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Explore in 10 nights the conservation stories of Malawi in 3 of the country’s impressive reserves and parks: Majete Wildlife Reserve, Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.

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Mkulumadzi 3 nights Kuthengo 3 nights  
Tongole 4 nights
Rate from US$4807 per person sharing
Available Dates March - early January

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Picturesque views in Liwonde National Park

Explore the conservation success stories of Malawi

An exploration of African Parks’ journey to rehabilitate Malawi’s wildlife, starting in Majete Wildlife Reserve which was the very first park to enter their portfolio and now home to all the Big 5. In 2016 African Parks (Majete and Liwonde National Park) were able to restock Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve with not only 500 elephants but also several other herbivores. This was the largest and most significant elephant translocation ever seen; bringing much hope to the African elephants whose existence has been heavily threatened by poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict.

Mkulumadzi Lodge, in Majete Wildlife Reserve enjoys a stunning location on the confluence of two rivers. Majete Wildlife Reserve is one of the outstanding success stories of African conservation – including the reintroduction of endangered species. It has turned into a model of sustainable development and biodiversity. Today, therefore, you will find several beautiful animals. For example, elephants, leopards, rhinos, zebras, antelopes, buffaloes, lions and giraffe are found here. Majete is home to over 300 different species of birds, including four species of vultures and many bateleur eagles. Other bird highlights include the boulder chatterer, Livingstone flycatcher, Boehm’s bee-eater, cuckoo hawk, Pel’s fishing owl and rock pratincole.

Next stop Liwonde National Park, an ultimate safari retreat where you can experience the many activities on offer with complete privacy; from adventurous game drives to tranquil boat cruises along the grand Shire River, there is something for everyone. Located on a large open plain stretching towards the Shire River, you will find Kuthengo Camp. Liwonde is approximately 55,000 hectares in size. Its fertile environment makes it an attractive setting for wildlife. The park is home to crocodiles, hippos, elephants, antelopes, klipspringers, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, cheetah, and lions. Black rhinos are also regularly spotted in Liwonde. Other commonly seen animals are roan, hartebeest and kudus. Liwonde is a wetland area and therefore a fine habitat for an incredible number of birds. The park is home to no less than around 400 different species of birds, such as Pel’s fishing owls, palm-nut vultures, ospreys and Lilian’s love birds.

Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, home of Tongole Wilderness Lodge, is one of the imaging parks in Malawi, with increased animal populations over the years, especially after African Parks took over its management in 2015. The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, and lots of plains game. Visitors can enjoy walking safaris, trekking, or fishing in the reserve. Nkhotakota is also home to some of Malawi’s most important rivers, including the Bua River, which flows through the park and forms streams and waterfalls. For bird lovers, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is a true paradise. More than 280 different bird species have been recorded in the reserve, making it an Important Bird Area (IBA) according to Birdlife International. Some of the birds you can spot include giant kingfishers, black storks, fish eagles and palm-nut vultures.

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Day 1 - 3
Day 4 - 6
Day 7 - 10

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Day 1 - 3: Mkulumadzi Lodge

Your Conservation Malawi safari starts at the very place where it all began, Majete Wildlife Reserve. Mkulumadzi Lodge is located on the confluence of the Shire and Mkulumadzi River; within Majete Wildlife Reserve. It's one of the largest protected parks in Malawi and covers an area of over 70,000 hectares. The lodge enjoys a stunning location on the confluence of two rivers. Over the next few days, you will get to experience the magic of Majete Wildlife Reserve, with a chance of many exciting encounters lie in store, with the chance to view many species including black rhino, leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, eland, kudu, sable, suni, klipspringer, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and zebra.

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Day 4 - 6: Kuthengo Camp

There is no such thing as a typical day on safari as one never knows what lies in store however an early morning start is always advisable in order to get out in the park when the animals are active. Game drives allow you to cover more ground, and the afternoon drives that last into the early evening give you the chance to experience the nocturnal wildlife. A boat safari on the Shire River is always a treat and at Kuthengo Camp you get to enjoy them all year round. Apart from safari activities, you can also spend time cooling off in the plunge pool or enjoying the wildlife and beautiful scenery from your private viewing deck.

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Day 7 - 10: Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Deep within the breath-taking wilderness of the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Tongole Wilderness Lodge is the only high-end lodge in the reserve. Your time here can be spent enjoying the stunning views from your chalet or embarking on an adventure into the wilderness with one of the many activities on offer such as canoeing, fly fishing, hiking and so much more. The last stop on your safari, and what better way to end off your journey of discovery.

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A fabulous safari and a chance to see exceptional game in the most exquisite surroundings. We had a beautiful dining experience down on the banks of the river and lots of delicious meals up by the lodge. Our game drives and safari activities were truly magical moments whilst we sipped Malawi gin by the banks of the Shire and Bua river. A wonderful way to experience the real soul of Africa.
Michael F about Conservation Malawi
The scenery is absolutely stunning, the beautiful Shire & Bua river with rapids is the view from every property we stayed at, with some of the best sundowner spots we've seen. The journey to rehabilitate Malawi’s wildlife is illustrated perfectly with this safari.
Terry P about Conservation Malawi

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