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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Watch: Best of Robin Pope Safaris Malawi

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Take a sneak peek at the new promotional videos by Robin Pope Safaris Malawi of their camps and lodges – Kuthengo, Mkulumadzi and Pumulani.

Over the last couple of years, Robin Pope Safaris has been working with award-winning documentary-makers Will and Lianne Steenkamp who have been doing the well-loved Safari Diaries videos, which are published by Robin Pope Safaris every Monday. Most recently, they have been enthusiastically dashing around the lodges and camps in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe taking footage for new promotional videos.

Watch: Best of Robin Pope Safaris Malawi

Robin Pope Safaris is all about giving their guests an amazing African safari holiday, experiencing the wonder of Africa’s secluded wilderness, rich culture and outstanding wildlife, and these videos do just that. They will take you on a scenic tour of the different properties offered by Robin Pope Safaris or perhaps even on a trip down memory lane.

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Web: www.robinpopesafaris.net
Email: info@robinpopesafaris.net
Phone: +265 (0) 999 970 002/003

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Kaya Mawa Welcomes New Dive Instructor

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The newest dive instructor to join Kaya Mawa, Cedric Gourmelen, shares his story of a fulfilling diving career which has taken him across the world to the habitats of fascinating marine life.

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© Kaya Mawa by Green Safaris

Peace we seek; peace we dear; peace we draw, dream and live for. The peace of freedom, the peace of Malawi, with peace of heart from the people of Likoma.

My name is Cedric Gourmelen. I am from western France and have been a professional diver in the seas of the world for the last thirty years. From Alaska to the Galapagos, the great lagoons of Baya California to the Belizean Caye, the dark Scottish lakes to the ice carved floods of Iceland, the lost coast of Burma to the reefs of Papa New Guinea, western Australia to the southern tip of New Zealand, Cape Town to Zanzibar, the blues of the Greek Island to the colours of the Red Sea, following and studying the whales along the way.

I first came to Malawi in the late 1980’s when thick schools of usipa (a small sardine-like fish) were hiding from the lights of the tropical sun. I come again now to teach and guide visitors of Kaya Mawa by Green Safaris, where the evolution of diversity shows us the wonders of life in the great lake of Malawi.

Come, be curious and be rewarded with what few have witnessed, daring minds to explore our world and to allow peace of heart will follow.

We wish you wonderful time with the Kaya Mawa team on Likoma Island, Cedric.

Kaya Mawa by Green Safaris
Website: www.greensafaris.com/lodges/kaya-mawa/
Email: reservations@greensafaris.com
Tel: +44(0) 203 287 7937

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Volunteers Bring Smiles to Chankhokwe Community

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Mike Taylor, a volunteer with Tongole Wilderness Lodge in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, tells us about the work he and other volunteers from Europe recently undertook at a school in Chankhokwe community.

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© Tongole Wilderness Lodge

The team of volunteers headed for Tongole Wilderness Lodge met at Heathrow Terminal Two and after introductions set out for the “Warm Heart of Africa”, travelling Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa where the majority who had not been to Africa before, first came across the continent through its airline terminals.

On arrival at Lilongwe, we were introduced to Malawian immigration bureaucracy, which although lengthy, was carried out with a smile, something we rapidly got used to. Bentry and Tio Kalanga from Tongole welcomed the old hands and wide-eyed newcomers. The bus journey to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve caused some eyes to be opened even wider with questionable local driving customs, most of which involved goats.

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© Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Before we arrived in Malawi, they had had more than their fair share of rain as well as Cyclone Idai down south, and this turned a 45-minute journey from the reserve entrance gates into an almost four-hour marathon. This really tested the skills of our driver, but also tested the pushing capabilities of the volunteers. With bolt-on humour, this had the result of knitting together the group in atrocious conditions which saw the majority caked in a liberal coating of thick red mud! The lodge was a welcome sight in the dark, and after a drink and sumptuous supper we retired for the night.

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© Tongole Wilderness Lodge

The next day we were granted a work-free day by David and Bentry, but we made a visit to the school at Chankhokwe which we would be renovating and refurbishing. This was an eye-opener for the newcomers who had never experienced the conditions the pupils and teachers are used to working under. We met the Head Teacher, Stanley Kamanga, who outlined the work we were to undertake and allowed Bentry and David to assess the materials – paint, cement, filler, brushes, rollers and other decorating necessities. I think many were shocked by the state of the Head Teacher’s house but heartened to see that he was happy to live in comparative comfort.

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© Tongole Wilderness Lodge

The way in which the team gelled and got down to the work of transforming two classroom blocks the next day impressed the local villagers. Their school began its rebirth, accompanied by a daily dose of an Austrian techno-ski version of the “Helicopter Song”! The first day saw the distribution of pencil cases to every member of the school, which clearly went down a storm. Later, we visited Chilimani School, another Tongole success story, to touch base with the staff, governors, pupils and elders of the village and to give them orange T-shirts provided by some of the money raised by the volunteers.

The Chankhokwe community school transformation was finished so successfully that we started to tackle the third block, in a much worse state; this work was later finished by the local community members.

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© Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Being immersed in the culture of such a marvellous country and its people has changed the lives of the volunteers and the people of Chankhokwe who now have a transformed primary school at the heart of their village. The icing on the cake is the educational adoption of young Kevin and his sister Doreen through secondary school. The volunteers feel they have done something really special here and I guess many will be back to the “Warm Heart of Africa”.

Thank you for sharing this good news story from the Chankhokwe community volunteer project, Mike and the team at Tongole. 

Tongole Wilderness Lodge
Website: www.tongole.com/
Email: reservations@tongole.com
Tel: +44 (0) 208 123 0301

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Ulendo Airlink Opens Up North Malawi

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Ulendo Airlink, part of the Ulendo Travel Group, launches new flight route taking travellers to the well-kept secrets of north Malawi.

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The Nkhotakota Game Reserve in north Malawi © Ulendo Travel Group

Often perceived as unchartered territory, the Ulendo Travel Group has realised that the northern region of Malawi has plenty to offer the avid traveller. With the launch of the Lilongwe-Mzuzu-Likoma Island scheduled flight by Ulendo Airlink on 2nd June 2019 (postponed from the original May launch date), the north will soon become a key destination to explore.

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The Bua River in Nkhotakota Game Reserve © Ulendo Travel Group

With six scheduled flights a week to Mzuzu and Likoma Island, travellers to the north can also get road transfers or chartered flights to different destinations in the north, including Nkhotakota Game Reserve, Nyika National Park, Tongole Wilderness Lodge and Chelinda Lodge.

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Lindsay with the guides and ranger from Tongole Wilderness Lodge next to the Bua River © Ulendo Travel Group

Just a few weeks ago Lindsay and Rob McConaghy from the Ulendo Travel Group went on their own expedition to the breathtakingly beautiful Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, which is one of Africa’s last truly undiscovered wildlife areas. Nkhotakota supports a rich diversity of flora and fauna and is worth putting on the itinerary for your next getaway.

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

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Breathing Easy this World Environment Day

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Central African Wilderness Safaris and Root to Fruit are doing their part to beat air pollution in Malawi this World Environment Day.

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Root to Fruit members tend to saplings © Central African Wilderness Safaris

In keeping with this year’s theme for World Environment Day ‘Beat Air Pollution’ to be celebrated on 5 June, Central African Wilderness Safaris is encouraging guests to participate in planting trees with Root to Fruit as part of a global effort to improve air quality and combat climate change.

With the rise of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, air pollution is increasing at a frightening pace and with it, the impacts of climate change. The effects of air pollution are far-reaching and impact us in more ways than we realize. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, 92% of people worldwide do not breathe clean air, and every year, air pollution costs the global economy approximately USD5 trillion in welfare costs. In addition, with the increase of ground-level ozone pollution, staple crop yields are expected to reduce by 26% by 2030.

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Indigenous trees of Malawi © Root to Fruit

Combating climate change throughout the year, Root to Fruit Malawi gives guests the opportunity to offset CO2 emissions through tree planting. Trees help to improve air quality by removing certain toxins and pollutants from the atmosphere and returning oxygen to it. The planting of trees also helps reforestation efforts, prevents soil erosion, and sustains the livelihoods of local community members.

For just USD20, a guests can plant 10 trees with Root to Fruit which will offset 200kg of carbon emissions over 10 years. When purchasing trees from Root to Fruit, guests will receive a certificate, which grants them the carbon offsetting rights to their trees planted for 10 years and the GPS co-ordinates of their location so that they can be visited at any time.

Click here to help stop air pollution and climate change by planting 10 ten trees in Malawi.

Root to Fruit is a social enterprise run by Central African Wilderness Safaris and Southbound Travel.

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

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Kuthengo Camp Turns 1!

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Happy birthday to Kuthengo Camp, the newest member of the Robin Pope Safaris’ family in Malawi!

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Swapping stories around the firepit at Kuthengo Camp © Robin Pope Safaris

This month, Robin Pope Safaris celebrated the first anniversary of Kuthengo Camp in the glorious Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi. Last year, Kuthengo Camp joined the Robin Pope Safaris Malawi family of Pumulani Lodge at Lake Malawi and Mkulumadzi Lodge in Majete Wildlife Reserve, and guests have been flocking to enjoy this well-appointed camp that overlooks the Shire River and surrounds.

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Hippos wallow in the Shire River © Robin Pope Safaris

Robin Pope Safaris has invites you to join the festivities on its special 1st Anniversary Celebration safari package. This five-day itinerary takes you into Liwonde National Park and Majete Game Reserve, where you can experience two of Malawi’s finest parks on a game drive, by foot or boating along the mighty Shire River.

Kuthengo consists of four luxury en-suite safari tents located under a canopy of indigenous trees and have magical views of the Shire River and surrounding grasslands of Liwonde National Park. The camp staff are most welcoming and the guides are fluent in the language of the bush.

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Luxury en-suite tent at Kuthengo Camp © Robin Pope Safaris

Spaces are still available to join in the festivities and adventure promised by this limited offer safari itinerary. Contact Robin Pope Safaris to find out more!

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

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Ellie Destroys Poacher’s Canoe

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Resident elephant at Tongole Wilderness Lodge helps the anti-poaching effort in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in his own way.

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Elephants near Tongole Wilderness Lodge in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Short Trunk, a resident elephant bull of Tongole Wilderness Lodge in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve (NKKW) recently showed up near the lodge, accompanied by some other elephants. They were soon joined by another three, forming a nice little herd of nine.

The whole herd proceeded towards the mud bath by the river in front of Tongole. Whilst passing by a poacher’s canoe that the team had found and brought there, Short Trunk’s demeanour and route changed. He headed towards the boat and began putting holes in it, wrecking it beyond any use.

Was it the smell that caused Short Trunk to react this way? The team at Tongole are not completely sure of the reason but putting holes in poachers’ boats is often done by humans to prevent them being of further use. Fortunately, Short Trunk does not treat the lodge canoes left at the river in the same way – phew!

Wildlife in the vast NKKWR had diminished over the years due to poaching. With the arrival of Tongole and subsequently African Parks, however, the future looks bright for the health of the park, wildlife and neighbouring communities. The employment and community education provided by Tongole has given value to the wildlife found here and created a sense of pride.

African Parks has already undertaken a huge translocation of wildlife into the reserve in 2016 and 2017 and this is just the beginning, as NKKWR is considered to offer a very valuable sanctuary, especially for elephants. Ahead of the introduction of this additional wildlife, African Parks made huge improvements to security, including highly trained and effective anti-poaching teams, fencing of a sanctuary area within the reserve and further community projects.

Tongole Wilderness Lodge
Website: https://www.tongole.com/
Email: reservations@tongole.com
Tel: +44 (0) 208 123 0301

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How the Chapel Room Got its Name

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With thoughts of Easter just passed, Huntingon House and Satemwa Lodges tell us the story of how the Chapel Room got its name.

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The gorgeous wrap-around veranda © Huntingdon House & Satemwa Lodges

Many years ago, there lived a Scottish landowner in Malawi’s Thyolo District who married a beautiful woman much younger than himself. He loved her dearly and built her a home – today’s Huntingdon House and Satemwa Lodges – putting brick upon brick over several years until there was a building fit for his wife. She, in turn, created a magical garden filled with trees, roses, hydrangeas and creepers until there were many secret and perfumed places to for their son and daughter to hide and play.

A little while later, their daughter was tragically lost in an accident and the Scottish landowner, his wife and son mourned her sorely. His wife decided to become a Roman Catholic to help regain her tranquillity and she created a tiny chapel which she put into the nursery and nurtured an Eternal Flame blessed by the Pope in Rome. The flame was placed in a special arch of the old nursery that had been used by the children.

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The Chapel Room © Huntingdon House & Satemwa Lodges

In due course, the Scottish landowner passed away and was buried close to his beloved home. After a few years, his lovely wife decided to leave the area to find a new home but not without first building a proper Chapel on the west side of the home. This room  was built with a Dutch Cape façade and wonderfully high ceilings. Sadly, long before it was completed, she had left the country and the poor chapel was left to be used as a warehouse for wood.

After some time, her son and his wife returned and decided to bring life back into the old house. The house was once again ringing with workmen and the Chapel room was lovingly revived, where it is hoped that those at home in there will have the happiest of happy dreams.

So now you know how the Chapel Room at Huntingdon House and Satemwa Lodges got its name!

Satemwa Lodges
Website: www.satemwa.com
Email: accommodation@satemwa.com
Tel: +265 99 312 1854

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Dream Team to Attend Africa’s Travel Indaba

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The Ulendo ‘Dream Team’ look forward to participating in this year’s Africa’s Travel Indaba held in Durban, South Africa from 2nd to 4th May.

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Ulendo Airlink offers regional flight routes © Ulendo Group

The Ulendo Travel Group will be represented at the Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019 by two of its subsidiary brands, namely Ulendo Safaris, considered the experts in promoting Malawi as a tourist destination to travellers coming from outside of the country and Ulendo Airlink, the Group’s private airline offering scheduled and non-scheduled flights within the region.

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The Dream Team consists of Jessie Ndisale, Claudette Macadam, Lindsay McConaghy and Selma Correia © Ulendo Travel Group

Africa’s Travel Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three events of its kind on the global calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. This is a definite ‘must’ for organisations in the travel and tourism industry in Malawi – we hope to see you there!

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

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Exciting Easter Holiday in Nyika National Park

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They may not have seen the Easter Bunny but the local and international guests visiting Chelinda Lodge over the Easter holiday did enjoy excellent wildlife sightings in Nyika National Park.

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Crawshay’s zebra in Nyika National Park © Central African Wilderness Safaris

Central African Wilderness Safaris guests staying at Chelinda Lodge while visiting from Malawi, Holland, Japan, Pakistan, Nepal, Scotland, Sri Lanka and South Africa were treated to great sightings of wildlife on the rolling grasslands of the Nyika plateau. Some of the main highlights were a magnificent bull elephant walking along the main road, a leopard seen out in the middle of the airstrip, a serval as well as several hyenas. The most exciting of all was a sighting of the largest of the big cats, which has not been seen in the area for many years – two lions were also seen near Chelinda Lodge in Nyika National Park.

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Guests look out across the Nyika Plateau © Caroline Culbert

Nyika National Park is found in northern Malawi and is home to impressive populations of wildlife, such as large herds of roan, eland, Crawshay’s zebra and southern reedbuck. The guests hosted by Central African Wilderness Safaris at Chelinda Lodge thoroughly enjoyed their Easter holiday spent amidst Malawi’s breath-taking natural beauty.

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