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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

pecan pie recipe, Robin Pope Safaris, Malawi

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

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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.

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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

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Satemwa’s passionate about African coffee

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‘Tis the season for coffee picking.

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Red coffee beans ripe for picking © Annette Kay / Satemwa

It’s winter time in Malawi, and Satemwa Coffee and Tea Estate is experiencing cold and rain like it hasn’t in many years. Roads are slippery and not for the fainthearted. The ripe red coffee cherries are adding bright colour to the misty weather. It is the season for picking the coffee beans and their little factory is full and busy getting the ripe skin off to release the bean inside.

Growing coffee at Satemwa

Coffee is indigenous to Africa and many species of the family grow in the forest of Satemwa. The team at Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate have grown coffee commercially since the early 1970s and are now the only farm growing coffee beans in the Thyolo and Mulanje area. They produce mild washed Arabica, a pulped natural and natural coffee types, and all are hand-picked to guarantee cherries that produce sweet and aromatic coffees.

While it’s a challenging crop, Satemwa remains passionate and committed to finding new, progressive ways to continue growing it so that you can always delight in a great cup of coffee.

Satemwa Tea & Coffee Estate

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

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Liwonde sightings and Shire showdowns at CAWS

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Winter has arrived at Mvuu.

From more regular sightings of lions, to large herds of elephants being seen on the banks of the Shire River, sightings at the Central African Wilderness Safaris’ northern Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park continue to be action-packed this winter.

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One of the first lion sightings at Mvuu © Chris Bunch

Wildlife sightings

Guests of CAWS’ Mvuu Camp and Lodge recently observed an African fish eagle take down an open-billed stork in mid-air by the river’s edge, which was quite a feat for the comparatively smaller fish eagle. What’s more, a group of birders at Mvuu got to tick an impressive 87 new species off their checklist.

The sightings for the month were rounded off with guests witnessing large herds of sable and their calves in town in the old sanctuary. The CAWS’s guides also reported an excellent sighting of a black rhino crossing the road during a game drive.

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Elephants take a drink at the Shire River © Sam Sankhani

To find out more about guest highlights from Mvuu, check out the full CAWS blog.

Central African Wilderness Safaris

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

Chintheche Inn by Mike Myers

CAWS Gets 20-year lease extension for Chintheche Inn

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New upgrading programme in the pipeline.

Chintheche Inn by Mike Myers

Chintheche Inn. Picture credit: Mike Myers

On Friday 22nd June, Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) signed a 20-year lease extension for Chintheche Inn with the Government of Malawi. CAWS signed the first-ever public-private partnership with the Government of Malawi in 1993, to run Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge in Liwonde National Park.

The company is delighted to carry on this tradition which aims to foster mutually beneficial agreements and partnerships with the Government of Malawi.

Read the full story here.

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

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

Pumulani turns 10 on 30th June

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This June Pumulani, the brightest star on Lake Malawi, turns 10!

Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani is celebrating its 10th anniversary on the 30th of June. This luxurious lodge is exclusively situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula, surrounded by the national park.

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

Accommodation and Facilities:

The ten villas are scattered around the hillside and are individual in shape and style but all have a spacious bedroom, bathroom and extensive sitting area. The front sliding doors open onto the deck – elevated above the ground giving optimal views.

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

The remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the clear blue waters of the lake. There is also an infinity pool near the central dining area with grand views over the lake for those who prefer to take a dive in the swimming pool.

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

Activities

Pumulani offers a range of activities to enjoy Lake Malawi. There are many watersports activities like snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding and fun tube rides (all motorized activities are excluded). At the end of the day climb aboard the Pumulani dhow and let their experienced local crewmen take you sailing into the sunset.

Robin Pope Safaris have put together an exciting and great value celebratory package in honour of Pumulani: Find out more about it here.

Come and join us in celebrating this milestone!

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

© Kaya Mawa

Green Safaris – Announces Acquisition of Second Lodge Kaya Mawa On Lake Malawi

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Green Safaris, a recently launched, exciting and pioneering new safari operator passionately committed to promoting eco-friendly tourism in Africa, is delighted to announce the acquisition of its second lodge, Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island in Malawi.

© Kaya Mawa

© Kaya Mawa

Green Safaris currently operates Ila Safari Lodge in Zambia’s Kafue National Park and brings together a group of like-minded individuals from investors to local communities. It was founded in 2014 by Vincent Kouwenhoven, who has previously been involved in several lodges in Zambia and Daniel Allcock, formerly working with Wilderness Safaris. The team shares four core values:
1. ecologically sensitive and driven to find lower impact ways of operating through conservation and harnessing ‘green’ technology
2. exceeding customer expectations through generating unique experiences for them
3. promoting what is great about each location
4. developing people wherever they operate.

The opening of their first eco-luxury property, Ila Safari Lodge, is testimony to this vision, not only providing an exceptional safari experience with great sightings, but also featuring trailblazing eco technology that enhances the overall experience, such as the very first electrical game-drive vehicle and a solar powered boat for silent safaris.

Kaya Mawa is already a well-known and very special luxury beach-lodge, having received multiple awards that identify it as one of Africa’s top and most romantic retreats. As with Ila Safari Lodge, the Green Safaris’ group will continue the excellent work already started by Kaya Mawa by investing in further community and conservation projects on Likoma Island. These projects will empower the surrounding community and, where possible, guests will be involved so to generate even more unique experiences.

© Kaya Mawa

© Kaya Mawa

Daniel Allcock, Managing Director at Green Safaris said: “We are really thrilled to add Kaya Mawa to the Green Safaris portfolio. As with Ila Safari Lodge, Kaya Mawa is situated in a truly unique location, it generates incredible experiences for guests and already meets a lot of our Green Ethos requirements. I love the shabby chic relaxed beach feel that Kaya offers; we will continue to carefully invest in Kaya Mawa so to maintain this individual character whilst also exceeding guest expectations. With the foreseeable expansion of Green Safaris into South and North Luangwa, we are well on our way to offering an amazing circuit to clients; visit the pristine wilderness of the Kafue, skip out Lusaka on the way to safari in the wilder parts of Luangwa, then top it off with total relaxation at potentially the most unique beach lodge in Africa.”

Contact Green Safaris
Web: https://greensafaris.com/kaya-mawa/
Email: reservations@greensafaris.com

© Bentley Palmer

CAWS Guests Trek The Shire River Trail

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Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp and lodge guests recently trekked through the bush on the three-day Shire River Trail in Liwonde National Park.

© Bentley Palmer

© Bentley Palmer

Central African Wilderness Safaris recently conducted the Shire River Trail for a group of guests at Mvuu Camp and Lodge. The three-day trail takes you into the heart of the bush in Liwonde National Park, spanning across 30kms of scenic floodplains and Miombo woodlands. Starting at the foot of the Nafiulu Hills, leading up to a 23km hike, and ending with a 7km walk along the banks of the Shire River.

Walking trail safaris and what to expect:

A walking trail is ideal for guests who wants to enjoy the smaller, more subtle wildlife interactions and sightings that one might miss on a traditional game drive.

For the first night of the trail, CAWS set up camp at Njobvu and then spent the second night at Chipembere. Tents, an eco-loo and bucket shower were set up and warm meals were prepared and served on site.  The group was able to stop at various locations en-route and learn more about the tracks, habitats, birds and wildlife that they encountered on their way.

© Bentley Palmer

© Bentley Palmer

© Bentley Palmer

© Bentley Palmer

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

Ulendo Explorer feature

Ulendo Turns 20

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May saw the 20th birthday of Ulendo Safaris.

Having started as a small inbound tour operator and marketing agent, Ulendo has seen steady growth to become a leading Tour and Travel service provider in Malawi. The Ulendo Travel Group now boasts luxury vehicles offering self-drive and road transfers, ticketing services, corporate travel and operates Malawi’s only commercial charter airline.

© Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island

© Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island

These additional services build their tours and travel operation, for both inbound and outbound travel from Malawi, and give Ulendo the most comprehensive range of services within the country.

Malawi is a nature lovers’ paradise, with 2 ‘Big 5’ parks, over 650 species of bird – some subspecies endemic to Malawi –  and a lake full of brightly coloured endemic cichlids that can be enjoyed by boat, snorkelling or diving. Malawi has received global acclaim by travel guides and writers over the last 6 months as one of the ‘must visit’ destinations of 2018.

© Tongole Wilderness Lodge, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

© Tongole Wilderness Lodge, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

© Chinteche Inn, Chinteche. Central African Wilderness Safaris

© Chinteche Inn, Chinteche. Central African Wilderness Safaris

With 20 years of experience and a team of experts ready to create your ideal trip, Ulendo looks forward to another year of helping others experience the beauty of the Warm Heart of Africa.

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

The new Kuthengo Camp.

Robin Pope Safaris opens new camp, Kuthengo Camp

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Robin Pope Safaris recently announced the opening of their new camp, Kuthengo, in Liwonde National Park.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

Meaning “the wild” or “the bush”,  Kuthengo is located among fever trees on a large open plain along the spectacular Shire River.

The camp boasts four spacious en-suite safari tents, each featuring an outdoor shower, bathtub, basin (double) and state-of-the-art ‘Evening Breeze’ air-conditioned beds, as well as a private deck for enjoying sunset views. The main area and dining area are located under a magnificent fever tree, overlooking the Shire River where herds of elephants and other game are frequently seen coming down for a drink or to cool off.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

The camp hosts a maximum of ten guests, so the small team of guides at Kuthengo can personalize activities to give each guest the safari experience of their dreams.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

In addition to the camp’s quiet charm, a stay at Kuthengo promises adventure around every corner. Since Liwonde is a virtually untouched national park, you can expect game drives filled with wildlife sightings, adventurous walking safaris and peaceful boating safaris. Lions were re-introduced to the park earlier in 2018 by African Parks, which returned a key species to the natural system years after the last lion was seen in Liwonde.

Between the three Robin Pope Safaris properties located in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Lake Malawi National Park, and now Liwonde National Park, they are giving their guests every reason to get off the traditional safari highway and venture from bush to beach in Southern Malawi.

The Robin Pope Safaris team look forward to welcoming you at Kuthengo Camp.

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