Malawi operator and owners of three luxury lodge’s in Malawi, Robin Pope Safaris (RPS), have been celebrating the success of African Parks and their transformation of Majete Wildlife Reserve, 20 years since their work began. RPS take a look back on some of the stats, milestones and achievements by the non-profit organisation responsible for the park’s success:
Majete Wildlife Reserve stands as a testament to remarkable recovery and restoration. Since African Parks took over its management in 2003, a remarkable transformation has unfolded, turning what was once a barren wasteland, ravaged by poaching, into a flourishing haven for wildlife conservation. Through strategic planning, dedicated efforts, and a commitment to reversing the damage inflicted upon the land, Majete has achieved extraordinary milestones over the years.
Over the course of two decades African Parks has reintroduced more than 5000 animals, representing 17 different species, including several endangered species:
Since their initial reintroductions in 2003 and 2006, Majete has successfully safeguarded every rhino and elephant from poaching. These two species, frequently targeted by poachers, have remained unharmed under the vigilant protection of the reserve.
The foundation of African Parks’ success lies in the dedicated park rangers who are tirelessly safeguarding these creatures on the ground. Journalist Amelia Duggan visited Majete and was able to speak to one of the park rangers during her visit and had this to say:
“A park ranger, Ado, wearing a smart, navy-blue uniform and carrying a very powerful .458-calibre rifle, stands sentry on the shore. ‘I feel so proud of what we’ve achieved here,’ he tells me later in an unguarded moment as we hike to see the confluence of the Shire and Mkulumadzi Rivers. We watch the two raging currents, each with its own colour and texture, smash into each other and vie for dominance as gravity pulls them downstream. Things could have gone another way entirely.”
You can witness the tremendous work African Parks has done with Robin Pope Safaris’ Conservation Malawi tour. Follow the journey of the iconic 500 elephants and discover where they were relocated to on this inspirational safari package. Find out more here.
And for an all-rounder package incorporating the very best the country has to offer, including a stay by Lake Malawi, the jewel in Malawi’s crown, the Warm Heart Safari package is for you. Find out more here.
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