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Welcome to Malama Umoyo Cottages

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Menno and family enjoying a sundowner near Malama Umoyo Cottages.

Kevin and Ruth with daughter Mia and her boyfriend Ollie.

It is always nice to know who we are before you decide to book with us

For many years we have travelled throughout the African continent. Due to its amazing beauty and unique cultures, Africa can grab you –  and that is exactly what happened to us.

In 2007, we decided to start a tourist business in Africa and settle in Zambia. First we invested, built and managed a lodge in Mfuwe (Thornicroft Lodge) and then fell in love with the beauty and remoteness of the Malama Chiefdom and its friendly people. The Zambian government promotes the collaboration of Zambian citizens and foreign investors. So, in close cooperation and friendship with Chief Malama and with the support of the Mambwe council and the local Community Board, we started a new initiative: Malama Umoyo Cottages. When we travelled ourselves, as adventurous wildlife lovers, we always appreciated good comfortable  facilities, privacy and peace and quiet so we built it ourselves!

It is true to say that building a camp in such a remote, hard to access place is not an easy task. Starting a camp with no water, no electricity, no supplies, limited local skills, etc was and still is an ongoing challenge. We love it, because the stunning environment, the constant amazement of running into wild animals plus living with the friendly local people is a daily reward for all of the patience, perseverance and hard work.

At the prime location on the river bank, along with our home, we built two bush style cottages with a separate kitchen and staff facilities and a summer hut to relax in. All built with quality local materials, thatched, bush style, overlooking a stunning bend in the Luangwa River with the Chindeni Hills on the background.

In June 2019 Ruth and Kevin visited us in Malama Umoyo and have agreed to join the Company to further develop the camp.

Our main goal when we came to Malama was, and still is, to help with the development of the local area. Our camp is called Malama Umoyo, because ‘Umoyo’ means ‘Life’. Our initiative is the very first commercial tourist operation in Malama. We called our two cottages Adam and Eve to reflect this and also as a tribute to the wonderful Adam family from Chipata who support us a great deal.

Although we hope that Malama will not be flooded by mass tourism, we will encourage more lodges and camps to settle in Malama for the benefit of the local people and the conservation of Wildlife. It is evident, that wildlife is protected and conserved through photographic safari tourism. Every job will mean less poaching, so your stay really makes a difference, and of course any extra contribution to the school, clinic, church or other projects is always welcome.

Travelling to, and staying in Malama is an amazing Adventure!

Please contact us if you need any further information including: how to get here, where to hire a car, guide or cook, where to stay in Petauke, Chipata, Mfuwe, or even where to get food and beverages. We will of course be happy to assist.

Looking forward to welcoming you at Malama Umoyo Cottages

Menno, Kevin and Ruth