With the first few bursts of rainfall of the much-loved Green Season, the Nyika Plateau transforms into a botanist’s delight and comes to life with lush shades of green and vibrant hues. During the Green Season, guests visiting the plateau and embarking on safaris in Nyika National Park have the opportunity to go in search of hundreds of rare and endemic species of orchids and wildflowers, whilst taking in the breath-taking scenery and skylines atop the plateau.
During the Green Season in Malawi, the country's key wilderness areas become full of life and energy, allowing avid wildlife enthusiasts and nature-lovers to experience the best of Malawi’s wildlife and natural heritage. Here is a list of five must-dos for guests embarking on safaris in Liwonde and Nyika National Park during the Green Season.
Monday 8th January 2018, Lilongwe: Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) recently launched its annual Green Season Specials for both local and international markets. Now local resident guests visiting Mvuu Camp and Lodge in Liwonde National Park as well Chelinda Lodge in Nyika National Park can enjoy a memorable stay in the wilderness at extremely discounted prices.
Known for its high-altitude climates, lush highlands and ample forested areas, the Nyika Plateau is home to approximately 400-450 bird species, whilst Liwonde National Park, situated in the south of Malawi and endowed with pristine rivers, woodlands and floodplains, harbours nearly 300 bird species. During the Green Season, both parks are teeming with life and activity, and guests can enjoy spectacular sightings of an endless array of bird species.
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.