In this blog from Robin Pope Safaris, we hear from Nancy McDaniel, a guest of Robin Pope Safaris who shares her thrilling experience of Majete Wildlife Reserve staying at Mkulumadzi Lodge followed by her excursion to Liwonde National Park staying at Kuthengo Camp. Plenty of excellent sightings inbound! Over to Nancy:
“Boy, was I glad to finally get to Mkulumadzi Lodge on September 21st. After 20+ hours of flying time, plus a seven-hour time change and a nearly three-hour road transfer, I was pooped (PLUS the drama of immigration and the big white COVID tent…). But everyone at camp was so welcoming and eager to get me ensconced in my lovely chalet and kindly granted my request to bring my dinner and a bottle of wine to my chalet so I could shower, unpack, have a leisurely dinner, and go straight to bed.
After a comfortable night’s sleep, I was up early and raring to go on my first game drive the next morning. I was THRILLED to see the first of many nyala, a most beautiful antelope that I had only seen once before in all my times in the African bush. And also, sable and eland!
Although I was sad not to see any predators, the elephants and a large variety of antelope and birdlife definitely made up for it.
The setting on the rugged Shire River was so beautiful and I eventually got used to crossing the LONG swingy bridge over the river.
After three nights at lovely Mkulumadzi Lodge, it was off to Kuthengo Camp. The river transfer was magical, I wanted it to go on forever. I have NEVER seen so many hippos out on the riverbanks during the day, contentedly grazing among buffalo and elephants. This is HIGHLY unusual and really interesting behavior! The camp managers at Kuthengo have no idea why “their” hippos behave this way. I suggested that some biologists should be studying them. Any takers out there??
I loved my tent with a beautiful view of the river and all the bird and animal activity there. Boating was a favorite activity. The Shire River in Liwonde is so different from what it is at Majete – wider and calmer and conducive to water activities. And the sunsets – oh my!
But the REAL highlight of my stay here was the lions! First, we came upon a lioness and her two cubs resting on the airstrip, seemingly just waiting for us to visit. After we spent 20 minutes with them, we drove a little farther and there was a big male lion resting by a termite mound. We spent a long time with him and watched him wander off. One of my favorite memories ever will be watching him as he slowly walked and started to call. We were close enough to see him moving his head, marking his territory, and giving a mighty roar. I wish I could include my video for you. It was amazing to experience.
One of the best parts was that the Camp Managers Jenn and Mike dashed over with their vehicle filled with camp staff to see him. Many of the staff members had never seen a lion before so it was really special to share this experience with them! Another fun thing was going to see Livingstone’s Baobab, where apparently Dr. Livingstone slept (at least that’s the story). Here’s Stanford demonstrating! And this is me, just for scale (it was a HUGE tree).
What a wonderful 6 nights. This was my first time in Malawi, and it is indeed The Warm Heart of Africa.”
Many in Malawi’s tourist industry have introduced new initiatives and pushed on with a variety of developments through 2022 & continuing in to 2023. In this second article, we focus on some of the lodges and hotels.
Many in Malawi’s tourist industry have introduced new initiatives and pushed on with a variety of developments through 2022 & continuing in to 2023. In this first article, we focus on Malawi's local operators.
Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, responsible for running Malawi's only wildlife rehabilitation centre and a key campaigner in Malawi's fight against wildlife crime, have released their latest newsletter.
Zomba Forest Lodge, located deep within the forest woodlands of Malawi's Zomba Plateau, proudly welcomed the return of Run4Reforestation last month, arranged by not for profit organisation Zomba Treez.
Central African Wilderness Safaris, one of Malawi's long standing tour operators who also run the iconic Mvuu Lodge in Liwonde National Park and four other properties in Malawi, have released their latest newsletter.
In this blog from Robin Pope Safaris, we are heading over to Lake Malawi where we hear from the team at Pumulani who have witnessed an interesting catalogue of birds land around the lodge recently.