Malawi’s has long remained one of Africa’s best-kept secrets, but it’s quickly rising to the top of every travel expert’s to-do list, and the tiny, landlocked country welcomed more visitors in 2017 than ever before. Still, the uptick in tourism to the oft overlooked country hasn’t tamed its wildness; Malawi remains remote and untouched, with wildlife-rich parks and crystal-clear waters. Between their three lodges located in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Liwonde National Park, and picturesque Lake Malawi, Robin Pope Safaris is giving travelers every reason to get off the traditional safari highway and book a beach-to-bush trip in “the warm heart of Africa.”
Robin Pope Safaris keeps the guest-to-guide ratio a low 4:1 on game drives through Majete National Park, part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. This Big Five Park is made up of woodlands, hills, valleys and forests, and is home to lions, buffalo, kudu, and black rhino, to name a few. Majete is now home again to over 400 elephants thanks to the conservation efforts of African Parks’ #500Elephants initiative. Mkulumadzi Lodge is the only luxury accommodation in the park complete with first-class bush chalets, outdoor rain showers, and a sleep-out star deck perfect for falling asleep under the Milky Way.
Few other countries in Africa allow guests to hit the beach after days of heart-pumping safari. Robin Pope’s Pumulani Lodge overlooks stunning Lake Malawi, dubbed the “lake of stars” by famed explorer David Livingstone. The first of Robin Pope’s Malawi properties, Pumulani is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer (and offering an 11-day celebratory discounted safari!). The lodge features ten private villas, an open-air restaurant, infinity pool, plentiful beach access, and ever-present views of the impossibly blue lake. When they’re not busy sunning on their villa’s balcony or lounging by the infinity pool overlooking the lake, guests can kayak, dive with brightly-colored cichlids only found in Lake Malawi, or sail into the sunset on the lodge’s hand-built dhow crewed by locals.
As of April 27, 2018, Robin Pope Safaris will also be welcoming guests in Liwonde National Park at brand-new Kuthengo Camp. Situated on a large open plain that stretches towards the glorious Shire River, Liwonde is virtually untouched, resulting an abundance of wildlife including hippos, crocodiles, elephant, buffalo, endangered black rhino, antelope and over 300 species of birds. Due to conservation efforts in the area, both lions and cheetahs have recently been reintroduced as well, making Kuthengo Camp a nature-lover’s ideal escape.