Mumbo Island Camp - August 2012

Sep 18, 2012 |  Malawi |  Lake Malawi |  Mumbo Island Camp
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Kingsley Holgate to Visit Cape Maclear
Famous African explorer, Kingsley Holgate, is on his way to Cape Maclear for the third time with his team to distribute mosquito nets for his United Against Malaria initiative. Kingsley Holgate is considered one of Africa's most colourful modern-day explorers. "After countless expeditions it was time to give something back to Mama Africa," he says.

In May 2010, Kingsley visited Cape Maclear as part of the United Against Malaria initiative, an umbrella partnership of many interested parties aiming to eradicate malaria in Africa. This is one of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.

His latest odyssey is called "The Great African Rift Valley Expedition." This year, as in previous years, a friendly soccer match and an art competition for schoolchildren (all equipment provided) on the theme of malaria prevention will take place in the village. The team will then distribute mosquito nets, predominantly to pregnant women and to women with babies and toddlers, as they are most susceptible to the virus. Insecticide-impregnated nets are shown to greatly reduce the incidence of malaria.

After this busy and exciting day, Kingsley and his team will repair to Domwe and then Mumbo Island for two nights of rest, relaxation, and what Kingsley is famous for: long chats around a fire under the African night sky.

Chef Training on Mumbo Island
August saw a wonderful week of chef training on Mumbo by the talented Juleta Hirner, who has been training the Mumbo chefs on and off since 2004:

"It's been a clattering, fragrant roller coaster ride full of unexpected joy and the odd maddening moment. The Mumbo chefs are pretty isolated: no glossy food magazines or recipe websites for inspiration, but the daily task of satisfying a range of tastes, from rarefied culture vultures to ravenous young honeymoon couples. This time around we have revamped the whole menu, line by line, cupful by cupful.

"'Douglas, you are murdering that fillet! Mr Ked, I have never seen a more beautiful salad. Andrew, nobody makes vinaigrette like you! Chef Guy, the best chocolate sauce in Africa!' These are some of the words that come out of my mouth during my chefs' training stint on the paradise of Mumbo Island," says Juleta (sister of Jurie, one of Kayak Africa's two directors.)
The talented Mumbo food team are now making spicy carrot cake with Amarula Cream, tangy pineapple dessert with an apricot glaze, light and crispy cheese pastry pinwheels with homemade tomato chutney, beef fillet with mustard and pepper sauce, heavenly little chicken pies and, wait for it... goat, mushroom and bacon goulash with creamy mash.

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