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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

Robin Pope Safaris, Kuthengo Camp, Liwonde National Park, Shire River, Malawi Tourism, Hyena, Wildlife Safari

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

Central African Wilderness Safaris, Chintheche Inn, Lake Malawi, Malawi Tourism

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

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International Waterbird Census at Mvuu Camp & Lodge

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It was all birds, birds and more birds at Central African Wilderness Safaris’ Mvuu Camp and Lodge during the International Waterbird Census in January.

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Mvuu guests and guides carrying out the waterbird count © Samuel Chihana

The International Waterbird Census, which is facilitated each year by Wetlands International across 143 different countries, took place from the 12th to 13th January 2019.

Central African Wilderness Safaris once again participated in the annual account from their base at Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge in Liwonde National Park. It was an excellent opportunity for avid birders to explore one of Malawi’s top birding hotspots as well as be part of this exciting initiative.

The event kicked off with a briefing and presentation by Dr. John Wilson, Malawi’s foremost environmental scientist, who later participated in the count alongside Mvuu guides and guests. Over the course of the special birding weekend, sightings of a total 1030 birds belonging to 39 different species were recorded.

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

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Happy New Year from Mkulumadzi Lodge

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Happy New Year from the staff at Robin Pope Safaris’ Mkulumadzi Lodge!

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© Robin Pope Safaris

The recent rains over Majete Wildlife Reserve – where Mkulumadzi Lodge is located – have transformed it into a beautiful lush and emerald green wonderland for the guests of Robin Pope Safaris! Despite the thick and dense vegetation, the Big 5 have been making frequent appearances and were the highlight of the year-end celebrations!

The cats in particular have been quite busy, with some activity even occurring around the lodge. Recently, in a very rare sighting, two young male lions managed to cross the Shire River in front of the lodge. African Parks had to take them back to the other side of the river in the concession but they made their way back across the fluctuating river in no time!

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© Robin Pope Safaris

Whilst taking guests to the lodge’s main area to begin the New Year’s Eve celebrations, the lions could be heard roaring close-by, which certainly got everyone’s adrenaline going. As if that wasn’t enough of a show from the lions, the guests from two chalets that stayed behind from the usual game drive the next morning had a first time Mkulumadzi experience. While they were laying in bed, sipping on their coffee, they got to watch the two lions lazing around on the shore across the river! Never before have guests been able to witness this from the comfort of chalets at Mkulumadzi Lodge so it was an incredibly special view to wake up to on New Year’s Day.

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© Robin Pope Safaris

Along with these fantastic sightings of lions, guests at Mkulumadzi heard other interesting wildlife calls in the area. While enjoying sundowners from the star-bed, guests were thrilled when they heard a leopard nearby. Hyena have also been heard and their tracks have been spotted near one of the chalets. Not wanting to be left out of the limelight, there have been regular sightings of rhinos, even on the roads in clear view, much to the delight of guests.

Robin Pope Safaris wishes everyone all the best in 2019! With such a great start to the year, the staff at Mkulumadzi anticipate many more exciting times ahead.

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

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RPS Kuthengo Camp’s First Christmas

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It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas at Robin Pope Safaris’ Kuthengo Camp in Liwonde National Park!

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Having joined the Robin Pope Safaris’ family in Malawi this year, Kuthengo Camp is celebrating its first Christmas amidst the beautiful scenery of Liwonde National Park. The camp’s chef, Dickson, and guide, Stanley, have been hard at work spreading the festive cheer around. Here is a short Q & A session with them:

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Dickson – chef at Robin Pope Safaris

Chef Dickson, what’s on the menu for Christmas Dinner?

Starter: Cream of mushroom soup with croutons.

Mains: Roast gammon and roast turkey with stuffing, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, peas, carrots and sweetcorn as well as baked cauliflower cheese. Served with gravy.

Dessert: Ice cream loaf with custard jelly.

Tea: Pecan pie – remember Chef Dickson’s moreish pecan pie recipe?

Game drive: Mini mince Christmas pies.

Chef Dickson, what’s your all-time favourite Christmas dish to prepare?

I love cooking gammon and turkey for guests, and then being able to serve and carve in front of them is always a bonus!

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Stanley – guide at Robin Pope Safaris

Guide Stanley, why are you looking forward to Christmas this year?

Christmas will be extra special in Liwonde this year as Kuthengo Camp will have its first Christmas. Also, Liwonde is now a tourism hot-spot as more new wildlife has been and is being re-introduced, which I think makes Liwonde the best wildlife park in Malawi. It will be a special time for everyone at Kuthengo!

Guide Stanley, what was the best present you received at Christmas?

My favourite present was a safari travel bag, which was hand sewn in the traditional Masai way, presented to me by my former employer in 2012.

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

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Dr John Wilson & CAWS at International Waterbird Census

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Join Dr John Wilson at the International Waterbird Count at Central African Wilderness Safaris’ Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park.

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Dr. John Wilson

Malawi’s foremost environmental scientist, Dr John Wilson, will be at the upcoming International Waterbird Census. Dr. Wilson has been the National Coordinator for the African Waterbird Census for the last 18 years and will deliver a special briefing and presentation for all Mvuu guests participating in the 2019 count.

The event is being held at Central African Wilderness Safaris‘ (CAWS) Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park from the 12th to 13th January 2019. Facilitated by Wetlands International, the count will take place in 143 countries around the world in an effort to gather data about different waterbird species and wetland ecosystems.

Dr Wilson has served as the National Chairman of the Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi. He also co-authored The Birds of Malawi – The Splendor of Diversity, published in 2017, with Bentley Palmer. Furthermore, Dr Wilson has published papers on the vernacular names of birds in Malawi, the Chewa proverbs relating to birds as well as the birds of Lake Chilwa. His work includes studies related to bird hunting on Lake Chilwa and the development of community waterbird conservation and management. At present, Dr Wilson is actively involved with issues related to human-made climate change in Malawi, and is working towards mitigating its impact on Malawi’s lakes and rivers.

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© Mike Dexter

CAWS will be offering a scheduled tour during this period to give travellers the chance to experience the best of Malawi’s green season birding and actively join in the count. For those interested, CAWS has released information on their packages and programmes.

In other news, on 12th December, the Children In The Wilderness (CITW) Camp discovered the beautiful and elusive African Pitta in the grounds of Chintheche Inn at Lake Malawi. This is a new record for the area and it is hope that they may breed in the immediate vicinity. The verdict is still out on this and it may have been a single bird on migration.

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