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Return of the Big 5 to Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

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Credit Peter Ellis


It was wonderful to receive news from Malawi Tourism and Robin Pope Safaris that lions are returning to Malawi after an absence of nearly 50 years.

Two males and two females are being transferred from Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa to Malawi. This is transfer is the latest in the rehabilitation of Majete since 2003, when the non profit organisation African Parks took over management of the Park. To date over 2500 animals have been reintroduced and these lions ensure that the BIG 5 will all be there.

The four lions have to undergo weeks of quarantine on both sides of the border before a slow and organised release in to the Park. This is a costly operation, which Robin Pope Safaris have sponsored. This company is one that we have known for a long time and their expertise for all kinds of safaris in Zambia and Malawi is second to none. Their passion to preservation of the ecosystem on their properties is reflected in their responsible tourism – as witnessed above.

If you are thinking of a safari that is different to others, whether tailor made or set, we strongly recommend thinking about Malawi (safari and beach on Lake Malawi) or South Luangwa in Zambia. The latter is a great destination for walking safaris, which gives you a heightened awareness of what is around you and time to appreciate the smaller flora and fauna of Africa.

If you want to be one of the first to see the BIG 5 in Majete or want any details for safaris in East and Southern Africa, then find out more by contacting Peter on 01323 446550 or peter@experienceholidays.co.uk to discuss the options open to you. We enjoy tailor making safaris to meet your budget and time constraints.


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