Wildlife parks in Malawi

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image015.png@01D0C55A.7D5B7A60 A non-profit organization – African Parks – has taken over the running of two more parks in Malawi bringing to 10 parks that it manages in seven African countries.

The two parks, Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, will be managed for 20 years under this agreement.

Why does this matter to the holidaymaker and visitor?

Because African Parks have achieved a two-fold purpose. The first is that they have managed to take over failing parks like Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve and convert it from a neglected, rarely visited reserve of few animals to a thrilling Big 5 destination providing more employment for locals and increasing tourist spend in areas that really need it.

The second reason is that Africa Parks works in partnership with governments and local communities so that tourism becomes sustainable for the countries concerned and cash does not leave the country for overseas pockets.

Liwonde National Park, located in the southern Malawi consists of woodland, floodplains, grasslands, and lagoon. It supports the largest remaining population of elephants in the country as well as one of two populations of black rhino. Other mammal species include: hippo, hyena, buffalo, warthog, several antelope species and more than 400 bird species. Lions were once commonplace and the healthy populations of other large mammals will allow for the quick reintroduction of predators.

Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, located in the central region of Malawi is about three times the size of Liwonde 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.

With the addition of Liwonde and Nkhotakota, Africa Parks now manages parks and protected areas in seven countries: Malawi, Zambia, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo ,the Central African Republic, Chad and Rwanda. The inclusion of the two protected areas also increases the land under their protection in Africa from 5.9 million hectares to 6.15 million hectares. At all of the parks there is a range of accommodation.

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