Malawi has been nominated as an awards finalist in the ŒBest African Tourism Board in Africa category in the 2012 Safari Awards. One of Africa’s most picturesque and compact countries, Malawi is in good company with other finalists in the group including safari industry giants of South Africa, Kenya, Botswana and Namibia.

This is a second time nomination for Malawi, which is becoming an increasingly popular choice for independent travelers, honeymooners and families. Renowned for its lake, wildlife experiences, beaches, water-sports, landscapes and culture, Malawi is also attributed with a relaxed Œbare foot luxury appeal. Over the last twelve months Malawi’s tourism industry has been boosted by significant investment from a number of sources. The country’s natural attributes, and quality tourism products has led to increasing support from high profile operators and accommodation providers such as Robin Pope Safaris and Saga.

In Malawi’s lower Shire Valley, the Majete Wildlife Reserve has been the focus of much industry and media attention, the 70,000 hectare reserve has been an on-going conservation success story with over 2550 head of wildlife, including elephant, buffalo, sable and black rhino. This year the conservation project has culminated with the re-introduction of predators, including the successful release of four leopards. In August the reserve will become the proud recipients of four lions from South Africa, completing the return of the Big Five, a significant milestone in the rehabilitation of the reserve.

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