After months of living in an oven, the dry season finally ended in Malawi.
As 2016 drew to a close, the heavens opened over Majete and both the team at Mkulumadzi Lodge, as well as the wildlife, were relieved to welcome the start of the new season. Mkulumadzi guide, Erik, shares a little more about how the Majete wildlife have been enjoying the recent rains:
“Green grass and leaves are transforming the landscape and it feels good to watch Majete’s grazers and browsers having some truly enjoyable feeding sessions for the first time in months.
Little baby impalas and warthog piglets are sprouting up from everywhere and the birds are singing their hearts out, welcoming the rains.
The famous Majete lion pride spent a good week patrolling and hunting along the Mkulumadzi River and spoilt us to many pronounced sightings. Big brother, Sapitwa, is definitely the one in control of queen Shire now, and has been following her everywhere, never letting her out of his sight.
His brother Chimwala is always found a small distance away, sulking in the shade and bearing marks and scars of their altercations of brotherly rivalry.
Shires new cub is not so little anymore and never misses a chance to bask in Sapitwa’s presence. They are often seen eating together, walking together, resting together. It’s a wonderful and magical sight.
One of Majete’s young rhino bulls that lives along the Shire River has become increasingly gracious in granting us with sightings.
He is often found sleeping or browsing next to the road and doesn’t mind a bunch of excited and starry-eyed people taking his picture. “Lundu”, a former resident of Liwonde National Park, is the oldest bull in the reserve and recently had to have his horn trimmed and filed down a bit since he has become the main culprit who is suspected of inflicting injury upon the younger bulls. Despite this he is happy to stop for us when our paths cross to let us take his photo before he carries on with his day.
So the season is changing and boy are we privileged to be the lucky front row spectators to see the marvels unfolding before us! We are ready for more rains and all that they can bring.”
A little more about Mkulumadzi Lodge:
Situated on the banks of the beautiful Shire River, Mkulumadzi Lodge enjoys an ideal location at the confluence of two rivers. Guests arrive by a footbridge suspended over the Mkulumadzi River, giving the lodge a sense of isolation and exclusivity.
Mkulumadzi boasts eight luxury chalets, each with spacious living quarters and a private viewing deck. Guests can swim spend their days swimming in the pool and enjoying river cruises, game drives and walking safaris, and their nights dining under the stars.