Chris Jones writes:
I have just returned from a wonderful 3 week trip to Malawi and found the Bradt guide invaluable.
Just a few comments:
Majete Game Reserve
Stayed at Thawale Camp – very comfortable, with good food and service. Enjoyed two days of excellent game viewing, mainly sitting in front of the dining area watching a succcession of animals come to the waterhole. However, we did note that the Camp has now become part of the Sunbird Chain which may change the character and the prices!
Intended to stay at the Safari Lodge but ended up at the Pottery Lodge next door. The contact numbers in the guidebook are the same for both places but they are no longer co-managed, and the numbers direct the caller to the Pottery Lodge.
However, we enjoyed our 2 night stay. It is a little run down but the new owners are working hard to bring it up to standard. The beach was deserted when we were there, and they arranged a great walking tour of the local village one evening. The pottery was being refurbished but the intention is to to reposition it as a centre to promote Malawian art. They did charge for the use of the wifi which was a little strange- not a to but the only place on our trip that did so. (Although a lot of the so called wifi hot spots in cafes, etc do not seem to work)
Stayed at the Ilala Crest Hotel. Mainly occupied by business people and contractors working on a nearby road project. Comfortable but suffered badly from our cuts when we were there – a common occurrence in Mzuzu apparently. Hotel restaurant was a bit random and ended up having an excellent meal at A1 Restaurant.
Liwonde National Park
Stayed at the Liwonde Safari Camp and cannot recommend it highly enough. The new 5 bed dormitory was perfect for our small group, and new shows/toilets have been built. We loved the whole atmosphere of the camp – the communal buffet meals in the evening; the range of activities with excellent guides, and the appearance of elephants outside our dormitory one night. Great value and perfect setting.
I had worked in Malawi previously many years ago and kind of knew what to expect , but the guidebook was very informative about the recent changes and extremely useful in planning our trip.