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.

Overview

There are three wildlife reserves in southern Malawi. The most exciting is the Majete Wildlife Reserve. This large 14,000ha sanctuary has embarked on an ambitious & systematic programme of wildlife restocking, with the aid of private funding. African Parks has re-introduced thousands of animals including nearly 200 elephant. Plus both lion and leopard as well as black rhino, buffalo, zebra, sable antelope, eland, waterbuck, nyala, hartebeest and kudu.

Thus you have a good chance to see large herds of elephant and buffalo in Majete. Or perhaps the magnificent sable antelope. There’s a variety of game viewing activities including elephant tracking, game drives, game walks. Plus scenic guided walks to the waterfalls.

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.

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.

Finally the magical Zomba Plateau (1,500 m), rising above the old Malawian capital of Zomba, provides spectacular vistas over Southern Malawi. Choose between delightful woodland walking to scenic waterfalls, horse riding, mountain biking and trout fishing.

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Features

Why you may love it

  • The Majete Wildlife Reserve is only 1½ to 2 hours from Blantyre to the south-west.
  • Large herds of elephant and buffalo to be seen in the Majete.
  • Sample both of the local brews, tea and coffee, which thrive in the fertile red soil at Satemwe tea estate and enjoys a temperate climate and a relaxed ambience.

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When to visit Southern Malawi & Majete

December to March

Rainy Season

Majete Game Reserve lies on the plateau of Malawi at approx 1100m altitude (3600ft) and so shares the same climate as Lilongwe and Blantyre. During the rainy season (December to March) the max temperatures are a pleasant 26C as the rain cools everything down. Though there is rain, it is less than in the north of Malawi, and usually comes as afternoon thunderstorms.
AVG RAINFALL 226mm
MAX TEMP 33 ℃ / 91 ℉
MIN TEMP 22 ℃ / 72 ℉

April & May

Dry season

This is a transitional period when the dry season starts. However the daytime temperatures stay warm at 25-26C due to the altitude.
AVG RAINFALL 113mm
MAX TEMP 32 ℃ / 90 ℉
MIN TEMP 21 ℃ / 70 ℉

June to August

Cooler Season

There’s not a drop of rain during this period. Temperatures drop down to 23C rising to 25C as August progresses. However the night-time temperatures are noticeably cooler at a minimum of 6-7C. Great time for game-viewing.
AVG RAINFALL 9mm
MAX TEMP 27 ℃ / 81 ℉
MIN TEMP 15 ℃ / 59 ℉

September to November

Very Hot season

Temperatures rise steadily from mid August onward becoming seriously hot in October to November (max 32c with high humidity) just prior to the start of summer rains. Night-time temperatures are also high so its really suited to those who cope well with heat!
AVG RAINFALL 65mm
MAX TEMP 35 ℃ / 95 ℉
MIN TEMP 20 ℃ / 68 ℉

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Mkulumadzi Camp Review

I love the riverside setting of Mkulumadzi Camp and you can hear the water flowing throughout the day and night. I suspect that the swing bridge – being the only way to get to the camp -  may be a logistical nightmare for the lodge to manage. But we found it was a magical part of the experience for us. (However it is worth pointing out for people who are frailer and unsteady on their feet!)

The suites are stunning and modern and so are the public areas of the lodge. The food, again, was excellent. The Management couple were fine but not as friendly as some of the local Malawian managers although they did dine with us.

Unfortunately I had to leave early and so was not able to enjoy the full game-experience whilst I was there but I can see from the previous clients that they saw lions. We loved the hide at the waterhole which is a great wildlife viewing point.

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