It’s Monday and Happy 1st Birthday Kuthengo

I do hope that you are all well and sitting comfortably, ready to grab the new week with the usual gust and excitement. Here in Zambia, well there is a definite chill in the air in the mornings which we are all really enjoying. The crisp air certainly marks the close of the rainy season. The Kawaluzi bridge is in and the teams are up at Nsefu and Tena getting started on building their camps for the new season. I am afraid to say that access is still limited as the road has not yet been put in and Willie (our Nsefu manager) was seen climbing out of the car a couple of afternoons ago grasping the base of his back and doing some fabulous stretches before he was able to wander over to the office. Having seen that I have opted to wait a little while before heading up there as not sure my back could take the bumps!

This however is not what I am writing to you all about as this week it’s all about celebrating Kuthengo Camps’ 1st ‘birthday’! It seems like just yesterday that our newest camp opened its doors to guests, and what a fabulous year it has had!

Guests have been treated to some special memories and sightings and the camp has really got off to a wonderful start. The views across the Shire River from your safari tent is wonderful not to mention the vast expanse of skies which offer some incredible star gazing in the evenings. There is no wander that when the famous hunter and explorer Henry Faulkner was sent to search for David Livingstone, and travelled along the Shire river, commented on the beauty of the area and abundance of wildlife there. Liwonde National Park is a rare example of untouched natural beauty and wilderness and we couldn’t resist making the most of this and Kuthengo (the translation means the wild) is in a perfect location to enjoy all that this area has to offer, including the most magnificent sunrises and sunsets along the river.






















The game viewing has blossomed with large herds of elephants being seen along the banks of the Shire river as well as the introduction of cheetah into the National Park making this the only place in Malawi to have these wonderful predators. Frequent visitors to camp include sable, waterbuck and the surrounding area is littered with the varying plains game, not to mention the occasional hyena that can be heard whooping during the night and the hippos that munch the grass around the tents.

































Looking back through the photos it is hard to believe that just over a year ago Kuthengo was nothing but a building site just take a look at some of the before and after photos which help show just how much has happened in our little corner of paradise.


























































Since opening its doors last year, the camp has continued to evolve and upgrade with the addition of a glorious plunge pool to help guests cool down in the hotter months of the year as well as our new hand crafted boat which takes guests out on some breath taking river safaris.













Whether it’s sitting on your private deck enjoying the view or being out and about in the park taking in the wildlife, a visit to Kuthengo is definitely a treat and after a year of sharing this wonderful place with our guests we look forward to many more years in the future.












So there you have it for this week another fab week behind us and lets look forward to what this week has in store for us. Between now and then I hope that you all have a fabulous time with plenty of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after one another.



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