Malawi is often referred to as “the warm heart of Africa.” This relatively small country located in the center of Southern Africa is known for calm, lovely people and a relaxed atmosphere.
While Lake Malawi is certainly a highlight when visiting the country, as the warm, fresh water, the colorful cichlids and unique island properties, wildlife numbers continue to thrive in the country’s national parks as well.
Over the past year, 520 elephants have been relocated from Liwonde and Majete to their new home in Nkotakota National Park. This is the first undertaking of its kind, and has been a massive success.
This is an important moment for conservation in Malawi, as well as for one of the planet’s most endangered species. This effort has restored ecological processes and taken pressure off local communities.
Cheetah in Liwonde
Liwonde National Park is known for it’s beautiful river and a rising big game population. A boat ride along the Shire River (pronounced She-ree) is a magical experience and great opportunity to view wildlife from a unique perspective.
While the elephant population has been strong for many years, we’re thrilled to announce that Cheetah have arrived in Liwonde! Several Cheetah were recently re-introduced into the park and are thriving. Another four are expected in the coming months followed by leopard and Lion towards the end of the year. The reintroduction of these predators and the fact that they are thriving is a massive conservation success for Southern Africa.
Malawi is a destination to consider traveling to in the “green season” month of January – March. During these months the country is green, lush, and brilliant for photography! The birding is also fantastic in both Liwonde and Luangwa, there are plenty of young around, less vehicles in the parks and of course fantastic pricing.
The sunsets are breathtaking and even though it is typically tropical season, the sky is blue with plenty of sunshine punctuated by the odd thunderstorm.