Its Monday 29th June and a cross border round up!

Well happy Monday everyone! I hope that you are all well and have had a fabulous weekend and that the week is shaping up to be a real stunner. Here, we are as busy as ever and certainly no time to get into trouble that is for sure. So for this week I have some news from Mkulumadzi, but also from us here in the Luangwa so lets start at the furthest point shall we – Mkulumadzi. We have just had a lovely round up by Paula Laborda about her recent stay with us in Malawi so thought it would be lovely for you all to hear, so for now over to Paula:

“My father and I spent four days in Mkulumadzi. After a few trips and safaris in Africa, the discovery of Mkulumadzi exceeded all expectations. The magnificence of the Shire river, the Livingstone´s stories and the warmth of all the staff in the lodge made us absolutely love the place.
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Watching the hippos and crocodiles from the swimming pool seemed enough of a treat; however after our first morning game drive we were warned about a slightly larger visitor to camp in the form of an elephant. Julius had warned us of his presence as it passed the swimming pool (which seems to be a real hub) heading towards the river. From the safety of the main building we were able to have a fabulous sighting of this big bull walking through camp, taking a bath in the river and then just getting on his way – what an experience!

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Next morning in the walking safari, we met the same elephant very close to the lodge and we had the chance of seeing him, from the ground, eating and peacefully walking by!

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Enjoying safaris on the river, on foot and by car were wonderful as the vegetation still lush from the end of the rainy season was bursting with life. The bird life was fantastic with plenty of different species from Lilac breasted rollers, eagles, king fishers and owls on the night drives and many many more.

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The Lions however taunted us during our stay leaving behind tracks which we saw on numerous drives but remained hidden. However Liwonde our guide didn’t give up and on our last night we saw the two female lions feasting on a freshly caught Nyala – what a sighting and what a way to end our stay.”

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Thanks Paula it certainly sounds like you had a fabulous safari and hopefully the season will continue with such wonderful sightings.

Moving back to the Luangwa for a quick little message; well things here continue to be super busy and the camps are all looking fantastic. But it’s not just the wildlife that has been keeping our guests busy. We have had some kiddie fun at Tribal textiles, getting stuck in with a flour and water mixture with the artists there. And also drawing some pictures which has been a real hit and certainly kept them busy whilst mum and dad, well mostly mum did some shopping. But on that note if any of you were feeling that you had missed out because of luggage restrictions, Tribal Textiles has just launched their online shop so take a look on: http://shop.tribaltextiles.co.zm/. Oh and by the way if you have been to visit us then punch in the code MFUWE2015 and you will get a discount!

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Another new and exciting shop that has opened up in Mfuwe is the Project Luangwa Shop, which originally started off as a small project making sanitary pads to enable the girls to get to school at certain times of the month. Also the idea was to teach local women a skill that they could use to run their own businesses.

But why keep things small. Project Luangwa had loads of fabric donated as well as boxes and boxes of zips and enough sewing thread to last at least 5 years. It all arrived in a container in February and Karen thought that if she taught the ladies to make other things as well we could make the whole project self-sustaining and possibly also raise funds too. The ladies currently make bags using bright African colours, beads, small carved animals. They also sell the tea towels (new design this year called ‘My Village’ drawn by the Kapita kids), Project Luangwa shirts and cards, very good quality chitenge fabric, pashmina style African scarves. Its all come a long way and is a fantastic project.

So there you have it a little Mfuwe Town round up for you all today, who knows where I am going to take you next week !!!

But for now have a fabulous week ahead, look after yourselves and each other and most importantly remember to laugh.

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