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Majete Wildlife Reserve

Top choice in Malawi

Since African Parks took over management of this rugged wilderness on the western bank of the Shire River in 2003, things have really been looking up. There are now more than 3000 animals in the reserve, most translocated from other parks in Malawi and elsewhere in Southern Africa, including lions, hyenas, sable antelope, nyalas, black rhinos, buffaloes, elephants, hippos and leopards.

The reserve's two main roads are Mkulumadzi Rd, which runs parallel to the Shire River, and Namitsempha Rd, heading west from the entrance. Along Mkulumadzi Rd, just past the reserve gate, are the grand Kapichira Falls; further on is Mvuu Hide, from where you can watch hippos. A reserve map is available at the gate.

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1. Heritage Centre

1.57 MILES

Just inside the reserve gate, this small open-air heritage centre and gift shop features a display of art and craftwork made in and around Majete by local…

5. Mandala House

20.4 MILES

This is the oldest building in Malawi, built in 1882 as a home for the managers of the African Lakes Corporation. It’s a quietly grand colonial house,…

6. Society of Malawi Library & Archive

20.4 MILES

This library in the historic Mandala House contains a vast number of journals, books and photographs, some dating as far back as the 19th century. You…

7. St Michael and All Angels Church

21.19 MILES

This magnificent red-brick Church of Central Africa Presbyterian building was preceded by a simpler structure, built by Scottish missionary Reverend DC…

8. Carlsberg Brewery

21.79 MILES

Thanks to a Danish foreign minister who visited Malawi during the independence celebrations in 1966 and wasn't too impressed by the beer available, a…