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Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

The newest lodge from the stable of Robin Pope Safaris, Mkulumadzi occupies a beautiful position on the banks of the tumbling Shire River as it passes through Majete Reserve. Top class guiding and some rare species make this a superb safari in Malawi.

At a Glance

  • Explore the fascinating Majete Reserve, newly opened to visitors

  • Bush walks with your expert guide are a highlight - discover the hidden Majete

  • Game drives take you deep into the park to explore uncharted territory

  • Mkulamadzi villas are designed to take advantage of the breathtaking views

  • Combines beautifully with its sister-camp Pumulani, on the shores of Lake Malawi

Adventure, Family, Wildlife, Couples

Insider's View

Take a walk down to one of the Shire river's awe-inspiring waterfalls!

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Insider's View

Take the boat safari on the Shire River

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Lie in the pool and watch the hippos wallowing in the shallows of the Shire River opposite

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Fall asleep listening to the rushing water from the Shire River below

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Have a sundowner at the view point from where you can see most of the reserve

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Mkulumadzi or take a look at our itineraries to Majete Wildlife Reserve


The Majete Wildlife Reserve, in southern Malawi, is rapidly becoming one of Malawi’s top game parks; recently the park has seen its ranks swell with rhino, elephant, buffalo, eland, nyala, zebra, sable, waterbuck and hartebeest all being relocated there. We’re delighted that these animals are now flourishing – with a few rhino babies recently adding to the numbers!

High up on the banks of the perennial Shire River, Mkulumadzi, the newest lodge from Robin Pope Safaris, can be found. The lodge is one of the most luxurious in Malawi and has just eight beautiful, spacious chalets, each with a wonderful view over the river and the bush beyond it. These views are given center stage, with one side of the rooms being completely open, with a large veranda on which to relax and watch game. Inside, each room has a king size bed shrouded in walk-in mosquito net, and each chalet is air-conditioned for those hot October days. The bathrooms are nothing short of spectacular with a bathtub with a view!

Mkulumadzi prides itself on its green credentials – not only is the over bed air conditioning so efficient that it can be run purely on solar power, but all but one of the chalets have roofs which have been planted with endemic grasses, which helps to keep them very cool during the heat of the day. There are also two family chalets, conveniently close to the main area, and each with a lounge area between the two chalets. The honeymoon suite is beautiful, with incredible views and a high, sloping thatched roof.

The activities at Mkulumadzi, as you would expect from Robin Pope Safaris, are very flexible – day and night game drives and walking safaris are always on offer, as well as trips along the river in the lodge’s boat on the calmer stretches of river. The guiding is absolutely top-notch and the camp can combine perfectly either with Pumulani on Malawi’s lake shore, or for real safari-enthusiasts, combine it with Robin Pope Safaris’ camps in Zambia – Nkwali, Nsefu or Tena Tena.


Mkulamadzi has eight large and very comfortable thatched villas. This includes two family villas which are found closest to the main area and have with two identical ensuite bedrooms so would work for a family or two couples who are traveling together. The bedrooms share a sitting room.


The lodge has a good sized swimming pool with views of the Shire River, perfect to cool off in or watch the hippos wallowing in the river below.

Location & Directions

Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

Mkulumadzi is located in a private concession area within the Majete Wildlife Reserve, southwest of Blantyre in Southern Malawi.

When to go

Malawi has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the rainy season, April to July is Malawi's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Mkulumadzi or take a look at our itineraries to Majete Wildlife Reserve

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