Although Majete is open all year-round, the weather conditions vary according to season. The wet season occurs from November to March, while the dry season runs from April to October. Temperatures range from 11 to 40 degrees Celsius depending on the season.
The reserve’s gates open daily from 06h00 – 18h00. There are several facilities for day visitors to enjoy, including a Heritage and Education Centre that houses a small museum and also sells a range of local curios. Mwembezi Restaurant is located below the Heritage Centre overlooking a busy waterhole, where wildlife regularly comes to drink. Here, visitors can enjoy light meals and drinks and cool down in the swimming pool next to the restaurant. The community campsite has braai facilities where day visitors are welcome to have picnics.
Day and overnight park fees are:
Visitors to Malawi should get tetanus, polio, typhoid and hepatitis vaccinations prior to arrival. Yellow fever immunisation is only needed if visitors are entering Malawi from a yellow fever zone. We recommend that you consult with your travel doctor prior to travel to get any relevant updates.
Please note that there is a risk of malaria and prophylactics should be taken.
Water at Majete is from a borehole and is safe to drink, but bottled water is available at all facilities.
Malawi is well known for its warm and welcoming people and the opportunity to engage with local communities is likely to be a highlight of your stay. When taking photos of people and their surroundings, it is best to ask for permission first. Handouts are also generally discouraged, as there are community outreach programmes in place.
The official language of Malawi is English, although the local language of Chichewa is spoken by close to 60% of the population, particularly those that live outside of the urban centres.
All travellers need to be in possession of a valid passport, but visitors from a number of countries do not require a visa. This includes visitors from Belgium, Commonwealth countries, Denmark, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Spain, San Marino, Sweden, Liechtenstein and the USA. Visitors from most other countries may be issued a visa on arrival, but this should be confirmed prior to travel. View visa information here.
US dollars, euros, pounds and the South African rand are widely accepted inMalawi. The local currency is the Malawi Kwacha and can be obtained at the airport, or from ATMs (Visa only) or local banks. Visa credit cards are becoming more widely accepted, but not typically in remote areas.
Majete is home to an abundance of wild animals including the Big Five, so there is a set of rules and regulations that all visitors must read before entering the reserve. Indemnity forms must also be signed at the main entrance gate.
For those who would like to drive to the park, vehicles are available for hire in Blantyre. From Blantyre, take the road to Chikhwawa and follow the signs to Majete Wildlife Reserve. In Chikhwawa, turn right at the T-junction. The all-season dirt road from Chikhwawa Boma to the park is about 20 km, and can be driven throughout the year, although a 4x4 vehicle is recommended during the wet months. The journey takes about an hour and a half.
For those who prefer to fly, Majete has an airstrip, but prior permission is required before an aircraft can make use of it.