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15 Dec

New Malawi Safari Adventures Coming Soon

ElephantsWildlife and Conservations Set to Benefit from African Parks Deal

Great news for Malawi’s wildlife as African Parks announces a deal to manage two of the country’s reserves. We take a look at the potential benefits of this deal.

Malawi has faced more than its fair share of challenges in its history, but progress and positivity are two words that are spoken more often about this African country, particularly where wildlife and conservation are concerned.

Success stories have come in part from African Parks, a non-profit organisation that has responsibility for long-term management of protected areas and national parks, and plays a part in the rehab and enhancement of the habitats it takes on. .

In a public-private partnership it developed Majete into a thriving sanctuary that protects over 7,500 animals, while offering luxury to low budget tourism offerings all owned and run by the local communities that profit from them.  Now African Parks hope to repeat this success story at the Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, two sites that are already showing a lot of potential.

The Two Sites

Liwonde National Park is a mix of expanses of woodland, grassland, flood plains and lagoon. It’s already habitat for the largest population of elephants in the country, and also supports populations of black rhino, hippo, buffalo, warthog and several other mammal species.

The eco system also supports 400 plus species of birds, and has been noted as a site where Lions could be reintroduced. Tourists searching out a unique safari experience can apply for their visas, book their travel insurance, and plan their itineraries before booking into either the luxury Mvuu Lodge or Mvuu Camp, both run by Central African Wildlife Safari’s. There’s also accommodation available at Liwonde Safari Camp. This park is located in Southern Malawi.

With Liwonde you have an idea of what to expect, and how the park will grow in the future. With Nkhotakota reserve, more needs to be done to restore a bio-diverse habitat and increase the wildlife population.

Some species such as wild dog and cheetah are currently locally extinct, but there are still populations of birds and several antelope species, along with elephant and warthog. There’s a campsite for self-drive tourists, and several lodges offering accommodation to safari guests. Earmarked as a possible area of importance in elephant conservation, this is a place well worth checking out, and watching grow.

The Future

With the experience and skill of African Parks behind them, and other partners’ commitment to the scheme, both these wildlife areas have the potential to become prime areas for conservation and protection in Malawi.

As they grow you’re likely to see a reduction in the conflicts that arise between humans and wildlife, sustainable development of the local communities, and a wise use of local resources. $18 million dollars of investment will be spent on the parks in a five year period by key partners in the African Parks project, which will start the restoration programme.

It’s a next step in what is sure to be a boost to regeneration plans for this country, and this will be helped in part by the the exciting possibilities in Safari tourism that is sure to come. If you’re interested in nature in its wildest form, this could be a project worth keeping an eye on.