Malawi 2011 - Majete Wildlife Reserve

After travelling back through Blantyre we headed south to Majete Wildlife Reserve which is less than 100m above sea level and considerably hotter than the rest of the country.We had a good view of the Shire River as we drove down into the Rift Valley.

We stopped at Ngona Lodge (S15 54.781 E34 45.242) just opposite the gates to Majete Wildlife Reserve as we saw that it had a swimming pool and as soon as we'd booked in we had a dip in the pool to cool off.

The infinity pool at the Lodge had a good view over the Shire River and we often saw crocodiles sunning themselves on the sandbanks beside the river.


We had a couple of drives around the Reserve and also went on an early morning walk which was very interesting. .  There was a lot of poaching done in this reserve some time back but in the last few years, with help from the Africans Parks Network, some of the reserve has been fenced and re-stocked so now there are elephants and buffalo as well as the usual grazers.  There are plans to re-introduce leopard and lion over the next few years.. 


Sable antelope.

A chameleon which crossed the track in front of us.

A small group of elephants.

Lizard buzzard with prey.

The Shire River, which is the only outlet from Lake Malawi and eventually joins the Zambezi in Mozambique.

Dedza Pottery & Mphunzi Mountain.

Southern Lakeside - Monkey Bay, Cape Maclear & Senga Bay.

Zomba Plateau & Mulanje Massif.

Majete Wildlife Reserve.

Kasungu National Park.

Viphya Forest Reserve.

Nyika National Park & Vzawa Marsh Wildlife Reserve.

Northern Lakeside - Chintheche & Mkondowe.


Diary (Word document).

We saw several preying mantis in this area.



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