Majete Widlife Reserve

Majete is an example of recovery and restoration. By the 1990s most large species including elephant had been totally eradicated from this area. It was an empty forest with just 12 scouts patrolling the land.

In 2003 Africa Parks, a not for profit organisation, took over working in partnership with the government and local community. 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. Black rhino were brought back in 2003; elephants followed in 2006; lions in 2012, as well as a host of other wildlife including leopard making this budding reserve Malawi’s only Big Five destination with now more than 12,200 animals thriving within its perimeter.

Animal re-stocking continues with hopes of making this Malawi’s number one attraction. There are 85 villages surrounding the reserve and the resurgence has helped the community providing much needed work and income. Over 140 people now work on a full time basis in the reserve, including a growing ranger force ensuring not a single elephant or rhino has been poached since 2003 - a fabulous achievement.

The introduction of Robin Pope’s stunning Mkulumadzi lodge has aided the new found popularity of Majete. The reserve is located 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.

Safaris visiting this attraction

8 days
From £1995
Malawi Bush and Beach

Safari in 'Big Five' Majete Wildlife Reserve before relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi

11 days
From £3495
Malawi Conservation Safari

Safari in Malawi's three key wildlife reserves, Majete, Liwonde and Nkhotakota, each transformed by the management of African Parks.

11 days
From £3215
Malawi Route - Safari and Beach

A three centre luxury trip combining Majete, Liwonde and Lake Malawi

11 days
From £2795
Malawi Southern Circuit - Safari and Beach

Explore Malawi's beautiful southern region including Majete, the scenic Shire Highlands and Lake Malawi.

9 days
From £2620
Malawi Warm Heart - Safari and Beach

Safari in both Majete and Liwonde before relaxing on the idyllic shores of Lake Malawi.