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Majete Wildlife Reserve


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The Majete Wildlife Reserve lies in the Southern area of Malawi, in the Lower Shire Valley, which is part of Africa's Great Rift Valley. It takes approximately an hour of driving from the city of Blantyre to reach the Reserve.

It covers an area of approximately 700km², with low hills mainly covered with brachystegia woodland, with denser patches of forest along the river.

After many years of heavy poaching African Parks Network took over management in 2003. Since than a lot has changed. The Reserve is completely fenced, has over 250 km of good roads, has a very professional Law Enforcement team. Over the years it has been restocked with wildlife and it now home to over 4,000 animals roaming free. These include elephant, rhino, buffalo, zebra, leopard, lion, cheetah, eland, hartebeest, kudu, nyala, waterbuck, impala, warthog, hippo. This now makes the Majete Wildlife Reserve the only park in Malawi to home the BIG 5.

The park is also appreciated for the Shire River, especially the Kapichira Falls, which are situated close to the park entrance.

It is a wilderness area where bird watching is very favourable and, provided you are escorted by a game scout, you are allowed to walk around.

Majete Community Camp Site is a pleasant campsite that is situated inside the reserve. Thawale Lodge offering six double and twin tented chalets (5 basic chalets and one luxury tent), all en-suite and each with its own private veranda overlooking the waterhole. Mkulumadzi Lodge situated on a lush riverbank at the confluence of the Shire and the Mkulumadzi Rivers.

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