Overview – Majete WR

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Malawi.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Malawi.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Malawi.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Malawi.

Majete Wildlife Reserve is Malawi’s major 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 organization. Since then, more than 2,500 animals have been reintroduced and populations of naturally occurring large animals have started to recover. Accommodation ranges from a community-owned tented camp to a five-star lodge.

Best Time to Go July to October (Dry bush, animals are easy to find)
High Season July to October (Park is busy, higher rates)
Size 700km² / 270mi²
Altitude 145-752m / 476-2,467ft

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
  • Only 140km² is developed for tourism and open to the public
  • 4x4 vehicle needed for some of the roads, and essential in the Wet Season
  • Some animals are still shy and difficult to find

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Wildlife

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 been brought in, as well as giraffe, although not indigenous to Malawi. The reserve boasts the largest variety of antelope species in the country including thicket-loving greater kudu. The 600-odd buffalo move around in huge herds, and the Shire river teems with hippos.

Scenery

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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Most Helpful Expert Review
Malawi’s Big Five reserve
4/5

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...

Latest User Review
Beautiful Park with plenty of wildlife
3/5

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...