Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is a unique nature reserve in the heart of Malawi's capital, spanning 70 hectares of beautiful forest. It is run by the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, Malawi’s leading conservation NGO. It is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with 6km of hiking trails, an elevated boardwalk, café and gift shop. We are open 365 days a year from 8am to 5pm and we would appreciate your visit - every kwacha of your entry fee goes towards supporting Malawi's wildlife and wild places. At Lilongwe Wildlife Centre we also run Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary. To give rescued animals the best chance of being released, we have to make sure they retain their wild behaviours and do not spend too much time around people. For this reason, the sanctuary is generally closed to the public. If you want to get more involved with our conservation work, why not sign up for a placement. We offer opportunities for sanctuary work, veterinary medicine and biodiversity research.
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YorkshireJumbo
Tadcaster, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Some of it can be a bit reclusive but we've seen a fair amount in our visits. Despite being in the middle of the city, it's surprisingly peaceful and feels remarkable remote when you're walking round. It's mostly shady, so the sun was less of an issue than I expected. But take some insect repellant with you
Written 2 June 2022
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Glyn L
Malawi22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Great for walking on the trails. Plenty of wildlife to be seen. The sanctuary itself is closed at the moment but don’t let that put you off. We saw vervet monkeys, Nile monitor, forest antelope and much more whilst hiking along side the river. Good waterproof boots needed in the wet season.
Written 26 February 2022
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Andy B
Bournemouth, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
I visited the centre and had to wait before having a guide (not a problem) spent the time in the cafe drinking great coffee
, the guided tour was ok , a lot of baboons, some crocs and sadly not much else to see, but the cafe was great food was nicely cooked.
Written 10 May 2018
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CaptainSmirnoff
English Riviera, UK29 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2015 • Family
"Wildlife Centre" or "Zoo" ? I was left not sure as to what it was. Convienient as is only a short drive from City Centre. The usual fantastic and pleasant greeting you get in almost anywhere in Malawi. However to get a guided tour around the park we did have to wait nearly an hour as other groups were all ready around. To be fair it was school term and this location is obviously a day out for many of the schools and parties, The guide did tell us that they can have up to a dozen a day. These groups can be up to 20 plus young children under 10, so its a little chaotic to say the least.
The option was to wait in a very pleasant area with a small coffee bar and restaurant.(over looking a childrens play area) so not exactly peaceful. There was only 3 of us but drinks still took an eternity to arrive to the extent we barely had time to drink before we had to move down to go on the "Tour"
The first thing we were advised of was due to the high number of school trips and other party groups it was unlikely we would see much as the animals would have been scared off by the noise and it was also midday so most animals have taken shelter anyway. (Accepted point as this is normal for any Game)
Now this is where i could have misunderstood the idea of the centre as i was under the impression that it was a "midpoint" as a place for animals to be reintroduced to the wild. Much of the properganda and information led me to this and one of the reasons I wanted to go see. However it became apparant very quickly this was no tthe case. After half a dozen or so of various monkey enclosures we were informed that none could be released into the wild due to a number of factors. For eg The many monkey varieties had been rescued from Zoos around the world and as part of their captivity had suffered having their tails cut and shortened to reduce climbing ability etc. Extremely sad to see a troop of Monkeys unable to climb etc due to the cruelty that had been inflicted in previous Zoos.
This story carried on across most enclosures with very few if any stories of succesfull returns to the wild. Within the Monkey/Baboon area I was saddened to see old car tyres hung from the trees, For me this just seemed so all very wrong and did not fit in with a Wildlife Centre/Sanctuary. Even at an enclosure for a rock Python it had several old car tyres in the otherwise bare enclosure. The explanation was it was cheaper and easier than using Rocks?? This was the final straw in my confusion as to if I was simply at a Zoo in Europe from which so many of these animals had come from or a Wildlife centre.
From an educational point taking kids around to see Monkeys hanging on car tyres or snakes using them does not fit with the ethos the site claims.
As we went around the site it was pretty much the same story all around. The staff seemed very pleased to tell you how the animals had been rescued from various Zoos around the world and brought back to Africa.But it all felt like a big con to me. It was just a "Zoo" but made tourist friendly and acceptable by calling itself a "Wildlife Centre" I know it is associated with the Born Free organisation, well if this is it it is very dissapointing. In short a ZOO with rescued animals unable to support themselves in the wild. Dress sit up call it what you want but ,its a Zoo with each story having an animal that has been mistreated and kept in a zoo.....
Malawi has a lot of game reserves to go see and you will see a lot more. When you have a Childrens play area, Bar , cafe etc and animals behind wire or steel cages your at a zoo.
Written 20 August 2015
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pockycake
Laval, Canada52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
Do not go to the sanctuary if you're expecting to have a 'safari/zoo experience' like we do here in Canada or any other tourist place - This place isn't for tourist and it's not a zoo but a sanctuary. You can learn about the species that the center is currently helping and depending on the timing, you might see a lot or much animals.

The place is still lovely, you only need to pay for the tour, but the place is free for walking and you don't need to pay to be in the parc! The place has a good restaurant and a bar - it can definitely be a good spot to hang if you're staying in Lilongwe for a while. I did enjoy my tour - it wasn't expensive and didn't took the whole day to do it!
Written 4 March 2018
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tellya123
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
The centre is the only one if its kind in Malawi and definitely worth a visit. There is the possibility of taking guided tours around the centre which I highly recommend as it explains so much more about the fantastic work that do they, rescuing and rehabilitating animals in order to return them to the wild. On site there is a children's play area for those who have kids, as well as a bar and restaurant - Koko Bean Cafe. There are also wilderness trails for those who enjoy walking which wind around the centre's grounds and give you a real look into Africa's wildlife, a great experience. For those who are keen to be more hands-on with animals or stay longer in the country the centre also offers a volunteer programme. Highly recommend a visit here!
Written 2 December 2014
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Moronge O
Nairobi, Kenya206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is a vast expanse of nature in Lilongwe. To get to the wildlife area, one must take a guided tour, the tours start every hour. There's not much wildlife to see, and that's because it's not a zoo, neither is it a park: it is a sanctuary where animals are kept for protection, say after injuries, before being released back into the wild. It is commonly referred to and known as 'sanctuary' by locals.

There's a walking trail that one can take as well. There are three trails, the shortest is the yellow, blue is longer, while the red is the longest. It's a nice walking trail in the wild, although the 'Beware of the Crocodile' sign near the banks of the river that flow through the sanctuary was quite discomfitting....thankfully, I didn't see any sign of it! There'a a nice cafe on one side of the sanctuary where one can relax and have a good meal. The Wildlife Centre is a must-visit for anyone visiting Lilongwe!
Written 14 September 2019
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mpki
Helsinki, Finland100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
It's in the center of Lilongwe, you get a guided tour lasting about 45 minutes which is pretty good. The animals are all in enclosures, but are being rehabilitated for re-release into the wild or then being taken care of.

The restaurant there is pretty good as well.
Written 10 May 2019
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John R
Bognor Regis, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Firstly our guide was great. He was genuinely enthusiastic about both the animals and conservation in general. He explained clearly how the animals came to be there and what the sanctuaries plans for the animals are. Some could be released in the future and some due to there past could not. The various animals appeared to have adequate space and a suitable environment.

The cafe served nice food in a lovely setting.
Written 5 February 2019
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DareAcceptor
Orem, UT69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
The primary animal available at the wildlife center are primates. The grounds around the cafe are beautiful and I had a lovely lunch there.
Written 31 August 2018
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