Open since July 2011, Mkulumadzi is the first lodge in the Majete Wildlife Reserve, a park revitalised over the last nine years by the pioneering African Parks organisation, and now home to Malawi’s most exciting game, most of which is habituated and easy to spot. Once lions are introduced (via a project that is being sponsored by Robin Pope Safaris) to Majete in four weeks’ time (25 August), this will become the only reserve or park in Malawi to boast all of the ‘Big Five’. Mkulumadzi’s eight spacious chalets (each with private viewing decks) blend luxury and isolation in a romantic setting beside the confluence of the Shire and Mkulumadzi Rivers, shaded by giant leadwood and wild mango trees. Guests can cruise on the Shire River, dine under the stars, go on game drives and undertake walking safaris.
Meanwhile, Pumulani, which opened in 2008 and is set at the southern tip of Lake Malawi, comprises ten stylish villas with cooling grass roofs, an infinity pool and a restaurant high above the water. Meals can be served either there, on the beach, in the gardens or on each villa’s private deck. This being Lake Malawi, various watersports – such as snorkelling, waterskiing, diving and fishing – are on offer, while romance-minded guests can also sail off in a dhow. One popular experience is to walk a nature trail to a secluded beach, then kayak back along the lake shore. Pumulani provides the perfect beach add-on to a Zambian, Zimbabwean or Malawian safari, and works very well with Mkulumadzi on a two-centre itinerary.
Robin Pope Safaris are Zambian-based safari experts, founded by the eponymous, legendary man himself in 1985. The company is best known for its Zambia camps and itineraries, but is now firmly committed to a Malawi operation, too. Its philosophy is to provide a five-star experience around a good four-star property and, importantly, four-star costs; the standard of the experience, above all else, is crucial. High levels of service and exceptional guiding are the norm.
Travel PR will also be revealing details, as and when they are available, of a forthcoming third camp for Robin Pope Safaris in Malawi. Due in late 2013, the property will bring visitors to one of the country’s biggest national parks, Liwonde, home to prolific wildlife and beautiful riverine scenery.
Ends – 26 July 2012
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