Wildlife & Animals – Majete WR
Due to extensive restocking of the reserve and sound conservation management, Majete now has a good variety of wildlife. Elephant, buffalo, sable, waterbuck, nyala, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, impala and zebra were all successfully reintroduced. Greater kudu, hippo and spotted hyena were already in the reserve. Smaller herbivores, including common duiker, Sharpe's grysbok and the tiny suni, were all present too and their numbers are increasing in the secure environment.
Majete is now a Big Five reserve – lions were the last species to be reintroduced in 2015. The reintroduction of lions was an important step in conservation. Four lions were flown in from South Africa, the first time lions have been relocated in this way. Unfortunately, one lion died during the flight but three survived and managed to breed in Majete. The lions are relaxed, and are seen regularly.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
The Dry season, from May to October, is the best time for seeing animals in Majete. Wildlife is easier to spot because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around the Shire River and other water sources.