AFRICAN Parks have been responsible for transforming Malawi’s wildlife in recent years.
As a result, says African Parks in this report, Malawi is emerging as one of Africa’s most complete destinations as the quality of its safaris develops to match the cultural, scenic and adventure experiences already well established.
With new initiatives and projects continuing to be announced through 2018, African Parks commitment to Malawi shows no signs of letting up.
Last year, the #500 Elephants project into Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve supported by Britain’s Prince Harry captured the attention of wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists around the world as the largest elephant translocation in human history.
That, however, was not all that African Parks achieved. Alongside the elephants, over 1,000 head of game from other species were also moved into Nkhotakota and cheetah were returned to Malawi for the first time in 20 years in Liwonde National Park.
This year, Liwonde has already seen lions re-introduced and there are plans for more lions there and in Majete, plus giraffe for Majete.
None of Malawi’s state parks and reserves, however, are currently home to giraffe.
The Malawi government has also just expanded African Parks’ management of Liwonde National Park to the adjoining Mangochi Forest Reserve, making it the fourth park in Malawi to come under African Parks’ management.
Mangochi Forest Reserve is a 320 km2 adjoining a forest and water catchment area. Ecologically linked to Liwonde, Mangochi Forest Reserve is critical to the long-term conservation of the entire landscape and expands African Parks’ management by 60% in this area.
The new Robin Pope Safaris camp, Kuthengo opens in Liwonde this month, Nkhotakota’s Bua River Lodge re-opens after an upgrade and under new ownership next month and there are new lodge concessions being finalised across the African Parks’ management areas.
With all these fantastic developments continuing, it is a really exciting time to be visiting Malawi and witnessing the great strides being made in conservation and with its wildlife experiences.
LIONS WORTH WATCHING
JUST a two-hour drive from Blantyre is Liwonde National Park where visiting families would be thrilled by the sights and sounds of the wildlife of Malawi.
Besides fish eagles, bushbucks, elephants and other species of animals, the Park is home to a growing pack of lions.
Until a few years ago, hunters and poachers had almost wiped out lions in this country.
The Department of National Parks and Wildlife, DNPW however, with the assistance of the Dutch government and the Lion Recovery Fund, has been reintroducing them in the Liwonde National Park from the Majete Wildlife