Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, in the heart of Malawi’s capital, welcomes about 35,000 visitors each year. It’s open year-round, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you take the guided tour, which leaves hourly from 9 a.m., you’ll see the sanctuary, meet some of its hundreds of residents, and learn about the Centre’s work in wildlife conservation. If you prefer discovering Lilongwe on your own, take your own walking safari on one of the Centre’s wilderness trails. This is home to monkeys, duiker, bushpigs, and even wild hyena. The area is also well known for its prolific birdlife.

There are several miles of trails running along the banks of the river and through the woodland; many visitors bike or bring a picnic lunch.

If you’re not inclined to rough it, or you have children in tow, you’ll appreciate Lilongwe’s amenities. Relax in one of Centre’s gardens. Stop by the cafe for coffee or a bite to eat. Have a refreshing drink at the bar. Shop in the well stocked gift shop. And let the kids loose on Lilongwe’s playground.

Tourists pay just $4 for admittance to Lilongwe. Considering its many tourist-friendly amenities, it’s no surprise the Centre has won multiple awards for responsible tourism. Click here to find out more about the Center’s mission and what makes the visitor experience special.


Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary and its extremely high welfare standards are illustrated in its many awards and accreditations. The Wildlife Centre rescues around 100 animals a year, and is currently home to almost 200, including vervet and blue monkeys, baboons, servals, antelope and a variety of reptiles and birds.  Volunteers are critical to the rescue and rehabilitation of the animals at the Centre and assignments are carefully matched to your skills.

Volunteers arrive everyone Tuesday year-round at the Wildlife Centre in Malawi’s capital city. The volunteer house is located in the heart of the sanctuary, but town is a short walk away. You don’t need experience to be a sanctuary volunteer – just a strong work ethic and a passion for wildlife and conservation. Most volunteers chose to focus on rehabilitation work, such as animal husbandry, orphan care, vet clinic support and observations, but you can also get involved in education and community outreach.

As one of the most respected sanctuaries in Africa, you can be confident you’re learning “best practices”. Because most animals are headed for release in the wild, there’s a strict hands-off policy.

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre also offers vet externships, primate internships and research placements.


Number of Volunteers
Typical Length of Stay
6 Weeks
Minimum Stay
2 Weeks
Minimum Age
Starting Cost
(for 2 week minimum stay)
At Sanctuary
At Sanctuary
Volunteer Contact
Apply Online
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