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Majete’s Wildlife -Through a Guide’s Eyes

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Majete Wildlife Reserve is one of African conservation’s outstanding success stories. Robin Pope Safaris Mkulumadzi lodge‘s guide, Erik shares his wildlife sightings in this historic reserve.

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The Owls
“I have had the pleasure to run into quite a few old acquaintances from last year. It was a treat to come across a resident couple of Barred Owlets that live along the Mkulumadzi river. They are a huge hit with everyone who’s lucky enough to see them. They are the cutest little owls you will ever see.
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The Buffaloes
I came to know a very exclusive gentleman’s club of 3 buffalo bulls last year. They made the Mkulumadzi river their local pub and we (myself and the guests) often used to share our sundowners with them as they weren’t too bothered by our presence. I was pleased to run into them again the other day, grumpy as ever, looking at me like I owed them money from last year.

Massive herds of buffalo are also forming throughout the reserve as it’s drying up and they are concentrating around the remaining water sources.

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The Lions
The queen lioness Shire hasn’t been spotted in a long time and I’m fairly sure she has given birth to a new litter of cubs recently. It’s a very sensitive time in a lion cub’s life and we hope that as many of them as possible grow up to be big lions one day. Sadly, only 1 male survived out of last year’s litter but he has grown into such a strapping young lad! His mane is starting to show and he is almost the same size as his big sisters.

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The big males, Chimwala and Sapitwa have gone off on their own for a major patrol around the reserve, marching tirelessly and making sure that no intruders are invading their space. They just might be in for a surprise by the end of the year when we hopefully have new lions arriving here at Majete.

That means that Elizabeth and her two daughters along with the young boy formed their own little gang, and by the looks of it they are doing just fine by themselves. They’ve obviously been raised right by Shire.

We were lucky enough to spent an entire morning with them on a nyala kill by the Shire River.”
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Majete is a true wilderness where every trip into the bush with experienced guides will feel like an adventure.

Contact Robin Pope Safaris

Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net
Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net
Phone: +265 (0) 179 4491 / 5483

Elephant Translocation

Elephant Translocation in Nyika National Park

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34 Elephants recently embarked on a 700km journey from Liwonde National Park to the plateau of Nyika National Park in an attempt to restore the elephant population.

Elephant Translocation

Courtesy of Peace Parks Foundation

A total of 34 elephants were recently translocated  from Liwonde National Park to the highlands of Nyika National Park, 700km away During the translocation, Central African Wilderness Safaris had the pleasure of hosting several dignitaries and donors who were part of the initiative at Chelinda Camp and Lodge.

The project was spearheaded by South African-based NGO – Peace Parks Foundation, Malawi’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife along with African Parks.

The remarkable skill and dedication of the game capture and veterinarian teams involved enabled a seamless translocation, ensuring that the elephants remained safe throughout their 700km journey from Liwonde to Nyika.

Having recognized that Liwonde had long exceeded its carrying capacity for elephant, the Government of Malawi, supported by Peace Parks Foundation and all project partners, initiated the translocation of these elephants from Liwonde to Nyika, which offers ample space for them to thrive. Nyika National Park, which was once home to over 300 elephants suffered an estimated decline of 67% in its elephant population, due to extreme poaching pressure. Thus, the translocation stands to benefit both Nyika National Park and its resident elephant population, as it will be instrumental in improving their viability and the fast-track recovery of their numbers.

A large portion of the project’s funding is being utilized to ensure the safe and seamless acclimatisation of the elephants to their new environment and habitat. For the next 12 months, the elephants will remain in a specially constructed sanctuary that provides ample space and vegetation for them to move and feed freely. Aerial support and VHF satellite collar systems have been implemented to monitor the animals on a daily basis, so as to ensure their safety and well-being.

Find out more about Peace Parks Foundation’s incredible elephant project in Nyika National Park.

This follows the completion of the largest Elephant Translocation in History recently concluded by African Parks in Malawi where more than 500 elephants were successfully translocated to protect the species and repopulate a large reserve in Malawi.

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

Latitude 13 exciting new additions

Exciting new additions at Latitude 13

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Your stylish home away from home just got better.

Guest are in for a real treat at Latitude 13 as exciting new additions have been added to this stylish hotel. One of the new features is a heated swimming pool – a great addition to their already popular gym. It has proven very popular with both guests and non-resident guests, who are now able to continue swimming throughout the winter months.

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Food has not been overlooked during the exciting developments at Latitude 13. Guests can also expect a tasty new menu to enjoy on the refurbished tiled outdoor dining area.

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The team is also moving full steam ahead on the latest product addition, The Spa, which is due to open towards the end of August and will offer a wide range of treatments using natural and organic products. Some of these products are produced in Malawi’s neighbouring country, Zambia, and are already used at The Spa at their sister hotel, Latitude 15.

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Now you can enjoy even more stylish luxuries at your home away from home.

Contact Latitude 13
Telephone: +265 9999 75959
E-mail: 13@thelatitudehotels.com
Website: 13.latitudehotels.com/

Murals

Talent lies in the warm heart of Africa

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Malawi recently had the honor of opening its first ever pediatric institute at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre.

Mercy James pediatric institute was funded by Madonna’s charity Raising Malawi which was founded in 2006. Boasting brand new facilities and equipment, there was a lot of excitement around the opening, and one of the most beautiful things about the hospital is the murals that were painted inside the hospital by the kids from Jacaranda School of Orphans.

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A team of twelve children (five girls, and seven boys) is responsible for the beautiful murals. The kids were led by their friend, artist John Platt, from New York who has been visiting Malawi for the past three years to help the kids learn how to draw with art materials he brought out for them.

The young artists painted a vibrant tree of birds which can be found in the main hall, as well as another small tree, a playroom full of cichlids, some majestic cranes and lastly the map of Africa. The Raising Malawi organization chose the Jacaranda School of Orphans out of several other entries to paint the murals after seeing their artwork at an exhibition in New York.

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Three of the children who were involved with painting the murals were also chosen by Madonna to dance with her son, David, for the opening ceremony. Jacaranda School of Orphans is amongst a few places in the country constantly working on ensuring kids are taught all forms of arts – from singing and dancing to drawing/painting, and even theatre, so that they can go on to represent Malawi in the future.

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The Ulendo Airlink team can’t wait to see what the future holds for these talented children!

Contact Ulendo Airlink
Website: www.flyulendo.com
Email: reservations@flyulendo.com
Tel: +265 (0) 1 794 638

RPS Open Arms Orphanage

Responsible tourism gives back to the community

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The trip to Open Arms Orphanage and Nkope School of the Blind was an uplifting experience.

Robin Pope Safaris recently visited the Open Arms Orphanage and Nkope School of the Blind in Malawi as part of their responsible tourism initiative where they were able to see first-hand the impact that donations from them and their guests have on the less fortunate.

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Open Arms Orphanage
Open Arms Orphanage provides love, shelter food and medical care to orphaned and abandoned children in Malawi. Children may end up in an orphanage for various reasons, but usually parents are unable to take care of their child and are in need of Government Aid and cannot support another child in their home.

A baby as young as a day may be admitted into the Open Arms Orphanage, where they have a capacity of forty children. These children range from one-day olds up to two years old, after which they are placed in suitable foster homes.

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 “Mothers”
Mothers take care of around six children depending on how many they can handle. Night shifts and day shifts are split up between two mothers per group of orphans to be available for any of their children at any given time. The mothers will wash, feed and play with their children until the child is old enough to be moved to a foster home or is taken in by a suitable family member.

RPS visit Open Arms Orphanage

Donations
Any Donations given to the orphanage are greatly appreciated. Clothes that have been donated are assorted by size and gender, as well as what type of clothes it is. Each child has a shelf in a closet where they all have an allocated amount of clothes which are continuously replaced when needed.

Any toys that are donated are stored close to the class room where the children have their play dates and start learning the basics of the local Chichewa language.

Health
At the orphanage, there are nurses that treat the simple sicknesses that may occur with an infant. If needed, a child is taken to the Maccochi clinic where serious sickness will be attended to, and after the child has recovered fully, they will be taken back to the orphanage.

Diet
Children that are under the age of six months are exclusively on a diet of Lactogen 1. From six months the children are put on the diet of Lactogen 2. These supplies are bought through their head office located in Blantyre and are also sent to the orphanage.

RPS visit Open Arms Orphanage

Starting Village life
At two years old, an orphan becomes ready to start living in the village. If a child has a suitable family member that can adopt them into the family the orphanage will start to educate the family member on the essentials that the child will need to integrate successfully into the community.

Just before the orphaned child leaves the orphanage, one last step is taken so that the child will feel comfortable in the village environment. The child is placed into a model village home with their foster parent and sleeps just as they would in the village to give the child an actual vision of how they may live in the future. This ensures a smooth change from the orphanage into the village.

Outreaches
After a child is ‘discharged’ into a village with their suitable family member, the child may face a new set of challenges, one of which is malnutrition. To keep track of the children and to make sure that the challenges do not become severe, the Open Arms Orphanage will host outreach programs to visit children. By doing this they can once again make contact with the orphans to see how they have adapted to village life, as well as helping with challenges such as malnutrition by supplying food.
Nkope School of the Blind

After visiting the Open Arms Orphanage, another heart-warming experience took place at the Nkope School of the Blind where the Robin Pope Safaris team witnessed selflessness and a large amount of community love, care and protection where many would doubt it existed.

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Albinism is defined as a disorder characterised by the partial or complete absence of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes. Lack of pigment in the skin is a difficult situation when you live in Africa as with the sun bearing down, and no natural protection from it, there is a very high risk of sun burn and skin cancer.

At Nkope School of the Blind near Maccochi, there resides two students who suffer from albinism. These students are proudly protected by their community. They are both partially blind and have many helping hands that donate sunscreen and other medical supplies which they are extremely grateful for. Many of the items donated are sunscreen and lip balm as well as creams and ointments to help ease or prevent sun burn.

Nkope School is very happy with one of their students who has excelled at her schooling and has recently written her examinations. They personally would like to thank all the donors for all they have donated and are very grateful with everything they have received.
 
Contact Robin Pope Safaris
Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net
Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net
Phone: +265 (0) 179 4491 / 5483

Kaya Mawa Likoma Island in Bloom

Likoma Island in Bloom

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Kaya Mawa Likoma Island in Bloom

Likoma Island off the shore of Lake Malawi and is one of those places where you know you are somewhere truly special from the moment you arrive. There is just something magical about this island, perhaps it is the fact that you’re surrounded by alluring blue waters and tropical surroundings.

The main lodge on the island, Kaya Mawa offers guests a unique and exclusive stay where small reptiles, birds, and amphibians are regular visitors. It might still be winter in Malawi, but it’s clear that spring is around the corner. Many migratory birds are returning and stunning drought-tolerant flowers are beginning to bloom. As the flowers bloom and the birds arrive, the scenery bursts into colour. Think bright Red and Yellow Bird of Paradise and vast draping Bougainvillea and Frangipani.

This month, Kaya Mawa welcome back the most common bird of prey in Lilkoma – the Yellow Billed Kite with its impressive wing span of up to 180cm. Also returning for the warmer summer months is the African Fish Eagle. Paradise fly catchers, African hoopoe’s, sunbirds and kingfishers are also all in abundance, brightening up the skies.

From the sky to the water, Malawi also offers some spectacular snorkeling and diving opportunities. Holding a world record for the most fish in one lake (over 1000 species), Lake Malawi is an underwater wonderland. One of the most common species found in the lake are the brightly coloured cichlids, which also happen to be endemic to the lake.

With all this and more to offer, a true paradise awaits at Kaya Mawa…

Contact Kaya Mawa
Website: www.kayamawa.com
Email: enquiries@kayamawa.com
Telephone +44 7453 326398

CAWS Sangwala Trail

CAWS Introduces the Sangwala Trail for Chelinda Camp & Lodge guests

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CAWS Sangwala Trail

Guests visiting Central African Wilderness Safaris’ Chelinda Camp and Lodge in Nyika National Park can now sign up for the Sangwala Trail – a three day, fully-catered trek, that spans across 43 km of montane grasslands and woodlands. The name of the trail, Sangwala is derived from a combination of the names of the two overnight camps; Sangule & Zungwala.

What guests can expect

Day 1- The hike starts from Chelinda Camp or Lodge (depending on where the guests are staying) and follows the road to dam 3 from where the trail cuts south west to Sangule which is the first overnight camp.

Day 2- The trail then follows the road to Lake Kaulime, from where it descends to the Zungwala River, which is the site for the next overnight camp. The distance covered on day two is 15km.

Day 3- The final day of the trail is the most strenuous part of the expedition and involves a steep ascent from Zungwala to the western edge of the air strip. Three streams are crossed during this sector of the trail and there is a choice of walking a distance of either 13 or 16 km on the final day.

There are many interesting features and sights on this trail and hikers can expect to see antelopes such as roan, eland, reedbuck, bushbuck and duiker. Zebras, warthogs and many species of birds could also be seen and if very lucky there is even the chance of seeing leopards, serval, porcupines and honey badgers.

What to bring

The Sangwala trail is fully catered with three substantial meals per day, as well as snacks and water etc available between meals. Tents, sleeping bags, ground mattresses and all camping equipment are provided. A hot water shower and eco (long drop) toilet are set up at each overnight camp. Guests are only required to carry a small day bag of personal essentials with them.

Cost of the trail per person: USD 350

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

 

luxurious pleasures at Kaya Mawa

Simple but luxurious pleasures at Kaya Mawa

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Be transported into a world of simple but luxurious pleasures at Kaya Mawa.

Most visitors to Malawi are drawn to its natural attractions, including the majestic view over the “Lake of Stars.” At Kaya Mawa you’ll be transported into a world of simple pleasures; embraced by the warmth and hospitality of the enchanting Malawian staff.
luxurious pleasures at Kaya MawaGuests enjoy the timeless luxury and the best of modern conveniences at this luxury lodge at the head of a crescent-shaped bay on Likoma Island.

“WOW!! Such a beautiful island paradise in every way – stunning accommodation in very private, large ‘rooms’, built into and out of the rocks, with astounding views of Lake Malawi. Fabulous manager, Michelle and talented chef, Rich – every meal was a delicious delight! Dining lakeside, on the sand and under the stars was just magic. Loved the decor and ambience of the whole resort. Lots to do or nothing to do – your choice – snorkelling, kayaking, walks, boat trips, quad biking or cycling – or just dipping into the warm, clear waters of Lake Malawi and relax.” Review on Tripadvisor from Maz and Rich L

luxurious pleasures at Kaya Mawa.

Experience timeless luxury at Kaya Mawa this September at reduced rates!
Stay 6 nights for the price of 4 OR Stay 4 nights for the price of 3.
Bookings are subject to availability in September 2017 and not combinable with other offers. Contact enquiries@kayamawa.com Terms & Conditions apply.

Contact Kaya Mawa

Website: www.kayamawa.com
Email: enquiries@kayamawa.com
Telephone +44 7453 326398

Thyolo Mountain

The haunted rock of Thyolo Mountain

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The rolling lush green hills of the Thylo Mountains are arguably one of the most scenically beautiful regions in Malawi. Satemwa and Huntingdon House lie on the slopes of this majestic mountain. Visitors to this corner of Malawi cannot but help to be caught up in the colonial magic of this area.
Thyolo MountainJust over a decade ago the mountain was covered in indigenous forest with a giant rock balancing on the edge of the steep slope. The forest is gone but the rock is still there. Satemwa’s former manager, Mr Phiri is now blind and almost 90 years old. His memories of the area are as vivid as ever and he gladly shares his stories of the special rock on Thyolo Mountain. He tells of how the rock was visible from far away and the flowers up there where it lies were beautiful. In the olden days, the village elders used to go up to the rock to pray to the spirits of their ancestors, asking for rain. And they were successful, he says. He tells us that any time a white man was trying to camp up near the rock he would find himself lying far away from the tent the next day.Thyolo Mountain Mr PhiriThere is still a path up to the rock, and it’s definitely worth the short hike as it offers stunning views of the fields below. A sleep over is allowed at the rock, if you are brave enough…

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

Lat 13 c

A stylish home away from home in Lilongwe

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Lilongwe, the quiet capital of Malawi, started out as a small fishing village on the banks of the River Lilongwe. Today it is divided into New and Old Town. The Old Town is the area where the original fishing village was located and today it maintains the appearance of a traditional African settlement. New Town came into existence after Lilongwe became the capital in 1975 and boasts modern buildings and other features. It is an exceptionally green city with trees and patches of grassland covering a great deal of the city.

Located in new town’s leafy lanes on the northern edge of Malawi you will find Latitude 13°. This oasis offers naturally stylish two-storey apartments made of exposed brick, wooden ceilings and a good dose of ironworks. Your stylish home away from home.
stylish home away from homePast guests can’t get enough of the boutique hotel, such as Lameen who described his stay in this Trip Advisor  review: “Probably the best design hotel I’ve stayed in – the attention to detail through the whole property and the rooms is impeccable. I was even more pleased to hear that most of the designs and art work were locally done in Malawi. I took so many pictures to show my family but was so impressed that I just took a video and sent it right away – they were jealous…”
stylish home away from homeThe one and two bedroom apartments are suitable for families and offer fully equipped kitchens, lounging areas, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs with premium channels, free-grab and go breakfast, on-site laundry facilities and all other facilities you would expect in a luxury long-stay residence.

Lilongwe is the perfect stop-over spot for tired travelers, where they can relax and pick up some essentials before the next big adventure.

Contact Latitude 13˚
Website: www.thelatitudehotels.com
Email: mailto:m13@thelatitudehotels.com
Tel: +265 9999 75959