Overview – Majete WR
Majete Wildlife Reserve is Malawi’s only Big Five reserve and one of its top wildlife destinations. Badly neglected and heavily poached, the reserve was rescued in 2012 by the African Parks Network (APN). Since then, more than 2,500 animals have been reintroduced and populations of naturally occurring large animals have started to recover. A community-owned tented camp and a private concession with a five-star lodge, run by highly regarded Robin Pope Safaris, make this reserve an outstanding option.
Pros & Cons
- Great wildlife viewing with all the Big Five present
- Beautiful landscape and river scenery
- Night drives, boat trips and walking safaris are available
- Elephant tracking on foot
- Stunning five-star lodge
- Limited accommodation options in the park
- Only 140km² is developed for tourism and open to the public
- 4x4 vehicle needed for some of the roads
- Some animals are still shy and difficult to find
Most of the wildlife in Majete has been reintroduced, including large numbers of elephant, buffalo, zebra, sable antelope, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, nyala and waterbuck. Several lions and black rhinos have also successfully been brought in. The reserve boasts the largest variety of antelope species in the country including the thicket-loving greater kudu. The 600-odd buffalo move around in huge herds, and the Shire river teems with hippos.
The terrain in the reserve is mostly brachystegia (miombo) woodland with rocky outcrops. One of these outcrops, the ‘view spot’, is a great place to get a sense of space and the wilderness overlooking the endless wooded hills. Kapichira Falls, reached by a short self-guided footpath, is worth a stop as well.
Weather & Climate
The climate in Majete is hot and tropical. Temperatures are relatively uniform throughout the year, though there is a distinct rise in humidity and temperature in October, just before the Wet season starts. December to February are the wettest months, and daily thunderstorms can be expected. The first half of the Dry season, June and July, is cooler, so bring warm clothing for early mornings.
Best Time to Visit
The best months for wildlife viewing are July to October in the Dry season, when animals are drawn to the river and waterholes. It can however be very hot in October, which might be difficult to bear. The scenery is lush and green in the Wet season months from November to April, but animals tend to be harder to find and the roads become difficult to navigate.
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Ariadne is a renowned African wildlife photographer whose work is featured in many well-known guidebooks and magazines.
Malawi’s Big Five reserve
Arriving late at the park in our own vehicle, we were keen to get to the lodge for check-in, but this wasn’t meant to be. Just a few hundred meters from the entrance gate we were met by a few young elephant bulls having a sand bath in the...
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Beautiful Park with plenty of wildlife
Really enjoyed our visit to Majete - were able to drive around the park ourselves safely. The riverside setting is beautiful. We saw a lot of wildlife, none of the Big 5 unfortunately, but the highlight for us was seeing a nest of baby...