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Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

Mkulumadzi lies on the banks of the Shire River overlooking tumbling rapids in a 7,000-hectare private concession in the Majete Wildlife Reserve. The reserve offers exceptional game viewing opportunities and is Malawi’s only Big Five Park. This luxury boutique safari lodge has been designed in harmony with the natural surroundings and combines classic and modern style.

Offering superb facilities including a bar, pool and viewing deck, stunning accommodation and a wealth of unique experiences, the lodge will appeal to adventurous couples and families seeking a secluded and exclusive safari experience in an idyllic setting.

Mkulumadzi provides eight spacious and elegant chalets nestled on the banks of the river under the shade of Leadwood trees. Each one has been designed for maximum comfort and privacy and is furnished in a contemporary style with open sides and a deck, perfect for relaxing on as you admire the stunning views.

There are endless adventures to be had to suit all interests. Head out on a morning game drive or walking safari, enjoy an afternoon boat trip on the Shire River or visit a nearby village for an insight into local life. Back at the lodge, relax by the pool or sip a gin and tonic on the terrace.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Majete Wildlife Reserve into a greater Malawi holiday. Take a look at Beach, Bush and Falls as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

Mkulumadzi Information

Location and getting there:

The lodge is situated in the Majete Wildlife Reserve in southern Malawi. It is a 2-hour road transfer from Blantyre international airport. Guests arrive by footbridge suspended over the Mkulumadzi River.


The lodge comprises 8 air-conditioned chalets: 3 double, 2 twins, 1 honeymoon and 2 family chalets. Each one features a vegetated roof, a comfy bed, contemporary furnishings, a spacious bathroom and a deck with an outdoor shower.


Indoor and outdoor dining area
Viewing deck and terrace
Curio shop


Activities are flexible and are led by first-class guides. They include game drives, boating safaris, bush walks, hiking Chimwala Hill, cultural tours, birding trips on the Shire River and to nearby Elephant Marsh and game-viewing from a hide.


Children of all ages are welcome and there are plenty of family-friendly activities on offer from nature walks to boating safaris. It is the perfect spot for children to explore and to learn about wildlife. Family accommodation is available and nannies can be arranged.

Mkulumadzi Price Guide

2 out of 5

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