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Conservation Volunteer Projects

Malawi is a fantastic place for volunteer opportunities. Visitors can offer their time and develop their skills all to help preserve and conserve wildlife and the natural environment. Becoming a volunteer with wildlife is a becoming more common as Malawi continues to be at the forefront of wildlife conservation in Africa.

Though much of the development in Malawi’s parks in recent years has been undertaken by not-for-profit organisations such as African Parks, there are smaller charitable trusts that make a huge impact. Organisations such as Lilongwe Wildlife Trust work hard work hard to rehabilitate injured animals and educate the local community on how they can work together to combat wildlife crime.

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust offer a variety of volunteer programmes, including a  a two week Conservation Experience tour which spends 6 days at the wildlife sanctuary in Lilongwe and 5 days at Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve undertaking elephant and primate research.

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Lilongwe is Malawi’s capital. The Old Town is distinct and has the appearance of a traditional African settlement, whilst the City has much in common with other twentieth century urban developments around the world.

Liwonde National Park

Liwonde is perhaps the most popular of all of Malawi's game parks. The River Shire flows along its western border, allowing boat safaris to discover the Big 5 and an array of birdlife.

Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is one of the two large wildlife areas in Central Malawi. A true wilderness, it has a promising future after recent mass restocking.

Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve

Vwasa Wildlife Reserve, an area of marsh and plain, with a few rocky outcrops, is all of 400 sq miles (1000 sq km) and lies along the Zambian border north-west of Mzuzu.

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Safaris in Malawi offer thrilling wildlife viewing by a choice of methods and in an amazing variety of environments, but without the crowds of mass tourism.

Community Volunteer Projects

Becoming a volunteer in Malawi's communities goes along way to provide a better future for Malawian people.


Malawi's varied terrains and environments create a birdwatcher's paradise. Around 650 different species have been identified and birds can be seen in the reserves and all across the country.