Lodges

Enjoy Bushman's Baobabs - How and When

May 2

The location of Bushman’s Baobabs was selected by a Liwonde expert. It is found at a quiet junction of the great Shire River and a seasonal tributary river at Liwonde National Park.


Wildlife Sightings or Relaxation or….both
To decide how best you will appreciate Bushman’s Baobabs decide first which of the following is your objective. Do you aim to maximize wildlife sightings and your enjoyment of the views over the landscapes and the river or instead must you retreat to the bush to unwind and relax? The answer to that question may depend upon whether you have many opportunities to go on safari or whether you have a short window of opportunity. Firstly, let us get some background.

Liwonde National Park – What’s so Special?
Elephants and hippos are regular visitors to Bushman’s and numerous other forms of wildlife are in close proximity or can be seen from the elevated viewing platform at Bushman’s Baobabs. Liwonde’s wildlife area is one of the top bird-watching hotspots...

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Discovering Alcon Cottages

Apr 9

Sometimes it is by a chance conversation that we find a new place or person or idea. It was like that for me with Alcon Cottages, a setting in a secluded and picturesque bay on Lake Malawi’s southern lakeshore. Much traffic* rushes past on a main lakeshore road 2km from here as people turn off for Cape Maclear or proceed on to Monkey Bay. Areas north of here and areas to the south are quite well known but this corner of the lake lies largely undiscovered.**

Transfer deals in Malawi to and from the Lake Shores. Lake Malawi, Monkey Bay Lodges Alcon Cottages

 

As I discovered from the owner this bay is largely known only to the private cottage owners who dot around the large beachside arc. With no other lodges or hotels, Alcon Cottages is perhaps the real opportunity to experience the views in this area.


Given that the ‘Calendar Lake’ is 365 miles long and 52 miles wide there certainly is huge variety on Lake Malawi. Many...

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Lake Malawi, a LLW flight stopover?

Jan 15

I have been asked by someone whether Lilongwe is a worthwhile stopover point on a return journey between Europe and South Africa. The idea is easy access to Lake Malawi from Kamuzu International airport in Lilongwe.

I’d rather not give a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer to that question as the truth sometimes requires a bit of work. Surely the truth and nuances are friends? As this same potential visitor did say to me, sometimes when you dig a bit, you strike gold. Furthermore, why give one person a lengthy enough answer to do justice to the question when one can write something roughly similar for a blog post and therefore benefit a wider audience.

Let’s start off with some assumptions with regard to the situation of the potential stop-over visitor. The assumptions are as follows: 1/ the visitor has some inkling of the magic of the Lake of Stars, probably the best Lake in the world, 2/ the visitor has four nights to spare, 3/ they are interested in a backpacker style,...

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Kutchire Lodge

Dec 13

A few years ago a friend of mine told me that we were going to buy some land together by a National Park. We would have elephants on the lawn. There would be plenty of room for us to have seperate houses or cottages and all the necessary privacy.

He's the kind of guy who thinks, 'Look at this opportunity, I [or we] am [are] doing it.' When I ask him a question he always has a quick and clear answer, this is a useful trait for a friend to have.

I remember someone used to do impressions of me for a group of mutual friends. Eventually he was persuaded to allow me appreciate the same show. The impression involved a very long silence with someone contorting themselves into various poses all with something of 'The Thinker' air about them. Finally, with a Churchillian flourish I (or my impersonator), would deliver the kind of look that precedes a moment of momentous oratory.  Then finally I would deliver a grand total of one word: 'Yes' or 'No'.

Of course,...

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Transfers in Malawi

Nov 20

 

We have decided to add car transfers to our list of services on this website and I hope that this post helps to explain why it may be useful for some.

This has come about after various conversations with lodge owners and also visitors. A number of people have expressed the view that it has been quite difficult to find out in advance about getting from a to b within Malawi. Of course many people have contacts or organisations who assist them but others wish to make their own plans.

I was visiting Senga Bay last week and where I was staying there a visitor was telling me that he was flying out of the country the next day. Therefore he had arranged transport by car from Senga Bay to Lilongwe airport. His alternative would be to get a minibus from Senga Bay to Salima and then change there for another minibus to Lilongwe. Once in Lilongwe he would again have to change for the airport.

The next morning I got up early as the owner of the establishment had asked me to...

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