Located in the south of Malawi close to the city of Blantyre, Majete Reserve is part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley.   With mature miombo woodlands and granite topped hills, picturesque river valleys and lush riverine forest, the reserve is one of the big success stories in African conservation.  After decades of poaching hard work has turned the reserve back into a sustainable development as well as the only official Big 5 Game Park in Malawi.

The lodge is set on the banks of the Shire River and is close to where the river plunges into the Kapichira Falls, and has just 8 stunning chalets where you can relax by the river.  The tents are beautifully furnished and the beds have evening breeze air conditioning for the hotter months.

Activities include game drives, bush walks, cultural tours, visits to the nearby Elephant Marsh and game viewing from hides.  You can visit the African Parks headquarters to find out how the park is being managed and protected. 

LOCATION

The lodge is located within the Majete Reserve in southern Malawi.

Access is by a 2-hour road transfer from Blantyre or 6.5 hours from Lilongwe.  From Lilongwe the lodge can also be accessed by light aircraft in 1.5 hours and the lodge is around 20 minutes’ drive from Majete Airstrip.

LODGE

Please note that the only way to access the lodge is via a footbridge suspended over the Mkulumadzi River!

The lodge has just eight chalets which are luxurious and spacious with contemporary furnishings crafted from locally sourced materials.  Each bush chalet  has its own lounge area and ensuite bathroom with double basins, an outdoor shower and a sunken bath.  Outside there are private viewing decks with chairs overlooking the river.

The beds have evening breeze air conditioning for the hotter months and tea & coffee making facilities and a stocked minibar fridge. 

For families there are two family chalets with two ensuite bedrooms connected by a lounge area.

The main area is expansive with a sitting area with comfy seating, a restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, a bar and a shop.  Outside there is a swimming pool, viewing decks and a sleep out star deck and on dry nights a camp fire is set up in the outdoor lapa.

There is no WIFI or telephone reception at the lodge.  The lodge is run on solar power with a backup generator for cloudy days.  Tap water is from a borehole and is safe for drinking; bottled water is also provided at the lodge free of charge.

ACTIVITIES

Species you might see whilst stay at Majete include elephant, buffalo, sable, waterbuck, eland, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, nyala, zebra, black rhino, giraffe, cheetah, lion and leopard.

Common sightings of birds include vultures (4 species) bateleur eagles, pale-billed hornbills, Arnot’s chat, wood hoopoes and shrikes.  Highlights include cuckoo hawks, Pels fishing owls, Livingstone’s flycatchers, racket tailed rollers, Boehm’s bee-eaters and rock pratincoles.

Game Drives – morning and afternoon or full day with a picnic lunch

Viewing Hides – an excellent photographic opportunity with buffalo, elephant, black rhino, sable antelope and eland all regular visitors to the waterhole.

Star Bed – spend the night on the raised star-deck with a double bed, lanterns, bedside tables and a mosquito net canopy.  Available from May to October and must be prebooked.

Cultural Experience – visit a nearby village and community centre to meet local people and share people’s experience of living alongside a wildlife reserve.  You can also visit the African Park’s Reserve headquarters and learn about the working of a wildlife reserve.

GIVING BACK

Robin Pope Safaris in Malawi assists the community and protects wildlife in the area they operate in. Some projects are done ad hoc, some projects are supported by our guests, and we offer management time to oversee the projects. Robin Pope Safaris has a policy of employing local people, which helps train locals into different jobs and at the same time they get a wage to sustain themselves. The jobs range from grounds men to guides and assistant lodge managers. The lodges also helps local children with school fees.

Wildlife protection assistance at the lodges in the parks that African Parks run is done financially through paying concession fees for the lodges. At Pumulani we have supported the national park by paying a yearly set fee. We have helped with sensitizing the community on the importance of the boundary for fish. Small fish stay closer to the shore for protection and are important for sustaining a healthy fish population in Lake Malawi.

Ad hoc projects include introducing lions back into the wild in Majete Game Reserve, food projects throughout Malawi during Corona, assisting schools with solar panels, linen and towels handed to orphanages, and setting up local gardens to produce supplies for the lodges.

MKULUMADZI LODGE IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND

THE LODGE WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

Call +44 1984 667420 or Email [email protected]

Our expert staff are on-hand, happy to assist with any enquiry you have.

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