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Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi


The Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi is one of the two large game areas in central Africa, with large herds of elephants being translocated into the reserve and more than 130 recorded species of vultures and birdlife calling Nkhotakota home.

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Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

Imagine a rugged wildlife reserve crossed by a number of fast-flowing rivers, impressively large lakes and thick woodland shading the reserve’s wild residents from the bright midday sun. The Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is one of the two large game areas in central Africa, with large herds of elephants being translocated into the reserve and more than 130 recorded species of vultures and birdlife calling Nkhotakota home. Since 2015, the reserve has been managed by African Parks, one of Ker & Downey® Africa’s conservation partners. Since taking over the development and protection of Nkhotakota, over 1500 animals have been introduced into this African sanctuary, meaning that there is no shortage of wildlife to see when visiting. Photo credit | Frank Weintzer


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Conservation in Nkhotakota

African Parks took over the management of Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in August 2015, at which time elephant numbers had been seriously depleted, poaching was rife, and animals could not feel safe. Under African Parks, 520 elephants were reintroduced into the reserve from nearby national parks along with 1,400 game animals coming from Liwonde and Majete parks. A 19,000-hectare area has been gated to allow rare and endemic species to breed in safety, and hundreds of traps and snares have been removed. The local community is at the heart of the conservation efforts at Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, with local students being given opportunities to continue their education with reserve-funded scholarships and local villagers being asked to help with the protection of the wildlife.