Under the auspices of African Parks, Majete is a rags to riches success story that acts as proof of what can be done in Africa, when local communities and sound wildlife management principles collaborate.
Situated in the Lower Shire Valley, in the south west of Malawi, Majete is approximately one and a half hours from Blantyre and three hours from Lake Malawi.Home to elephant, black rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo, sable antelope, zebra, hartebeest and eland, Majete has not always been a prolific safe haven to wildlife.
In the late nineties, the reserve once renowned for its vast animal numbers reached a nadir from which many conservationists thought it could not be saved. Elephants were completely eradicated and the few species of animals that did remain were reduced to critical numbers. Illegal encroachment, agriculture and hardwood logging were all taking their toll on Majete’s precious resources and drastic measures were required if Majete was to be restored.
Enter African Parks, whom in partnership with the Malawian government and local communities, took responsibility for the rehabilitation and long term management of the reserve. With an overhaul of Majete’s infrastructure and law enforcement, Majete was given a secure platform from which to begin a sustained program of wildlife restocking.
In a period of just under ten years, by December 2012, a total of 2,559 animals had been reintroduced to Majete, where they can be seen flourishing today.