Kuti Wildlife Reserve
Kuti is a beautiful and diverse 3,00-hectare wildlife reserve on the shore of Lake Malawi, and is a refuge for hundreds of animal and plant species including zebras, elands, sables, giraffes, yellow baboons, monkeys, butterflies and bats.
However, Malawi is also one of the most densely populated countries in Africa and one of the poorest nations in the world. This puts enormous pressure on natural resources and has resulted in deforestation, over-fishing, misuse of water, and a booming illegal wildlife trade. In fact, Malawi holds the unenviable accolade of having the fifth highest rate of deforestation in the world.
Projects here focus on wildlife conservation, education, community outreach, sustainable eco-tourism, tree preservation, and human-livestock-wildlife interactions. Camps volunteers take part in wildlife monitoring, repairing fenced conservation areas, maintaining fire breaks, tree planting and introducing alternative fuel sources such as biomass fuel briquettes.