Majete Wildlife Reserve sits in the southwestern part of Malawi and offers a unique experience for those visiting. With an unlikely story of rejuvenation, African Parks took over the management of Majete in 2003, and in their first year, they reintroduced elephants back into the desolate landscape. The nature reserve is characterised by riparian forests, savanna, and woodland ecosystems, and Acacia, Brachystegia, Sterculia, and tall grasses are among the plants found in Majete.
Majete has become one of Malawi’s most popular wildlife and safari reserves due to its incredible success story of restoration and continuous preservation of endangered species. Majete is located in Malawi’s southwestern Lower Shire Valley, some 70 kilometres from Chileka International Airport and three hours from Lake Malawi, making it a convenient safari holiday spot.
The translocation of wildlife began in 2003 when African Parks took over the management of Majete Wildlife Reserve, and by March 2012, 2,559 animals from fourteen different species, including the famous African Big Five, had been reintroduced. Visitors can also expect to see common eland, duiker, hippopotamus, impala, monkeys, nyala, reedbuck, sable and other antelopes, warthogs, waterbuck, and zebras. Crocodiles and tortoises are among the reptiles. For the bird-watching enthusiasts, the African finfoot, Böhm's bee-eater, Egyptian geese, and racket-tailed roller are among the birdlife. Furthermore, the golden silk orb-weaver is one of the spider species found.
Even though Majete is accessible all year, the weather varies greatly depending on the season. Malawi receives the majority of its seasonal precipitation during the rainy season, which runs from November to March. It's hot and humid, with lots of greenery. The dry season, on the other hand, lasts from April to October, when the bush becomes steadily less green and temperatures range from mild to extremely hot.
Majete is a reserve that has been entirely restored in a short time, and it is now one of Malawi's top game parks, with fantastic wildlife viewing. Visitors can indulge in boat safaris on the beautiful Shire River, as well as traditional safaris by vehicle and on foot. It's truly off-the-beaten-path; a completely unspoiled wilderness area that offers ultimate peace. Guests can meet and interact with local communities, go on guided excursions to explore the reserve's stunning and diverse landscape on foot, and encounter wildlife and nature like never before.
Majete Wildlife Reserve boasts accommodation options for those wanting to stay the night or book a weekend getaway. Mkulumadzi Lodge is nestled amid the pristine bush on a private concession and offers eight spacious chalets. The chalets are connected by a footbridge hanging over the Mkulumadzi River, offering stunning views. The main lodge has an open front to take advantage of the stunning river views and the pleasant shade provided by the forested banks. Swimming in the pool and dining under the stars are among the activities available, as are river cruises, game drives, and walking safaris.
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