Lonely Planet continues
love affair with Malawi!
already nominated Malawi as a Top Destination for 2014, Lonely Planet has
further boosted this accolade with a stunning 12 page feature on the
country in the April edition of its Traveller magazine. With a remarkable
collection of stunning photographs and a richness of storyline that
wonderfully captures the essence of the country and its varied attractions,
the result is a fresh and diverse feature that stands out not only as one
of the best ever on Malawi, but also a genuine highlight for the magazine.
Lake of Stars announces
host venue and first sponsor
been announced that MalawiÕs Lake of Stars will return to Sunbird Nkopola
Lodge this September for the 10th edition of the award winning arts event,
rated amongst the top festivals in Africa by CNN and Metro. The festival
will be held on the weekend 26th - 28th September and will comprise of
three performance areas: Village, Beach and Lake. Music, theatre,
poetry, film, comedy, literature and dance will all feature in the line-up
with more acts to be announced in the next few weeks. ItÕs also been announced
that Proflight Zambia are the festivals first sponsor.
Exciting year ahead for
Tongole Wilderness Lodge!
refurbishments, new staff, special offers and lots of elephants, 2014 looks
set to be a exciting time for Tongole Wilderness Lodge. New Managers
Stephen & Donna are settling in really well at Tongole and are
continuing the fantastic guest experience offered. The staff at Tongole are
presently carrying out refurbishments of the main lodge. In addition to 4
luxurious, thatched riverside suites they are now proud to announce the
completion of their new luxury family riverside cottage now available for
Feast It Forward adopts
'The Malawi Project'
Feast It Forwardª have announced
that their film crew will be heading to Malawi to shoot their first ever
documentary, produced by Co-Founders Kevin and Rebecca Gouveia and Claudia
Sansone to showcase the incredible social transformation taking place in
remote villages as a direct result of the positive developmental efforts of
California couple, Claudia Sansone and Rob Hampton, DDS. ThereÕs quite a
bit of excitement around The Malawi Project as actress Madeline Zima
(Californication, #Stuck) will be joining the team alongside actor/filmmaker/writer
Jeff Grace (ItÕs a Disaster, Super Zeroes, The Scenesters).
Simba arrives in
MalawiÕs Lilongwe Wildlife Centre!
HeÕs perhaps currently
one of the worldÕs most famous lions, and potentially, the most well
travelled after a 24 hour flight with Kenya Airways, a major sponsor to the
project! Of course weÕre talking about Simba, the lion found living in
squalid conditions in a trailer in France. Rescued by the worldwide
organisation Born Free, after a global fund-raising mission that took
almost a year, Simba has now arrived at MalawiÕs Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. His
new home, an acre of natural forest, gave him his first feeling of grass
beneath his feet and warm humid air in his mane. As he was released into
this new sanctuary, actress and Born Free founder Virginia McKenna was
there to wish him luck.
An update from MalawiÕs
ItÕs been a busy, yet slightly damp time for Wilderness Safaris, especially
in Liwonde National Park where a 4x4 is currently essential (apart from the
crossing of the river, where a boat is advisable!). The wet has brought out
some of the best of the wildlife, in particular the birds. With a good
mixture of migratory and resident species, there's lot to see, including;
white backed vultures, great white egrets, giant fish eagles, and a variety
of swallows and storks. The team at Wilderness have also been getting up
close and personal with a baby rhino. The 21 month old calf was darted, and
treated for what was thought to be a snare wound.
An update from MalawiÕs
Blue Zebra Island Lodge
in the Central Region of Malawi and just a 2 hour journey from Lilongwe,
The Blue Zebra Island Lodge is situated in the Lake Malawi National Park on
Nankoma Island, which forms part of the Marelli Island Archipelago, and is
a UNESCO World Heritage site. ItÕs this rich natural habitat that makes
Blue Zebra Island Lodge such a special place to stay. One of the conditions
of the lodgeÕs concession is that it must play an active role in supporting
and protecting the surrounding area. During February, 10 demarcation
floaters indicating the 100m non fishing area were installed in
collaboration with park rangers around Nankoma Island preventing disputes
between fishermen and those protecting the park.
Special guests Ôflying
inÕ and Easter preparation at Makokola
The Makokola Retreat was visited in February by some very special guests,
flying in for a short stay after their 'plane safari' across Africa!
Travelling in a vintage classic airplane, every landing was applauded and
commended with cheers and shouts of 'Alles gut!' (the guests were from
The Retreat also has
some very special things planned for Easter - as the joy of chocolate eggs
and magical hunts begins.
Mumbo & Domwe
Islands get ready for the new season!
At the beginning of every new season, when the annual rains are over, The
Kayak Africa island teams head out to Mumbo & Domwe to begin the annual
spring clean. They scour the kitchen from top to toe and go through every
tent and bungalow to air and sweep everything until it sparkles. Their
local carver and tailor accompany them and get to work polishing all the
woodwork and re-covering all cushions on the island. The island teams even
pull up fresh sand onto the tiny crescent of beach and the meandering
paths. The carpentry team check all structures and replace any rotting
beams. It is a time of hard work, but as the sun shines bright in the blue
sky, as the rainy season passes and new guests look to the island for their
holidays breaks, itÕs well worth the effort!
Not discovered Malawi yet?
Malawi is a hidden gem. It is the unique combination of Landscape,
Wildlife, Lake and, the People which makes this one of AfricaÕs most
amazing countries. Safe and friendly, Malawi offers visitors a fascinating
variety of sights and experiences. The diversity of landscapes, the huge
lake and the national parks and reserves provide the foundation for the
unrivalled choice of safaris, water sports and outdoor activities on offer.
information on Malawi Tourism visit: www.malawitourism.com
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