Malawi : Majete National Park

Majete is a rugged, interesting and quite unusual protected wildlife area in Southern Malawi. The 70,000 hectare area has enjoyed a recent revival and is the country's only Big Five reserve. Although it lacks a few key species, the game here is generally fairly relaxed and it's a lovely wilderness experience away from some of the more well beaten safari paths. The reserve is full of unusual antelope and other game includes elephant, black rhino, buffalo, eland, zebra, sable, porcupine, hyena, lion and leopard. With a variety of habitats, the birdlife here is good with over 250 species spotted, including Pel's fishing owl. With the large rapid flowing Shire River on the eastern boundary it is a good place to take part on both bush drives, walks, rhino tracking and boating safaris.

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Mkulumadzi Lodge

To access the lodge you have to cross a long swing bridge taking you from the park into the private concession the lodge is based on, crossing a slow flowing river. The lodge is a spread out along the riverbed of the faster flowing Shire River with 8 massive luxurious chalets with their own private views from the bedrooms, private veranda and bathrooms with a large sunken bath and both indoor and outdoor showers. The lodge is stunning with a huge dining room and even a pool to cool off in overlooking the rapids in the river. The lodge is owned by Robin Pope Safaris and lives up to the famous name with superb guiding and an exciting array of activities.

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