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Malawi Wild Dog Conservation

Malawi Wild Dog Conservation

Work to conserve the African wild dog and other carnivore species in Malawi through applied research and education.

Prices from $1,445

Malawi, often described as ‘the Warm Heart of Africa’ on account of the friendliness of its people, has a huge variety of landscapes, ranging from the rugged highlands, such as the hiker’s and climber’s paradise of the Mulanje Massif, to lowland plains and unspoilt wildlife reserves home to elephant, hippo, zebra, buffalo and black rhino. Malawi’s biggest draw is undoubtedly Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake, which is lined with hundreds of miles of tropical golden sand beaches and boasts hundreds of species of colourful tropical fish.

On the Malawi wild dog conservation project you will experience conducting research on all carnivores and their prey. Ongoing projects include wild dog behavioural work and research on the urban wild gog. Volunteers are an important part of the various carnivore research projects and contribute to a range of activities, including surveying and monitoring as well as community education and awareness.


  • Help research and monitor carnivore species including wild dog and hyena.
  • Discover Malawian cuisine
  • Explore Liwonde National Park
  • Encounter Malawi’s awesome wildlife


Location Kasungu or Liwonde National Park, Malawi
Activities Wildlife watching
Boat trips on the Shire river
Walking safaris at dawn
Jeep safari in Liwonde National Park
Transport Airport pick-up and drop-off
In-country transfers
Accommodation Canvas safari tents


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice and documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food (three meals per day)
Airport pick-up and drop-off
In-country ground transfers
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The Malawi wild dog project allows you to work with expert scientists to research and monitor various carnivores in Malawi. The aims of the project are better to understand wild dogs, hyenas, and other carnivores in Malawi through research, so that they can be protected and helped now and in the future.


From your base on a riverside research camp, an office in African paradise, you will help research and monitor local carnivores, including hyenas. Your time will be spent helping the scientists with field research and community education and awareness.
Methods include camera trapping, acoustic call surveys for census purposes, spoor tracking, large mammal transect surveys to assess prey abundance, spotlighting surveys, radio tracking, vegetation surveys and numerous lab based activities.

As well as field research, another important aspect of the project is community education and awareness. The work also includes asking questionnaires and carrying out surveys in the local communities living in the villages surrounding the park.


Upon arrival at Lilongwe Airport, you will be met by a friendly representative and taken to your project location.


You will be staying at a research camp within Liwonde National Park on the banks of the Shire River or at the Kasungu camp, which is located on the banks of the Lifupa Dam.

The camps are comfortable, with canvas safari tents, beds and linen provided and hot showers and flushing toilets. The large tents can sleep up to 6 people.


Three meals a day are provided at the camps.

Malawian cuisine is known to be quite varied and exciting so why not try having a taste of the local cuisine while you’re out and about? Grab the opportunity to treat yourself to some delicious grilled fresh fish from Lake Malawi and have it with nsima, Malawi’s staple food made from ground corn and local vegetables.After the project, you may choose to explore more of Malawi under your own steam or with some of your new friends. Your coordinator will be more than happy to advice you and help you get started whatever your decision may be.

With the project being based in national parks, there are plenty of opportunities on your days off to explore the abundance of local flora and fauna by boat, jeep and foot. The parks are home to some incredible animals including elephants, hippos, buffalo, zebra and black rhinos.

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After the project, you may choose to explore more of Malawi in your own time or with some of your new friends. Our friendly in-country staff will be more than happy to advice you and help you get started on your own adventure! 

With the project based in national parks, there are plenty of opportunities on your days off to explore the abundance of local flora and fauna by boat, jeep and foot. The parks are home to some incredible animals including elephants, hippos, buffalo, zebra and black rhinos.


2 weeks $1,445

3 weeks $2,095

4 weeks $2,645

5 weeks $3,145

6 weeks $3,795

7 weeks $4,045

8 weeks $4,145

9 weeks $4,245

10 weeks $4,395


Projects run from Saturday to Saturday. You should therefore arrive on a Friday and book your return flight on a Sunday following the conclusion of the programme.

This project is not available between the 23rd December and the 2nd January. 


2 weeks +


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & equipment advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas and equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food (three meals a day)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up



Nearest airport(s): Lilongwe (LLW)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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