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Apr 12, 2015

MALAWI NEWSLETTER: March 2015


Ulendo Airlink Releases New Schedules and Rates:
Over the last few years Ulendo Airlink have made flying around Malawi as simple and easy as it always should have been. They have built a network of scheduled flights that now connect all of Malawi’s hotspots on a regular (often daily) basis. Lilongwe, Likoma Island, the Southern Lakeshore, Liwonde National Park, Majete Wildlife Reserve and South Luangwa National Park in Zambia are all connected by scheduled flights, with Nyika National Park, Mzuzuand Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve accessible on non-scheduled flights. Read More
Charity and Flood Benefit from Malawi’s Tourist Industry:
Malawi’s tourist industry has been very busy doing its bit to help out during and after Malawi’s recent floods. From benefit concerts to food aid, the lodges and safari companies have been working hard to minimise the negative impact of these devastating events. Here are a couple examples, and see also the news from Fisherman’s Rest below. And another great story of how involved Malawi’s tourist industry is with its local communities comes from Mushroom Farm at Lvingstonia, where there is a big push to put a young man from a local village through medical school. Flood benefit concert (CAWS):
Sunbird flood aid:
Mushroom Farm Doctor:

Quarterly Round Up From Majete Wildlife Reserve
The last quarter of 2014 was very hot and dry in Majete. Conditions were difficult for everyone at African parks, however they were still as busy as ever and you can read up on what they’ve been up to in their latest Newsletter. Among some of the highlights were some fantastic pictures of leopards up close (taken from camera traps of course!), a winner of the majete photo competition was treated to a boat trip on the Shire River and news of fire in the Pende and Majete Hill area due to a very hot and dry October – November. Read More

Visit Fairtrade farmers on a New Tour of Northern Malawi
You can now visit Malawian producers of Fairtrade coffee, rice and peanuts on a Traidcraft Meet the People Tour. This new tour in Northern Malawi combines viewing game and relaxing in one of the country’s incredible national parks alongside visits to community projects and smallholder Fairtrade farmers. On the Tour, you will first visit the farmers who produce Traidcraft’s single origin Malawi coffee and you’ll enjoy a cup while learning about coffee production and the benefits Fairtrade has brought to the cooperative. Read More
February & March News Update From Fisherman’s Rest
Fisherman’s Rest are always at the forefront of effort to help and support the local communities in Malawi and their February newsletter gives us an insight into what’s been happening in the Lower Shire Valley, scene of the worst of the flooding. Read more Also Catch up with all the latest from Fisherman’s rest’s March Newsletter by clicking the link below. Highlights include all the goings on with the Fruit tree planting Project – Fisherman’s rest have distributed 3000 trees to 11 primary schools! Plus their amazing work helping the people in the flooded areas of Nsanje and Chikwawa Read More
Vincent’s Bar Now Open at Sunbird Capital!
A few rehabilitation works were carried out in select Sunbird Hotels in 2014, key among them being the refurbishment and re-opening of Vincent’s Bar at Sunbird Capital, the Group’s premier hotel situated in Lilongwe. Formerly Tidye bar, Vincent’s has been named after Dutch Artist Vincent Van Gogh and replicas of his work make up part of the decor. That and a combination of creams, shades of beige, gold, brown and a dash of red lend warmth and style to the ambience. Read More

Livingstone Exhibition Kicks off at Hampden
A photographic exhibition – Livingstone’s Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs – celebrating Scots Missionary hero David Livingstone’s connections with Africa and football – is on at the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden, Glasgow, until 30 May 2015.
It is said that David Livingstone took a football to Africa. He is particularly remembered for advocating the Three Cs – Christianity, Commerce and Civilisation. This was the inspiration behind the project conceived by photojournalist Claire Foottit for Camera Voices. Read More
New Niassa Chalet and windsurfing equipment at Nkwichi
Nkwichi lodge had some exciting news recently! As well as the opening of the new Niassa chalet, they also had fun with their brand-new windsurfing equipment. With the Chalet already receiving the first guests, its location right on the main beach, combined with the light and spacious interior make it a perfect chalet for couples, friends and families alike. Also on Nkwichi’s beach you’ll now find stand up paddle boards, bright red sit-a-top kayaks, body boards and brand-new windsurf equipment ready for you to use.
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Read up on the latest news from Game Haven
Game Haven have got some great new special offers and exciting news. Chimwenya Game Park now boasts over 180 animals, with a new Kudu calf being born in late January. When you come for a visit to the park you’re almost guaranteed to see one of the babies! There are also some fantastic new menus from Game Haven’s International Chef Steven Woodall. From new and exciting Open Sandwiches to Speciality Steaks Game Haven’s Ambrosia Restaurant provides you with an unforgettable meal Read More

Not discovered Malawi yet?
Malawi is a hidden gem. It is the unique combination of Landscape, Wildlife, Lake and, the People which makes this one of Africa’s most amazing countries. Safe and friendly, Malawi offers visitors a fascinating variety of sights and experiences. The diversity of landscapes, the huge lake and the national parks and reserves provide the foundation for the unrivalled choice of safaris, water sports and outdoor activities on offer.
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