Travelers to Malawi will now have the opportunity to see the rare black rhino in Liwonde National Park following the reintroduction of over a dozen of these endangered animals.
17 black rhinos have been successfully transported to Liwonde this month in one of the biggest international relocations of its kind. In an initiative involving WWF South Africa and African Parks the rhinos were transported from KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and then released in Liwonde.
The relocation was administered so as to help boost Malawi’s black rhino populations and aid regional efforts to conserve the endangered species.
Every effort has been employed to ensure their safety including aerial surveillance and daily ranger patrols. Each of the animals has also been fitted with state-of-the-art GPS sensor devices so their location can be constantly monitored.
There are only around 5,500 black rhinos remaining in the wild as a result of poaching and trafficking of rhino horn classing them as critically endangered. So, initiatives such as this are vital to ensure the species survival.
The Premier Malawi Safari offered by Signature Safaris allows visitors the unique opportunity to visit the critically acclaimed Liwonde National Park to try and see this rare rhino species for themselves.
The 10-day itinerary takes guests on a memorable journey, starting with their safari experience in Liwonde. They can participate in a number of game viewing activities whether by 4×4 safari vehicle, on foot or by boat.
While visiting Liwonde National Park, travellers will stay in Mvuu Lodge. Nestling discreetly on the banks of the Shire River, the camp compromises of 8 comfortable tents with each with a private viewing platform overlooking the lagoon ideal for spotting hippo and crocodile.
Liwonde National Park is known as one of the most popular parks for viewing wildlife covering 548km² and including Lake Malawi’s only outlet which harbours a dense population of hippo and crocodile. The extensive floodplains and dense vegetation are a great place to find large herds of elephant and antelope. Lions have also been recently introduced to Liwonde after a 20-year absence.
Malawi has been a recent conservation success story. In 2015 African Parks assumed management of Liwonde in partnership with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife removing 36,000 snares from the area significantly reducing poaching and providing a safe place for wildlife to thrive.
Following Liwonde National Park, the adventure continues as guests travel on to Lake Malawi for some much needed relaxation.
The Premier Malawi Safari costs from £3345pp for 9 nights’ accommodation based on 2 people sharing a room. The price includes all meals in Liwonde and Lake Malawi, game activities and transfers