Howard and Michelle Massey-Hicks started Danforth Yachting lodge and yacht charters in 2001. The couple have both sailed since their youth and both grew up enjoying watersports. The desire to launch the first live-aboard yacht on Lake Malawi was the initial dream, which lead to the development of Danforth Yachting, Lodge and Yacht charters. Over the years, this has grown to become a highly successful, premier lakeside lodge, ranked as one of the top establishments in Malawi tourism.
Howard is an Electrical Engineer, turned mariner. He has over 80,000 nautical miles under his belt and is regarded as the authority on sailing and navigating Lake Malawi. Howard is also a PADI Divemaster, an experienced dingy sailor, a great water skier and a larger than life host! His engineering background stands him in good stead for keeping both the yacht Mufasa, (which is his pride and joy!), and Danforth Lodge, maintained in pristine condition.
Michelle's job description is diverse - everything from yacht crew, hostess, administrator and kitchen supervisor, to waterski demonstrator and seamstress! Michelle adds the feminine touch to the lodge and her gentle approach and consistent attention to detail keep things in check. Howard and Michelle make a formidable team and are the backbone behind Danforth Yachting.
Ryce has worked for the Massey-Hicks family for nearly 25 years and has adapted and grown into the position of head chef at Danforth Yachting. His exceptional cooking skills combined with his happy disposition and seniority make Ryce a valuable member of the Danforth team.
Most of the staff are residents of the local Chembe Village situated nearby. Willing, friendly and helpful, the Malawian team strive to give you a wonderful Lake Malawi holiday experience. Ongoing training and updating of skills helps the staff reach their full potential. Seasonal PADI scuba diving instructors join the team each year, to offer professional watersports leadership and client hosting.
Firstly, staff training and skill enhancement of the local staff is an ongoing priority, so that every staff member can reach their full potential. Danforth Yachting also supports various projects in neighboring Chembe Village, gives financial support to the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic and supports the local schools.