As part of a massive exercise to re-stock the Majete Wildlife Reserve in southern Malawi, visitors are being offered the chance to be part of an impressive programme of elephant capture and relocation this coming May and June.
No less than 70 elephants will be involved, 50 from Liwonde National Park and twenty from the Mangochi district. Liwonde, well known for its elephant herds, has reached its carrying capacity for these impressive but voracious animals. In Mangochi, where the elephants roam in the wild, there has been conflict with the local farmers, whose crops they destroy.
Not only will they experience the capture process (though not as ‘hands on’ as in the picture above!), but they will also monitor the translocation from a helicopter and take part in the release at Majete.
Part of the price of this holiday of a lifetime will go to off-set the massive costs incurred by the African Parks Foundation, who are responsible for the whole of the relocation programme. During the past four years, over 1000 animals have been re-introduced, including elephant, buffalo, sable antelope and black rhino.