It’s late at night in southwestern Malawi. I’m on my way to my room at Mkulumadzi Lodge, which is within the Majete Wildlife Reserve, a pristine home to the Big Five and a host of other wildlife. These animals roam freely, even coming right up to guests’ chalets facing the mighty Shire River, on the eastern side of the reserve. As a visitor, you are truly immersed in nature. Lodge management assures our party that only harmless animals, such as sable antelopes, waterbucks and elands, are more likely to be spotted than any dangerous animals in this part of… Read More
A man tried and convicted of poaching a black rhinoceros in Liwonde National Park, Malawi, was handed down an 18-year prison sentence at Liwonde Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 19 October, setting a new precedent in the punishment for wildlife crime in the country. Two accomplices were also given long-term sentences of 10 and eight years each. The black rhinoceros was discovered poached by rangers on 13 July in Liwonde National Park, which has been managed by African Parks, a conservation non-profit, since 2015 in partnership with Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW). After the carcass had been located, the… Read More
Africa is known as a cultural melting pot, so it’s no wonder its music is world renowned. Iconic artists call the continent home, and so do some of the best music festival, drawing music enthusiasts from afar each year. Here are some of the top five music festivals in Southern Africa.
In need of little introduction, the Cape Town Jazz Festival has throughout the years grown to become a the mecca of jazz festivals on the continent. Dubbed “Africa’s Grandest Gathering,” the festival which takes place in the Mother City boasts a formidable line up… Read More
Plans for a new rule that would facilitate travelling between countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on a single passport have been launched, rendering borders between the nations more flexible for travellers from the region and alleviating the challenges of moving through various neighbouring countries. The same passport may also be used when visiting other countries in the world.
According to Travel24, the concept was first introduced in 1996 with draft protocol The Free Movement of Persons within SADC, which in 1997 was subsequently “replaced by a more restrictive protocol, The… Read More
R8 million worth of cocaine and ecstasy was found at OR Tambo International Airport by SA Revenue Service (Sars) customs officials during two busts within 48 hours.
The first operation on Tuesday lead to 13,3kg of ecstasy valued at R3 960 000, which was seized at the Johannesburg International Mail Centre when customs officials became suspicious of cream containers that had damaged seals.
Upon further investigation, they uncovered ecstasy in 42 containers which were in transit from Sweden to Malawi.
The second incident took place on Wednesday, when a detector dog reacted to twelve containers of cream containing 15kg worth of cocaine. These were… Read More
“Nsima” is a word I’ll come to know very well during our time traversing the crusted earth in the city onwards to the lush countryside of northern Malawi. It’s repeated frequently by Malawians at mealtimes.
“What is nsima?” my colleague Minki and I ask Will, our driver, as he navigates the narrow, potholed road from the capital Lilongwe.
“Nsima is a stiff porridge made from maize flour or cassava flour. You eat it with chicken, fish and vegetables. It’s very nice,” he tells us.
“Oh, you mean like pap?” asks Minki, recalling our own word for the dish. He nods while steering… Read More