With no fewer than nine national parks or wildlife reserves, a Malawi Safari offers unforgettable wildlife viewing in unspoilt wilderness.
The oldest of these is Liwonde National Park, which offers some of the country’s best game viewing. The River Shire flows along its border, allowing for boat safaris as well as 4×4 or walking expeditions. The area is home to large numbers of elephants, with hippos and crocodiles populating the river. Resident buck includes kudu, sable and bushbuck, and lucky guests can spot leopards, hyena and the occasional visiting lion. As in many of Malawi’s wildlife oases, the birdlife is greatly varied and includes everything from weavers to fish eagles and the famous Pel’s fishing owl.
A fast emerging destination is Majete Wildlife Reserve, a protected area for recovery and restoration in the south-west of Malawi. Majete’s story is a moving one. It was once a prolific wildlife refuge but most of the large game species were eradicated by the late 1990s. Thankfully, the African Parks NPO stepped in in 2003 to partner with the government and local communities and rehabilitate the area. After a mass translocation of wildlife, tourism development and ongoing conservation initiatives, Majete is now one of the only reserves in Malawi where the big five can be viewed today.
Neighbouring Majete is Lengwe National Park and Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve. Lengwe is best known for its antelope, including beautiful nyala, majestic kudu and little sun, as well as bushbuck and impala. Mwabvi is also home to kudu and impala, as well as other antelope and buffalo. You can also expect to see an impressive array of birdlife during your Malawi Safari.
Central Malawi plays host to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, home to varied landscapes, prolific birdlife, and newly translocated elephant, sable, kudu, buffalo, waterbuck, impala and warthog.
In the north, Nyika National Park is Malawi’s largest and boasts large numbers of antelope, zebra and smaller mammals like warthog and bush pig, as well as one of Central Africa’s highest densities of leopard. Neighbouring and complementing Nyika is Vwasa Marsh Wildlife Reserve, with its wonderful mix of vegetation, an impressive range of birdlife, herds of elephant, and a large number of hippos, buffalo and smaller mammals.