set.

Wait for it to cool before serving with cream.

pecan pie recipe, Robin Pope Safaris, Malawi

Pecan pie with cream by Chef Dickson © Robin Pope Safaris

Do you want to taste a plate of heaven made by this brilliant chef at Robin Pope Safaris’ new Kuthengo Camp? Contact Robin Pope Safaris.

Robin Pope Safaris

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

Mulanje

Ulendo congratulates Mt Mulanje Porters Race runners

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Runners take on one of Malawi’s most adventurous mountains.

On Saturday the 14th of July, participants of the annual Mount Mulanje Porters Race took on Africa’s longest rock climb with the 2017 race winners, Charles Musowa and Doris Fisher, successfully defending the title.

Mulanje, Malawi

Participants in this year’s Mt Mulanje Porters Race in July © Ulendo Safaris

Ulendo Safaris congratulates all those that participated in the event!

The Mount Mulanje Porters Race has been taking place for 22 years and continues to be a much-loved extreme sporting event on the country’s sporting calendar. The race starts at the foot of Mount Mulanje in the Likhubula Valley, with participants running up to Chambe Plateau, onto Lichenya Plateau and back down to the Likhubula Valley. Participants must traverse rolling grasslands intersected with forested ravines and several rock pools as they race to the finish-line.

Guests in Malawi are welcome to hike the trails to the nearest rock pool or picnic site all year-round or take on the challenge of the Mount Mulanje Porters Race in July.

Mulanje

Blue skies above Mount Mulanje © Ulendo Safaris

For more information on how to visit the impressive Mount Mulanje, contact Ulendo Safaris.

Ulendo Safaris

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