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Thyolo Tea Xtreme Run

Thyolo Tea Xtreme Run at Satemwa

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Satemwa recently hosted their first 5km, 10km, and 21km Thyolo Tea Xtreme Run.

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Runners enjoying the Thyolo Tea Xtreme Run

After a long time of consideration Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate finally did it, and hosted their first Thyolo Tea Xtreme Run last month. They always thought that their beautiful tea area would be perfect for any keen runner to enjoy the challenging hills and rocky roads through the tea fields.

Over 150 runners took part in the races ranging from a gruelling 21km, a 10km and a 5km fun run. It was a beautiful clear day where runners could admire the view of Mt Mulanje and the peaks on the other side of Mozambique as they went through Satemwa and the neighbouring tea estates.

Satemwa looks forward to hosting this event again next year, where it will be bigger, better and possibly more Xtreme!

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

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May Magic at Satemwa

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Every month of the season has its charm but May is one of Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate’s favourite months.

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The rain has kept everyone happy and very busy the last couple of weeks and Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate doesn’t take a good farming season for granted.

In Malawi the sky is clear and blue and the view is endless.  The air is crisp and full of freshness. The temperature is staring to drop and the hot humid air is gone.

It is the best season at Satemwa for a long walk through the green fields or a lovely run on their dirt roads and small tracks. The mountain bikes are looking forward for a tough uphill and are rewarded with a fast downhill on the other side.

In May the warm jumpers come out and the fireplace is stocked and ready. It’s the perfect time to curl up in front of the fire with a good book and, of course, a cup of tea to warm the soul.

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

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Featured: A family holiday in Lake Malawi at Kaya Mawa

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Featured article- A family holiday in Lake Malawi: zen and the art of paddleboarding by Fiona Bruce

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© Kaya Mawa

When I arrived at Kaya Mawa, I knew I had found my own piece of heaven. A dozen grass-fringed lodges were wedged between black boulders and baobab trees, overlooking a smooth crescent of sand lapped by the fresh water of Lake Malawi, brilliant blue and clear as glass.

Flying over the lake in a tiny Cessna plane is the best way to get an idea of its size, conveniently 365 miles long and 52 miles wide, which is easy enough to remember. Well, those are the dimensions they claim, anyway. It is certainly vast – stretching as far as the eye can see, so huge it even has waves.

I wasn’t so sure about how our children – Sam and Mia, then 14 and 10 respectively – would feel about the resort on small Likoma Island. With no television, no PlayStation and no obvious kids’ activities, it looked suspiciously like a newlyweds’ destination, perfect for mooning around and doing little more than gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes while trying not to worry about the cost of the wedding. Our son hates lounging around on a beach and his first request on arriving at any destination is to ask for the Wi-Fi code. Our daughter would spend every hour of every day in a pool if she could, but is much less keen on open water.

We were met at the tiny airstrip by Michelle Cavanagh – charming, Irish, a former Virgin Atlantic stewardess who was offered the job as resort manager by owner James Lightfoot after a few drinks on the flight to Malawi. She made it clear from the outset that Kaya Mawa was a resort that worked around its guests, not the other way around.

There are no fixed times for anything. If you want breakfast at two in the afternoon, no problem. Don’t fancy what’s on offer for lunch (though that’s unlikely)? Something else will be prepared for you. The head chef, Richard Greenhall, once trained chefs for Jamie Oliver and is no slouch in the kitchen. One delicious meal is served after another and he doesn’t turn his nose up when Mia confides that all she really wants is chicken goujons. They duly arrive.

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© Kaya Mawa

Dinner is eaten on the beach; your table is moved every night to a different spot, surrounded by lanterns, and you tuck in under the stars with the waves lapping nearby. We got into the habit of playing a very competitive family game of Scrabble at the bar every night before dinner – a simple pleasure, but the kind of thing we’d never all do together at home.

Every water sport you could wish for is provided on the beach. We wimped out of scuba diving and contented ourselves with snorkelling among the kind of tiny jewel-bright fish you see in an aquarium. Every morning we were treated to the sight of James Lightfoot heroically kitesurfing across the bay – wrestling with the wind and leaping the waves, real man stuff, which made every male on the beach wish he was up to it, sigh, roll over on his lounger and decide to catch a few rays instead.

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©Kaya Mawa

My daughter and I decided to take up paddle boarding, which is strangely Zen once you get the hang of keeping your balance on the wobbly board and manoeuvring your oar at the same time. We spent hours gently paddling along the shoreline, past Kaya Mawa’s villas tucked back from the beach, thatched and exquisitely designed with local materials.

Each is different. I couldn’t decide whether the highlight of ours was the enormous four-poster bed, swathed in mosquito netting, the outdoor shower made out of an upturned dugout from which you could watch the sun set, or the private deck and plunge pool. I paddled to sea past the rock high up on which was the thatched pagoda where you could have a massage; past sandy coves with hundreds of fish laid out to dry in neat rows on wooden platforms.

Original article by Fiona Bruce and published on The Telegraph. Read the full article here.

wildlife in Malawi By Stefan Schmid

Excellent Elephant and Cheetah Sightings at Mvuu

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Guests visiting Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park were treated to excellent elephant sightings recently.

This month, guests on boat safaris and transfers were able to see large herds of up to 120 elephants swimming across the Shire River from the bank at Namandanje. Elephants have also regularly been seen grazing by the river and are coming down to feed on the sweet reed grasses that prevail at this time of year.

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Guests have also been able to enjoy several cheetah sightings during the day and night game drives that are offered at Mvuu. As a highlight for the month, two male cheetahs were seen taking down an impala just 100 meters away from the camp.

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

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Pumulani Guests Donate New Stationary to Local School

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Robin Pope Safaris believes that investing in education in the local community is one of the best contributions one can make.

Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani have received many generous donations from their guests, enabling the team to go out and deliver stationery, note books and stickers to many grateful children and teachers at Nankhwali Primary and Secondary School.

Standard 7 children were the first to receive, with each of them getting a pencil case equipped with pens, pencils, erasers and protractors, as well as a note book for their studies. In addition, they were also able to give each child in standards 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 a pencil, eraser and colouring pencils. The stickers were saved for the youngest members of the school, standard 1. The smiling faces in the pictures show how happy the children were to receive these gifts.

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Teachers were not left out and also received coloured paper for their class and other resources to help them in their role.

Secondary education in Malawi is not free (unlike primary education), so many pupils cannot afford to attend Secondary School. In order to lend a helping hand to its local community, Pumulani sponsors students every year to attend Nankhwali CDSS (Community Day Secondary School), who otherwise would not be able to afford to go. Currently there are 6 sponsored students attending the school who each also received a note book and pencil case equipped with everything they need to make their studies easier. Two students will be writing their Malawi School Certificate Examination (MSCE) this year and the Robin Pope Safaris team would like to wish them every success for their studies and future endeavours.

Robin Pope Safaris would like to thank everyone who has considered these children and has generously donated to their community projects.

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

 

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Update on Robin Pope Safaris’ New Kuthengo Camp

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Building is in full swing at Robin Pope Safaris’ New Kuthengo Camp, and will be ready to start welcoming guests very soon.

Building is in full swing at Liwonde and the Robin Pope Safaris team are very excited for the opening of Kuthengo Camp in April 2018. After many months of planning, building finally commenced at the end of September and it’s been all systems go since then!

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The first few months were spent concentrating on the final layout of camp, the positioning of all the buildings and clearing the area. The team have also made a fantastic entrance into the camp that leads straight towards a Baobab, making for a rather grand first impression. The next step was to do all the foundations and ground work, and finally they started to see the camp take shape and get an idea for how it was going to look.

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All of the tent bases are now in and they are simply waiting for the tents to arrive.

Over the last few months whilst the team have been building the camp, they have been lucky enough to have had some amazing wildlife sightings. Although, thankfully the resident crocs decided it was far better to move down to a quieter spot along the river when the team arrived! This was much to their relief, as the team travels from the local village across the river by boat each day. But having said that, the crocodiles still pop up to have a look and check on progress from time to time.

Kuthengo, meaning ‘wilderness’ in the local language, truly depicts the setting of this camp. At the start of the project some very inquisitive elephants, waterbuck, impalas, baboons and hippos all passed through the camp to check out what was going on. The main point of curiosity was all these people and there would often be a stare down between the team and the animals. However, as time moved on, everyone has become far more relaxed and both animals and staff go about their daily chores pretty much ignoring the other and letting everyone get their jobs done.

The hippos, however, have probably been their biggest competition while building, as they simply love to spend their nights stomping all around camp making sure they trample over any freshly dug areas that have been prepared for a job the following day

Daily life in Liwonde is incredibly busy but the team loves working in such a beautiful place with the big open African skies, the Shire riverbank just a stone’s throw away, as well as the pods of hippos, abundant birdlife and many other animals that come through camp.

Kuthengo Camp is set to open 27 April 2018 and Robin Pope Safaris is looking forward to welcoming guests at their new camp.

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

Constructing the new plunge pools at Mvuu Lodge. ©CAWS

Sparkling new swimming pools at Mvuu Lodge

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Central African Wilderness Safaris commence construction of new plunge pools at Mvuu Lodge.

CAWS is constructing three luxury plunge pools at tents 6, 7 and 8 at Mvuu Lodge. Set on the edge of the tents’ wooden decks, each pool will be totally private with views over the lagoon and surrounding bush. Together with the new silent fans being installed, these pools will be a superb addition to the lodge tents.

Tune in to the CAWS blog and Facebook page for the latest product developments and updates at Mvuu and follow the construction of Mvuu’s new plunge pools: #MvuuBuilds

Constructing the new plunge pools at Mvuu Lodge. ©CAWS

Constructing the new plunge pools at Mvuu Lodge. ©CAWS

Constructing the new plunge pools at Mvuu Lodge. ©CAWS

Constructing the new plunge pools at Mvuu Lodge. ©CAWS

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The Other Side of Tea At Satemwa

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Family and the community is very important to Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate and they strive to improve Malawi’s standard of living.

Pupils at school

Pupils at school

Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate’s teas and coffees are made with love, passion and respect for the environment and communities around them.

Schools and clinics

On Satemwa Tea Estate, they have a primary school that is available for all their workers’ children with about 1000 students currently enrolled.

There are also four clinics around the estate that provide professional medical services to all employees and their immediate families. There is a 3-bed antenatal facility and an under 5 clinic that is provided in partnership with the government and is accessible to all communities on and around Satemwa.

They are very happy to show all their interested guests staying with them at Huntingdon House the other side of their tea and share what goes on in their community.

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

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Ulendo Explorer Gets a Facelift

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New luxury Roadlink fleet to join Ulendo Explorer.

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Ulendo Explorer refers to the vehicle hire and self-drive tours that Ulendo have offered to clients for a number of years now. Whilst these options will still be available, March has seen the arrival of the first vehicles in Ulendo’s new luxury Roadlink fleet.

This facelift has seen Ulendo refine their fleet of vehicles to provide luxury, comfort and benefits which are a new addition to the Malawian market. Two luxury Hyundai H1 joined the fleet in March complete with chilled refreshments upon collection, free WiFi in each car and drivers with Advanced Drive qualifications – all coupled with the first-class standards of service that Ulendo has been known for throughout their 20 years of operation. The rest of the fleet will comprise of Toyota Fortuner’s and Corolla’s, each with the same additional perks and the quality assurance that the name Ulendo Travel Group brings.

Ulendo Roadlink will offer chauffeur driven luxury for the discerning client who requires that extra luxury during their time in Malawi, and will be available for transfers and day hire to transport you from meetings to meetings.

Be it a trip to the lakeshore at Senga Bay, or a vehicle to take you from meeting to meeting as a visiting consultant, Ulendo allows you to travel in comfort and style.

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

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Renovations Complete at Latitude 13

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Renovations at Latitude 13 Hotel have recently been completed, accompanied by the introduction of their new event centre, The Works.

Latitude 13 in Lilongwe has recently completed the total refurbishment of their hotel. This revamp included upgrading their Garden Suites and Club Rooms as well as adding a new event centre named “The Works”.

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Boardroom The Works Latitude 13

The Works:
With two meeting rooms, each seating up to 12, and a larger conference room that accommodates up to 40, The Works offers a stylish and stimulating environment in which to host everything from a strategy session or press briefing, to private dinners and cocktail parties. There are also lounge areas for those less formal gatherings and access to the secluded gardens, as well as a separate entrance and car park.

Rooms Upgrades:
The upgrade of the Garden Suites and Club Rooms has brought Latitude’s signature statement interiors to these 65m2 spaces. Queen-sized beds, walk-in showers, full sized baths, sumptuous sofas and views across the lawns to the hotel’s second and more private swimming pool, all mean that these are perfect for those guests looking for a little more privacy, without any compromise on creature comforts. Easy access to The Works also provides these guests with all the space they need to get their serious business done.

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Clubroom Latitude 13

Contact Latitude 13 for more details on hosting events at The Works, and accommodation options.

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