Liwonde National Park is a small yet biologically rich reserve and has been managed by African Parks since 2015. It is 548km2 of floodplains, lagoons and woodlands that together support over 400 bird species and the largest population of remaining elephant in the country, comprising approximately 800 individuals.
Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi’s lower Shire Valley measures 700km2 and is the country’s greatest conservation success story. After years of rampant poaching, African Parks assumed management in 2003, and through community collaboration, animal reintroductions and anti-poaching measures, has restored its biological integrity making it Malawi’s only Big Five reserve. Elephants were reintroduced in 2006, along with a host of other species including rhino, lion and leopard – today approximately 400 elephant exist in the park.
Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is 1,800km2, and stretches from the Great Rift Valley to just shy of Lake Malawi. Its miombo woodlands and Afromontane forest cloaking Chipata Mountain are a globally significant ecological treasure. Although now biologically depleted, African Parks, having assumed management in 2015, is committed to restoring the reserve’s biodiversity through the reintroduction of key species translocated from source populations in the other reserves. Twenty years ago, prior to depletion through poaching, elephants flourished in Nkhotakota, numbering over 1,500 animals.