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Over the last 16 years African Parks has run ongoing wildlife translocation programmes to restore Malawi’s national parks. This got us wondering if this charming little country can now be considered a safari destination in its own right, and who is it best suited to?

One of the cheetahs introduced by African Parks to Liwonde in 2017. A further four were translocated to Majete Wildlife Reserve in 2019

Sometimes, just sometimes, you find yourself thinking you’ve been somewhere before. Could this be the Chobe River? It isn’t, yet there are around 120 elephants on the opposite bank browsing, socialising and enjoying a dip in the water. The setting and terrific wildlife is so similar to Botswana’s northern waterway as to make me wonder whether I have visited here previously. I am in fact on the Shire River in Malawi’s Liwonde National Park. These elephants are not an unusual sight here. Indeed, all the way up from Liwonde town to Mvuu Lodge and Kuthengo Camp there are a number of herds of a similar size which come to the riverbank in the afternoon to drink. But what makes this special is that it feels like our moment: just my family and less than a handful of other tourists in camp, relaxing in the middle of the day and relishing these special times.

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