Protecting Mwabvi - our priority  sunset behind a Mwabvi baobab tree

We are here because we are passionate about conservation, protecting and enhancing Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve and demonstrating the benefits of conservation through education. The information here explains the support needed from the UK Trust, Project African Wilderness Trust, to help turn around this threatened area into an asset for the ecology and environment, for the economy of southern Malawi and for the prospects of the local people.

Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve has been neglected for many years and as a result, the eco-system is out of balance. Many species of wildlife have long since gone, and some deforestation has taken place.

  • A habitat evaluation has been completed which will be used as a guideline for the re-introduction of game back into the reserve, but with careful consideration to the existing population of Sable, Buffalo, Kudu, Impala, Nyala, Bushbuck, etc.
  • An electrical fence will be erected around the entire Wildlife Reserve to protect the re-introduced game.
  • Research sites have been marked throughout the Wildlife Reserve to allow us to constantly monitor the vegetation, trees and grasses, small insects and mammals, bird populations, as well as the large mammals.
  • The Wildlife Reserve is to be populated with the BIG 5 within our 5 year plan.
  • Relations with the local communities surrounding the reserve will be improved to help protect the biodiversity within, and around Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve as well as creating sustainable projects with these communities.
  • We currently employ 57 staff and we are the fourth largest employer in the lower Shire District. We need to employ more staff to assist with the day to day maintenance and infrastructural upgrades we are currently busy with, which includes the construction of the new Njati Lodge, construction of the ever increasing networks of new game viewing roads, the upgrading of Migudu camp site, erection of the new fence and list just goes on.
  • Assisting the National Parks and Wildlife Scouts with their anti-poaching programme.
  • On a daily basis, we monitor game movement within the reserve with our trail cameras, but we could always have more of these valuable “eyes” to assist us with our research and monitoring programme.
  • Supply water to the game over the dry season with our solo powered borehole – We would like to increase the amount of these very important water sources from one to five within the reserve.

In a crowded world with limited natural resources and limited funding, it is crucial to establish priorities for conservation. Conservation planning should address 3 important issues:            

  • What needs to be protected?
  • Where should it be protected?
  • How should it be protected?

The challenge to conservation efforts lies in finding ways to minimize the loss of biodiversity with limited financial and human resources.


For more information on the importance of having a fence from experience, please read this article from The Horn, autumn 2009, Save the Rhino International.


  PAW: Promoting environmental conservation and development in Malawi.