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The Rains Arrive in Malawi!
Posted on: Monday, January 18, 2016
Blog Category: 'Wildlife & Reserves'

Finally in December the drought relinquished its iron-fist grip from around Malawi’s throat and the much needed rains arrived! A new flush of green is now covering Malawi which means that the Majete Wildlife Reserve is back to its jungle-like state.


The Shire River is flowing thick and fast again. Despite it being slightly brown due to all the soil being washed down it, Robin Pope Safari’s Mkulumadzi manager, Heath, says that the hippos are very happy to have their spot back. For a while their favourite spot in front of the lodge was a bit too dry for their liking, but now that they’re back guests continue to enjoy frequent sightings of the resident hippos.

The hippos are not the only ones feeling the joy at the moment.  The team at Mkulumadzi is also very happy as it is believed that a new lion cub has been born. The lion population in Majete is still quite small so new arrivals are always very exciting. In fact, lions were only reintroduced to the area in 2012 after a rampant poaching problem in the 1990’s left Majete with almost no wildlife. Now the area boasts one of the most amazing conservation success stories ever.

It just goes to show that no matter how bad things get, it’s never too late to turn things around. Just as this drought seemed it would never end, now water is in such abundance that the animals can pick and choose where they’d like to drink. Nature is one resilient force to be reckoned with!

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