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Majete Reserve is a wildlife success story. The area was decimated by decades of poaching, but intensive conservation efforts have led to Majete being a spectacular reserve and the only place in Malawi to feature lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and black rhino together.

Covering an area of more than 70,000 hectares, Majete Wildlife Reserve is part of the Great Rift Valley and is one of the country's largest protected areas.

There are large numbers of elephant and buffalo, and black rhino are thriving once again, as well as lions and leopards after their reintroduction. Among the resident antelopes is Africa’s most northernly population of nyala.

Standing beside the Shire River in the south west of Malawi, the area is characterised by sculpted miombo woodland undulating across the hills, which in turn overlook stunning river valleys and riverine forest.

Rock pratincole are seen beside the Shire River, while sightings of Arnot’s chat, white-breasted cuckooshrike and racket-tailed rollers will excite birders.

This park is now a key component of the local economy and is a major employer in the area. Some sustainable use of resources are permitted in Majete for thatching grass and reeds, and some small-scale enterprises are allowed including; bee-keeping, mushroom farming and furniture making, all of which help the local community to be self sufficient.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black rhino, African elephant, Burchell’s zebra, leopard, Cape buffalo, lion, nyala, hippo
  • Where: Southern Region, Malawi

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Best of Malawi

Travel to the fascinating Majete Wildlife Reserve, where black rhino are thriving again after an intense conservation effort, and to Liwonde National Park, Malawi’s premier wildlife destination. Ending with some relaxation time on the beaches of Lake Malawi, this trip brings together the best of this captivating country.

  • When to go: Apr-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Bats, Rhinos & Reptiles

Kasanka National Park plays hosts to a remarkable annual wildlife spectacle; from mid-November onwards an estimated 12 million fruitbats arrive. Guided walks will take you to witness this marvellous spectacle, and will be combined with time on safari in the national parks of Zambia and Malawi.

  • When to go: Nov-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,345 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Mkulumadzi Lodge

The perfect combination of luxury and isolation, Mkulumadzi is located on a private concession beside the Shire River. Eight spacious chalets, shaded by giant mango trees, have a deck, sunken bath and outside shower. The lodge offers vehicle, walking and boat safaris in Majete Reserve.