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Kuthengo Camp Turns 1!

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Happy birthday to Kuthengo Camp, the newest member of the Robin Pope Safaris’ family in Malawi!

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Swapping stories around the firepit at Kuthengo Camp © Robin Pope Safaris

This month, Robin Pope Safaris celebrated the first anniversary of Kuthengo Camp in the glorious Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi. Last year, Kuthengo Camp joined the Robin Pope Safaris Malawi family of Pumulani Lodge at Lake Malawi and Mkulumadzi Lodge in Majete Wildlife Reserve, and guests have been flocking to enjoy this well-appointed camp that overlooks the Shire River and surrounds.

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Hippos wallow in the Shire River © Robin Pope Safaris

Robin Pope Safaris has invites you to join the festivities on its special 1st Anniversary Celebration safari package. This five-day itinerary takes you into Liwonde National Park and Majete Game Reserve, where you can experience two of Malawi’s finest parks on a game drive, by foot or boating along the mighty Shire River.

Kuthengo consists of four luxury en-suite safari tents located under a canopy of indigenous trees and have magical views of the Shire River and surrounding grasslands of Liwonde National Park. The camp staff are most welcoming and the guides are fluent in the language of the bush.

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Luxury en-suite tent at Kuthengo Camp © Robin Pope Safaris

Spaces are still available to join in the festivities and adventure promised by this limited offer safari itinerary. Contact Robin Pope Safaris to find out more!

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

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Ellie Destroys Poacher’s Canoe

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Resident elephant at Tongole Wilderness Lodge helps the anti-poaching effort in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in his own way.

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Elephants near Tongole Wilderness Lodge in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Short Trunk, a resident elephant bull of Tongole Wilderness Lodge in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve (NKKW) recently showed up near the lodge, accompanied by some other elephants. They were soon joined by another three, forming a nice little herd of nine.

The whole herd proceeded towards the mud bath by the river in front of Tongole. Whilst passing by a poacher’s canoe that the team had found and brought there, Short Trunk’s demeanour and route changed. He headed towards the boat and began putting holes in it, wrecking it beyond any use.

Was it the smell that caused Short Trunk to react this way? The team at Tongole are not completely sure of the reason but putting holes in poachers’ boats is often done by humans to prevent them being of further use. Fortunately, Short Trunk does not treat the lodge canoes left at the river in the same way – phew!

Wildlife in the vast NKKWR had diminished over the years due to poaching. With the arrival of Tongole and subsequently African Parks, however, the future looks bright for the health of the park, wildlife and neighbouring communities. The employment and community education provided by Tongole has given value to the wildlife found here and created a sense of pride.

African Parks has already undertaken a huge translocation of wildlife into the reserve in 2016 and 2017 and this is just the beginning, as NKKWR is considered to offer a very valuable sanctuary, especially for elephants. Ahead of the introduction of this additional wildlife, African Parks made huge improvements to security, including highly trained and effective anti-poaching teams, fencing of a sanctuary area within the reserve and further community projects.

Tongole Wilderness Lodge
Website: https://www.tongole.com/
Email: reservations@tongole.com
Tel: +44 (0) 208 123 0301

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How the Chapel Room Got its Name

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With thoughts of Easter just passed, Huntingon House and Satemwa Lodges tell us the story of how the Chapel Room got its name.

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The gorgeous wrap-around veranda © Huntingdon House & Satemwa Lodges

Many years ago, there lived a Scottish landowner in Malawi’s Thyolo District who married a beautiful woman much younger than himself. He loved her dearly and built her a home – today’s Huntingdon House and Satemwa Lodges – putting brick upon brick over several years until there was a building fit for his wife. She, in turn, created a magical garden filled with trees, roses, hydrangeas and creepers until there were many secret and perfumed places to for their son and daughter to hide and play.

A little while later, their daughter was tragically lost in an accident and the Scottish landowner, his wife and son mourned her sorely. His wife decided to become a Roman Catholic to help regain her tranquillity and she created a tiny chapel which she put into the nursery and nurtured an Eternal Flame blessed by the Pope in Rome. The flame was placed in a special arch of the old nursery that had been used by the children.

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The Chapel Room © Huntingdon House & Satemwa Lodges

In due course, the Scottish landowner passed away and was buried close to his beloved home. After a few years, his lovely wife decided to leave the area to find a new home but not without first building a proper Chapel on the west side of the home. This room  was built with a Dutch Cape façade and wonderfully high ceilings. Sadly, long before it was completed, she had left the country and the poor chapel was left to be used as a warehouse for wood.

After some time, her son and his wife returned and decided to bring life back into the old house. The house was once again ringing with workmen and the Chapel room was lovingly revived, where it is hoped that those at home in there will have the happiest of happy dreams.

So now you know how the Chapel Room at Huntingdon House and Satemwa Lodges got its name!

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

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Dream Team to Attend Africa’s Travel Indaba

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The Ulendo ‘Dream Team’ look forward to participating in this year’s Africa’s Travel Indaba held in Durban, South Africa from 2nd to 4th May.

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Ulendo Airlink offers regional flight routes © Ulendo Group

The Ulendo Travel Group will be represented at the Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019 by two of its subsidiary brands, namely Ulendo Safaris, considered the experts in promoting Malawi as a tourist destination to travellers coming from outside of the country and Ulendo Airlink, the Group’s private airline offering scheduled and non-scheduled flights within the region.

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The Dream Team consists of Jessie Ndisale, Claudette Macadam, Lindsay McConaghy and Selma Correia © Ulendo Travel Group

Africa’s Travel Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three events of its kind on the global calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. This is a definite ‘must’ for organisations in the travel and tourism industry in Malawi – we hope to see you there!

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

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Exciting Easter Holiday in Nyika National Park

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They may not have seen the Easter Bunny but the local and international guests visiting Chelinda Lodge over the Easter holiday did enjoy excellent wildlife sightings in Nyika National Park.

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Crawshay’s zebra in Nyika National Park © Central African Wilderness Safaris

Central African Wilderness Safaris guests staying at Chelinda Lodge while visiting from Malawi, Holland, Japan, Pakistan, Nepal, Scotland, Sri Lanka and South Africa were treated to great sightings of wildlife on the rolling grasslands of the Nyika plateau. Some of the main highlights were a magnificent bull elephant walking along the main road, a leopard seen out in the middle of the airstrip, a serval as well as several hyenas. The most exciting of all was a sighting of the largest of the big cats, which has not been seen in the area for many years – two lions were also seen near Chelinda Lodge in Nyika National Park.

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Guests look out across the Nyika Plateau © Caroline Culbert

Nyika National Park is found in northern Malawi and is home to impressive populations of wildlife, such as large herds of roan, eland, Crawshay’s zebra and southern reedbuck. The guests hosted by Central African Wilderness Safaris at Chelinda Lodge thoroughly enjoyed their Easter holiday spent amidst Malawi’s breath-taking natural beauty.

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

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Hiking the Shire Highlands from Huntingdon

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With hiking and walking routes suitable for all fitness levels, exhilarating mountain-bike trails and treasure hunts for the kids, Huntingdon House and Satemwa Lodges make for a great place for active travellers to stay at whilst in Malawi.
Huntingdon House, Satemwa Estate, Satemwa Lodges, Malawi Waves, Malawi, Hiking, Adventure TravelThere are a variety of walks that can be done by visitors themselves following the maps provided; strolling through the green plantations and breathing in the clear air, these walks offer a real sense of freedom in nature. For the hiking enthusiasts, the red route is a round-trip of four hours that starts from Hungtingdon taking you up a steady incline to a breath-taking picnic spot, with glorious views across to Mulanje Massif and the Shire Valley on the other side. The route passes the majestic stand of mahogany trees through a magnificent and, sadly increasingly, rare area of natural indigenous forest up to Thyolo Mountain ending at the ‘big rock’ with far-reaching views in every direction.

For those wanting to go a little faster, then mountain-biking from Huntingdon is the perfect challenge. The grueling uphill sections are made worth it when you take the exhilarating downhills past the groups of tea-pickers smiling and cheering. On the other hand, if rushing around is not your thing, then a game of croquet on the lawn is a perfect activity for groups of friends and families.

At Huntingdon House, the younger ones can get involved in two treasure hunts. They follow a series of clues that take them charging around the garden at great speed looking for the next item to be found or question to be answered. Needless to say, parents love this idea as it gives them time to sit and relax while the children run off all their excess energy. Once they have found everything, and are hopefully exhausted, it is back to the office to claim their loot!

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

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Watch: Safari Diaries Reaches 100th Episode

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The wildly wonderful Safari Diaries videos that Robin Pope Safaris releases every week reached a major milestone in March!

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Elephants take a drink from the Shire River © Robin Pope Safaris

On Monday the 25th of March, Robin Pope Safaris aired their 100th YouTube episode of Safari Diaries, the much-loved weekly series of African wildlife videos taken whilst on safari in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. From large cats on the hunt for their next meal to cute baby baboons getting up to mischief and water-birds going fishing, Safari Diaries is a fantastic opportunity to get out of the office and go on safari.

Watch: Safari Diaries – 100th Episode

The centenary episode features a feathery family affair of Southern Ground Hornbills and we are given a glimpse the lives of these long-lashed black and red beauties. They live in groups, consisting of a dominant, monogamous breeding pair that raise one chick, with their older offspring and mostly males helping the pair in defending the territory and rearing the chick. Just fascinating!

Watch: Safari Diaries – Official 2018 Trailer

To celebrate this special achievement, the Robin Pope Safaris team took a trip down memory lane and shared the stunning 2018 official trailer once again on their social media platforms. Safari Diaries offers you the chance to escape to Africa at the start of each new week. In each of the 60 second wildlife videos, you are taken along on safari through the Zambian, Zimbabwean and Malawian wilderness, all whilst experiencing and learning about the creatures that call the bush home.

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A pied kingfisher with its catch for the day © Robin Pope Safaris

You can subscribe to Safari Diaries for your weekly dose of the wild African bush here.

Robin Pope Safaris

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

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Central African Wilderness Safaris Gears Up for Earth Hour

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This Saturday night, millions of people around the world will turn off their electricity for Earth Hour and the teams based at several camps and lodges under Central African Wilderness Safaris will be joining in to show their support of environmental protection and conservation in Malawi.

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Children involved in the Root to Fruit programme © Central African Wilderness Safaris

Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) is gearing up to host a series of activities at its various camps and lodges across Malawi, to celebrate Earth Hour taking place this Saturday, 30 March. Every year, guests and team members alike at CAWS properties across Malawi join millions of people around the world taking parte in the annual ‘switch off’.

The teams at Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park, Chelinda Camp and Lodge in Nyika National Park as well as Heuglin’s Lodge in Lilongwe will shut down all lights and power from 8:30pm to 9:30pm (CAT). Guests will have the chance to enjoy a night of star-gazing out in the wilderness. The Root to Fruit team in Malawi will also join in by conducting a series of environmental awareness and conservation activities throughout the day.

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Candlelit dinner under the trees at Mvuu Camp © Central African Wilderness Safaris

Starting as a symbolic ‘lights out’ event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour is now the world’s largest grassroots movement for championing the protection of the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature. Coordinated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other volunteer organisations, Earth Hour’s greatest strength is the power of people.

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

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Ulendo Airlink Announces New Route

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Exciting news for business and leisure travellers in Malawi as Ulendo Airlink will be offering a new triangular service from mid-May.

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This month, Ulendo Airlink of the Ulendo Travel Group announced that it will soon be offering a new triangular service connecting the country’s capital Lilongwe with the gateway to Northern Malawi, Mzuzu and the white beaches of Likoma Island! Opening this route for the first time on Wednesday, 15 May, the new triangular route will allow Ulendo’s customers to cut travel times to enable more time to conduct business effectively or to leisurely enjoy the white sands and clear waters of Likoma Island.

The route will be flown by a new high-performance twin-engine Dornier 228-100. Outfitted with 15 comfortable leather seats, the Dornier 228 can cruise at higher speeds and altitudes allowing for a faster and smoother journey. The route will operate six frequencies a week.

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Ulendo Airlink already offers a range of flight solutions for business travellers and holiday-makers to key domestic and regional destinations from their bases in Lilongwe and Likoma Island. Ulendo Airlink’s vision behind this most recent expansion is to grow with the Malawi Tourism and Travel sectors by evolving their services to surpass the expectations of discerning travellers while delivering first world service standards.

Ulendo Airlink
Website: www.flyulendo.com
Email: reservations@flyulendo.com
Tel: +265 (0) 1794 555

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Malawi’s Traditional Cuisine Tantalises the Tastebuds

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Local Malawian foodie and team member at the Ulendo Travel Group , Bridget, shares some of the tastiest treats from Malawi’s traditional cuisine.

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If you love eating, photographing and sharing food, the Ulendo Travel Group will point you in the right direction of some of Lilongwe’s best local eateries! The day spent in the town’s vibrant food scene features wonderful, and sometimes weird, meals from Malawi’s traditional cuisine

With the weekend looming, Bridget decided to sample some local food and she were not disappointed. At Nthalo in the Pacific Mall Area 10, she tucked into a varied offering of rice, local chicken & green salad/nsima served with nandolo (pigeon peas) and nkhwani otendela (pumpkin leaves and peanut flour. It was a real treat for the tastebuds with moreish flavours, textures and colours!

Lively or laid-back, Malawi has something for every type of traveller. Ulendo’s travel service philosophy is about showing you the heart and soul of Malawi in comfort and at your own pace. A truly unforgettable experience supported by first rate, first world and travel services awaits you in Malawi.

If you fancy sampling any local treats from Malawi’s traditional cuisine during your visit to Malawi, contact the Ulendo Travel Group about the secret gems in the country’s capital city that the foodie inside you will not be able to resist!

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