Republic of Malawi
Forest reserves are specific areas gazetted for government forests. Forest reserves are filled with woodlands, most commonly miombo/brachastegia woodlands, and striking variety of plants and indigenous trees.
The Thuma Forest Reserve is one of the few forest reserves in Malawi which still has a variety of trees, plants, animals, birds and insect species which have scarcely been recorded or studied in Malawi. Animals in Thuma include: elephants, baboons, warthogs, bushpigs, porcupines, vervet monkeys, klipspringers, greater kudus, etc. Gazetted in 1926 as a protected area, Thuma covers an area of 197 square kilometres in the Great Rift Valley Escarpment near Lake Malawi, eighty km from Lilongwe.