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It would be an understatement to say we had an amazing time at Majete Wildlife Reserve and Thawale Resort. The drive in was stunning, and our tents were immaculate. As we stepped out to dinner on our first day, we came upon 3 enormous elephants, standing at our back porch. We were a bit awestruck, to say the least.

The 3-hour safari—the primary highlight of our time at the resort—was a breathtaking experience. We set out late in the afternoon and didn’t return to the resort until much later that evening. 

We saw an incredible assortment of wildlife—my favorite was the leopard. Here’s the full list of animals we saw on the drive:

  • African fish eagle
  • Arnot’s chat
  • Broad-tailed paradise whydah
  • Bushbuck
  • Cape buffalo
  • Egyptian geese
  • Elephant
  • Fork-tailed drongo
  • Hadeda ibis
  • Hippo
  • Hornbill
  • Hyena
  • Impala
  • Kudu
  • Leopard
  • Little bee eater
  • Marabou stork
  • Martial eagle
  • Nile crocodile
  • Nyala
  • Pied kingfisher
  • Reedbuck
  • Sable antelope
  • Variable sunbird
  • Warthog
  • Water buck
  • Water dikkop
  • Water monitor lizard
  • Zebra

On Friday morning, we were up at 6 AM for breakfast, and found ourselves on a gorgeous patio watching wildlife approach a nearby watering hole.

After breakfast, we went on a boat ride, during which we spotted a hippo. Said hippo did not greet us with the same enthusiasm we felt—he leapt from the sand dune and charged our boat. Our guide explained that hippos charge when they feel threatened (when they feel threatened).

Heading back to Zomba for our last week of work! Thank you for reading.—Jessie Foley

JESSIE FOLEY has a degree in veterinary technology from Cedar Valley College, as well as a degree in advertising and public relations from University of Arkansas. She was previously on the veterinary nurse team at University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Foley plays a key role in Brief Media's partnership with Mission Rabies. In 2018, she joined the Mission Rabies vaccine drive in Malawi for her third year.

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