Malawi Waves is an association of safari operators in Malawi who are passionate about the destination and keen to promote the country to the rest of the world. An undiscovered African Gem, this country has a lot to offer from Africa’s most beautiful and third largest lake, diverse landscapes (rocky outcrops, high mountains, plateaus) to rich and friendly culture – the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. Malawi Waves releases a newsletter monthly with news feeds from each member on exciting/interesting happenings on the ground and some tips on what to do when on holiday within the country.

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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.

 Ulendo Explorer feature

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/

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Mkulumadzi is Ready for the New Season

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The Mkulumadzi team have been busy the last couple of weeks, getting the camp ready for the new season.

Robin Pope SafarisMkulumadzi has been amidst a hype of activity over the last couple of weeks as the team prepared the lodge for the new season. The pool has been emptied and re-painted, ensuring that it looks sparkling new.

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Painting the pool at Mkulumadzi

 

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Sparkling pool at Mkulumadzi pool

The main area has been re-thatched and there has been a big old sort-out and go-through of all the rooms making sure that each one is spick and span.

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Re-thatching the Main area at Mkulumadzi

Re-thatching at Mkulumadzi

Re-thatching at Mkulumadzi

 

After re-thatching at Mkulumadzi

After re-thatching at Mkulumadzi

The lodge is located in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi’s only Big Five Reserve, within a 7000 hectares private concession. The Mkulumadzi team is looking forward to welcoming you soon.

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

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Hollywood Movie Filmed in Malawi- Coming Soon

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A movie based on a true story that played out in Malawi is set to be released in 2018.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is set to be released in 2018. It tells the true story of William Kamkwamba, a young Malawian boy who built a wind turbine for his village.

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William Kamkwamba’s old windmill.

In the past, successful and popular films lead to an increase in tourism for the country they were filmed in. New Zealand saw a substantial increase in destination tourism after The Lord of the Rings films were released. Closer to home, Uganda had a thriving tourism industry during the period around the filming and release of films such as “African Queen”, and gained a small boost following peace and the release of “The Last King of Scotland”. Movies often inspire people to travel, and spark a desire to see where certain films were set.

Nobody is claiming ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ will be anywhere near as successful as The Lord of the Rings, or produce the vast increase in tourism that was seen in New Zealand. However, Malawi is fast growing a reputation, and is becoming more frequently mentioned as a top destination, both in Africa and globally. Coupled with the movie, Malawi should see a spike in the tourism industry as a result.

Ulendo is ideally positioned to assist film buffs wanting to visit the Warm Heart of Africa.  It can package holidays focused on the diverse countryside, the growing wildlife population and the jewel in the crown-  stunning Lake Malawi. Malawi offers something for everyone, and as you will see in the film, it is populated by inspirational and wonderful people with a strong culture. Malawians love to share their country with all visitors giving Malawi its name ‘the Warm Heart’.

Elephants at Lifupwa Kasungu National Park

Elephants at Kasungu National Park

Celebrating our 20th year of operation in Malawi, Ulendo can assist in creating a trip that will last a lifetime in memory, and will help bring you closer to the tale of William.

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

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Inspirational Team at Satemwa

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Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate is not only about Tea and beautiful views. It is also about its people and the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Osman Karim is almost 24 years old. He is one of the lucky young people that has been sponsored by Rare Charity to finish his university degree in Food Technology.

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Osman Karim

For most young Malawians it’s difficult to even make it to secondary school and Osman knows how fortunate he is to be able to study towards a degree.

All of his recent holidays have been spent working in the Satemwa Factory as a trainee putting his studies in food in to reality. “I am also learning how to manage people”, he says with a big smile.

But his dream is to open his own small food factory. “I make great yoghurt”, he adds proudly.

Visit Satemwa Tea and Coffee Estate and meet their inspirational team.

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

Pel's fishing owl by Alan Grimes, Owner of Baobab Travel

Successful Bird Weekend at Mvuu Camp & Lodge

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CAWS hosted a fantastic green season birding weekend at Mvuu Camp & Lodge recently.

Last month, Central African Wilderness Safaris hosted a green season birding weekend at Mvuu Camp and Lodge, where an array of birding safaris were conducted to locate the numerous bird species that inhabit Liwonde National Park during the rains. During the much-loved green season, Liwonde National Park is teeming with life, and guests visiting the park can expect to enjoy an endless series of bird sightings.

With the help of CAWS’ well-trained guides, many avid birders, nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts participated in the birding weekend and were able to tick off a wide variety of both resident and migrant bird species from their checklists. Over the course of the birding weekend, a total of 130 bird species were collectively recorded by CAWS guides and guests.

Wire-tailed swallow by Abby Tochterman

Bird weekend Wire-tailed swallow ©Abby Tochterman

A few of the sightings recorded whilst on safari included those of brown-breasted barbets, Allen’s gallinules, bat hawks, racket-tailed rollers, white-backed night herons, brown-hooded kingfishers, pallid harriers, African skimmers, marsh sandpipers, wood sandpipers, white storks, black crake, wire-tailed swallows, African jacanas, waders, black-winged stilts, grey-headed gulls, gull-billed terns, whiskered terns, white-winged terns, African eagles, spur-winged lapwings, malachite kingfishers, as well as sightings of the extremely rare Pel’s fishing owl.

Pel's fishing owl by Alan Grimes, Owner of Baobab Travel

Bird weekend Pel’s fishing owl by Alan Grimes, Owner of Baobab Travel

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

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

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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.

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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