February 2017, Lilongwe Malawi: Two key camps in the CAWS portfolio, Chelinda Lodge and Chelinda Camp in Nyika National Park, have been selected as finalists in the Tusker Ultimate Safari Experience Awards 2017, which are being conducted by The Safari Index.
The awards programme helps to identify one-of-a-kind safari experiences that are authentic, unique and stand out from the rest. To vote for Chelinda Lodge, click here and to vote for Chelinda Camp, click here. If you’ve visited Chelinda Lodge and Camp before, your vote will be doubled as you’ve actually experienced the offering at both properties– please enter the relevant voting code – Chelinda434 when voting.
Chelinda Lodge has been selected as a finalist in the ‘Ultimate Unique Safari Experiences’ category, whilst Chelinda Camp has secured a finalist placement in the ‘Ultimate Self-Catering’ category. Chelinda Lodge is renowned for offering a luxurious and exclusive safari experience in the heart of Nyika. The lodge comprises eight beautifully-appointed double-storey log cabins that are nestled against the backdrop of a towering pine forest. Roaring fireplaces, a private deck in each of the cabins, a spacious bar and lounge as well as exceptional indoor and outdoor dining options are a part of the overall offering at the lodge. The lodge’s wooden outdoor deck and cabins also overlook the vast grasslands of the plateau, which are often dotted with herds of zebra, antelope and roan.
Chelinda Camp offers an affordable full-board accommodation option for guests as well as a self-catering option. The camp provides rustic comfort and is the ideal travel option for young families and travellers on a budget.
Nyika National Park is one of the best places in Malawi to spot Malawi’s elusive leopards. During the Green Season (which runs until mid-April), an abundance of migrant birds also visit the park and an array of up to 200 orchids bloom in colourful patches across the plateau. Guests at both the camp and lodge can enjoy day and night game drives, guided walks, an array of trails, fly-fishing and mountain-biking.
About the Tusker Awards (From the Safari Index Website): In the safari world, the ultimate animal without peer is the African Elephant. Not only is it the largest land mammal in the world, its strength and raw power unmatched, but Elephants possess notable intellect and emotional intelligence. A ‘Tusker’ is a term fondly given to a male elephant with impressively large tusks, and a Big Tusker represents the largest of the Tuskers. There are only a handful of Big Tuskers in the wilds today, and these animals generally spend their time away from the herds. As such, only a select few individuals have the special privilege of seeing them in the wild. Safari Index felt that the Big Tuskers best embodied what we were looking for – safari experiences that stand out from the crowd and provide guests with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The Safari Index team of safari experts were tasked with nominating an elite selection of ‘ultimate safari experiences’ in various categories and following the voting period, the winners of each category will be announced.
Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) is an ecotourism company that offers the finest quality safari experiences and the ultimate holiday getaways in Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. CAWS offers both up-market tailor-made luxury safaris as well as more affordable budget safari options. The company is dedicated to offering personalised and authentic travel experiences that have a minimal impact on the planet and a lasting impact on people.