Majete Wildlife Reserve

An exceptional Wildlife Destination within Malawi
Assist conserve as well as safeguard the wildlife resource in Malawi through visiting as well as staying at the only sheltered area managed by African Parks in Malawi.
Majete Wildlife Reserve is a exceptional conservation as well as tourist area for every visitor. The wonderful success tale of recovery as well as reinstatement plus the unrelenting protection of the species in danger of extinction have actually led Majete to turn into one of the very well-known reserves within Malawi.
Where is Majete Wildlife Reserve located?
Majete Wildlife Reserve is located in the lower Shire valley within the Southwestern part of Malawi, about 70 kilometers – (just one hour and thirty minutes drive) from Chileka international airport in Blantyre and 3 hours coming from Lake Malawi.
The tale of Majete Wildlife Reserve
Majete was previously a productive wildlife habitat however by the end of the 1990’s many of the species of huge game, among which where elephants, were wiped out. Residual numbers of a few resistant species stayed although they actually had reduced to small numbers and in some instances critical quantities. Law enforcement groups were not well equipped and not well funded, unlawful encroachment, hardwood logging plus agriculture were all taking place within the reserve while the available resources where decreasing.  Back in 2003, African Parks Majete (APM) which is a non-profit organization, in collaboration with the government of Malawi plus the local communities, took full responsibility for the recovery plus long-term running of this reserve. The reinstatement of Majete has incorporated important development of infrastructure (with 142 kilometers of an electrified perimeter-fence, fence camps, 300 kilometers of road, comprehensive tourism infrastructure, water holes and  scout camps), restocking of wildlife as well as a complete renovation of the law enforcement officials in addition to scientific monitoring task.
The huge translocation of flora and fauna started in 2003 and by 2012 in the month of March, 2 554 animals belonging to 13 different species had actually been reintroduced among which were elephants, elands, black rhinos, Lichtenstein’s hartebeests, leopards, zebras, buffaloes, as well as sable antelopes. It is anticipated that lions will also be introduced in the month of August this very year and this will Majete into one of the very few reserves within Malawi where visitors can spot the BIG 5.
APM has in addition engaged favorably with the local residents and has developed an important contribution towards nurturing cooperative relationships with the neighboring communities. A diversity of community out-reach projects have actually been publish with donor help as well as continued to produce positive operating relations with the neighbors of Majete’s and generate more required income for that village.
In the past 5 years, APM has concentrated on development of tourism and made important achievements in quest of its objective to improve, restore and develop the managing of Majete Wildlife Reserve as a possible tourist location.

Majete Wildlife reserve lies in the lush forested south western part of Malawi away from the town of Blantyre. On the western part of the 96sq Kilometer Park is Shire River that meanders through the low lying hills covered in brachystegia woodlands and sparse riparian forests on Shire river.


The management of the park has changed hands several times and the new management-African Parks Network that was established in 2003 has made tremendous efforts in conservation of the reserve and thus reintroduced the extinct species such as the black rhinos.

There are an estimated 4000 mammals living in the electric fenced reserve and these include elephants, waterbuck, buffalo, sable antelope, zebra, eland, Nyala, kudu, hartebeest, hippo, warthog and impala.

There are further plans to re introduce the big cats such as lion, cheetah and leopard in to the reserve’s wildlife habitat.

Kapichira Falls is located within the reserve and is one of the tourist attractions in the reserve besides the wildlife. It located near the park entrance and is the first thing you’ll see in Majete Wildlife reserve.

Getting there

The reserve is 70m from Blantyre off the M1 road in the lower Shire Valley region of Malawi

This Reserve is off the main M1 road, seventy miles south of Blantyre, in the Lower Shire Valley.


There is a campsite within the park Thawale camp located near the waterhole. The camp is built with luxury facilities-bathroom, and grass thatched chalets that can accommodate 12 people. Majete community camp offers overnight and self catering options for tourists.

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