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Published on : Friday, November 27, 2015
Proclaimed as a protected area 60 years ago, Majete Wildlife reserve in Malawi is now one of Africa’s greatest conservation success stories. Over the last decade this stunning reserve has become one of the country’s most successful tourism product beyond the famous Lake.
Since its partnership with not for profit organization African Parks over a decade ago, Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife have seen Majete Wildlife Reserve restored and restocked with and initial 2500 animals including Africa’s big 5.
At the same time, park and social infrastructure has been developed, law enforcement and scientific functions overhauled, tourism and hospitality offerings set up and employment opportunities created for local communities in park operations, tourism and through community enterprise projects. Today, Majete is one of Malawi’s premier wildlife sanctuaries, conserving and protecting more than 7,500 animals.
Majete has seen visitor numbers significantly increase over this period with over 8000 visitors in 2014 and latest revenue figures for 2015 of $269,291.
2016 will see Malawi’s vision of developing wildlife based tourism to rival that of its neighbouring countries is truly taking off, with the additional government partnership with African Parks to manage and operate Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve for the next 20 years. With these two latest reserves already in a more advanced state than Majete was, it won’t be long before the wildlife is thriving and Malawi has 3 reserves offering some of the highest quality safari experiences in the region!