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SatDec19

Chiradzulu Mountain is located in the Shire Highlands of Malawi, approximately 20 km to the north-east of Blantyre, Malawi's main commercial centre. The administrative district of Chiradzulu in southern Malawi was named after this mountain. Chiradzulu Mountain rises to a peak of 1,773m above sea level and is the third highest mountain peak in southern Malawi, after Mulanje Mountain, whose famous Sapitwa peak rises to 3,002m above sea level, and Zomba Mountain, which rises to 2,085m above sea level at its peak.

Chiradzulu Mountain Forest Reserve was established in 1924, and covers an area of 774 hectares.

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FriDec18

Lake Chilwa is the second-largest lake in Malawi after Lake Malawi. It is in eastern Zomba District, near the border with Mozambique. Approximately 60 km long and 40 km wide, the lake is surrounded by extensive wetlands. There is a large island in the middle of the lake called Chisi Island. The lake has no outlet, and the level of water is greatly affected by seasonal rains and summer evaporation. In 1968, the lake disappeared during exceptionally dry weather. 

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FriDec18

Lake Malawi National Park is a national park at the southern end of Lake Malawi in Malawi, Southeast Africa. It is the only national park in Malawi that was created with the purpose of protecting fish and aquatic habitats. Despite this being its main purpose, Lake Malawi National Park includes a fair amount of land, including a headland, the foreshore and several small rocky islands in Lake Malawi.

The Lake Malawi National Park incorporates the beautiful Cape Maclear, a World Heritage Site. The park lies in the south of the country, and is the world's first freshwater park. It includes the land area around the cape and bay, as well as the Lake and islands as far as 100 metres offshore.

These waters are an absolute delight for snorkelling enthusiasts. There is also boating and canoeing on offer. There are 600 species of the colourful Malawi Cichlids, which are endemic here. This diversity of freshwater fish is unequalled in the entire world. The abundant freshwater fish will feed directly from your hand while snorkelling in Lake Malawi.

In the surrounding areas, various animals and birds can be found, including Baboons, antelope, Hyrax, Fish eagles, Hamerkops and Cormorants. There are a number of excellent places to stay, all of which offer many exciting activities. There are even some beautiful romantic island hideaways.

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FriDec18

Lengwe National Park is a national park in Malawi located near the town of Chikwawa and about 40 miles southwest of Blantyre. Lengwe's topography is unusual for Malawi and consists of open deciduous forests and dense thickets. It is the home of the reclusive Nyala antelope.

Situated in the south, 75km (47 miles) from Blantyre, this is the most southern of all the parks. This area is ideal for sugar cane production and much of the surrounding area has been taken over by plantations.

The Park has wonderful scenery; the waterholes are great places to spend some time bird watching and also taking walks in the bush. The park has large herds of Nyala as well as many smaller antelope. Baboons, Leopard and Hyena also reside here but are seen less often. There is only one place to stay in the reserve Nyala Safari Lodge.

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ThuDec10

Located in the south of Malawi with the Shire River on its border, Liwonde National Park is considered to be Malawi's premier park, and is a must for visitors. This Malawi National Park has fabulous scenery and is well managed. Animal stocks include large numbers of interesting animals such as a great many Hippos and Crocodiles, herds (in their hundreds) of Elephant, Zebra and other antelope which come down to the water to drink.

There are only 2 types of accommodation in Liwonde National Park, a camp and a lodge, and visitors should be aware that Hippos often come up onto the lawns to feed at night. Expert guides take visitors on guided walks, boat trips and also night drives. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, and their bush lore is fascinating, as they give guests an insight into the lives of many animals.

Poor roads in the rainy season make the accommodation hard to access, but arriving by boat is the way to go, visitors can park near the jetty on the opposite side, raise the red flag provided and staff from the camp will come across the water to make the transfer.

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ThuDec10

Majete is a Wildlife Reserve nestled in the south-western part of Malawi with an unlikely story of resurgence and restoration. 

Situated just south of Blantyre in the Lower Shire Valley in Malawi, Majete has taken on a new lease of life since a management change in 2003 and is well on its way to becoming a Big Five reserve. Large translocations of game to this 70 000 hectare Reserve have boosted the animal stocks considerably. Black Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Zebra, Hartebeest and many antelope species including Kudu and Roan can be found here.

Many more ambitious projects are underway. Fencing has been put in place and other translocations planned to further increase the existing animal stock. Leopards were re-located from the Kruger National Park in South Africa and Lion are to be reintroduced soon.

The aim is to restore Majete to the state that it was before human intervention making it a premier Big Five safari destination in Malawi. Leopards were the first to be reintroduced as they have less of an impact on prey populations.

Another major attraction of Majete is the Kapichira Falls, with stunning views and rock formations worn and created over thousands of years. There is a luxury tented camp and a community campsite with various activities now available.

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MonDec21

Malabvi Forest Reserve, is a prtected area, as a forest in Southern Malawi and has an elevation of 1042 metres. Malabvi Forest Reserve is situated southeast of Bangwe, northeast of Msiwika. Malabvi Forest Reserve 300 ha, est. 1927.

ThuDec10

A critical ecological catchment that serves as an important dispersal area for elephants and other species for this region in Malawi.

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MonDec21

The Matandwe Forest reserve close to the border with Mozambique comprises an isolated small block of lowland rain forest as well as an extended patch of degraded Miombo forest. Besides botanical knowledge, little is known about its biodiversity. In 1992 a unique species of pygmy chameleon (Rhampholeon chapmanorum) was described from this forest reserve.

SatDec19

The Matundwe Range is a range of mountains in southernmost Malawi and adjacent Tete Province of Mozambique. The range is located between the Zambezi and Shire rivers just north of their confluence, and the Malawi-Mozambique border runs along the divide between the two rivers' watersheds.

The Shire River Valley is a southern extension of the East African Rift. The southern end of the Matundwe Range rises as a steep escarpment along the west side of the Shire Valley lowlands, and descends more gently westwards towards the Zambezi. At the northern end of the range, the western face of the range has a steep escarpment.

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