Vwaza is a national game reserve located in the Northern District of Malawi that covers an area of 986km2 . Habitats are dominated by miombo woodland, mopane woodland and wetland marshes and is home to many species of ungulates, carnivores, primates, reptiles (including crocodiles), hippos, elephants and birds.

It shares its western border with Zambia within the Tran-Frontier Conservation Area, making it a site of high conservation value. This was one of the reasons that Vwaza was chosen as a site for Malawi’s Wildlife Research Institute, which is a joint initiative between the Government, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and Conservation Research Africa.


The research camp is located on the edge of Lake Kazuni, close to the main gate of the park. Volunteers and students stay in large shared safari tents. There is a large built kitchen, dining and lounge area, a long-drop toilet, bucket showers (water is provided daily from a borehole, stored in camp and heated when needed) and office. There is solar power and although there is no wifi, 3G coverage is available. An outdoor fire and seating area offers beautiful views of the lake and reserve.


Food for breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided and all meals are vegetarian. There is no on-site chef so cooking duties are shared communally. Other dietary requirements can be catered for.