The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is Malawi’s leading environmental education facility. Over 25,000 school children participate in our environmental education programmes there each year.

Opening times

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

 School groups are asked to please book ahead to avoid the disappointment of not having an activity included with a guided tour – call 0881 788999.

Nugget hedgehog - injured by wild dogs - released early 2020
Blue monkey face close up
Python Henry


Wildlife Tours
We have taken the decision to close our sanctuary tours to the public – you can read our statement here. A limited number of enclosures for animals that are unable to be released for medical or behavioural reasons are still open to small school groups as part of their engagement in wider educational programmes at the site.

Lesson module delivery

Schools can choose from seven modules, each of which has been developed in line with the national curriculum: wildlife welfare & conservation, deforestation, waste management, biodiversity, wildlife crime, human-wildlife conflict and climate change. New practical lessons are also available – try your hand at waste management, permaculture, tree planting, briquette making and measuring biodiversity. These can be combined with our existing modules or enjoyed as an independent activity.

Our tour guides and education officers are fully trained in their delivery, which also incorporates games and activities to bring the learning to life. Teachers are also provided with materials to continue the teaching back in the classroom, and there is also the opportunity for some schools to receive follow-up visits from our education team.


Our amphitheatre and education areas mean that the Wildlife Centre is a great venue for events. Schools are invited to attend special events such as World Wildlife Day, World Environment Day and our annual Wildlife Quiz Championships. Please contact us to find out more, or sign up to our mailing list.  Note that we also offer venue hire for graduation ceremonies.

Boy drawing in classroom
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school student at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
lilongwe wildlife centre playground

All groups are asked to please book ahead to avoid waiting for a tour time slot  or of the disappointment of not having an activity included with a guided tour – call 0881 788999.

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