Malawi is privileged to have many national parks and wildlife reserves. In the north are the unique Nyika Plateau and the Vwasa Reserve.
These complement each other, one a highland, the other a lowland marsh area. The central region has two vast game areas; Kasungu National Park in the west and Nkhotakota. Reserve in the east, near the Lake. To the south, the best known national park is Liwonde, along the River Shire, but there are also three game areas further south in the Shire Lowlands: Lengwe National Park and the wildlife reserves of Majete and Mwabvi. Near the southern end of Lake Malawi is the world’s first freshwater national park at Cape Maclear.
Nyika National Park
North Malawi has so much to offer the visitor with the country’s oldest and largest National Park with a size of 3134 square km. Nyika National Park is well known for its habitation of different animal species like leopards, lion, buffalos jus to name a few, its breathtaking rolling hills, lush grassland, forested valleys and evergreen forests.
Kasungu National Park
It is 2500 sq. km. in size and located in the central region of the country relatively close to Lilongwe the capital. The park has a rolling terrain of over 1000m in altitude with isolated inselbergs called the “Wango’mbe Rume” at 1330m. The park is renowned for spectacular archaeological sites, the notable one being an iron smelting furnace and some rock paintings that are assume to be pre-Bantu. Elephants and Antelopes are common as are small herds of Buffalo’s and Zebra’s. Lions and Leopards are occasionally sighted. There is a significant number of hippos, hyena’s and wild dogs and the Bird watcher is well catered for. Accommodation is available and suited for all budgets at Lifupa Lodge.
Malawi has a number of small Islands across the Lake. Out of these, only Maleri, Domwe and Mumbo have been developed for eco -tourism. All these islands are located in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As such they offer spectacular scenic vistas and have thus been preserved in their natural and tranquil state for the enjoyment of the future generations.
For more information on Wildlife Reserves, Mountains and Plateaus, Birding Sites and Forest Reserves, please visit www.visitmalawi.mw