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Chintheche Inn by Mike Myers

CAWS Gets 20-year lease extension for Chintheche Inn

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New upgrading programme in the pipeline.

Chintheche Inn by Mike Myers

Chintheche Inn. Picture credit: Mike Myers

On Friday 22nd June, Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) signed a 20-year lease extension for Chintheche Inn with the Government of Malawi. CAWS signed the first-ever public-private partnership with the Government of Malawi in 1993, to run Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge in Liwonde National Park.

The company is delighted to carry on this tradition which aims to foster mutually beneficial agreements and partnerships with the Government of Malawi.

Read the full story here.

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

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Pumulani turns 10 on 30th June

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This June Pumulani, the brightest star on Lake Malawi, turns 10!

Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani is celebrating its 10th anniversary on the 30th of June. This luxurious lodge is exclusively situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula, surrounded by the national park.

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

Accommodation and Facilities:

The ten villas are scattered around the hillside and are individual in shape and style but all have a spacious bedroom, bathroom and extensive sitting area. The front sliding doors open onto the deck – elevated above the ground giving optimal views.

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

The remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the clear blue waters of the lake. There is also an infinity pool near the central dining area with grand views over the lake for those who prefer to take a dive in the swimming pool.

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

© Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani

Activities

Pumulani offers a range of activities to enjoy Lake Malawi. There are many watersports activities like snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding and fun tube rides (all motorized activities are excluded). At the end of the day climb aboard the Pumulani dhow and let their experienced local crewmen take you sailing into the sunset.

Robin Pope Safaris have put together an exciting and great value celebratory package in honour of Pumulani: Find out more about it here.

Come and join us in celebrating this milestone!

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

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Green Safaris – Announces Acquisition of Second Lodge Kaya Mawa On Lake Malawi

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Green Safaris, a recently launched, exciting and pioneering new safari operator passionately committed to promoting eco-friendly tourism in Africa, is delighted to announce the acquisition of its second lodge, Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island in Malawi.

© Kaya Mawa

© Kaya Mawa

Green Safaris currently operates Ila Safari Lodge in Zambia’s Kafue National Park and brings together a group of like-minded individuals from investors to local communities. It was founded in 2014 by Vincent Kouwenhoven, who has previously been involved in several lodges in Zambia and Daniel Allcock, formerly working with Wilderness Safaris. The team shares four core values:
1. ecologically sensitive and driven to find lower impact ways of operating through conservation and harnessing ‘green’ technology
2. exceeding customer expectations through generating unique experiences for them
3. promoting what is great about each location
4. developing people wherever they operate.

The opening of their first eco-luxury property, Ila Safari Lodge, is testimony to this vision, not only providing an exceptional safari experience with great sightings, but also featuring trailblazing eco technology that enhances the overall experience, such as the very first electrical game-drive vehicle and a solar powered boat for silent safaris.

Kaya Mawa is already a well-known and very special luxury beach-lodge, having received multiple awards that identify it as one of Africa’s top and most romantic retreats. As with Ila Safari Lodge, the Green Safaris’ group will continue the excellent work already started by Kaya Mawa by investing in further community and conservation projects on Likoma Island. These projects will empower the surrounding community and, where possible, guests will be involved so to generate even more unique experiences.

© Kaya Mawa

© Kaya Mawa

Daniel Allcock, Managing Director at Green Safaris said: “We are really thrilled to add Kaya Mawa to the Green Safaris portfolio. As with Ila Safari Lodge, Kaya Mawa is situated in a truly unique location, it generates incredible experiences for guests and already meets a lot of our Green Ethos requirements. I love the shabby chic relaxed beach feel that Kaya offers; we will continue to carefully invest in Kaya Mawa so to maintain this individual character whilst also exceeding guest expectations. With the foreseeable expansion of Green Safaris into South and North Luangwa, we are well on our way to offering an amazing circuit to clients; visit the pristine wilderness of the Kafue, skip out Lusaka on the way to safari in the wilder parts of Luangwa, then top it off with total relaxation at potentially the most unique beach lodge in Africa.”

Contact Green Safaris
Web: https://greensafaris.com/kaya-mawa/
Email: reservations@greensafaris.com

© Bentley Palmer

CAWS Guests Trek The Shire River Trail

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Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp and lodge guests recently trekked through the bush on the three-day Shire River Trail in Liwonde National Park.

© Bentley Palmer

© Bentley Palmer

Central African Wilderness Safaris recently conducted the Shire River Trail for a group of guests at Mvuu Camp and Lodge. The three-day trail takes you into the heart of the bush in Liwonde National Park, spanning across 30kms of scenic floodplains and Miombo woodlands. Starting at the foot of the Nafiulu Hills, leading up to a 23km hike, and ending with a 7km walk along the banks of the Shire River.

Walking trail safaris and what to expect:

A walking trail is ideal for guests who wants to enjoy the smaller, more subtle wildlife interactions and sightings that one might miss on a traditional game drive.

For the first night of the trail, CAWS set up camp at Njobvu and then spent the second night at Chipembere. Tents, an eco-loo and bucket shower were set up and warm meals were prepared and served on site.  The group was able to stop at various locations en-route and learn more about the tracks, habitats, birds and wildlife that they encountered on their way.

© Bentley Palmer

© Bentley Palmer

© Bentley Palmer

© Bentley Palmer

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

Ulendo Explorer feature

Ulendo Turns 20

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May saw the 20th birthday of Ulendo Safaris.

Having started as a small inbound tour operator and marketing agent, Ulendo has seen steady growth to become a leading Tour and Travel service provider in Malawi. The Ulendo Travel Group now boasts luxury vehicles offering self-drive and road transfers, ticketing services, corporate travel and operates Malawi’s only commercial charter airline.

© Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island

© Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island

These additional services build their tours and travel operation, for both inbound and outbound travel from Malawi, and give Ulendo the most comprehensive range of services within the country.

Malawi is a nature lovers’ paradise, with 2 ‘Big 5’ parks, over 650 species of bird – some subspecies endemic to Malawi –  and a lake full of brightly coloured endemic cichlids that can be enjoyed by boat, snorkelling or diving. Malawi has received global acclaim by travel guides and writers over the last 6 months as one of the ‘must visit’ destinations of 2018.

© Tongole Wilderness Lodge, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

© Tongole Wilderness Lodge, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

© Chinteche Inn, Chinteche. Central African Wilderness Safaris

© Chinteche Inn, Chinteche. Central African Wilderness Safaris

With 20 years of experience and a team of experts ready to create your ideal trip, Ulendo looks forward to another year of helping others experience the beauty of the Warm Heart of Africa.

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

The new Kuthengo Camp.

Robin Pope Safaris opens new camp, Kuthengo Camp

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Robin Pope Safaris recently announced the opening of their new camp, Kuthengo, in Liwonde National Park.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

Meaning “the wild” or “the bush”,  Kuthengo is located among fever trees on a large open plain along the spectacular Shire River.

The camp boasts four spacious en-suite safari tents, each featuring an outdoor shower, bathtub, basin (double) and state-of-the-art ‘Evening Breeze’ air-conditioned beds, as well as a private deck for enjoying sunset views. The main area and dining area are located under a magnificent fever tree, overlooking the Shire River where herds of elephants and other game are frequently seen coming down for a drink or to cool off.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

The camp hosts a maximum of ten guests, so the small team of guides at Kuthengo can personalize activities to give each guest the safari experience of their dreams.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

The new Kuthengo Camp.

In addition to the camp’s quiet charm, a stay at Kuthengo promises adventure around every corner. Since Liwonde is a virtually untouched national park, you can expect game drives filled with wildlife sightings, adventurous walking safaris and peaceful boating safaris. Lions were re-introduced to the park earlier in 2018 by African Parks, which returned a key species to the natural system years after the last lion was seen in Liwonde.

Between the three Robin Pope Safaris properties located in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Lake Malawi National Park, and now Liwonde National Park, they are giving their guests every reason to get off the traditional safari highway and venture from bush to beach in Southern Malawi.

The Robin Pope Safaris team look forward to welcoming you at Kuthengo Camp.

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

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.

Thyolo Tea Xtreme Run

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.

SatemwaView

By Satemwa

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

© Kaya Mawa

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

© Kaya Mawa

© 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.

© Kaya Mawa

© 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.

©Kaya Mawa

©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.

wildlife in Malawi By Stefan Schmid

© Stefan Schmid

 

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