Rain season in Thuma
The Wildlife Action Group (WAG) is an NGO, who co-manage two governmental protected areas Thuma Forest Reserve and Dedza-Salima Forest Reserve which are located in the Central Region of Malawi between Lilongwe and Lake Malawi on the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Together the two forest reserves cover an area of app. 500 qkm.
Generally, the topography is rugged. Slopes are steep although there is some flatter land at the foot of the escarpment. The upper levels of reserve are covered with Brachystegia (miombo) woodland whilst the lower levels are characterized by mixed low altitude woodland with patches of bamboo. Along the many streams within Thuma F.R., the habitat can be typified as riverine forest. Both reserves fulfil an important water catchment function for the area.
Country: The Republic of Malawi
Population: 15.6 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 118,484 sq km (45,747 sq miles)
Major languages: English, Chichewa (both official)
Major religions: Christianity, Islam
Life expectancy: 56 years (men), 57 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Malawi kwacha (MK) = 100 tambala
Main exports: Tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton
GNI per capita: US $280 (World Bank, 2009)
Internet domain: .mw
International dialling code: +265
WAG's base camp is situated in the Central region of Malawi, approx 90km from Lilongwe. Our nearest town is Salima Town, near Senga bay, which is a 1 hour drive from camp.
From the main tarmac road leading from Salima to Lilongwe we turn off onto a dirt road and travel approx 19km to reach our main gate entrance. We travel another 9kms of rough track through the Reserve to reach main Camp.