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MALAWI NEWSLETTER: February 2016

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New Forest Cabin in Ntchisi Forest Lodge

In 2014 Ntchisi Forest Lodge celebrated the 100th anniversary of the lodge (which makes it one of the oldest buildings of Malawi). It was during this time that the new owners of Ntchisi Forest Lodge came up with the idea to extend the accommodation to make the lodge ready for a new era.


With a good team of local workers, the cabin was eventually finished in 2015. Ntchisi Forest Lodge is really proud of this piece of art blending in with the surroundings. Now in 2016, the Forest Cabin is now available.

 

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Mushroom Farm Thrives – as a Social Enterprise

Siblings Maddy and Cameron McAllister have just finished their third season of owning/ operating the Mushroom Farm, a quirky eco-lodge perched on the edge of a cliff in Malawi’s northern mountains, overlooking the lake.   During their time, they’ve operated the Lodge more and more as a ‘social enterprise’ – with focus on the social and environmental aspects of the ‘triple bottom line.’   From all accounts, very successfully so!

 

Guests love the lodge for its laid-back ‘vibe’. The McAllisters continue to build and improve the facilities so that accommodations are now varied for every budget.


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Sunbird’s New Year Treats & Book Donations

 

As the Sunbird Group continues to encourage reading among Malawin Youth, Sunbird Nkopola have donated 1300 reading and teaching books to the Mangochi Orphans Educational Training Centre.

 

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With the start of 2016 come great additions to the Sunbird Nkopola restaurant menu. From Full English Breakfasts to Family Barbeques under the Fig Tree. The New Year Treats on offer to guests cater for every taste. It doesn’t stop here. Sunbird Mount Soche are now offering a new and updated ą la carte.

 
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Reserve rejuvenated and Lion cub sightings


Every quarter, Majete Wildlife Reserve releases a newsletter. To keep you updated, we have included some of the main events in our Newsletter!

 

The rain began early this year with heavy downpours in November. The grass has now rejuvenated providing necessary nourishment and food to the newly born impala lambs, baboon and warthog babies. Not only that, Lion cub sightings have been confirmed.

 

It was believed that Shire, the female lioness, had given birth to cubs at end of the November and on the 17th December, a lion cub was photographed by one of the Majete researcher’s camera traps.

 
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Get involved with the TriMalawi Challenge!


Edinburgh based charity EMMS International is inviting participants to join them on their 175th anniversary event, the TriMalawi Challenge this year from the 20-29th August. Participants will have the opportunity to kayak, cycle and trek through the stunning scenery in ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’, and discover the real Malawi, off the tourist trail.

 

For this anniversary challenge, participants will have the chance to kayak to a deserted tropical island, cycle through rural villages, get close to nature with wildlife-spotting opportunities, climb Majestic Mount Mulanje and take part in a project visit to see EMMS International’s work first-hand. If you’re interested in attending, read the full article for more information.

 

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CAWS: Rhino Tracking, New Bat Species and more


We like to keep you updated with news from CAWS (Central African Wilderness Safaris) and their final newsletters of 2015 provide lots of interesting topics.


China have joined Malawi to help protect the wildlife from illegal wildlife trades. National Geographic Kids representatives experienced Rhino tracking in Liwonde National Park and the African Bat Conservation have discovered a new bat species!

 

CAWS also provide round ups from their lodges and camps around the country. There are all the usual great wildlife sightings, plus news of all the fun and games of a busy Christmas period.


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Tongole Wilderness Lodge Shines at Awards


Malawi’s own Tongole Wilderness Lodge has been honoured at the recent Safari Awards.

 

A luxury holiday retreat, Tongole Wilderness Lodge has proved itself to be an ethical and responsible holiday destination, with exemplary standards in all aspects of guest experience.

 

Held in November at a gala event in London, the annual Safari Awards commends the best in African wildlife travel destinations, looking at their overall experience, value and ethical stance. Nominated for seven separate awards, and a finalist in all of those categories, Tongole achieved two Best in Category awards and was placed in the Top 3 for the remaining five.


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New Mango inspired Menu from Huntingdon House


When the mango season arrived at Satemwa Tea Estate in Malawi, the Huntingdon House chefs were very excited to incorporate these juicy fruits into the lodge’s menu. From a Thai beef and mango salad sprinkled with macadamias to a caramelized mango tart, the Huntingdon cooks are having a great time challenging their culinary skills with new, creative dishes.


Huntingdon House was built by Maclean Kay in the mid -30s and was fully refurbished in 2009. Care was taken to retain the unique character and history of the property while ensuring it satisfies the demands of even the most discerning traveller.


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Fisherman’s Rest Round Up 2015


From constructing libraries to housing chickens and fixing pumps to planting trees, Fisherman’s Rest have had a busy 2015.

 

Fisherman’s Rest is a nature reserve, Lodge and Community Development Centre. Located a short 20 minutes drive to the south-west of Blantyre, the ‘Rest’ offers magnificent views over the Great Rift Valley and Shire River.

 

At Fisherman’s Rest the opportunities to engage with local communities and people are endless.  The lodge and linked registered Malawi charity supports projects in 22 schools and two districs.

They’ve created an infographic showing all the projects they’ve been involved in last year. Read the article to learn more about what they do.

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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 Africa's 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.

 

 

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