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Malawi Wildlife Rehabilitation

Lilongwe, Malawi

Malawi Wildlife Rehabilitation
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The Location

  • Getting There

The wildlife centre is a short 25 minute drive from Lilongwe International Airport. To fly to Lilongwe, check out Kenya Airways, Ethiopia Airways and South African Airways. O2E will arrange for your transfers from the airport to the centre.

  • The Location

Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi. Malawi is over 118,000 km2 (45,560 sq mi) with an estimated population of more than 14,900,000. The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area.

Lilongwe, named after the Lilongwe River is the capital and largest city of Malawi. The city is located in the central region of Malawi, near the borders of Mozambique and Zambia. Lilongwe has existed for centuries as a small fishing village on the banks of the Lilongwe River. It has seen rapid population growth and has become the most populous city since 2008. While Blantyre remains the commercial capital of Malawi, Lilongwe is gradually replacing it as the economic capital of Malawi.

Lilongwe is divided into a New and Old City. The former has hotels, embassies and offices while the latter has markets, bus stations, cafes and restaurants. The modern shops of the City are contrasted by the street and walled markets of Old Town. The Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary is between the Old and New towns which is where the Wildlife Rescue Centre is located.

Lilongwe features a humid subtropical climate that borders on a subtropical highland climate, with pleasantly warm summers and mild winters. Due to the altitude, temperatures are lower than would be expected for a city located in the tropics. Due in part to the growth of the expatriate community and the increasing importance of tourism, the number of international restaurants has risen very rapidly over recent years. The city now offers a rich and internationalised diversity of cuisine.

There is a diverse population of native peoples, Asians and Europeans, with several languages spoken and an array of religious beliefs.

  • Free Time and Travel Opportunities

Malawi is known as the Warm Heart of Africa for its friendly people, warm climate and stunning landscapes.

Lilongwe is a safe, clean city and you are welcome to try the local restaurants, local markets and sample the nightlife. If you are keen to travel the centre can help you arrange everything from scuba diving at the lake to safaris in Zambia.