General Information About Malilangwe Conservancy
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is set on 130 000 acres of pristine wilderness in south-eastern Zimbabwe, bordering Gonarezhou National Park. It is a diverse and beautiful piece of Africa, boasting geological diversity, habitat variability and a wide variety of plant and animal species. Malilangwe is home to a healthy population of endangered black and white rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo herds. Lions, cheetah, leopard, hyena and painted hunting dogs keep the herbivore population in check. Apart from the ‘Big 5’, Malilangwe has 17 different species of antelope, 14 species of eagle and over 400 different bird species.
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. Lake Malilangwe, situated below Pamushana Lodge, is home to hippos, crocodiles, terrapins and monitor lizards as well as a variety of fish and water birds. During the summer months, elephant breeding herds regularly swim at the top end of the lake. Painted hunting dogs den in caves in the sandstone hills and nyala are regularly seen in the riverine forest along the banks of the Chiredzi River. Herds of up to 500 buffalo are seen drinking water from this river before heading eastwards to feed on the rich grazing on the basalt flats.
Malilangwe has over 80 ancient rock art sites that date back more than 2000 years.