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Aug 9, 2015

Malawi Newsletter July Update With African Travel Solutions Ltd

African Parks takes over two of Malawi’s wildlife Reserves
The on-going emergence of Malawi’s wildlife has just received another great boost with African Parks taking over the management of two more of the country’s reserves.

African Parks has concluded an agreement with the Government of Malawi to manage and operate Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve for 20 years. The agreement follows an application and evaluation process administered by the Public Private Partnership Commission in which African Parks emerged as the preferred partner to manage the two protected areas. Read More
SAA’s new great value, year-round fares to Malawi

South African Airways, in association with Malawi Department of Tourism, is offering discounted fares from London to Malawi from £604 return*, saving up to £149 on the typical fare. Travellers can purchase the discounted fares for travel between now and until 13th July 2015, from 19th August to 12th December 2015 and then from 25th December 2015 to 31st March 2016 to experience the animal kingdoms, beautiful natural attractions and unique culture of Malawi. Read More
First Flight to Lilongwe Takes to the Skies

Last Monday fastjet’s first flight between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Lilongwe in Malawi took to the skies, marking the launch of the low-cost airline’s sixth international route in Africa. Flight FN209 departed Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport at 09h40 with Tanzanian government officials, local passengers and media on board. Upon arrival at Malawi’s Lilongwe International Airport at 10h20, fastjet hosted an official launch ceremony before returning to Dar es Salaam on flight FN210 at 10h55, landing at 13h35 (all local times). Read More
Fresh new look and Yoga sessions at Kaya Mawa!

Kaya Mawa on Lake Malawi’s Likoma Island has gone through a great deal of exciting changes in 2015. Always a leader on the Lake, the lodge continues to innovate and develop to maintain its high status. The lodge has recently completed a refit to give the property a fresh, new look and in addition to the spruced up look and feel, they have brought in their own mineral and sparkling water maker that will reduce their plastic bottle footprint by over 8000 bottles per year. The Kaya Mawa team is happy to take a step towards a greener future. Kaya Mawa is also thrilled to welcome to the team Kate Jelleff. Kate will be joining as the in house PADI dive instructor from August, however Kate’s hidden talent is that she is also an Ashtanga Yoga instructor. Kate will be running private and group Yoga sessions at Kaya Mawa from September. Read More
A rhino & a lion – Malwi’s wildlife strengthens

Malawi’s continued emergence as a wildlife destination is highlighted by two stories from its reserves. The tale of Shire the lioness in Majete and a new rhino birth in Liwonde. In August 2012 two male and two female lions provided by the North West Parks and Tourism Board in South Africa were introduced to Majete. One of these four lions was Shire a two year old female who originated from Madikwe in South Africa. Read More
Central African Wilderness Safaris have announced that one of the Liwonde rhinos, Namatunu, has recently given birth to a new little baby calf! Liwonde National Park has worked tirelessly in recent years to track and monitor Liwonde’s rhino population with the aim of increasing population growth rates within the park. In a country where Black Rhino numbers are estimated to total just 14 rhinos, this birth represents a huge step in the right direction. Read More
Malawian Style Launch Lake of Stars Festival Tours

One of Malawi’s leading safari and adventure holiday specialists Malawian Style have today launched two new tours, to incorporate Malawi’s biggest arts event, the Lake of Stars Festival. Celebrating it’s 10th anniversary on the shores of Lake Malawi, this year being held at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi, the festival will take place on Friday 25th –Sunday 27th September, with three stages featuring both local and international artists and a diverse music bill incorporating electronic, hip hop, Afropop, Afrofusion, reggae, folk, beatboxers, DJs and more. The Malawian Style tours, which will both conclude at the Lake of Stars Festival, are 16 days long (13-28 Sept) with a range of price options to suit both budget and luxury traveller. Both include safaris and game drives within the breath-taking South Luangwa National Park, as well as water-sports on Lake Malawi, and includes all meals and accommodation. Read More
Two New Boats on Lake Malawi

Two of Lake Malawi’s leading lodges have introduced new boats for their guests recently. The latest addition to the Sunbird family; MV Mwande; offers a world of beautiful possibilities to Sunbird’s corporate and leisure clients. With a capacity of 100 people depending on the weather, Mwande has an in built music system and bathroom facilities. Read More
Nkwichi Lodge proudly introduced Mpasa, their new and superfast Boston Whaler. This newest addition to their fleet can limit the transfer time from Likoma to Nkwichi Lodge to one hour! With sun cover, comfortable benches and seating on the front deck for the more adventurous, it takes up to 6 passengers at a time.…Read More
Danforth Yachting: links to the past

Danforth was recently the chosen venue for a very ‘young at heart’ couple, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Friends and family gathered for a 3 night weekend, with 40 invited guests attending a lavish buffet dinner followed by dancing and fun. Great speeches, a video clip set to music made up of snapshots over the years and a special, novelty, car shaped cake all contributed to making this event meaningful and special. Some wonderful photos have also come to light of a flying boat from 1949, which used to land at Cape Maclear. This site is right where Danforth is now!! Read More
Wildlife Conservation education from Tongole Lodge

Tongole Wilderness Lodge in Malawi’s Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve has ‪community and ‪conservation at its heart. A couple of weeks ago they warmly welcomed a visit from a local secondary school. The school was Mpondagaga CDSS and a much larger than expecte

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