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Kuti Wildlife Reserve

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Address: | 4km West of Salima, 4km from M14, Salima, Malawi
Phone Number:
+265 997 33 46 83
07:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Kuti is a beautiful community wildlife reserve, working with the bordering...

Kuti is a beautiful community wildlife reserve, working with the bordering villages to protect nature and support people living in the area. Accommodation ranges from camping to luxurious bush villas with barbecue area. Kuti has a restaurant, a shop and a bar to enjoy the sunset with a drink. The gate fees go to projects in the local communities. Kuti Wildlife Reserve is a non-profit trust managed by a Dutch couple and run by local staff and international volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome. A map with directions can be found on our website. If you come with public transport, you can ask the minibus to drop you at the Kuti turn-off and take a bike taxi from there. Or you go to Salima bus station and call a taxi (should be approx 6000 MWK). Children pay half price at the gate.

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A wonderful place to stay

I have stayed at Kuti many times and it has always been wonderful. I stay in one of the chalets and they have just been refurbished and look great! Kuti is a very special place... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
east sussex
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east sussex
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have stayed at Kuti many times and it has always been wonderful. I stay in one of the chalets and they have just been refurbished and look great! Kuti is a very special place to stay as you are right in the heart of Malawi amongst zebra, water buck, impala,vervet monkeys and wonderful birds just to name a few!!!... More 

Thank sally057
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

The staff and facilities were nice, however I just don't recommend coming out during this time of year (February/rainy season). The sunset deck is shut down for repairs/renovations, the grass was so tall we just didn't see much, the roads are super muddy, and most of us in our group of 12 got really bad bedbug bites from sleeping in... More 

Thank Jackie S
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews
Reviewed 11 November 2016

We heard good stories about this place but were very disappointed. Employees were very friendly and helpful, but there was no atmosphere. In the Bradt guide Kuti Game Ranch is described as a community ranch, but after speaking to the employees we found out that not much is going on. The chalet was spotless when we arrived, but with the... More 

Thank presleycohen
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 4 November 2016

Nice little reserve where you can walk or cycle around. We stayed in one of the A frames which have a great location. Many thanks to Linda who organised our booking and helped with our onward journey.

Thank AandCLeeds
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Stayed at Kuti overnight, it was my first experience of a wildlife park in Malawi, and it was a wonderful introduction! It was lovely to be able to walk freely through the park, and though we set off quite late from our lodge, we arrived at the dried-up lake bed in time to see a group of beautiful sable antelope... More 

Thank Vanclee
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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

An adorable place, run by warm-hearted people, which will allow you an enjoyable break on the way from central to south Malawi. That said, three words of advice have to be added: First — only the A-Frames are adjacent to the main area where the bar and the restaurant are located. Seymour Cottage and the Villas are beautifully located but... More 

2 Thank Ohad A
1 review
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I visited kuti for an afternoon in early June whilst on my elective at a Ndi Moyo palliative care centre in Salima. The place was easy to find and we were able to take our own vehicle into the reserve. The price was steep for those of international origin (K5000), five times the price for Malawian nationals (K850). That said,... More 

Thank Emma B
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

The best thing of this place is that you can sit in the restaurant and see zebras, monkeys and very probable other animals (ostrich and dromedaries) walking by. At 16:00 you can drive or rent a bicycle and cycle to the sunset deck for a gin and tonic. Make a detour along the side of the field to be closest... More 

1 Thank Marieke L
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

We are working in the villages in the Lilongwe area and were looking for a weekend get a way. We were able to take a mini bus to the Kuti turn off and take a bike taxi to the reserve. I would recommend going to selima and take a taxi. I stayed in the a frame cabin and had it... More 

Thank thefialas2000
Temecula, California
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Reviewed 4 July 2016

Stayed here for two nights--our first two nights in Malawi. Clean accomodations, a nice restaurant, and close encounters with African wildlife gave this venue a unique charm. We even had a special showing of Gwele Wankulu (the Great Dance) that was arranged by the management team.

1 Thank Karl B

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