Majete Game Reserve
Nestled in the Lower Shire Valley in south western Malawi, Majete Game Reserve is among the very few game reserves in Africa where visitors have an opportunity to see the famous Big Five. The reserve, which covers about 700 square km (270 square miles), is home to lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalos. Except for the leopards, which rarely move during the day, the other four can easily be seen while touring on safari vehicles. Apart from the Big Five, Majete Game Reserve has many other animal species such as warthogs, water-bucks, antelopes, hyenas and giraffes. In the 1970s and 1980s, the population of animals was reduced drastically due to poaching and other human activities. However, since African Parks took over in 2003, about 2,500 animals from 14 different species have been reintroduced. In May of 2018, the reserve received six lions from South Africa to increase the population of the predators.