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Surrounded by 7,000 hectares of private concession, Mkulumadzi enjoys an idyllic location at the confluence of the Shire and the Mkulumadzi River shaded by giant leadwood trees.

The Majete Reserve is made up of mature miombo woodlands and granite topped hills that contrast with picturesque river valleys and lush riverine forest.

Guests arrive at Mkulumadzi by a footbridge suspended over the Mkulumadzi River. The perfect combination of luxury and isolation, Mkulumadzi boasts eight superb chalets set on the banks of the Shire River, shaded by giant leadwood trees and wild mangos.

Each chalet has a spacious bedroom and lounge, ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower and private viewing deck where guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. The bush chalets are luxurious and spacious with contemporary furnishings. They are flooded with natural light, providing the sense of being in the forest without compromising comfort and privacy. 

In the outdoor rain shower guests can enjoy the sensation of bathing under a waterfall. The shower is open to the surrounding bush with stone-clad walls for privacy.

The lodge has a restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, a lounge and terrace, a bar and shop, swimming pool, viewing deck and a lapa for evening campfires.




Luxury chalets



Open Season

Open all year round

Safari Experience

A typical day if ever there is one…

5.30                      wake up call

6.00                      tea/coffee/toast/cereal/fruit

6.30                      leave camp on drive or walk

12.00-1.30          lunch

1.00-3.30           relax

3.30                    afternoon tea and then leave camp on the afternoon/night drive

7.00                    return to camp

7.00-8.30          dinner

Hippos and crocodiles reside in the river in large numbers, and other game such as elephant, waterbuck, nyala, buffalo are often seen by the river.

Wildlife & Birdlife

Regular visitors to the river are buffalo, elephant, black rhino, sable antelope and eland.

RPS was recently involved in the re-introduction of the Big 5 to Majete, so big draws to the reserve are black rhino, leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, eland, kudu, sable, suni, klipspringer, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and zebra.

Other species viewed regularly are bushbuck, waterbuck, impala, grysbok, yellow baboon, vervet monkey, thick-tailed bushbaby, bushpig, warthog, dwarf mongoose, porcupine, spotted hyena, serval, genet and civet.

This is also the most northern territory for nyala.

Birdlife is prolific.

Added Extras

Mkulumadzi is the only upmarket accommodation in Majete Wildlife Reserve ( Malawi’s only Big Five Reserve), within a 7000 hectares private concession.

A good mix of game and a variety of interesting rare antelope species makes the game viewing enjoyable.

As the norm of Robin Pope Safaris operations, the guest/guide ratio stands at an unmatched 4:1; this affords you maximum flexibility and choice of activity.

One can choose from a great combination of activities inclusive of game drives, walking, boating safaris, conservation and cultural tours plus hiking.

On a green note the lodge is fully solar powered (with a back-up generator for those cloudy days).

Acknowledging that temperatures can soar at certain times of year, but keeping in line with our carbon footprint, we have environmentally friendly ‘evening breeze’ air-conditioned beds.

Even the architecture of the property has vegetated roofs for additional cooling and blending in with the environment.

Bonus for Mkulumadzi is we are open all year round and can easily be accessed by both road and air – so visit us anytime of year!