Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary

The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, LWT’s first project, opened in 2009. It is renowned as one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Africa and is home to around 200 rescued animals at any one time. Set in a stunning 180-hectare nature reserve, our 70 hectare sanctuary was placed under LWT’s protection by the Government. In addition to protecting an important urban woodland, it stands as the country’s leading environmental education facility. Some 25,000 school children are welcomed through our entrance gates annually.

Adult tour group infront of yellow babboon enclosure
Blue monkey enjoying food at LWC
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lilongwe wildlife centre playground

Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation

LWT’s sanctuary methods are so trusted that we are mandated to operate on behalf of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, and are accredited by the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the PAW scheme under the Born Free Foundation. The Wildlife Centre is the world’s only sanctuary to hold all three accreditations and one of a handful of African sanctuaries deemed by GFAS to have high enough welfare standards for a global award. Over the last decade we have had support from Stichting AAP, the Born Free Foundation and the Olsen Animal Trust, but the centre’s financial stability also depends on the responsible tourism method through our
volunteer placement programme

The majority of our residents have been rescued within Malawi, but we’ve also provided sanctuary to some animals rescued from captivity and abuse in other countries, such as our olive baboons and two lions who use to call LWC home.

We have a small vet clinic and orphan-care centre inside the sanctuary. Having a highly experienced animal-care team, the majority of rescue callouts can be managed on site. Every effort is made to return all rescued animals to the wild where they belong.  For those that can’t be released, we offer the best possible quality of life in large, natural enclosures where they can roam freely.

LWT’s Wildlife Emergency Response Unit (WERU) is also on hand for other cases that need treatment in-situ, especially for large animals such as elephant and rhino.

Plan your visit

We’re open to visitors all year round and all money raised through visitors goes back into our sanctuary operations, providing a much-needed lifeline for orphaned and injured wild animals.  

Take a guided sanctuary tour or walk the 6km of wilderness trails along the river and through the forest. There’s also a cafe, gift shop and playground.

Open 365 days a year, 8am to 5pm. On Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day we open late at 11am.

For enquiries please call +265 (0)88 1788 999 or email

The Wildlife Centre is situated in the heart of the capital city. Find us on Kenyatta Drive between Old Town and City Centre, equal distance from the Lingadzi Bridge and Kamuzu Central Hospital roundabout.