Majete Wildlife Reserve is situated in the lower Shire valley in the South West of Malawi, approximately 70kms – (one and a half hour’s drive) from Blantyre’s Chileka international airport and three hours from Lake Malawi.
The Reserve, is situated in the Lower Shire Valley, a section of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, covering an area of 700 km². Vegetation is diverse, ranging from moist miombo woodland in the western hills, to dry savannah in the east with prominent thickets along the riverbanks.
Majete was once a prolific wildlife refuge but by the late 1990’s most species of large game, including elephant, had been eradicated due to poaching. In 2003, African Parks Majete (APM) a non-profit organisation, in partnership with the Malawian government and local communities, took total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of the reserve. The restoration of Majete has included significant infrastructure development (142kms of electrified perimeter fence, 300kms of roads, water holes, scout camps, fence camps and a complete tourism infrastructure), wildlife restocking and a complete overhaul of the law enforcement and scientific monitoring function.
The mass translocation of wildlife began in 2003 and by March 2012, 2,554 animals from thirteen different species had been reintroduced including elephant, black rhino, leopard, buffalo, sable antelope, zebra, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and eland. In July 2012, three lions were were released into the Park.The birth of two lion and possibly more than three leopard cubs during 2013 were conservation highlights and helped to entrench the reserve’s Big Five status.
Majete has become one of the most attractive parks in Malawi and is open throughout the year from January to December. Wildlife viewing can be done from the comfort of a game viewing vehicle or on a bushwalk for the more adventurous. You can also experience village life and culture and visit one of the local villages.