Malawi: African Parks takes over Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
The on-going emergence of Malawi’s wildlife has just received another great boost with African Parks taking over the management of two more of the country’s reserves.
African Parks has concluded an agreement with the Government of Malawi to manage and operate Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve for 20 years. The agreement follows an application and evaluation process administered by the Public Private Partnership Commission in which African Parks emerged as the preferred partner to manage the two protected areas.
In one of the great conservation success stories, African Parks have transformed Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve from a neglected, rarely visited reserve of few animals to a thrilling Big 5 destination. With the 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!
Liwonde National Park, located in the southern Malawi is 548m2 in size and consists of woodland, floodplains, grasslands, and lagoon.
Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, located in the central region of Malawi is 1,800 km2 in size, lying within the miombo woodland zone. It is a major catchment area for Lake Malawi. Although a depleted park, it still has remnant populations of elephant, warthog, baboon, and various antelope species as well as 280 bird species. Well managed, it has the potential to become an important area for elephant conservation in Malawi. Black rhino, lion, cheetah and wild dog once existed but are now all locally extinct.
African Parks & Malawi
The African Parks public-private partnerships with the Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife for Liwonde and Nkhotakota bring to three the total number between the organisation and the Malawian wildlife authority. Since 2003 African Parks has, through its public private partnership with DNPW, managed Majete Wildlife Reserve, a partnership that has seen the reserve restored and restocked with an initial 2,500 animals including the Big Five. 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. Tourism offerings include the luxury Mkulamadzi Lodge run by Robin Pope Safaris; Thawale Lodge, a mid-range offering that also has a self-catering option and is managed and operated by African Parks; and the Majete campsite, owned and managed by communities surrounding the reserve who derive all the profits from it. Day visitors are catered for at the Heritage Centre that houses an information section, a gift shop and refreshment facilities.