As one of Malawi’s first land claims, registered in 1874, Satemwa Tea Estate is undoubtedly among the country’s most respected and established tea and coffee producers managed and operated by third generation members of the Cathcart Kay family. Chawani’s guests are invited to step back in time and share some of the family’s wonderful memories of their home, discover the multitude of teas exported from the estate, and hear the fascinating history of Satemwa.
Sited on the slopes of Thyolo Mountain, this historic tea planter’s bungalow is a relaxed, family friendly retreat surrounded by lush subtropical rainforest on Satemwa Estate. With its beautiful manicured gardens and panoramic views – Chawani has been sensitively refurbished to retain the rustic character and charm which have made this property enormously popular with visitors to the Shire Highlands for decades.
As one of two properties available to guests of the Estate, Chawani Bungalow offers the perfect retreat for a family or a group of friends. It is a self catering house but staff is there to assist you with basic cooking and cleaning. Available as an exclusive rental the 4 bedrooms provide comfortable accommodation for 9 guests. Tea tasting , walks, bicycles and can be arranged through Huntingdon House. Also afternoon teas and meals can be booked in advance at Huntingdon House if you feel like a real treat.
Other Accommodation in or near Thyolo Tea Estates
Zua Safari Lodge, located just 2km from the entrance of Majete, is a captivating retreat that harmonizes the modern comforts of a luxury lodge with the untamed allure of Africa’s wilderness.
Game Haven Lodge lies within the beautiful 500 acre Chimwenya Game Park, part of the Shire Highlands and one of Malawi's last remaining indigenous rainforests.
Ng’ona Lodge is an oasis in the African bush. It is in a tranquil environment on the banks of the Shire River just outside the entrance to Majete Wildlife Reserve.
Located on a private concession within Majete Wildlife Reserve, Mkulumadzi offers guests a chic and contemporary retreat set amidst rugged and untouched bush land.
Situated in Majete Wildlife Reserve, in the Lower Shire Valley, one hour drive from Blantyre, Thawale Camp provides excellent accommodation for visitors wishing to enjoy game viewing in the newly re-stocked reserve.
Villa 33 is the perfect location for business and independent travellers who need short to medium term accommodation in Blantyre. The lodge is set in 1.7 acres of beautiful tropical gardens.
Originally the family home built by Maclean Kay in 1928, Huntingdon House exudes a colonial charm and unique character that cannot be recreated, deep within the Satemwa Tea Estate.
The Majete Game Capture Camp is a brand-new campsite located in the wilderness of the Majete Wildlife Reserve. Guests can participate in game viewing activities such as game drives, boat and walking safaris.
AfricaWildTruck Camp and Lodge in Mulanje is an eco friendy lodge and camp located at the base of Mount Mulanje.
Fisherman's Rest is short 20 minute drive to the south-west of Blantyre with magnificent views over the Great Rift Valley and Shire river.
Zomba Forest Lodge is a cosy and intimate guest house nestled in 20 acres of mixed woodland. A perfect forest retreat where relaxation is guaranteed.