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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

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Explore More with Kaya Mawa on Lake Malawi

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Dreamy Kaya Mawa on Lake Malawi just got a little more interesting…

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© Kaya Mawa by Green Safaris

As Kaya Mawa is currently closed, they have been using the downtime to work hard on an exciting new ‘dream adventure’. The Green Safaris Group is unbelievably excited to share that they have introduced a dream circuit, “The Ultimate Zambia-Malawi Luxury Fly-in Safari”, to their itinerary for 2019.

This itinerary combines the pristine wilderness of the Kafue National Park and South Luangwa National Park in Zambia whilst staying at Ila Safari Lodge and Chikunto Lodge with a relaxing beach holiday at Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi. Transfer flights between destinations are short, which tops off this dreamy circuit:

3 nights at Ila Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park, Zambia
3 nights at Chikunto in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
3 nights at Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Green Safaris takes the greatest care in hand-picking special destinations in Africa for their premier lodges. Kaya Mawa is one of these well-appointed lodges that is situated on Likoma Island in the middle of Lake Malawi, one of the ultimate beach destinations in Africa.

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

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Animals Now Free to Visit Tongole Wilderness Lodge

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Tongole Wilderness Lodge is excited to finally be within the fenced sanctuary area of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.

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Elephants take a drink at the Bua River © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

A fence was initially erected by African Parks to ensure a safe and controlled release of the 500 elephants and other wildlife that was translocated from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve (NKKWR) in 2016 and 2017. The fence line has now been extended further to incorporate Tongole Wilderness Lodge, making the sanctuary an impressive 80,000 hectares; almost half of the NKKWR.

Tongole, overlooking the Bua River, is centrally located within the NKKWR and this region formerly had some of the greatest concentrations of remaining wildlife in Malawi. The fence coming down means that the resident animals are free once again to visit the Bua River in front of the lodge.  Likewise, the extra 486+ elephants, 193 buffalo, 200 sable, 100 kudu, 505 waterbuck, 122 impala, 199 warthog, 25 eland and 25 zebra, introduced by African Parks, can now extend their range and explore the area around Tongole.

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A private deck overlooking the Bua River © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Whilst Tongole doesn’t expect to be suddenly inundated with large animals, the section of the Bua River in front of the lodge has some of the most reliable water in the reserve; even during the driest months, when other sections have dried up in recent years.  Formerly known as “the elephant meeting place”, the confluence of tributaries and underground springs here is likely to be a big draw for the animals as the rains subside and they begin to move further afield.

Guests can look forward to relaxing on one of the many secluded decks around the lodge, watching out for any visitors to the river. Tongole is the only luxury lodge situated in the pristine 1,800 square kilometre NKKWR and is the ideal spot to enjoy the unrivalled tranquility of this vast reserve at a relaxed pace.

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

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Mystery Guest at Kuthengo Camp Discovered

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The elusive animal behind the ‘whoop’ call in the evenings at Kuthengo Camp finally revealed itself to a Robin Pope Safaris’ guide.

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Sunset over the Shire River in Liwonde National Park © Robin Pope Safaris

Guests at Kuthengo Camp in Liwonde National Park, the newest member of the Robin Pope Safaris family, have been enjoying spectacular sunsets over the Shire River. Every evening, as guests were sipping on sundowners and chatting about the days’ safari around the campfire, a ‘whooping’ noise would hush all the chatter as people then listened out for any further calls.

This call or ‘whoop’ is a very loud and musical call that often starts with a very low tone and is then modulated up and down in pitch. The whoop belongs to the hyena and is a distance communication call, which is used to announce their presence when they are out of visual contact. Amazingly, each hyena has a distinct whoop that other hyenas can identify.

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Hazen the hyena in Liwonde National Park © Robin Pope Safaris

Guides Jason and Steegan were often waking up to find hyena spoor around the camp, which although a little unnerving, was exciting to know that wildlife was coming so close to camp. While on a late afternoon game drive, Jason witnessed something that no other guest or staff member at Kuthengo had witnessed.

He saw a lone male hyena taking a nap on the side of the road, which he was sure was the face belonging to that evening call heard around the camp. The hyena has been named Hazen and, if he decides to stick around, future guests might just catch a glimpse of him.

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

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Chintheche Inn at Lake Malawi is Growing

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2019 is the year of growth for Central African Wilderness Safaris as construction is under way for four new rooms at Chintheche Inn.

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Chintheche Inn lakefront © Mike Myers

Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) is currently building four new rooms at its lakeshore property, Chintheche Inn. Construction began in early January 2019 and is scheduled to be completed in the following months. During this time the Inn will remain closed. Built at the south of the existing Inn building, these spacious and tastefully designed new units will offer guests an enhanced stay on the scenic northern shores of Lake Malawi.

Chintheche Inn has an existing ten en-suite rooms that look out over the panoramic shoreline of Lake Malawi. The extensive grounds and gardens feature a campsite and pool along with a choice of activities on offer for guests to enjoy. A central bar and restaurant are available for dining and guests are also invited to experience a magical alfresco dinner under the stars.

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Existing room at Chintheche Inn © Central African Wilderness Safaris

Keep track of the progress on this exciting new development project on shores of Lake Malawi via the CAWS blog and Facebook page.

If you were planning on making a booking at the Inn during this time period, kindly contact the CAWS Reservations Team (see details below) who will try their best to provide an alternative date that is most convenient for you.

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

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Where to Experience Malawi’s Arts & Culture

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Ulendo Safaris is helping visitors to experience Malawi’s arts and culture.

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© Ulendo Safaris

As 2019 kicks in, so too does the urge to travel and where there are people, there is art. According to Ulendo Safaris, in Malawi, this is no different, as fine and performing arts are very much alive. There is no shortage of artists and, in many communities, singing, dancing and art are integrated into everyday life, which draws on their cultural heritage.

Along with trips to Malawi’s majestic lake and productive wildlife regions, there is also so much arts and culture to experience in the Warm Heart of Africa. This is why a visit to the Mua Mission is not complete without visiting the Kungoni Centre of Art and Culture, one of the country’s leading cultural museum and artistic centres.

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© Ulendo Safaris

The Kungoni Centre has collected over 4000 works by over 200 artists. Ulendo recently had the opportunity to chat to one of the artists, Peter Phansisi, who plays an integral part in the ongoing sustainability and development of the centre. He is passionate about the cultural and artistic activity of each and every art project that the centre seeks to record.

The centre’s art gallery and showroom is a tribute to the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao people of Malawi, and illustrates their important history and culture. While taking you on the journey through the centre, Peter explains how the artists listed on their walls have come to be internationally famous for their carvings and artwork. Some of the pieces on display tell a magnificent story and other pieces evoke many emotions.

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© Ulendo Safaris

Ulendo invites visitors to experience Malawi’s local community through its art, culture and history.

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