Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is teeming with birds and wildlife, including rare and endangered species – such as the Roan and sable antelope, and the black rhino. Famous for its cathedral Mopane forests and majestic ‘upside-down’ Baobab trees, Malilangwe is an area where you will also find over 100 rock sites that date back more than 2 000 years.
The Reserve is set on 124 000 acres of wilderness in the southern corner of Zimbabwe, bordering the Gonarezhou National Park. It is a spectacularly diverse and beautiful piece of Africa, boasting geological diversity, habitat variability and a wide variety of plant and animal species. Home to one of the highest concentrations of the endangered black rhino as well as fourteen species of eagle, the area is known for its magical sandstone outcrops, mopane forests, and majestic baobab trees. Malilangwe is also an area where you will find over 100 rock art sites that date back more than 2000 years.
A very healthy white rhino population exists at Malilangwe and it is possible to see as many as 8 rhino together at one time. Giraffe, zebra, impala and wildebeest abound on the ‘Banyini’ in the centre of the property, and sable antelope and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest are found in the mopane woodlands in the south.
Wild dogs can also be seen and nyala are regularly seen in the riverine forest along the banks of the Chiredzi River. Herds of up to 500 buffalo can be seen along the river as well. Predators include lions, hyenas and elusive leopard. A variety of small antelope including klipspringer, oribi, grey duiker, steenbok and grysbok are also found in the region. Malilangwe Private Wildlife Reserve is a birders paradise with over 500 different species, including fourteen species of eagle.