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Where can I find the big 5 in Malawi?

Updated: Feb 11

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. Including crocodiles, leopards and other types of creatures. Excellent bird watching year round with vast number of birds filling our wetlands and fluviatile.


Majete National Park


Majete Wildlife Reserve is a nature reserve in southwestern Malawi, established as a protected area in 1955. The reserve's animal populations were decimated during the late 1970s and 1980s due to poaching and other human activities.


Mangochi Forest Reserve


Also run by African Parks, Mangochi Forest is a critical ecological catchment that serves as an important dispersal area for elephants and other species for this region in Malawi. Being able to snorkel with the largest variety of cichlid at Cape Maclear

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