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Good News stories in update from Lake and Lake Safaris

June 26, 2020 Visit Africa / Seychelles No Comments Email Email

Land and Lake Safaris, one of the country’s most popular tour operators that offer fantastic safari experiences in Malawi and Zambia, have been focussing on positive news stories with this collection of updates. They have provided the following insight into what’s been happening recently:

Some good news for Malawi is that there has been excellent rainfall in the country and as a result, an expected bumper maize and tobacco crop is forecast. Maize or ’nshima” is a staple diet for all in Malawi and most families – irrespective of economic status – has their own maize crop growing somewhere – even on the side of main roads. Enough maize for the families annual consumption with excess being sold to supplement incomes is what every household aspires to and this will provide massive relief in these otherwise challenging times – The rains are coming to an end, crops are being harvested and vital food security is in hand for 2020.

Another success we would like to share with you is the story of Joseph, who is a farmer in the Dzalanyama area and was one of our recipients of our “Fuelwood for Life” project – 5 Bamboo culms are donated to a household and it is the responsibility of the household to care for the bamboo plants for 3 to 4 years, after which these culms are coppiced to provide  enough fuelwood to sustain the household for life. 4 of Josephs culms has survived the critical first year and now with basic care, its only 2/3 more years to go then he is fuel self sufficient. The projects next stage is to show the households how to make their own fuel efficient stoves and to prepare their bamboo to achieve lifetime fuelwood right to achieve max heat from each burn. The aim is to ensure border zone communities do not rely on the nearby forest to provide their endless fuel wood needs. The added benefits for households is compost that is generated by mulching the fallen leaves for other cash crops, shade and improved soil quality around the area. Guests on every scheduled Malawi Safari are participants to this program and one day is spent in the community where you have the option to meet the household, donate 5 culms and then assist the household to plant them. This is Joseph in front of his that he received in May 2019:

In preparation of the 2020 season, Land and Lake purchased and had custom built a new 8 seater safari vehicle by Tanzanian conversion specialist Rajinder Motors. Some added comfort and extras include custom seat covers, individual personal air conditioning vents for rear passengers, winch and snorkel to cater for even the most challenging terrain, and inverter 220v charging facilities whilst the vehicle is running.  We look forward to bringing the vehicle back from Tanzania into our growing fleet once travel restrictions have been lifted in Malawi and getting it put on the road for its maiden voyage.

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