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Robin Pope Safari Diaries

Your Weekly 60 Second Escape To Africa

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Escape to Africa every Monday with Robin Pope Safaris’ weekly Safari Diaries episodes.

In each of Robin Pope Safaris NEW 60 second Safari Diaries videos, you’re taken along on safari through the Zambian, Zimbabwean and Malawian wilderness.

Watch the official 2018 trailer here

New videos shared on the Robin Pope Safaris YouTube channel every Monday. Subscribe for your weekly dose of the wildly wonderful world of the African bush!

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

Ulendo

Convenient direct flights with Ulendo Airlink

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Ulendo Airlink offer a range of flight solutions to key domestic and regional destinations from both Lilongwe and Likoma Island.

Malawi Flights Ulendo

© Ulendo Airlink

With ample time dedicated to flight scheduling and connections from International flights, Ulendo Airlink helps you avoid any long transfers and city chaos by flying you directly to your holiday destination.

Ulendo Airlink helps you bridge the gap between havoc and tranquility with scheduled services to all the main tourist destinations within Malawi and beyond.

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© Ulendo Airlink

Book with Ulendo Airlink and make the connection.

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

Huntingdon House Renovations

Renovations at The Historic Huntingdon House

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The busy season on the Satemwa Tea & Coffee estate is in full swing but at Huntingdon House it’s been the time to take some well-deserved rest. This is also the time when the maintenance team comes in and shine.

Huntingdon House Renovations

Huntingdon House Renovations

In the mid ’30s Huntingdon House was built as the home of Maclean Kay and his family. It was also designed as the hub of Satemwa itself with offices and storerooms intact. Nowadays it is a guest house that strives to give its guests a unique and personal experience and provide an insight into the special life on a tea estate in Africa.

Each room has been individually decorated to reflect the quirks and character of this grand residence and appropriately named based on the original function of the room in the household: Mother’s Room, Father’s Room, The Nursery, Planters’ Suite and The Chapel. Each area of the house has a story of its own and guests are encouraged to share in the colourful history of one of Malawi’s oldest homes while being spoilt by the team of professional staff at Huntingdon House.

In such an old house there is always something to be attended to. This year Huntingdon House’s maintenance team, comprising of Milvard and Cedric, painted some of the walls inside the house for a fresh new look.

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

CAWS Green Season

CAWS Gears Up For The Green Season

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CAWS is taking advantage of the green season in Malawi, offering guests the very best of Malawi’s bush, beach and mountain experiences.

CAWS Green Season

Baobab plain by Frank Weitzer

When the long-awaited rainy season arrives in Malawi, the dust of the hot dry season vanishes and the country flourishes, yielding ample greenery. During this time, the country’s key wilderness areas become full of life and energy, allowing avid wildlife enthusiasts and nature-lovers to experience the best of Malawi’s wildlife and natural heritage.

The Rains Bring the Green

With the first rainfall, the country’s landscapes transform to yield deep, verdant shades of emerald green. The air becomes crisp and clear and the dynamics of many wildlife populations shift. The views in and around the Great African Rift Valley become vibrant and seemingly infinite, and there is a flurry of activity in all of the country’s key wilderness areas.

In December, the heat of the dry season subsides and the weather starts to cool down, with occasional showers occurring in the run-up to the rainy season. The rains in Malawi start and intensify in January, and continue throughout February and March. Known as the Green Season, this time of the year offers travellers a unique and enhanced experience in Malawi with cool and comfortable weather, an excellent time for birding and wildlife viewing.

Birding in the Green

Many migrant birds usually arrive during the start of the Green Season. At this time of year, areas such as Liwonde National Park are ideal for enjoying excellent sightings of a wide variety of both migrant and indigenous birds. Areas such as Nyika National Park are also excellent locations to visit and a colourful array of wildflowers as well as up to 200 species of orchids bloom across the endless plains and montane grasslands of the plateau.

Caws Green Season Malachite kingfisher by Alan Grimes - Owner of Baobab Travel

Malachite kingfisher by Alan Grimes – Owner of Baobab Travel

Wildlife in the Green

Herds of antelope give birth to their offspring and tend to their young in this season. Across the country’s key wilderness hotspots, many wildlife species tend to travel freely through their habitats due to an abundance of water sources being available. The season is also ideal for photography enthusiasts as the clarity of air allows for striking images across vast vistas to be taken with ease.

Contact CAWS to find out more about their Green Season travel options and offers.

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

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Self-drive adventure through Malawi

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Explore Malawi at your leisure!

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Self-drive holidays are a great way to see Malawi. Malawi is one of the easiest destinations for first time and veteran ‘self-drivers’.

There is so much to do and to see making this destination a must-visit for those wanting to explore at their own pace. Malawi and its warm heart has is something to offer every type of traveler, from relaxing on the sandy beaches to scouting for wildlife in one of the National parks ad everything in between.

Make sure to add these stops to your self-drive adventure through Malawi:

  • Liwonde National Park
  • Mount Mulanje
  • Zomba Plateau
  • Nyika Plateau
  • Lake Malawi

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

MistyTree Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

Christmas at Satemwa

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas is the busiest time at Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate in the Shire Highlands of Malawi. The factory is filling up each day with fresh green leaves as the rain and the sunny humid days are allowing the tea to grow like crazy.

MistyTree Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

© Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

It’s a farm that never sleeps at this time of the year and the constant humming from the factory is a welcoming sound. Even the kitchen at Huntingdon House is buzzing with excitement as Christmas treats like mince pies are festively made for our guests and the Christmas lunch and New Year’s dinner menus are the hot topics of conversation.

Christmas at Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

© Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate

Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate is looking forward to making the Christmas and New Year holidays extra special for everyone that visits.

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

Nyika Serval Cub by Alan Grimes - Owner of Baobab Travel (1)

Sightings and Scenery in Nyika National Park

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Recent guests at Central African Wilderness safaris’ Chelinda Camp and Lodge’s enjoyed spectacular wildlife sightings in Nyika National Park.

Nyika National Park is Malawi’s largest park which extends across a great plateau covered in montane grasslands and boasts with spectacular wildlife sightings.

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The Plateau by Samuel Chihana

Incredible predator sightings

Over the past couple of months, guests visiting Chelinda Camp and Lodge were treated to an array of spectacular predator sightings in Nyika National Park. Guests on guided safaris were able to enjoy a series of leopard sightings near the Chosi Loop, as well as a variety of other predator sightings including spotted hyenas, jackals and serval cats, most of which were spotted during exciting night game drives. In addition, owner of Baobab Travel and frequent CAWS guest, Alan Grimes recently had the fortune of recording an extremely rare sighting of a young serval cub.

Nyika Serval Cub by Alan Grimes - Owner of Baobab Travel (1)

Serval Cub by Alan Grimes – Owner of Baobab Travel

More fascinating wildlife sightings

The elephants that were relocated to Nyika National Park in early August have settled in well now and have adjusted to the cooler climates on the plateau. In addition, the plateau’s resident herds of zebra, eland and bush buck can also be seen with relative ease, and guests on game drives and guided walks have been able to spot these mammals grazing nonchalantly on the plateau’s vast grasslands. Over the past month, the CAWS team at Chelinda Camp and Lodge have hosted a variety of birding tours and guests have been making special trips to the plateau in search of the many migrant and indigenous bird species that inhabit the grasslands and surrounding forests.

Lush shades of green coming to surface

As a result of the recent light showers and rainfall leading up to the rainy season, the montane grasslands of the plateau have started to take on a lush shade of green. Moreover, some of the hundreds of species of orchids and wildflowers that inhabit Nyika are gradually coming into bloom, and a wide variety of mushrooms have also sprouted up along the pine forest belt near Chelinda Lodge.

Travel note: When planning your next trip to Chelinda Camp and Lodge in Nyika National Park, please do consider opting for the ‘Trees with Every Trip’ (TWET) travel add-on. By adding just USD 20 to your final travel bill, you will be able to help plant 10 trees in Chintheche, and offset some of the carbon emissions that may be generated from your travels.

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

LION

Searching for Wildlife with Mkulumadzi guides

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A recent guest’s account on what if feels like scouting for wildlife in Majete Wildlife Reserve with Robin Pope Safaris Mkulumadzi’s guides.

“During a lovely mornings drive, we were treated to rhino tracks and scat. After Erik showed us how to identify rhino dung (lots of twigs bitten off at an angle) we set off again.

Not long after that lesson a mother and calf were spotted! They stood still for a few seconds, then came hurtling across the road to thicker vegetation. A fleeting glimpse, but an epic sighting!

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© Shannon Naidoo

Later that afternoon on another drive, we were ambling along the riverside, when Erik our guide stopped and told us to listen. There it was, the roaring of a lion; which sounded very close by!  We started driving inland towards the sound, in hopes we would get to see the lion behind all this excitement. Between Erik and Ado (AP scout), they managed to spot Sapitwa in a small clearing amongst the thickets. He sat and snarled at us a few times… but was very relaxed overall, taking turns between sitting up and scanning around, and just laying down as male lions do.”

Lion 4 Mkulumadzi

© Shannon Naidoo

LION 3 Mkulumadzi

© Shannon Naidoo

Majete is a true wilderness where every trip into the bush with the experienced Mkulumadzi team feels like an adventure.

Mkulumadzi is the only upmarket accommodation in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi’s only Big Five Reserve, within a 7000 hectares private concession. A good mix of game makes the game viewing quite enjoyable.

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

Tongole Succeeds at the Safari Awards 2017

Tongole Wilderness Lodge:Best in Africa

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Malawi’s Tongole Wilderness Lodge awarded Best in Africa in 3 categories in the 2018 Safari Awards.

Malawi was in the spotlight at the 2018 Safari Awards, held at the World Travel Market in London on 6th November.  Tongole Wilderness Lodge, proudly received awards in three categories:

-Best Community Focused Safari property in Africa
-Best Ecologically Responsible Safari property in Africa
-Best Value Safari property in Africa

Tongole Succeeds at the Safari Awards 2017

© Matthew Brazier

Tongole lodge overlooks the Bua River in the heart of Malawi’s Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve (NWR).  The reserve has also been in the spotlight recently, due to one of the largest elephant translocations ever; with 500 more elephants being introduced, making Nkhotakota a vital sanctuary for the conservation of Africa’s elephants.

As part of its ecological focus, Tongole offers a unique ‘slow safari’ experience, with guests exploring the reserve primarily by canoe or on foot and motorised activities are kept to a minimum. This allows guests to fully appreciate the tranquility of this magnificent 1800 square kilometer reserve; in which Tongole is the only luxury lodge.  Tongole also offers a variety of other activities, including community visits, providing an authentic opportunity to discover Malawian culture and witness firsthand some of the work that the Tongole Foundation is doing.

Contact Tongole

Website: www.tongole.com
Email: reservations@tongole.com
Phone: +44 (0) 208 123 0301

 

CAWS Wildlife Sightings

Mvuu Guests Enjoy Plenty of Wildlife Sightings in Liwonde

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Mvuu guests enjoy an array of interesting sightings in Liwonde National Park.

Guests visiting Mvuu Camp and Lodge over the last month, were able to enjoy an array of interesting sightings on their guided activities in Liwonde National Park. From a distance, the team had the rare glimpse of cheetah cubs (the first to be born in the park in over 100 years, and the first in Malawi in over 20 years). Other interesting sightings included that of a pangolin, which was seen by a pool of water in the park.

Guests who went out on boat safaris were also able to see herds of up to 100 elephants drinking and playing by the edge of the Shire River. At the start of the month, the team at Mvuu Camp and Lodge started to see several warthog piglets, who were merely a few days old. Some of the piglets were so young, that you could still spot their umbilical cords.

CAWS Wildlife Sightings

Photo credits: Abby Tochterman

During daily game drives, the guests also spotted a crocodile capturing  a baboon for dinner as well as the extremely rare sighting of a baboon feeding on a bush buck calf. During nature walks, guests were able to spot a variety of birds, including the African Wood owl, barred owlet, olive bee-eaters, as well as the rare Pel’s fishing owl and Lillian’s lovebird.

Travel note: When planning your next trip to Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park, please do consider opting for the ‘Trees with Every Trip’ (TWET) travel add-on. By adding just USD 20 to your final travel bill, you will be able to help plant 10 trees in Chintheche and offset some of the carbon emissions that may be generated from your travels. To find out more about this initiative e-mail marketing@cawsmw.com or ask your travel consultant when making your booking.

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