Majete Walking Safari

Majete, Liwonde and Southern Malawi Safaris

Majete Walking Safari at Mkulumadzi Lodge

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The perfect safari holiday in southern Malawi

Majete is the only Big 5 reserve in Malawi, whilst Liwonde is all about boat, vehicle and foot safaris

Majete Wildlife Reserve encompasses 70,000 hectares of rugged bushland in the lower Shire River Valley, southern Malawi. Neglected for many years, Majete has undergone a major revival since 2003 when the reserve was taken over by the African Parks Network. Their work has been tremendous and the park has now been re-stocked with over 2,500 animals, including black rhino and lion that have successfully bred. Other game found in the reserve includes elephant, buffalo, leopard, sable, waterbuck, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, hippo, crocodile, eland, nyala and zebra, making Majete the only Big 5 reserve in Malawi.

While Malawi is not as well known for big game as other African countries, Liwonde National Park is brimming with wildlife that literally sits at your doorstep making this national park the most popular in the country. It is about 100 miles north of Blantyre and is a great link between the lakeside lodges of Lake Malawi and those in the South. Wildlife viewing is enhanced because the River Shire flows along its western border, allowing boat safaris as well as the usual ones on foot or in 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Malawi’s second largest city and commercial capital, Blantyre was founded in the latter half of the 19th century (pre-dating Nairobi and Johannesburg), and takes its name from the town in south Lanarkshire where David Livingstone was born. Since then the city has expanded rapidly into a sprawling commercial centre, though it still retains many of its British colonial-era structures. Despite its long history, Blantyre has few major attractions, and is mainly used a stop-over by those en-route to southern Malawi.

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