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Majete Wildlife Reserve
Region: South Malawi
Attraction Type: Wildlife


 A Unique Wildlife Destination in Malawi

Help conserve and protect Malawi’s wildlife resource by visiting and staying in one of Malawi's protected areas, operated by African Parks.

Majete Wildlife Reserve is a unique conservation and tourist destination for all visitors. The amazing success story of recovery and restoration and the continued protection of endangered species have led Majete to become one of the most popular reserves in Malawi.

Where is Majete Wildlife Reserve?

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 Story of Majete Wildlife Reserve

Majete was once a prolific wildlife refuge but by the late 1990’s most species of large game, including elephant, had been eradicated. Remnant populations of a few resilient species remained but they had been reduced to very low, and in some cases critical numbers. Law enforcement teams were ill equipped and underfunded, illegal encroachment, agriculture and hardwood logging were all occurring inside the reserve and the resource was diminishing. 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, 2,559 animals from fourteen different species had been reintroduced including the big five, leopard, elephant, buffalo, black rhino and lion. Other mammals reintroduced were eland, sable, waterbuck, nyala, hartebeest, impala, zebra, warthog and bush pig. Making Majete one of the only reserves in Malawi where the BIG FIVE can be viewed.

APM has also engaged positively with local people and has made a significant contribution to fostering cooperative relations with the surrounding communities. A range of community outreach projects have been launched with donor support and continue to generate positive working relations with Majete’s neighbours and generate much needed income for the community.

In the last five years, APM has focussed on tourism development and made significant achievements in pursuit of its goal to restore, develop and improve the management of Majete Wildlife Reserve as a potential tourist destination.

Majete Wildlife Reserve is now a Big Five destination following a lion translocation project in 2012. The video below tells this story.

Contact details

For questions and information contact +265 999 521 741 or email:


Website Majete - www.majete.org

PO Box 232, Chikhwawa, Malawi.  

Website African Parks Network - www.african-parks.org