Opening times

You can find up-to-date opening times and restrictions here.

Things to do

Wilderness trails

Take your own walking safari on our wilderness trails home to monkeys, duiker, bushpigs, and even wild hyena. The area is also well known for its prolific birdlife and we are keen for birders to visit and help us with identification. There are 6km of trails running alongside the banks of the river and through the woodland. You are welcome to cycle or bring a picnic.

Eat and shop

Relax among the trees at the onsite café. We also have a gift shop at reception with local artisan crafts.

Wildlife tours

Please note that we have taken the decision to close our sanctuary tours. You can read our statement here

Project GreenHeart

We are currently redeveloping Lilongwe Wildlife Centre for the benefit of people and wildlife, an initiative known as Project GreenHeart – you can learn more here. As redevelopments are completed, the site will feature a range of new facilities, including an education centre, a playground and an arboretum. There will also be exhibitions, installations and information on a range of environmental issues that will inspire and challenge visitors to take up the mantle of protecting nature!

Blue monkey enjoying food at LWC
lilongwe wildlife centre playground
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Shiela Croc during COVID lockdown at LWC

Please note: entry fees are currently suspended while the Centre is undergoing renovations as part of Project GreenHeart.

There is no entry fee but donations are appreciated and will be used to support our wildlife rescue work. Please leave what you can in the donation box at reception.


Entry prices (MWK)

Individual Entry

   Adult Fee  Child Fee
Malawians   1000     500
Residents   3000    1500
Internationals   4200    2100
Volunteer workers   2400 

Please note: Volunteers are those who give time to a local organisation and carry their volunteer identification card on them.

Annual Membership

  Adult Fee  Child Fee  Family Fee  
Non-Malawian  15000    7500    35000
Malawian Citizen   5000    2500    12000

Please note: A family is considered two adults and two children

Contact us for large group discounts and private tours.


Special events

Find out more about what’s coming up at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre on our events page.



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.


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


Offer support

Malawi’s wildlife needs you! Whether you give a one-off donation, adopt one of the wildlife residents who call our sanctuary home, commit to an annual membership with us, or join us for a volunteer placement your support will make a huge difference.

Adopt an animal

Adopting an animal is a fantastic way to support our work at the wildlife centre. All of the animals available for adoption are currently being cared for after being rescued, injured or orphaned. For just £25 per year, an adoption makes a perfect gift for yourself or a loved one, and also makes a real difference for wildlife.

Sign up for a volunteer placement

Make a difference, learn from a team of experts and experience as new side to the Warm Heart of Africa.

We offer six placements that last from two weeks to 12 months.

What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

Find out more about LWC