The Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is set on 130 000 acres of pristine wilderness in south-eastern Zimbabwe, bordering the 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. The reserve is dissected east to west by a range of rugged sandstone hills, within which over 80 ancient rock painting sites have been discovered. The Chiredzi River runs the length of the property from north to south, the perennial flows supporting some impressive riverine forest and eventually feeding into the Runde River.
The Malilangwe Reserve is home to a healthy population of endangered black and white rhino, one of the largest populations in Zimbabwe. The suite of predators on the reserve, including lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and wild dog, keep the abundant herbivore population in check. Giraffe, zebra, impala and wildebeest abound on the Banyini Plains in the centre of the property, while sable antelope and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest are found in the mopane woodlands in the east and south. Malilangwe dam, situated below Singita Pamushana Lodge, is home to several fish species, including the famous Tiger Fish, as well as hosting healthy populations of hippo, crocodile and water birds. During the summer months, elephant breeding herds regularly enjoy leisurely swims at the top end of the dam. The basalt flats in the south of the property offer nutritious grazing for the herbivore population, with herds of 500 buffalo not an uncommon sight in the dry season.
The Malilangwe Reserve is unique in terms of its spatial diversity, making each journey on the reserve a new experience. This, coupled with the vastness of the greater Gonarezhou ecosystem and the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, makes the reserve truly one of a kind – a gem of African wilderness!