The story of Majete is one of severe decline, rebirth and remarkable triumph. When African Parks assumed management in 2003, the park was under-resourced, ill-equipped and devoid of wildlife. Elephants, lions and other major species had all been poached to extinction within the park.
We immediately began restocking the reserve with wildlife, and today, as a result of rigorous law enforcement and working closely with the local community, the reserve is home to over 10,000 animals, including the Big Five. As a result of effective management, not one rhino has been poached since 2003 nor one elephant since their reintroduction in 2006.
With approximately 140,000 people living around Majete, pressure on natural resources and human-wildlife contact remain ever-present threats. Yet it continues to flourish, maintaining constructive relationships with, and providing tangible benefits to local communities. Now one of Malawi’s leading wildlife sanctuaries, this enigmatic environment is a must see destination for any tourist.
The construction of a 144 km-long predator-proof perimeter fence.
The reintroduction of over 2,500 animals including black rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, sable antelope and buffalo.
Transforming the local economy by creating economic opportunities and provision of services through the construction of infrastructure, including schools, clinics and safe roads.
With the support of Malawi’s universities and Wageningen in Amsterdam, we hope to improve quality of life by scaling up income generating activities and implementing malaria controls. In 2017, 200 elephants will be translocated to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve to reduce habitat degradation in Majete and restock Nkhotakota.