Friday, 16 June 2017

MALAWI: Malawi Tourism And Malawi Style

Malawian Style, a tour operator based in Malawi, have had an extremely busy couple of months with lots of updates to share. Find out more on what the team have been up to below.

Fresh & functional Malawian Style website

Malawian Style recently redesigned their website to make it easier for visitors to discover the wonders of Malawi and learn about the incredible destinations Malawian Style specialise in.

Visitors can also browse their wide range of tours to find their dream trip or gain inspiration to tailor make their own Malawi adventure. What’s more the website provides fantastic information on everything you need to know before visiting Malawi.

Hailing from South Africa and Bostwana, Duncan & Jen have taken over the reins of managing The Funky Cichlid from the legendary Rikki - who has moved back to the UK.

The guys have been at Funky for about 5 weeks now and are settling into Malawi life very well. Some of you may have met them already, if not be sure to give them a big welcome next time you visit Cape Maclear.

Chloe from Farside Africa will soon be joining Malawian Style in a marketing & PR role.

“We are very excited to welcome Chloe to Malawi. She has over 4 years of specialised industry experience and with that comes new energy & ideas to the company”

Malawian Style are very excited to launch their latest itinerary combining South Luangwa, Victoria Falls and Cape Town. As with all their itineraries, there are three price options to suit all budgets. If you want to amend the tour in any way it is fully customisable, you can even add Malawi as an extension.

Meanwhile, In many countries, streets and roads are populated with houses side by side that make it easy for standard addressing systems to work. In Malawi, and many African nations for that matter, it’s not quite as simple as that. Many of the lodges in Malawi are in unique and serene locations, with some being deep within the wilderness – so a traditional addressing system doesn’t always work.

A fantastic new initiative has been created by a company called What3Words (W3W). Using clever technology, W3W have mapped the whole world with an algorithm that gives every 3m square on the earth with it’s own unique 3 word address. Each three-word combination then links through to a pinpoint map which can be viewed online or via their app.

To assist travellers with their planning, we have implemented the What3Words system into the Malawi Tourism website for every lodge listing. At the bottom of each Lodge page is now a W3W info bar with their unique three words. This links to a map that you can use to find out exactly where they are located, And all you need to remember is three words!

Partnerships Manager for What3Words Will Johnston said, “We're glad that Malawi Tourism has decided to include 3 word addresses in their accommodation listings. With a 3 word address, each and every accommodation provider can now communicate their location easily and accurately to visitors who might otherwise have had difficulty finding their way in an unfamiliar place."

What3Words has become an instant hit with international media and is proving useful at contacting people in the most remote locations, emergency situations and satellite navigation. It is rapidly being adopted by more and more organisations and platforms as a more convenient way of finding places around the world.

We are pleased to provide this add-on to the Malawi Tourism website to assist travellers with their journey to and around Malawi.

Malawi is currently home to one of the most exciting and wide reaching wildlife conservation projects ever seen in Africa. The African Parks organisation now manages 3 of Malawi's parks & reserves and has undertaken a massive program of re-stocking and wildlife protection across all three. Majete Reserve has already been the recipient of more than 2500 animals at a cost of US$2.5Million and has grown into a Big 5 reserve now with over 10,000 animals. The two other reserves have only been taken over more recently but Nkhotakota is already half way through the biggest elephant translocation in human history, with 250 received in 2016 and another 250 due in 2017 (plus many hundreds more head of game). Liwonde is in the process of receiving a group of cheetah and a relocation of lions is also planned.

To allow visitors to witness this amazing country-wide conversation initiative in action, and see the thriving and growing big game populations, Robin Pope Safaris have created an amazing 'Conservation Malawi' itinerary. This 10-day package takes you on a journey through all three parks, giving an unforgettable safari experience of an African conservation success story and a country's wildlife transformed.

The tour begins with a transfer from Blantyre International Airport to Mkulumadzi, a 2-and-a-half-hour drive through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture and the Malawian bush where you will reach the camp. Located on the Mkulumadzi River within Majete Wildlife Reserve, you will be staying in stunning accommodation – the Mkulumadzi Lodge.

Once you have rested, you will be ready for the next two days with your choice of game drives, boating safaris, bush walks, hiking, black rhino tracking, cultural tours, birding trips on the Shire river and a game-viewing from a hide, all within Malawi’s Big 5 reserve.

The next three nights will see you stay at Mvuu Lodge, hosted in luxury stone and thatch safari tents overlooking a tranquil lagoon located just off the Shire River. Mvuu Lodge is a 4-hour journey from Mkulumadzi towards the serene Liwonde National Park, considered to be one of the top birding locations in Southern Africa.

With beautiful riverine surroundings, this will present you with some of the most scenic game viewing experiences.

Upon leaving Mvuu Lodge and Liwonde National Park, the 5-hour scenic drive encountering stunning landscapes and culture along the way will lead you to the Nkhotakota Reserve where you will be staying at the Tongole Wilderness Lodge located on the banks of the lovely Bua River.

You have three full days here (4 nights) to fully explore the Nkhotakota Reserve and an opportunity to learn more about the recent elephant translocation by African Parks. Once your Malawi experience draws to a close, you will be transferred back to Lilongwe for your onward journey.

The package is available from June through until December 2017 and all accommodation, activities (except motorized water sports which are optional) are included. Local drinks are also included at all lodges except Mvuu. Visa fees and international flights are excluded.

This experience will give you an insight into all the fantastic work African Parks have produced at returning Malawi to a thriving location of game-viewing and wildlife encounters.