We have approached slightly warmer months on the Nyika Plateau and the favourable weather conditions have induced the shooting of a colourful array of flowers, as well as lush green grasses. Over the past weeks, guests visiting Chelinda Camp and Chelinda Lodge have enjoyed scenic views of the plateau's transforming landscapes, as well as a non-stop series of incredible wildlife sightings.
During the months of June and July, and throughout the dry season that followed, guests visiting Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge have enjoyed spectacular sightings of Liwonde's famous elephant herds gathering along the Shire, as well multiple sightings of the gentle giants roaming about and feeding on the trees and grasses opposite and around the two properties.
We are pleased to report that the annual CITW camp season which was conducted last month at Chelinda Camp ended on a resoundingly successful note. This year’s camp marked CITW's 15th year of hosting annual camps. This year, the camp hosted 20 Eco-Club members from Chelinda and Thazima Primary Schools, providing them with an engaging and enriching learning experience over the course of five days.
On 4th November this year, there will be a full moon. The 4th of November, along with the 3rd and 5th of November, will offer extremely good nighttime visibility. On these days, at no extra charge, full board guests of Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge will be able to enjoy a late night visit to two of our viewing hides in the old rhino sanctuary in Liwonde National Park.
As this year's World Tourism Day calls us to focus on the theme 'Sustainable Tourism for Development,' here's an overview of how we have tried to ensure the sustainability of our CAWS operation, so as to contribute to the development of the country’s economic, social and environmental spheres.
Guests visiting Chelinda Camp and Lodge can now sign up for the Sangwala Trail – a three-day fully-catered trek that spans across 43kms of lush montane grasslands and woodlands. “Sangwala,” the name of the trail is derived from a combination of the names of the two overnight camps – Sangule & Zungwala.
Each year, the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust conducts a series of wildlife quiz events on World Environment Day. This year’s quiz featured contestants from 13 local schools, resulting in a tight competition. Lilongwe Private School emerged as the winner of the grand prize as well as an additional prize which were sponsored by Central African Wilderness Safaris.
We’ve refreshed our image library with lots of great photos by Juliet Lemon Photography. Juliet spent some time at our camps and a few other properties across Malawi, where she captured an array of striking photographs that beautifully portray the properties and their offering, as well as the pristine wilderness and vibrant community and culture of the surrounding areas.
Following our last update on the translocation of four cheetahs to Liwonde National Park in May, our guests are now being treated to regular sightings, with several back-to-back cheetah sightings reported in a single day, as well as an extremely rare sighting of one of the male cheetahs making a kill.
Central African Wilderness Safaris is pleased to announce that both of its properties located in Nyika National Park - Chelinda Camp and Chelinda Lodge, have secured individual awards in two distinct categories in the prestigious Tusker Awards programme hosted by Safari Index.