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Majete Game Reserve

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Hippos in Shire River, Majete Game ReserveMajete has become one of the most attractive parks in Malawi. Wildlife viewing is the highlight of a visit to Majete, but there are many ways of doing that. Whether it is on a Game Drive, a Bushwalk or if you feel more adventurous and go Elephant Tracking.

Majete has even more to offer! Learn about the daily life and culture around Majete or visit the different community projects. Music, dancing, traditional meals, it is all possible.

Kapira Falls, MalawiThe Kapichira Falls is important historically and offers an interesting view over the Shire River. Close by there is a Baobab tree where David Livingstone, the famous Scottish missionary, put up a camp when he visited the area.

The grave of Thornton, one of the members of Livingstone's expedition, is located at Maganga village, few kilometers from Majete. The grave also situated under the Baobab tree, is well maintained and is still intact.


Majete Wildlife Reserve is located about 70km south-west of Blantyre in Malawi. Blantyre has got an international airport. You can hire a car in Blantyre. From Blantyre you take the road to Chikwawa and follow the signs to Majete Wildlife Reserve. In Chikwawa go right at the T-junction. At the end of the tar road, take a left at the T-junction and follow 20km of good dirt road to Majete Wildlife Reserve. It will take you about 1,5 hours in total.

To drive on our roads, we recommend a high-clearance vehicle and a 4x4 vehicle is strongly advised in the wet season.

Accommodation and services

Majete offers two different types of accommodation: Thawale Camp and the Majete Community Camp Site.

Thawale Camp

Thawale Camp, Majete Geme Reserve, Malawi

Stay overnight in Thawale Camp. This camp is situated inside the Majete Sanctuary, it is not fenced so animals regularly visit the camp. Do not be surprised if you hear elephants near your tent at night!

Thawale Camp has six twin ensuite tented chalets (5 basic chalets and one luxury tent). All chalets have an ensuite bathroom with hot and cold running water, one chalet has an unique open air bathroom built among the rocks with a shower and a sunken bath and a view of the floodlit waterhole. The chalets are spaced out to offer visitors privacy and an individual bush experience. They overlook an attractive waterhole that is floodlit at night. Visitors can usually watch elephants, waterbuck, buffalo and other game enjoying a drink. In the middle there is a communal lapa (traditional lounge area) with a fully staffed kitchen. Basic meals are provided of which the traditional Malawi meal is highly recommended.

Thawale Camp, Majete Geme Reserve, MalawiMajete Community Camp Site is a pleasant campsite that is situated inside the reserve. This site is built in 2007 and equipped with a bar area, barbeque area, toilets and showers. Looking for a nice place to pitch a tent? Try one of the shadow shelters. This beautiful thatched hide-out offers a comfortable place to spend the night. You might even just role out your sleeping bag on the platform and spend the night under the stars. The campsite is owned and managed by the communities around Majete. The profits go directly to these communities.

Majete is best explored by car. There are a number of well-signposted tracks and 4x4 trails for the intrepid explorer. The 250 km of road network will take you around the Sanctuary. To drive on our roads, we recommend a high-clearance vehicle and a 4x4 vehicle is strongly advised in the wet season.

Visitors can explore Majete with their own car or choose one of the activities mentioned below:

Elephant Tracking
Elephant Tracking, Majete, MalawiElephant tracking is a once in a lifetime experience! Together with two scouts visitors you will try to locate a single big bull or a group of elephants in a breeding herd.

The elephants are first located by tuning in to the radio collar that each of ten animals in the Reserve has - the collars were fitted for monitoring these animals after their translocation in 2006.

On foot you continue the search until you get close enough to see the animals.

Minimum age: 12 years, maximum number per group: 6.

Game Drive
Lions Resting, Majete, MalawiIn our game vehicle, guided by a scout, visitors go on a drive through the beautiful wilderness of Majete.

From the high vehicle you have a good chance to spot the different animals that inhabit Majete. Game viewing is especially exciting early morning or late afternoon.

A game drive at night to spot the nocturnal creatures of Majete is an option.

Bush Walk
Bush walks are guided by our scouts, who themselves cover the full Reserve every day on patrols and are therefore well equipped to tell our visitors all about Majete.

Community Visit
Experience genuine Malawi village life and see with your own eyes the community projects that take place in the villages around Majete.

Taste the freshly baked scones or honey newly-collected from a hive in the bush, listen to the music from Namajete or Valimba band and visit the vegetable garden or rabbitry. Make your own programme for the day, based on your time and interest.

Gule wa Mkulu Dancers
The Gule wa Mkulu is a tranditional local dance. The dancers perform at funerals and all sorts of assemblies. They also enjoy performing for guests. Invite the Gule at Majete or visit them in a village. Get lost in the rhythm of the hypnotic drums and be fascinated by their moves. An experience you will never forget!

Scout in your own car
You can drive around in the park in your own vehicle using a tourist map in our visitors guide booklet or you can take a scout with you. He will be able to guide you to the best spots in the park based on your interests.

Bush breakfast
We can arrange a breakfast for you somewhere on a beautiful place out in the bush overlooking a school of hippo.

Boardroom hire
At the headquarters of Majete Wildlife Reserve we hava a fully equipped, air conditioned boardroom, so make your meeting, workshop of function an enjoyable event and combine it with some game viewing in the Reserve.

Whatever time of year, Majete Wildlife Reserve has something to offer. The park is accessible the whole year through. Game viewing is however far superior during the dry season (June to November). Due to its position in the Shire Valley, the terrain is rugged, and undulating, and some game viewing areas are “better” than others.

Weather in Malawi is reasonably predictable – there are three recognised seasons and the weather within the seasons doesn’t vary much. The rainy season lasts from December until about March and once it begins in earnest, it rains almost every day. In a single day as much as 15cm of rain can fall.

Temperatures at this time are around 38C during the day but cooling down somewhat at night. Temperatures start to fall slowly in April when days and nights become more pleasant. Rains gradually finish and Malawi moves into its cool and dry season until September. Game viewing improves during this time as this is when the scrub starts to die down and temperatures are more enjoyable at around 20C.

October to December sees the highest temperatures, sometimes up to 45C. As there is much less vegetation cover, animal sightings occur more often and groups of animals congregate at the waterholes.

Feedback From Clients

David Masters

Dear Davies, The safari experience exceeded my expectations. Each of the parks we visited was unique. We saw all the animals that Africa had to offer. The vehicles used were excellent. The quality of the lodges was beyond my expectations. I thought the guides were adequate. They did alot of driving and were skilled at that activity. Although, they were very knowledgeable about the animals and let us know what we were viewing, I would have liked to have had more information on the countries that we visited, the people, the economy, politics, etc. In this regard they did not volunteer much information beyond telling us about the animals. The guide in Tanzania was somewhat more informative than the guide in Kenya. Both were extremely pe...

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