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Where can I find the big 5 in Malawi?

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

African elephant, Cape buffalo, African lion, leopard, and rhinoceros were originally referred to as the 'Big 5' by big game hunters in the 19th Century. Thankfully, today's big five animals are protected within national parks.



African elephant, Cape buffalo, African lion, leopard, and rhinoceros were originally referred to as the 'Big 5' by big game hunters in the 19th Century

The beauty of Malawi lies in its many protected areas, each unique, and each will appeal to distinct audiences. If you want to see the greatest variety of wildlife, habitats and scenery, you should combine at least a couple of them.

Liwonde National Park


Taking over management of this park in 2015, African Parks has been implementing conservation and community development programs ever since. These include a population of seven cheetahs in 2017, which have since been doubled with eight new cubs; and 10 lions introduced in 2018.


Located on the Shire River and the edge of Lake Malombe, it features footpaths that offer views of wildlife such as elephants, hippos, and endangered black rhinos. It also contains crocodiles, leopards, and other types of creatures.

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