Dear Friends of Wilderness,
Welcome to the first newsletter of 2013! After a late start all of Malawi seems to be getting decent rainfall and this most mesmerizing time of renewal presents challenges and opportunities in equal measure. It’s not so easy to get around but those who make the effort are rewarded with spectacular scenery, clarity of atmosphere, wonderful views and lush green vegetation. People tend not to travel so much at this time so we need to entice you to do so and as always during the rains we are offering some very special deals. Thank you all for your support in 2012 and we hope to see you again in our lodges and camps in 2013.
The Wilderness Safaris Team
The high Nyika after the rains
Rainy Season Specials 2013
All prices are per person per night and payable in Malawi kwacha
Validity: 14th January-28th March For all Malawi resident and accompanying visitors
Mvuu Camp and Chelinda Camp $90 Full board including all meals and game activities
Mvuu Lodge and Chelinda Lodge $120 Full board including all meals and game activities
Chintheche Inn $60 Bed and breakfast
Not included are park entry fees for Chelinda and Mvuu and boat trips in and out of Mvuu at $50 return from Hippo View Lodge-this is 50% of the usual price and is a wonderful; experience in its own right and also saves you a precious 80 kms of wear and tear and fuel on your car.
Collect Frequent traveler points!!! Our local loyalty programme allows you to accumulate points towards a free or discounted stay at our properties –please ask us for details.
Consider upgrading from Mvuu Camp to Mvuu Lodge –it’s only an additional $30 a night and you get an extra activity each day-an early morning guided walk!!!
Mvuu Camp and Lodge
Rain clouds building over the Great African Rift at Liwonde
Weather and Landscape:
Chelinda Camp and Chelinda Lodge
After the first flush of rain
Weather and Landscape:
Heavy rains have turned the high grasslands an even lusher shade of emerald –the road into the park is challenging but is still well drained enough to be passable. Visits to the outer edges of the plateau at Jalawe and Domwe are now particularly rewarding as the clarity of the air makes for huge vistas-see the quote at the end for confirmation.
The usual concentration of game around the Chelinda area is now even more noticeable as the exceptionally productive grasslands of the high plateau become further enriched by the rain. Large herds of eland, roan and zebra are always visible from camp or lodge and a game drive around the dams is as productive as ever. We have had regular sightings of leopard and serval also.
For a description of one family’s holiday at Chelinda click here.
Below are just a few sightings over the last 30 days
21/12/12 Whyte - Great views of 2 bar tailed trogons in forest near Chelinda
23/12/12 Apollo - A side striped jackal feeding on flying ants as they hatched from the termite mound. Great views of a serval in daylight near the airstrip.
24/12/12 Apollo - 2 very young jackal puppies on the road near Chelinda Bridge.
2 x serval cats hunting near Dam 1
27/12/12 Watson - 2 serval cats sitting in the ferns close to Airstrip
Apollo - 2 large bull elephant grazing on slopes near main road Chelinda junction.
30/12/12 Apollo, Chris, Whyte - 2 jackals feeding on a zebra carcass with lappet faced and white headed vultures. Whyte 2 leopard’s One male crossing the road near Lake Kaulime and a female right by the guards hut at the lodge.
01/01/13 Apollo - 2 jackals hunting at Dam 2 A large female leopard on the airstrip –came within 5 metres of the vehicle.
Whyte and Chris saw a large male in the pines at Dam 3.
“Thank you so much. The view at 5a.m was spectacular. The night game drive was amazing” Duncan Mac Millan
“Would especially like to thank Whyte for his knowledge, enthusiasm & friendliness. He was a fantastic guide and we were all thoroughly impressed by him” Katy Shaw
We are thrilled to introduce to you our new management at Chintheche Inn located on the northern shores of Lake Malawi. Miss Tracy Steenkamp: General Manager and Miss Veronica Phekani: Assistant Lodge Manager who are hard at work to make your getaway memorable and worthwhile. They look forward to seeing you there and giving you an adventure and experience you will never forget.
New managers at Chintheche Inn, Veronica(left) & Tracy(right)
Children in the Wilderness at the Mvera Baobab
Children in the Wilderness
Over November and December we hosted another 96 children at Mvuu in our unique orphans programme-see www.childreninthewilderness.com
One of the activities was a boat trip up to the northern boundary of the park and the famous Mvera Baobab. The tree is actually a baobab with a strangler fig and a sycamore fig growing around it and is at a traditional ferry crossing point at the junction of the Shire River and Lake Malombe.
Local tradition has it that David Livingstone slept under this tree on his journey up the Shire to Lake Malawi in 1861.
“The kind of scenery that makes you want to burst into spontaneous applause.” Nyika National Park 31/12/12
Quote of the month and a short story
The most spectacular scenery in Africa? Douglas Adams, most famous for his “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” trilogy was once in a helicopter flying over the dramatic fjord landscapes of South Island, New Zealand, and wrote ‘It is the kind of scenery that makes you want to burst into spontaneous applause.” On New Year’s Eve 2012 , 4 families from Lilongwe and the UK -12 big and 10 small- set out on a round trip of the northern grasslands of the High Nyika stopping at the stunning viewpoints of Domwe and Jalawe. The recent rains had cleared the air of dust and the grassland was a rich carpet of dark green. Everywhere we looked the grass was dotted with large herds of eland, roan antelope, and zebra. When we arrived at Domwe viewpoint, mid morning, under a clear sky, and looked west off the Nyika escarpment into Zambia our generally reserved but enthusiastic group of guests spontaneously hugged each other. Need we say more?
For more camp news: Please visit the following link and click on the camp news you are looking for,
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