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Watch: Robin Pope Safaris & the Elephants of Liwonde National Park

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Guests at Kuthengo Camp shared a special moment with the elephants of Liwonde National Park.

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Elephants enjoying an afternoon sip of water © Robin Pope Safaris

Recent guests at Robin Pope Safaris’ Kuthengo Camp , which is on the banks of the Shire River flowing through the wildlife-rich Liwonde National Park, were treated to a memorable experience whilst on a river boat cruise.

They came across a large herd of elephants that were taking a drink from the river and finally crossing over to the other bank. Some of the elephants stop to check out this strangle creature moving in the water, whilst others are engrossed in the business of quenching their thirst.

Watch: Elephants of Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is situated at the southern-most tip of Lake Malombe in the south of Malawi. As it makes its way to the Zambezi River, the Shire River – the largest in the country – flows into the park, feeding the fauna and flora that call it home. This includes over 500 elephants that love to munch on the lush green grasses on the Shire’s banks as well as sip its deliciously cool water.

Footage by Michael Davy

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

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Rain at Hungtindon House Brings Joy to Satemwa Tea Estate

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It’s all smiles at Huntingdon House and Satemwa Tea Estate as Malawi’s rainy season begins. 

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This is the time of the year that the planters at Satemwa Tea Estate, on which Huntingdon House is located, always wait and stress and look up nervously to the sky that hangs over Malawi. This month, dark clouds started building up and the thunder was heard rumbling in the distance. The hot, humid air was replaced by a cool wind. Then, a little later in the year than had been hoped, the rain comes down, filling the dry holes in the ground, finding the holes in the roofs, knocking over a few trees, and cutting off the power supply.

But, more importantly, rain brings life to Malawi!

Planting of the new tea in selected fields has begun and everyone at the Satemwa Estate factory is rushing around to get things done before the busy season ahead. The festive season holiday is the time that work is around the clock in order to keep the tea moving in and out of the factory.

For the folks at Huntingdon House and Satemwa Estate, the rainy season is very special on the farm. They’re sure that even if their guests get wet, they’ll feel and join in the excited energy that has washed over the Shire Highlands. Preparations are underway for Christmas and, of course, mince pies, gingerbread and mulled wine is being enjoyed after long days on the farm.

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

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Malawi Gains New Giraffe Population in Majete Wildlife Reserve

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Malawi has reached another wonderful wildlife milestone – a new giraffe population in Majete Wildlife Reserve!

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Giraffe drinking from Shire River in Majete Wildlife Reserve © African Parks

Thirteen giraffe have been released into Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve, African Parks and Giraffe Conservation Foundation announced on Monday, 19th November. Nine hail from South Africa and travelled 2,500 km by road in one of the longest translocations of this kind. They and four giraffe already living in Malawi represent a new population for Majete and Malawi. The introduction boosts the reserve’s biodiversity while helping tourism to enhance the already emerging conservation-led economy and to support community development.

WATCH: Malawi Gains New Giraffe Population in Majete Wildlife Reserve

While southern Africa has a robust giraffe population, few are present in Malawi. In fact, this translocation brings national giraffe numbers to just over 30. Broadly, giraffe populations have plummeted in recent decades, with habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting reducing Africa’s population to fewer than 100,000 animals. This introduction comes at a crucial time: on 14th November, the IUCN Red List announced that several giraffe subspecies are critically endangered. The translocation of South African giraffe to Majete aims to establish a viable population that will support giraffe conservation across the region.

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Giraffe at the Shire River in Majete Wildlife Reserve © African Parks

It’s also a new chapter in Majete’s story. Since 2003, African Parks has managed Majete in partnership with Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), their collaborative efforts a national success story. “For fifteen years, our partnership with DNPW has driven Majete’s evolution from a depleted landscape to a vibrant ecosystem,” says Craig Hay, Park Manager for Majete Wildlife Reserve. More than 2,900 animals have been introduced to Majete; lion, rhino, elephant, and giraffe are among the species that have returned to a reserve now containing more than 12,000 animals. Critical support from partners, including The Wyss Foundation, WWF-Belgium and the People’s Postcode Lottery, helped improve infrastructure and law enforcement, effectively halting poaching in Majete.

“Introducing giraffe in Majete is an example of how collaborative partnerships can make a difference to save giraffe in the wild before it is too late,” said Dr. Julian Fennessy, Director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. More than a year was spent carefully planning the translocation. In Majete, the founding of a new population forms part of the reserve’s development as a flagship wildlife sanctuary, benefiting local communities and affording people in Malawi the opportunity to see the world’s tallest land mammal. He continued, “Without giraffe, the African landscape is a poorer place.”

Source: African Parks

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Summery Mango Ice Cream Recipe by Kaya Mawa

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As mango season arrives on Likoma Island, we meet the new Head Chef at Kaya Mawa and he shares his summer-ready Mango Ice Cream recipe.

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Kaya Mawa has welcomed the arrival of mango season on Likoma Island this month. Across the island, the trees have been full to bursting point and, throughout the month, a plentiful bounty of fresh, juicy mangos has fallen to earth, coating the ground everywhere.

The chefs at Kaya have been waiting patiently for the mangos to ripen over the last few months so they can begin producing a whole range of mango-based culinary delights. Since the trees started to drop a few weeks ago, Kaya’s chefs have been busy cooking up an array of delicious treats, from mango chutneys and sauces, to ice creams and sorbets.

The arrival of the mango season also provides the perfect opportunity to properly introduce Malawi Waves readers to Cephas Guda, Kaya’s talented new Head Chef, who has recently joined the lodge.  Cephas arrived at Kaya after a six-year stint as Head Chef at Latitude 13 in Lilongwe. During his 11-year career, he accumulated an in-depth knowledge of global cuisine; think Thailand, Mexico, Mediterranean and African countries like Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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Cephas hails from Monkey Bay in Malawi but his great-grandparents have their roots on Likoma, so island life is very much in his DNA. His love of food began at an early age, when he used to cook for his 13 brothers and sisters, experimenting with garnishes made from tomatoes and pumpkin leaves which grew in the family garden. His passion blossomed from there and now he delights Kaya’s guests every day with his special brand of fusion fine dining, utilising the ingredients grown on site in Kaya’s lodge garden.

Cephas: “My passion for cooking has been with me since I was a boy, so to now have the chance to cook at Kaya on Likoma where my great-grandparents were born, is very special for me. It’s been a great season in the kitchen and I’ve enjoyed getting to know the whole team. We’re creating such beautiful food together, and I am already thinking about what we can do next year to make things even better. As it’s mango season, I wanted to give you one of my favourite mango recipes we’re using at Kaya right now, my method for making mango ice cream. I hope you like it and that I’ll have the chance to cook for you on Likoma soon.”

Mango Ice Cream

Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 3 hours 20 mins

Instructions

Freeze a freezer bowl 24 hours prior to making ice cream. Wrap in a plastic bag so the bowl stays clean.

Put one mango, ¼ cup sugar, and lemon juice into a blender and puree until texture is smooth. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine heavy whipping cream, milk, and ½ cup sugar, then stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Mix in the pureed mango.

Cover and chill the mixture in the fridge for at least one hour. Then, move the mixture to the freezer for one hour.

Turn on your ice cream maker. When the freezer bowl begins to turn, pour the mixture through the ingredient spout.

If you desire a firmer consistency, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and store in the freezer for 3 or more hours before serving.

Cephas: “My initial end result was similar to the texture of frozen yogurt but when I froze the mixture for another few hours, the consistency was perfect!”

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

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International Waterbird Census at Central African Wilderness Safaris

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Sign up at CAWS Mvuu Camp and Lodge to be a part of the International Waterbird Census.

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© Will Whitford

The Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) team is once again planning to participate in the International Waterbird Census at Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park, which takes place next year in early January.

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© Mike Dexter

The International Waterbird Census is coordinated by Wetlands International across 143 countries. It aims to translate long-term monitoring and repeated data collection into improved management and understanding of wetlands and the lives that they support. Waterbirds are a key part of the wetland ecosystems and their presence. Knowing their numbers and trends offers valuable insights into the health and quality of a wetland.

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© Juliet Lemon

CAWS will be putting together a full programme for the count as well as offering special packages.

Save the date: The count is scheduled for the 12th to 13th January 2019.
Registration: To register your space and find out more about the packages on offer, contact CAWS on marketing@cawsmw.com

Feature image by Bentley Palmer

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

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Kaya Mawa Celebrates the Likoma Summer Cultural Festival

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Likoma Island residents, including the Kaya Mawa team, put on their dancing shoes for the Likoma Summer Cultural Festival.

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Kaya Mawa joined in the party atmosphere on Likoma Island during October as the annual Likoma Summer Cultural Festival kicked off with a week of music, dancing and activities on the island. As it has in previous years, the event burst into life with a special party cruise aboard the illustrious Ilala as it undertook its weekly journey across Lake Malawi.

In addition to a stellar line-up of live bands and DJs, the week’s festivities included swimming and rowing competitions, parades and traditional Malipenga and Chioda dances.

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Malipenga is most closely associated with the Tonga people and the dance is said to have originated from imitations of military drills. Each village on Likoma has its own Malipenga group, comprising male dancers, as well as a Chioda group, comprising female dancers. As Kaya Mawa is based in Nkhwazi village there was special attention from the staff and guests on the dancers from the local area.

The Likoma Summer Cultural Festival has been running since 2014 and was originally set up to promote the vibrant culture of the island, encourage tourism and provide a week of fun and excitement for Likoma residents to enjoy. The team at Kaya Mawa all got the chance to experience the festivities and, as in previous years, were delighted to act as a sponsor for this highlight of Likoma’s annual cultural calendar.

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

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Guests Get Snapping at CAWS Photography Workshops

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Conservationist Robin Bruyns leads photography workshops at Mvuu Camp and Lodge.

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© Robin Bruyns

Over the first weekend of October, Central African Wilderness Safaris recently hosted a series of photography workshops with South African conservationist and professional photographer Robin Bruyns at Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park.

Structured into three courses, ‘Intro to Manual Mode’, ‘Advanced Photography 101’, and ‘The 10 Rules of Composition’, this year’s workshops were geared to cater to both experienced photographers using DSLR cameras as well as to children and individuals who are burgeoning but beginner wildlife photographers.

The workshop instructor, Robin Bruyns, has extensive photography experience covering all genres, especially African culture and wildlife. He also teaches photography courses for all levels – from beginner through to intermediate – and has participated in several environment, community and conservation initiatives across the continent.

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

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RPS Recipe: Everybody Say Cheese(cake)!

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It’s time for another scrumptious recipe with Robin Pope Safaris.

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Maggie with her mouthwatering Almond and Lime Cheesecake © Robin Pope Safaris

This month, the lovely Maggie from Robin Pope Safaris lets us in on a little secret – her Almond and Lime Cheesecake. Get ready for a whole lot of yum!

Ingredients

1 cup cream

125ml lime juice (you can substitute the lime juice for lemon if you have no lime juice)

1 tin condensed milk

2 tsp gelatin (dissolved in 50ml of warm water)

1 tsp Vanilla essence

½ packet Tennis biscuits

150 grams butter

80 grams flaked almonds

Method

Melt butter and crush half a packet of Tennis biscuits. Combine these gradually.

Use this as the base for the cheesecake and use this to line a flan dish or similar. Set aside and refrigerate for half an hour.

Roast flaked almonds in a hot oven for 5 minutes until golden brown and allow to cool.

Whisk cream till light and fluffy, then fold in condensed milk, lime juice and almonds along with 2 teaspoons gelatin dissolved in 50ml warm water.

Pour into flan dish and allow to set for 2 hours.

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

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The Ulendo Safaris’ Powerhouse

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Step into Ulendo Safaris head office in Lilongwe.

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The team at Ulendo Safaris © Ulendo Travel Group

Ulendo Travel Group is incredibly pleased with their beautiful home for Ulendo Safaris in Lilongwe. With an industrial architectural design, this modern and sleek building was an embassy before Ulendo Safaris turned it into their head office. Described by Ulendo as “slightly powerhouse in looks”, they feel that working in this environment has brought out and optimized the team’s creativity.

Ulendo prides itself in professionally designing itineraries that meet the budget, interests and preferred style of travel for a wide range of clients. They understand that holidays to Africa should encapsulate the wildlife, culture and spectacular scenery of this diverse continent. And they love doing this from their stunning office space.

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

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Green Tea Production Steams Ahead at Satemwa

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The green tea production at Satemwa is on track despite disruptive ongoing factory extensions.

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© Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

It’s full steam ahead at the Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate factory in Thyolo District and the green tea line is spreading its fresh aroma all over the yard. The staff have been under pressure with the new extension being built to improve the factory. Nevertheless, the roof is finally up just in time for the summer rains.

Everyone at Satemwa is eager to lead guests on a special all-inclusive tour inside the factory when they come to visit at Huntingdon House. With the improved factory layout, Satemwa will soon be ready to show them how tea is really made.

This third-generation family-owned estate has been crafting deliciously aromatic, high-quality teas and coffees to be exported around the world. Their green tea line is part of a new artisanal range, which also includes white, oolong, black and dark teas.

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