Austin Madinga

Austin Madinga blogs about the beauty and awesomeness of Malawi, the land of the lake of stars, the African continent and her diverse people.

World Tourism Day Rural Development

World Tourism Day: Tourism and Rural Development

Happy World Tourism Day! Malawi celebrates the day during some pretty unprecedented times as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The theme for 2020 is Tourism and Rural Development, an important one given the times. Ever since international travel came to a halt, local communities that live around tourist attractions or are employed in protected …

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Owning the conservation narrative

Owning the Conservation Narrative

In the week past, we had a visit by the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry. Among other activities, he dedicated Liwonde National Park and the Mangochi Forest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).

Tracking Lilongwe’s urban carnivores

A colleague from South Africa working in Malawi once exclaimed “Last weekend we saw a hyena in the middle of city centre. In the middle of the city! Gosh, it was a culture shock!”

On Ntchisi’s back roads

It was a day before Malawi went to the polls to elect a new president, parliament and local councils. My wife had arranged a quick trip into Ntchisi and she needed company.