Welcome to Did You Know?

In this section, we have compiled some interesting facts about Africa, Malawi and the Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve.  We will update this section with new information regularly.  If you have any interesting facts you would like to see posted, or questions about conservation or Malawi, please contact us and we will send you a reply and certificate, and include them where we can.

Did you know?

Africa is the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. It covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area. With about 922 million people it accounts for about 14.2% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. There are 46 countries including Madagascar, and 53 including all the island groups.

The Republic of Malawi is an African country located in the southeastern part. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the north and Mozambique, which surrounds it on the east, south and west and is separated from Malawi by Lake Malawi, third largest lake in Africa and ninth largest in the world.

Malawi Map - www.cia.gov 

Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve is located at the Southern tip of Malawi (click here for the location map) in the Great Rift Valley.

‘Mwabvi’ is a Henga word for the tree Erythropheleum suaveolens (formerly E. guineense) commonly known as the Forest Ordeal Tree.  In times past, people would be given a drink made fom the bark to test their guilt or innocence. The tree grew along the banks of the river gorge that flows through the Reserve and so gave its name to both the river and the Wildlife Reserve. Now we have just a few trees left and are looking to protect any seedlings we find very carefully.

 

PAW: Promoting environmental conservation and development in Malawi.