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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Lilongwe village

Sophie Visits “The Village” in Lilongwe

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Lilongwe village
‘There’s just so much colour, taste, and sound around, On the one hand you want to keep this undiscovered part of Lilongwe to yourself, but the experience was just too wonderful not to share’.
Sophie, an intrepid intern at Ulendo Travel Group, is exploring Lilongwe in her free time and recently went on a city tour through “the Village”.

She made her way through the market, crowded with people, mini-busses and chickens, taking photos of everything she could. Sophie tasted Nsima (a Malawian dish made from maize flour and water) as well as fresh local vegetables. Most people in the village were on a mission to buy fresh food, household goods, and clothing. Sophie, in contrast, was wandering around in there amazement.

The city tour allows people to discover the real city life in Lilongwe. Away from the modern buildings and the comfort of the hotels, there is no better place to blend in with the local culture. The village and the market are not only full of commercial exchange; it will also leave you full of memories.

‘It was just great, everyone is really friendly, I got to taste everything, and I just feel really welcome here’. Sophie said.

Follow Sophie’s footsteps and book your city tour with Ulendo.

Contact Ulendo Safaris

Website: www.ulendo.net
Email: info@ulendo.net
Tel: +2651794555

Chelinda Camp and Lodge Selected as Finalists in The Tusker Awards

Chelinda Camp and Lodge Selected as Finalists in The Tusker Awards

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Chelinda Camp and Lodge Selected as Finalists in The Tusker Awards

The Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) team is delighted to announce that two of their key camps, Chelinda Lodge and Chelinda Camp, located  in Nyika National Park in Malawi, have been selected as finalists in the Tusker Ultimate Safari Experience Awards 2017, conducted by The Safari Index. The awards programme helps to identify one-of-a-kind safari experiences that are authentic, unique and stand out from the rest.

Chelinda Lodge has been selected as a finalist in the ‘Ultimate Unique Safari Experiences’ category, whilst Chelinda Camp has secured a finalist placement in the ‘Ultimate Self-Catering’ category. Chelinda Lodge is renowned for offering a luxurious and exclusive safari experience in the heart of Nyika. The lodge comprises of eight beautifully appointed double-storey log cabins that are nestled against the backdrop of a towering pine forest. Roaring fireplaces, a private deck in each of the cabins, a spacious bar and lounge as well as exceptional indoor and outdoor dining options are a part of the overall offering at the lodge.

Chelinda Camp offers an affordable full-board accommodation option for guests as well as a self-catering option.  The camp provides rustic comfort and is the ideal travel option for young families and travellers on a budget.

Nyika National Park is one of the best places in Malawi to spot Malawi’s elusive leopards. During the Green Season an abundance of migrant birds also visit the park and an array of up to 200 orchids bloom in colourful patches across the plateau. Guests at both the camp and lodge can enjoy day and night game drives, guided walks, an array of trails, fly-fishing and mountain-biking.

To vote for Chelinda Camp click here.

To vote for Chelinda Lodge click here.

If you’ve visited either property before, then please do use the code Chelinda434 when voting as your vote will be doubled.

Contact Central African Wilderness Safaris

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

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Ulendo Airlink Launches New Flight Routes to Malawi

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Chintheche, Malawi

© Central African Wilderness Safaris

The Ulendo Airlink team is pleased to announce the launch new flight routes to Malawi this year. The first outing to Chintheche alongside the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) proved successful. In 2017, after 20 years, the Chintheche Airstrip will provisionally reopen giving Ulendo’s customers an easier access to the North.

Chat to the team to find out more: reservations@flyulendo.com.

Contact Ulendo Airlink

Website: www.flyulendo.com
Email: reservations@flyulendo.com

Tel: +265 (0) 1 794 638

Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) relocates to new offices

CAWS Relocates to a New Office at Gable End

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Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) relocates to new offices

© Abby Tochterman

Central African Wilderness Safaris recently relocated to a new office premises at Gable End in Area 43, Lilongwe. The new office is situated in a tranquil, residential area and provides guests with a more relaxed and comfortable setting to make their travel inquiries. Following a seamless move, the office is now fully operational and all e-mail addresses and phone numbers remain unchanged.

Guests are welcome to drop in and learn more about the latest travel deals and offers that are available. From the company’s annual Green Season specials to updates on the latest sightings in Liwonde and Nyika National Park guests can stop by at the office and learn more about travel in Malawi at their own convenience.

The move to the new office is part of CAWS’s on-going efforts to provide guests with a more interactive, personalised and customer-centric service experience. The CAWS team is now geared to showcase all of the camps in the company’s portfolio in a casual and upbeat environment.

Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) office Gable End

Contact Central African Wilderness Safaris

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

Nkwazi Primary School

Nkwazi Primary Back to School with a Splash of Colour

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Nkwazi Primary School

It is back to school time, and the children at Likoma’s Nkwazi Primary School have been welcomed back with a splash of colour and newly renovated classrooms. Nkwazi educates 476 students from the surrounding villages.

This year Kaya Mawa assisted with re-plastering classrooms, repairing damaged roofs and exterior walls and brightening up the school with a fresh coat of paint. Over the years the lodge and their supporters have assisted Nkwazi Primary School in various projects, ranging from building kitchen facilities and assisting with school uniforms to sponsoring children’s school fees and providing schoolbooks and stationery.

Education has been at the forefront of Kaya Mawa’s community responsibility. A project called ‘Island Child’ was launched 10 years ago, with the aim to support underprivileged students by sponsoring payment oftheir education. To date over a 1000 children have benefited from the project. In the last few years the initiative has been taken a step further with the building of two primary schools in conjunction with a UK charity. Last year a community centre and centre for the disabled was also completed.

Should you like to get involved, please contact sarah@kayamawa.com.

Contact Kaya Mawa

Website: www.kayamawa.com
Email: enquiries@kayamawa.com
Telephone +44 7453 326398

Fine dining at Pumulani

Fine Dining at Pumulani

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Fine dining at Pumulani

Pumulani is not called “the brightest star on Lake Malawi” for nothing. The team firmly believes in giving their guests the best experience possible, including accommodation, service or activities. But food is what Pumulani prides itself on.

Guests can dine in style in one of the many dining locations, which are all special in their own, unique ways. You can choose to sit on the beach under the stars, listening to the waves break and watching the fishermen lighting up their hurricane lamps as you dine. Alternatively you can enjoy a festive celebration with friends in the old Pumulani dhow. Those who are after some privacy can opt for an intimate dinner for two next to the infinity pool that is lit up with candles to create the perfect evening of romance.

Contact Pumulani

Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net
Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net
Phone: +265 (0) 179 4491 / 5483

Satemwa Tea Estate, Malawi

Bird Mania at Satemwa Tea Estate

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Satemwa Tea Estate, Malawi

It is a busy time on Satemwa Tea Estate. The rain is pouring and the tea is growing fast with high humidity filling up the plantations with shiny green leaves.

Huntingdon House recently had Tiwonge I Gava back on the Estate to monitor the area’s bird population. Satemwa has had an organic approach to the growing of coffee since 2005, and the estate has since planted many shade trees. Some are now as tall as two meters. As a result the bird population has rapidly increased.

Last time Tiwonge was at the estate in 2012 she found 22 bird spices, and this time as many as 47 species were spotted. The Huntingdon team is excited about the news. The staff are also hoping to spot the rare White Winged Apalis that can be heard chirping in one of the forests in the area.

Contact Huntingdon House

Website: www.huntingdon-malawi.com

Email: accommodation@satemwa.com
Tel: +265 99 312 1854

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Banyan Tree – Malosa’s Well Kept Secret

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Banyan Tree in Malosa, Malawi

The diversity of Malawi’s wonders never ceases to amaze visitors. A colossal Banyan tree is one of the incredible sights visitors to the country can witness. What appears to be a forest is actually one tree.

The tree is more than 50 years old, and covers an area of 700 square meters. The Banyan tree is the only one of its kind in the whole of Malawi and it is found in Malosa, the beautiful old capital city of Zomba.

Chat to Ulendo Safaris about their self-drive itineraries to visit the site.

Contact Ulendo Safaris

Website: www.ulendo.net
Email: info@ulendo.net
Tel: +2651794555

by Chris and Pam Badger

CAWS Guests Enjoy the Start of the Green Season

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The Emerald Season is one of the most intriguing times of year to travel to Malawi. The rains turn the country’s landscapes lush and green, an array of wildflowers and orchids bloom and Malawi’s wilderness areas are bursting with wildlife activity.

Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) Mvuu Camp and Lodge guests that visited Liwonde National Park during the start of the Green Season were treated to a selection of interesting sightings. A recent group spotted a total of nearly 100 crocodile hatchlings on a mud-bank in the Shire River, under the watchful eye of three adult crocodiles. The recent CAWS guests also reported a rare pangolin sighting in the park as well as regular elephant and hippo sightings by the river.

Crocodile hatchlings, Shire River, Malawi

© Chris and Pam Badger

During the rains, elephant herds disperse into smaller units due to the ample availability of foliage and water sources. The CAWS guests, however, have been fortunate enough to witness regular sightings of large herds. This time of year several hippos are venturing out onto the riverbanks to give birth. Hippo calves are particularly vulnerable in their early days, as their mothers have to consume a substantial amount of vegetation and often have to leave their offspring alone whilst they graze.

Hippos, Shire River, Malawi

© Samuel Chihana

The Emerald Season is also an exceptional time for birding, and the CAWS guests can easily spot a variety of species on their daily boat safaris, game drives and guided walks.

To find out more about sightings and what to expect during your travels, contact: M1@cawsmw.com.

Crocodile hatchling, Shire River, Malawi

© Alan Grimes

Contact Central African Wilderness Safaris

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