Southern Malawi & Majete

From the tropical plains of the Lower Shire to the cool forested plateau of Zomba, explore Malawi’s greatest scenic contrasts. You can enjoy hiking, elephant tracking, tea tasting and big game safaris at Majete Game Reserve.

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Southern Malawi offers you an eclectic choice of places to see….

Majete Game Reserve

There are three wildlife reserves in southern Malawi. The most exciting is the Majete Wildlife Reserve, only 1½ to 2 hours from Blantyre to the south-west. This large 14,000 ha sanctuary was taken over by African Parks. So with the aid of private funding, the park has embarked on an ambitious & systematic programme of wildlife restocking and new roads. Thousands of animals were reintroduced including nearly 200 elephant. Both lion and leopard have also returned to the reserve as well as black rhino, buffalo, zebra, sable antelope, eland, waterbuck, nyala, hartebeest and kudu.

Thus you now have a good chance to see large herds of elephant and buffalo as well as the magnificent sable antelope. There are a wide range of game viewing possibilities including elephant tracking, game drives, game walks and guided walks to the waterfalls. Choose between the luxurious Mkulumadzi Camp and the more modest Thawale Lodge.

Satemwe Tea Plantations & Mount Mulanje, Southern Malawi

Another area of great interest in Southern Malawi is the Thyolo district. This is one of the most scenically beautiful regions of southern Malawi, the heart of Malawi’s tea producing region. Rolling hills of immaculately cultivated, emerald green plantations and some of the oldest estates in the country are the attraction.

With magnificent views of Mount Mulanje to the west, Satemwe tea estate enjoys a temperate climate and a relaxed ambience. Here you can sample both of the local brews, tea and coffee, which thrive in the fertile red soil. Take guided walks around the estates or visit to the lower slopes of Mount Mulanje with its beautiful rock pools for swimming and picnics. Or guided mountain walks ranging from 30 minutes to the whole day are also possible.

Mount Mulanje is Malawi’s highest mountain at 3000 m, surrounded by oceans of picturesque tea plantations. So it’s a favourite with hikers and climbers. Contact us if you want to do a more serious hike/climb on the mountain.

Zomba Plateau

Finally the magical Zomba Plateau (1,500 m), rising above the old Malawian capital of Zomba, provides spectacular vistas. It’s a real treat in southern Malawi. Choose between delightful woodland walking to scenic waterfalls and dams, horse riding, mountain biking and trout fishing. However it is not as unspoilt as it used to be, and has suffered from some deforestation in recent years. So we recommend it only if you have plenty of time for your southern Malawi safari.