It’s Monday 18th July and the latest RPS venture


It’s Monday 18th July and the latest RPS venture

I can not believe how quickly each Monday comes about lately. Time seems to be flying….and guess what? Our new baby, Mkulumadzi is now open.

Bar and deck areaBar area

Mkulumadzi opened its doors last Friday, right on schedule. Local Tour Operators, suppliers and some friends all got together to celebrate RPS’ new Malawi venture.

Sitting areaBar

This massive operation put all our bush skills and construction skills to the test, but in the end – mission was accomplished! Having been constantly reminded of the looming deadline, Mark and Jenna remained chilled and confident that the lodge would be ready on time! Job done!!

Swimming pool facing the Shire riverMkulumadzi

My biggest surprise was the swimming pool. When I was there a month and a half ago there was only a hole in the ground where the pool now is. In the past two months the works have moved quickly into the exciting stage of finishing and decorating.

Chalet sitting areaChalet deck area

Margaux and her mother Margaret were responsible for the decor and, let me tell you, they did a brilliant job! Most of the furniture came from Holland and a lot of thought and planning was involved in choosing the right pieces for the right places. Not too boutique, just very classy and chic, with colours and textures completely in-tune with the surrounding nature. The luxurious chalets are set on the banks of the Shire River, each with vegetated roofs, home to aloes and grasses. It’s amazing when a dream becomes a reality and that’s the best way to describe the Mkulumadzi project. Well done to all involved.

Steph, Alinafe, Thiya and the rest of the team Sakhile, Munyama and MJ

The entire RPS office, including me, arrived in Majete at Saturday lunch time, after 6 hours on the road. The adventure started by crossing the impressive “Indiana Jones” style bridge that leads to the lodge. Everyone was amazed with the place.

Office girls ready for a game driveOffice boys ready on game drive

Saturday was a get together and a chilled out afternoon and evening. Sunday started with the usual dawn breakfast at 6am and early game drives led by Simon and Robert. Of course Simon made sure he got to drive all the girls and left the boys to Robert!

Simon telling the story about MajeteMummy and baby elephant tracks

We were quite excited with our sightings and were expecting to impress Robert and the boys because apart from the usual suspects such as impala, waterbuck and bushbuck, we had great sighting of a herd of eight sable, a few kudus, an enormous bull elephant, zebras and buffalos. But in the end it was the boys who impressed us, because apart from spotting all the animals we had, they were lucky enough to see a hartebeest!

ZebrasBuffalo

On the way back comments haven’t stopped: Sandra: peaceful; Gerald: great atmosphere; Chipie: great location, beautiful river view from all chalets; Sakhile: Truly awesome experience; Thyia: Fabulous; Steph: perfect to relax the mind, body and soul; Miriam: amazing place, so beautiful!

Stay well and have a great week,

rita

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