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Malawi safari

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Malawi safari

Travelling to malawi in april with my mum. Trying to plan our two week trip with a safari included-where is the best place to go!?


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H Becky2109,

Depends on what you want, Malawi does not have the “big five “yet, although Majete NP will be getting lion before you visit (2013?) which will give them all five.

For pretty well exclusive parks, you can’t beat Malawi, as the parks are fairly small, and do not yet have a lot of visitors. The park entrance fees are a fraction of those in other countries. You will also find there are very few lodges in/near the parks, which keeps the numbers down.

Liwonde NP has two lodges in the park, Mvuu Lodge, and Mvuu Camp, there is also a camping lodge near the main entrance. As the western boundary is the river Shire (pronounced Shiree) you will see lots of water wildlife, and in the dry season there are lots of eles by the water.

In this park there are lots of eles, hippo, crocs, and various antelope. They also have a protected group of rhino in an enclosed area. There are hundreds of different birds. wilderness-safaris.com/malawi_liwonde/…

Liwonde is nearest to Lilongwe.

Majete NP is a restored park still being restocked, there are lots of eles, hippo, crocs, also rhino. They recently introduces leopard, and will introducing lion this year. Also a large variation of birds. There is one exclusive lodge run by Robin Pope safaris of Zambia, http://www.mkulumadzi.com/en/ and there is a lodge and campsite run by the managing organisation African Parks, a non profit outfit dedicated to the restoration and restocking wildlife parks. www.african-parks.org/Park_1_Majete.html

This park is ideal from Blantyre.

In the very south of the country is Mwabve NP, this is in the early stages of restoration, and as yet too start restocking, as they have not yet been able to raise the funds to fence the park. It is nevertheless a stunningly beautiful park with a huge number of birds. http://www.volunteerafrica.org.za/

Both Majete and Mwabve are designed to support and develop the communities around the parks, and have already been able to build schools, health facilities, and provide bursaries for further education to some children, They also employ many locals. Any visits will support the local economy, there is no “profit” for anonymous out of country companies.

Up north there is Nyika NP, this is totally different, being high up, and consisting of rolling hills, wooded valleys, there are eles, leopard, giraffe, and it is ideal hiking and horse riding country, but this park is fairly difficult to get too without transport. Here there is Chelinda Lodge and camp.


If you want a unique experience, there is a restored colonial lodge in the Namizimu Forest reserve near Mangochi. Here there are forest walks, and amazing views. http://www.namizimu.com/

Alternatively, if you budget is reasonably generous, you could take a side safari to South Luangwa NP in Zambia, but this entails most of a day’s travel each way, and involves visa fees and yellow fever jabs. These trips are usually organised by an in country (Malawi) outfitter, who will arrange all accommodation and transfers.

Any questions, just ask


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Thanks for the reply, we will be spending most of our time in blantyre as I volunteered in thondwe in 2008 so am going to show my mum where I spent most of my time! We are hiring a car & planning to go to the lake, majete sounds good was a bit stuck between liwonde & there. Just another question- will we be ok driving in April? Not getting a 4x4.



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Hey Becky-if you go to Mvuu Camp- http://www.explore-malawi.com/Mvuu_Camp you will have to go by boat in April time or use a very good 4 x 4 as parts of the park are still impassable then. For Bushmans Baobab they can pick you up Liwonde Town or you can usually get to them fine with a saloon car- www.explore-malawi.com/Bushman_s_Baobab

Majete- it is fine all year round for a saloon car- if you choose to treat yourselves to Mkulumadzi then they can always meet you by the gate if you are nervous driving through or if there has been a lot of rain- www.explore-malawi.com/Mkulumadzi_Lodge

For the lake- if you choose Cape Maclear the road is just being graded so should now be fine for smaller cars! have a look here at some options explore-malawi.com/hotels-in-cape-maclear-la…

Have a great trip!


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