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2012 has been a fantastic year for Malawi, but hold on tight because we're sure 2013's going to be even better!Posted on: Thursday, December 20, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Well, where do we start? From awards and nominations to top ten listings not to mention the TV coverage, we've never seen a year in which Malawi has so much been at the forefront of tourism attention.

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Malawi Newsletter: December 2012Posted on: Thursday, December 20, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Here's our latest round up of all the goings-on in Malawi Tourism over the last 2 months, click on the image above to read it online!

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A Round-up from Wilderness Safaris: November 2012Posted on: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

We're pleased to bring you Wilderness Safari's latest newsletter from Malawi!

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The Makokola Retreat's International AirportPosted on: Friday, December 07, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Africa is a large continent where communications and transfers are not always simple. The Makokola Retreat has taken a huge step in trying to overcome this handicap, especially for the clients that, after an exhilarating but tiring safari in the South Luangwa National Park, wish to relax and recuperate on Lake Malawi's beautiful sandy beaches.

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More Cats to Malawi's MajetePosted on: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

At the start of this year Majete Wildlife Reserve became the proud recipients of four leopards from South Africa.

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Annual Choir Festival in the Nkwichi Manda Wilderness on the shores of Lake MalawiPosted on: Monday, December 03, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Preparations for the annual Nkwichi Lodge Manda Wilderness Choir Festival kicked off in the lakeshore village of Cobue at around 7am October 27th, with visitors coming on foot and boat from over 50km away

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Malawi Top Ten....Again!Posted on: Friday, November 30, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

In 2011 Malawi was recognised as a top ten destination by prestigious travel magazine Wanderlust - now in 2012 Malawi has yes again been given the 'top ten' title!

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News from DanforthPosted on: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

With the busiest November to date, and with no obvious explanation, things are going really well for Danforth Yachting at the Lake Malawi National Park at the moment.

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New Website now live for The Responsible Safari Company!Posted on: Friday, November 23, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

The Responsible Safari Company has announced the launch of their brand new website www.responsiblesafaricompany.com.

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Classic Car Tours come to Malawi!Posted on: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Two of Malawi's most popular lodges have launched an exciting new venture, offering yet another niche activity for visitors to Malawi.

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Ngala Beach lodge completes its refurb!Posted on: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

We're pleased to announce that Ngala lodge has finished its recent refurbishments. The work, which has been done on the main lodge, includes increasing the size of the entrance and foyer - giving it a light and fresh feel.

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An Update from Wilderness SafarisPosted on: Friday, November 16, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Due to favourable conditions during October, game viewing at Wilderness's wildlife areas at Liwonde and Nyika National Parks has been spectacular.

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Malawi: Africa's Hottest Destination, by Robin Pope SafarisPosted on: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

2012 was the year in which Malawi truly arrived as a premier safari destination.

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A 60 minute television feature on Malawi airs this week on the Travel Channel!Posted on: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

The Ethical Hedonist, a programme all about discovering the best of a country, visits Malawi this month. Their Malawi programme begins airing on November 8th.

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Wilderness Safaris Media NewsPosted on: Saturday, November 03, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

With World Travel Market around the corner, Wilderness Safaris have had some exciting media news develop!

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Kayak Africa hits the front cover!Posted on: Thursday, November 01, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Kayak Africa's Mumbo Island was featured on the front cover of the latest issue of SA Country Life magazine this month. Travel writer Dale Morris highly recommends Mumbo as a place to relax and recover from an exhausting safari trip.

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Malawi, 2012's Headlining DestinationPosted on: Thursday, October 25, 2012 / 09:00 hrs

Malawi Travel Marketing Consortium is encouraging the UK travel trade to capitalise on the unprecedented media attention generated around Malawi this year.

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An update from Mkulumadzi LodgePosted on: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Mkulumadzi Lodge Manager Emma talks us through the amazing wildlife that has been frequenting the lodge this season:

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New, Exclusive Boutique Hotel in Lilongwe, MalawiPosted on: Monday, October 22, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Staying in urban Malawi is now as exciting and comfortable as escaping to a luxury lodge on the lake!

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Wilderness Safaris UpdatePosted on: Friday, October 19, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

An update from Wilderness Safaris including Mvuu Camp & Lodge, Chelinda Camp & Lodge and Chintheche Inn

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Malawi Delights - Helping local farmers through fair tradePosted on: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Malawi Delights is a newly renamed company (formerly Walani) based in London that aims to bring high quality authentic goods from Malawi to the UK

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Lake Malawi's Lost DancePosted on: Monday, October 15, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

In September, Manda Wilderness vibrated into a whirlwind of flamboyant 'capulana' cloths and beating drums, when two independent dance festivals were held in the villages of Mbueca and Mandambuzi, in a rare celebration of Nyanja culture on the shores of Lake Malawi.

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A Tongole UpdatePosted on: Monday, October 08, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

An update from Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve from Tongole Founder Shareholder David Gridley.

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A round up from Wilderness SafarisPosted on: Friday, October 05, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

In recent months Wilderness Safari has enjoyed some incredible wildlife sightings and great community initiatives.

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A Round up from Kayak AfricaPosted on: Wednesday, October 03, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Famous African Explorer, Kingsley Holgate and his team are journeying to Cape Maclear for the third time to distribute mosquito nets. Considered as one of Africa's most colourful explorers, Holgate decided it was time to 'Give something back to Mama Africa' as part of his United Against Malaria programme.

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A Magical Night Under The Stars - A Perfect Night For TwoPosted on: Monday, October 01, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Nkwichi lodge has recently been offering what they call 'Star-beds'. With room for two, this 'experience' could certainly be described as magical, and just reading about it gives you butterflies!

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Throw yourself out of a plane and help save 31 Yellow Baboons!Posted on: Friday, September 28, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Skydive Malawi has teamed up with two charity organizations in Malawi who are asking members of the public to skydive for them to raise awareness and much needed funds for their projects.

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Boost for Nkhotakota - Malawi's Last Great WildernessPosted on: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

The Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in eastern central Malawi has received a massive boost in the form of an $850,000 cash injection from the World Bank, as it has been identified as an up and coming destination for tourism.

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The 2012 Nyika-Vwaza (UK) Trust Lecture and Social EveningPosted on: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

This year's Evening, hosted by The Nyika-Vwaza (UK) Trust, will again be at the Royal Geographical Society, Exhibition Road entrance, London SW7 2AR on Tuesday 06 November 2012. Doors open at 6pm.

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Malawi's Moon Rock Festival! A Celebration of Local Talent!Posted on: Friday, September 21, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Wilderness Safaris are the proud hosts of the three day music festival Moon-Rock; a celebration of talent, featuring artists, DJ's and bands from across Malawi.

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Lions arrive at the Majete Wildlife Reserve!Posted on: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

After a 30 year absence, three lions (Sapitwa, Chimwala and Shire have successfully been introduced to the Majete Wildlife Reserve!

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Exciting New Adventures with the Night Safari Drive from Majete Wildlife Reserve!Posted on: Monday, September 17, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

We are pleased to announce that Malawi's Majete Wildlife Reserve will now be offering a thrilling new activity; the Night Safari Drive!

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Latest News from Wilderness SafarisPosted on: Friday, September 14, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

The last few months at Wilderness Safaris have been sensational, with excellent sightings and game viewing reports pouring in from all of their camps.

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Daring dug-out canoeist's battle for supremacy on Lake Malawi!Posted on: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

This year the annual Manda Wilderness Canoe Race coincided with the timing of the Olympics, creating more hype than normal!

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A Truly Responsible Training DayPosted on: Friday, August 31, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

There had been many bumpy village tracks, meetings in chiefs' houses, performances of traditional dancing and trial runs of visits for the Responsible Travel Company to get to this day.

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Malawi's Nkwichi Lodge wins Conde Nast World Saver Award!Posted on: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

We are delighted to announce that Nkwichi Lodge is the winner of a Condé Nast Traveler World Savers award in the Doing It All category for small resorts!

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Help Malawi win the SATOA Travel AwardPosted on: Friday, August 24, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

In addition to our 2012 nomination for the Safari awards, we have now been nominated again, this time for the SATOA awards. SATOA is a leading professional non-profit travel and tourism association formed in 1982.

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Majete Wildlife Reserve to become Malawi's only Big Five ParkPosted on: Thursday, August 16, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Robin Pope Safaris is thrilled to announce that, on 25 August, Malawi's Majete Wildlife Reserve will complete a remarkable transformation. The re-introduction of a lion population will once again give it Big Five-status - a boast no other park in Malawi can make.

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Malawi Marks 10 Years of GrowthPosted on: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Only half the size of the UK, nestled in the heart of south east Africa and landlocked between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, Malawi is one of Africa's smallest countries, but attracting big attention.

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A new, refreshed web presence for two of Malawi's favourite lodges.Posted on: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Two of Malawi's finest lodges have now updated their websites to allow online bookings and availability searches.

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Malawian University Students Visit Mumbo to Learn about Eco-TourismPosted on: Friday, August 03, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

The Department of Parks and Wildlife chose Malawi's Mumbo as the best example of a tourist facility in a National Park where waste management is handled perfectly.

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Majete Wildlife Reserve Update Posted on: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Extensive leopard movement and an overall increase in wildlife sightings.

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Wilderness Round UpPosted on: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

A round up of News from Wilderness Safaris' lodges in Liwonde and Nyika National Parks

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Travel PR representing Robin Pope Safaris' Malawi propertiesPosted on: Thursday, July 19, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Robin Pope Safaris have appointed TravelPR as their PR representatives in the UK. They will be representing its two existing Malawian properties, Mkulumadzi and Pumulani, and building the hype about a forthcoming third lodge.

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Malawi Nominated as Awards FinalistPosted on: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Malawi has been nominated as an awards finalist in the 'Best African Tourism Board in Africa' category in the 2012 Safari Awards. One of Africa's most picturesque and compact countries, Malawi is in good company with other finalists in the group including safari industry giants of South Africa, Kenya, Botswana and Namibia.

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Mission Malawi 5 Cycling ExpeditionPosted on: Friday, July 13, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Kayak Africa has recently put together and supported the fifth Mission Malawi Cycle Tour. Mission Malawi is a biannual charity challenge raising money for HIV/Aids projects run by ActionAid in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. To date they have raised over £350,000.

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The next step in the relocation of lions to Majete Wildlife Reserve, MalawiPosted on: Thursday, July 12, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

After months of preparation, the wheels were set in motion for the relocation of four lions to the Majete Wildlife Reserve situated in the lower Shire River valley of Malawi.

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Scientists on Board on Lake MalawiPosted on: Friday, June 29, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Research scientists use Danforth Yachting's Mufasa for a month long expedition around Lake Malawi.

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Rare Game and Fascinating Behaviours in Malawi's National ParksPosted on: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Game viewing has been wonderful at Mvuu Camp and Lodge as the park's animals are emerging from the thickets around the river in search of water. Most of the natural waterholes in the park and sanctuary are drying up and as water becomes scarcer within the park in the upcoming months, guests can expect to see a higher concentration of wildlife (particularly elephants and antelope) frequenting the river more often.

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Malawi's Pumulani on Top BillingPosted on: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Robin Pope Safaris has some exciting news... Pumulani, their Lake Malawi property has recently been featured on Top Billing, a lifestyle TV show on South Africa's SABC 3. For those who missed it, you can view the feature beloww.

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Ulisa Bay Lodge- New Affordable Luxury for Malawi's Likoma IslandPosted on: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Situated on the West Side of Malawi's Likoma island, with spectacular sunsets and an ever changing sandy beach, Ulisa Bay Lodge is now open. With just 2 Deluxe Ensuite Chalets, 2 Standard Chalets and a campsite guests are guaranteed personal service.

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Mumbo Island's Orphan Clothing Project in Successful Fourth YearPosted on: Friday, May 25, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Mumbo Island's recycling and community initiative of sewing old cushion covers into simple frocks, shorts and shirts for the vulnerable children of the village has continued this year.

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New Tours and Posted on: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Wilderness Safaris understands the importance of a good music festival and in the absence of the "Lake of Stars festival they will be hosting the "Moon-Rock Music festival" at Chintheche Inn (where it all began many years ago).

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New 'Behind the Scenes' Experience for Malawi's Majete Wildlife ReservePosted on: Friday, May 18, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

African Parks and Malawi's Majete Wildlife Reserve are launching a new 'Behind the Scenes' experience as a chance for guests to see and learn how Majete was transformed from a depleted Reserve into the thriving wildlife destination it is today.

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Bold Price Cut for Malawi's Mumbo IslandPosted on: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Malawi's Kayak Africa has substantially cut the cost of staying at its iconic Mumbo Island Camp in the Lake Malawi National Park. A previous rate for African residents is now the rate for everyone making this unique and beautiful island more accessible to travellers from all over the world.

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Malawi's Barefoot Safaris - Improving & GrowingPosted on: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Lilongwe's Barefoot Safari Lodge has added a new chalet as well as another en-suite family room with private lounge and braai area. It can sleep 4 people. The lodge can now accommodate 24 guests in 8 chalets and rooms . The lodge's bar, The Nightjar has also doubled its seating capacity.

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Lion to be Introduced to Malawi's Majete Wildlife ReservePosted on: Friday, May 11, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

In August, Malawi's Majete Wildlife Reserve will become the proud recipient of four lions from South Africa, completing the return of the 'Big Five' to this iconic reserve situated in Malawi's lower Shire River valley. The reintroduction of lions marks a significant milestone in the rehabilitation of the 70 000 hectare Majete reserve. Historically lions were considered to be common in the Lower Shire Valley but by the early 1960s scouts in Majete were recording only one lion every 100 patrol days. Over the years, poaching took its toll and there have been no reports of lions in the region since the 1980s.

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Romantic Honeymoon Packages at Malawi's Bua River LodgePosted on: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

If you are searching for total seclusion combined with a high level of luxury for your honeymoon, then Bua River Lodge could be what you are looking for. The Island double room (Honeymoon Suite) is a bright, airy and extensive safari tent, with large open-air bathroom to the rear, wide deck, shaded by riverine forest trees to the front, unrivalled views of the Bua River and, the piece-de-resistance, its own private dining deck on an island in the river! You're also over 100 metres from your nearest (human) neighbour - although the monkeys and baboons may not be so respectful of your privacy! The room is not on any pathways to any other room. Our policy at Bua River Lodge is to give our guests as much (or as little) attention as they require. You will not be disturbed.

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New Tourism Management Team for Malawi's Majete Wildlife ReservePosted on: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

As well as the successful introduction of leopard last October and the expected arrival of lion into Majete this August, a new tourism management team was formed. This began with the arrival of Vasco Munthali, a professional safari guide in February. He has a wealth of experience in guiding with local and international tourists in Malawi and Zambia. Shelley Preece is the new marketing manager. After 20 years of working in post-conflict development she retrained as a lodge / tourism manager in 2010 and joined Majete in March.

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Danforth Yachting launches Online Booking SystemPosted on: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Danforth Yachting has launched an impressive online booking system on their website. Guests and agents alike can check availability and book online. Agents will be issued a user name and password individually. This enables agents to check availability and make a provisional reservation for guests. In addition to this new facility, Danforth have also released some stunning new photos of the property, activities and lake shot by Dana Allen

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Better Connections to Malawi from London with Ethiopian AirlinesPosted on: Thursday, April 19, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Ethiopian Airlines have introduced an improved summer schedule from London Heathrow to Lilongwe effective from the 16th June 2012. Three flights a week from LHR will operate via Addis Ababa and another three will operate via Addis and Lubumbashi (a quick technical stop with no disembarkation). The schedule for return flights has also improved with the connection time in Addis Ababa reduced by a further 35 minutes.

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Rare and Plentiful Wildlife Sightings at Malawi's Mvuu and Chelinda Camps & LodgesPosted on: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Guests at Mvuu camp and Lodge have been hearing Titus the lion roaring again and staff are sure that it's only a matter of time until there's another sighting of him. There are plans to give the lion population in Liwonde a boost, by introducing a few lionesses into the park sometime in August. All fingers are crossed in the hope that the lion re-introduction will go smoothly as planned and help raise the status of Liwonde to a big five national park.

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Confirmed Caracal Sightings in Malawi's Nyika National ParkPosted on: Thursday, April 12, 2012 / 09:00 hrs

A guide from Malawi's Wilderness Safaris has revealed his own personal encounter with Caracal in Malawi's Nyika National Park. This is a significant development for Nyika and Malawi as it is the first confirmed sighting of caracal in the area in 25 years.

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Wilderness Safaris Launch Rhino Tracking Experience In Malawi's Liwonde National ParkPosted on: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Wilderness Safaris Malawi has launched a new activity - the 'rhino tracking experience' in Liwonde National Park for guests at Mvuu Camp and Lodge.

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Malawi's Kayak Africa at the Getaway Show and Rewarding Local SchoolchildrenPosted on: Thursday, March 29, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Kayak Africa's Mumbo and Domwe Island Resorts had a stand at this year's Getaway Show in Cape Town for the first time in quite a number of years. Director, Clive Bester and long-time reservations person, Bee Roux, manned the stand for the three days of the show, talking to thousands of people and doing a great job of exposing both Malawi and the islands to visitors. Around 15 000 people visit the show every year.

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Lake Malawi's Nkwichi takes away the ToDo! 2011 award for Socially Responsible TourismPosted on: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 / 10:00 hrs

Nkwichi Lodge on Lake Malawi was recently announced as winner of the ToDo! Award for Socially Responsible Tourism at the 46th ITB show in Berlin. The award was developed by the Institute for Tourism and Development to encourage the tourism industry worldwide to present their socially responsible profile in destination areas.

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Plentiful & Varied Wildlife at Wilderness Camps and LodgesPosted on: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Although less frequent, guests can still see elephant out on the river despite the rains. Whenever staff spot elephant on the river, they get all the guests on an impromptu boat safari, so they can have a better look. Most elephant sightings however are occurring in the mopane woodlands around the park during game drives. Zebra sightings have been encouraging throughout the month, usually herds of bashful zebra scatter when they hear approaching game vehicles, they now seemed to have adjusted to the sound and appear more relaxed. There was a sighting of approximately 20 banded Mongoose . This is an exceptionally big group to be spotted at Mvuu. The Banded Mongoose lives in permanent and cohesive groups consisting of on average 15 adults with their offspring. Group sizes in this species are largest for all carnivores. Both male and female transfer to new packs, and in this manner population gene flow is accomplished. On the same day a huge number of red velvet mites were spotted in the area. The minute red insect dancing across the earth is stunning at first glance although you need a microscope to really appreciate it! One female hippo was seen with a one week old calf in a little pool in the mopane woodlands near the river. One theory goes that a female hippo seems to somehow know the sex of her calf before giving birth, a pregnant cow that has a male calf in her will often leave her family group to give birth in a separate river or dam. The dominant male reacts very aggressively to new males trying to join his family group even if the newborn is his own, so for this reason the pregnant female leaves the group to give birth and stay on her own with the newborn male calf until he is strong enough to move quickly and hopefully avoid dangerous confrontations with the dominant bull when they rejoin the rest of the family. Judging from this hippo's separation from the rest of the pod, staff are guessing this newcomer at Mvuu is a little boy. 30 sable were spotted near the staff road. The flourishing vegetation growing throughout the park (thanks to the rains) provides the park's elusive antelope herds with the ideal conditions for grazing and they now venture out into the open to feed more frequently. A Southern File snake was seen near the Mvuu workshop. This snake is often much sought after due to its rarity and beauty. It has a distinctly triangular shape with keeled scales. Whilst it will gladly make a meal of lizards and small vertebrates, its feeding preference is actually other snakes. Pel's Fishing Owls have been spotted closer to both the camp and lodge this month perched on top of a tree near that the camp dining area. A sub adult African Cuckoo Hawk was spotted opposite Mvuu Camp. This medium sized raptor is mostly solitary and can be seen flying from tree to tree with short glides. Grey Headed Parrots were seen in large numbers nesting in Baobab trees on Msanje Road. One guest spotted a total of 69 new bird species on their visit to Mvuu this month. Adding to a month of great birding were sightings off Red-backed Shrike, Retz's Helmet-Shrike, White Helmet-Shrike, Blue-checked Bee-eater, European Bee-eater, Carmine Bee-eater, Brown Snake Eagle, Crowned Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, Dickinson's Kestrel, Lillian's Lovebird and African Harrier-Hawk. We also spotted Brown- Headed Parrot, Arnot's Chat, White-backed Night Heron, Livingstone's Flycatcher, Wahlberg's eagle and thrush Nightingale. Chelinda Camp and Chelinda Lodge Many herds of antelope and zebra have been seen often seeking refuge in the pine forests during the night before they return to the grasslands to graze in the mornings. Hyaena are back on the plateau and are up to their usual tricks: they strategically chase their prey into the dams where they find it easier to make a kill. Chelinda can now fully confirm the presence of wild dog on the Nyika as one of their guides saw one with his own eyes. A serval cat and female leopard were spotted near the Airstrip. On February 17th a big male leopard was seen and on February 20th, another leopard was seen by Chelinda Bridge bringing the total leopard count for the month to three. A herd of 10-15 elephants were seen near Chisanga Waterfall. Seeing such a big herd on the plateau is very rare, usually only a lone elephant is seen once in a while or small herd consisting of up to nine animals at most. Augur buzzards have started to congregate in groups and on one afternoon drive 11 were spotted together. Other good birds spotted at Chelinda this month include Montane widow bird, Montagu's Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Hildebrandt's Francolin, Mountain Cisticola, Black cuckoo shrike, Lizard buzzard and a melanistic Augur Buzzard. Melanism, or melanosis, is a condition caused by a genetic mutation that gives a bird excess amounts of melanin in its feathers. This makes the feathers much darker than normal plumage, and many melanistic birds appear completely brown or black.

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Mumbo's Spring Clean & a New Yacht!Posted on: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

After the rains, Mumbo Island Resort's staff head out to the island to make everything sparkly and fresh! Cushions are re-covered in local chitenje cloth, which Billy the Tailor sews on his treadle Singer sewing machine; James the carver and his helpers polish every carving and board game; Jurie and the carpenters replace all the wooden boards and planks that need it; Mr Kafkuta and Mr Chaidon replace any old reed work; the chefs empty the entire kitchen, scrub it from top to bottom and then wash everything and put it all back; the island teams take everything out of every tent, scrub down the whole tent and then replace it all! Everything now looks fabulous, fresh and gorgeous. Trhoughout this the the island resounded with the sounds of laughter and joking. Got to love Malawi!

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Swift Air Completes Maiden Malawi-JNB ShuttlePosted on: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Swift Air celebrated the Maiden service of its new Lilongwe - Blantyre - Johannesburg route earlier last week. After overcoming some initial obstacles relating to competition on this popular route, the shuttle service began with the full support of the Malawian government and the department of transport in South Africa.

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Malawi's Abundant & Flourishing WildlifePosted on: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

The wildlife around Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge certainly isn't shying away. More than 1000 baby crocodiles have been seen along the river near the Mvuu Lodge lagoon recently along with some impressive elephant sightings. A herd of 80 elephants with a string of calves were spotted near Nangando, south of Ntangai with one of the larger bulls in the herd uspected to be in musth. (During cyclical periods of 'musth' bull elephants are at their most aggressive and sexually active stage). Over 100 buffalo were seen in the rhino sanctuary along with 2 black rhinos,18 Lichtenstein's hartebeest, 11 sables and 31 zebras. Not to mention the side-striped sand snake that was seen sneaking up on a bird's nest! The rains bring with them many migrant birds who come back from the less hospitable climates north of the equator. Regular recent spottings include Ospreys, African Fish Eagles, White Breasted Cormorants, Bohm's, Bee-eaters, Woodland Kingfishers, Pied Kingfishers, Malachite Kingfishers, Lillian's Lovebirds and many more. Among the rarer species spotted were the Crossbreeding Blacksmith's and Spur-winged Lapwings which are bringing up chicks.

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The Best of Malawi: 4 Day Land Tour for $795Posted on: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Barefoot Safaris are offering you the chance to discover the Africa of your dreams on a 4 day overland adventure this March. This month we are proud to bring to you our special offer: The Best Of Malawi.(Lodge) 4 Days land only. Take advantage of 30% off usual rates and enjoy some of the best sights of 'The Warm Heart of Africa'.

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More Wildlife and an Airstrip for Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve!Posted on: Friday, March 02, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Tourists wishing to visit Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve will benefit from a new airstrip currently being constructed by Tongole Wilderness Lodge employing a local work force from the surrounding community. Animals will also benefit from the new airstrip which will be used in the continuing wildlife re-introduction programme that's making Nkhotakota an enviable reserve.

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Rainy Season Wildlife Highlights at Malawi's Mvuu LodgePosted on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

The rains are making for a wet and wonderful playground for wildlife across Malawi this season. The elephants at Mvuu Lodge are forming big herds and there have been sightings of several baby elephants including a couple of newborns. Along with the rains, many impala, bushbuck and warthogs are now giving birth to their young and Liwonde is becoming a realm of intriguing new activity.

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Ultimate African Star Bed Opens On Lake MalawiPosted on: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Nkwichi Lodge, tucked away on a beautiful sugar white beach on Lake Malawi, has just opened its 'Lake of Stars Bed' sleep out, offering guests the opportunity to experience the lake as never before. This ultimate African sleep out is set on a private rock island, 10 minutes by boat from the main lodge and accommodates just two guests at a time - a superb addition to a honeymoon and a truly unique beach night for any traveller or stargazer.

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More Great Work from Guests at Malawi's Fisherman's RestPosted on: Monday, February 27, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

The staff and guests at Fisherman's Rest are never short of something to do. From juicing mangos to playing parachute games with children at the Fisherman's Rest community centre, 'Tilitonse' (meaning we are together in Chichewa) there's always plenty to get involved in.

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Malawi's Land & Lake Safari's Add Free Kayaking to Classic ItineraryPosted on: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 / 09:00 hrs

Land & Lake safaris are enhancing their popular 15 Day scheduled Malawi itinerary by including a 1 night Kayaking safari at no extra cost. This itinerary now includes an all inclusive and supported kayaking safari, staying on Domwe Island for a night. For non kayakers, a boat transfer is provided.

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Lilongwe's Kiboko Town Hotel Awarded by Malawi Bureau of StandardsPosted on: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 / 09:00 hrs

The Kiboko Town Hotel bas been awarded the certificate of 'Designated Hotel 2012' by the Malawi Bureau of Standards. The award was received on behalf of Kiboko by manager Pheroce Pendame at a ceremony attended by press and television. The hotel was awarded in the category Hotels With Outstanding Standards and Hygiene Levels.

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Volunteer Management Opportunity on Northern Lakeshore, MalawiPosted on: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Makuzi Beach lodge (www.makuzibeachlodge.com) is urgently looking for a relief manager/managing couple for approximately 5 weeks. They would ideally like said person/s to arrive at Makuzi as soon as possible so a decent handover period can occur. The current managers will be away from the lodge from the 2nd March and then returning on 4 April.

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Malawi's Swift Air Add Johannesburg to SchedulePosted on: Friday, February 17, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Malawi's Swift Air will begin operating a new South African route from the 21st February 2012 offering cheap fares and a regular schedule. Great news for tourists, Malawians and South Africans alike! The route (Lilongwe-Blantyre -Johannesburg-Blantyre - Lilongwe) will operate on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday as follows:

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Win Flights to Malawi with Ethiopian AirlinesPosted on: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

WIN a pair of tickets* from London to beautiful and friendly Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa, courtesy of Ethiopian Airlines!

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New Lodge on Lake Malawi: Mbamba BeachPosted on: Friday, February 10, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

'NEW ON THE LAKE': Mbamba Beach Private Lodge. Mbamba Beach is set on a one hectare stand with eighty meters beach front and direct access and views of the incredible Lake Malawi.

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Lake of Stars takes a year off to support local initiativesPosted on: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

After the fantastic success of the 2011 event, which the international media hailed as the most spectacular festival in the world, the Lake of Stars team will be taking a year off from producing the Festival to focus on strengthening local talent and supporting local initiatives. The Festival will return to the palm-fringed shores of Lake Malawi in 2013, bigger and better than ever.

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Leopards Roam Free Again at Malawi's Majete Wildlife ReservePosted on: Friday, February 03, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Majete Wildlife Reserve has become the proud recipient of four leopards from South Africa. The four young leopards are the first to be introduced to Malawi across international borders and the first leopards to make their home in Majete for nearly two decades. In a complex translocation project that took months to prepare, the first consignment of two young leopards were flown to Malawi on Friday 7th October 2011 on-board a private Beechcraft KingAir piloted by Dr Ivan Marx. Wildlife vet Dr. Heinrich Muller had to tranquilise both animals for the duration of the ten hour journey and keep a constant vigil due to the length of time involved.

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Malawi Triumphs for Africa in WHL's Local Travel Experts AwardsPosted on: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 / 10:00 hrs

WHL Group is the largest local-travel company in the world. Both a global network of companies that help travellers find unique ways to experience a destination through local tourism professionals, and a technology provider to those local tourism operators. WHL Group companies empower local partners who have practice in experiential and mindful travel, and a local's knack for identifying, explaining and sustaining the distinctive qualities of a place. Based on their work in 2011, four tour operators - one from each of four broad geographical areas - were singled out as models for a set of whl.travel standards critical to the operation of their own businesses but also fundamental to the success of the global network. Assessment criteria included response times and customer service, maintaining an active social media presence and keeping destination Web portals up to date. Taking honors in Africa was the Responsible Safari Company, the whl.travel local connection for Malawi. Apart from demonstrating a strong commitment to community development through sustainable tourism initiatives, they have proven that they are serious about client services. RSC fought off competition from 40 destinations across 20 countries.

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Wildlife Galore in Malawi's Liwonde: Rainy Season Highlights!Posted on: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 / 10:00 hrs

The rains are making for a wet and wonderful playground for wildlife across Malawi this season. The elephants at Mvuu Lodge are forming big herds and there have been sightings of several baby elephants including a couple of newborns. Along with the rains, many impala, bushbuck and warthogs are now giving birth to their young and Liwonde is becoming a realm of intriguing new activity. Mvuu's boat safaris are also proving quite dramatic. The Shire is teaming with crocodiles enjoying the rains but competing for food. Some amazing escapes by bushbuck have been spotted by guests as lone swimmers make a dash for the other shore. Tense stuff!

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February Skydiving in Blantyre! Book Now!Posted on: Friday, January 27, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

After a successful event in Lilongwe held in December 2011, Skydive Malawi will be hosting Tandem Skydives in Blantyre 25th-26th February 2012. Jumps cost $310, food and Drinks will be available and spectators are welcome. The aircraft are provided by Nyassa Air Taxi, who are actively involved in supporting the sport in Malawi.

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Credit Suisse & The Roger Federer Foundation in MalawiPosted on: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

As part of the sponsorship partnership established between Credit Suisse and Roger Federer in 2009, 1 million US dollars is being channeled into the Roger Federer Foundation (RFF) each year until 2019. The RFF is investing the majority of these additional funds in a new project supporting early childhood education in Malawi. In further partnership with ActionAid, there are now plans to build, renovate and operate 80 centers across the country. Over the next 5-9 years, 60,000 children stand to benefit directly from their services. The plan is for these 'model' institutions to also be made available to carers from other centers and parents for training purposes, enabling 16,000 needy families with an estimated 92,000 children to benefit from the centers' services either directly or indirectly. To have a look at some of the great work being done by Credit Suisse, RFF and Action Aid in some great new video footage of Malawi, click here.

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Malawi's Mumbo Island Resort Ranked in Top 100 Hotels in the World!Posted on: Friday, January 20, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Kayak Africa are delighted to announce that Mumbo Island was chosen as one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World in the UK Sunday Times Travel Magazine! Not only that, they were one of only 10 hotels listed from the entire African and Asian continent. This is what they said: 'Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi:
Fancy an island almost to yourself? This uninhabited dollop is laden with delicate miombo woodland, all edged by neon green waters. There are only seven tents, with hammocks and hot-bucket showers. It often feels as though it's just you and the crickets. Oh, and the playful otters which like to join guests for afternoon dips.'


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Win Flights to Malawi at Destinations, The Holiday & Travel Show and The Adventure Travel ShowPosted on: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

WIN a pair of tickets to beautiful and friendly Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa courtesy of Ethiopian Airlines! Malawi is running a competition on its stands at the Destinations, The Holiday & Travel Show and The Adventure Travel Show to win flights for two people between London and Lilongwe.

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New Entry Fees for Malawi's National ParksPosted on: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 / 00:00 hrs

Malawi's Department of National Parks and Wildlife Reserves has announced a change to Park Fees in Malawi with immediate effect. Although there has been a rise, they still remain extremely low, and among the cheapest on the continent, at just US$10 a day for foreign visitors. Malawi is blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna and has no less than nine National Parks or Wildlife Reserves. There's an ever increasing number of animals offering excellent game viewing experiences whilst the number of lodges in parks remains low. This ensures protection of each area and brilliant exclusivity for vistors (without the high prices charged for it in neighbouring countries).

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