5 recommended wildlife locations.The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.
Lake Malawi covers nearly one quarter of the country. Its northern shore combines well with the Nyika Plateau and feels relatively untouched, while the most exclusive lodges are located on the Mozambique side. Either way, relaxing on the sandy beaches makes a fine addition to any safari in Zambia or Malawi.
Where: Eastern Malawi
Ideal for viewing: African fish eagle, Hippo, Nile crocodile, Vervet monkey, Dik dik
Set at the southern end of Lake Malombe, Liwonde National Park is a place of quiet lagoons, open savannah and wooded hills. Though there is an astonishing diversity of birdlife to be found here, the parks major attractions are boat safaris on the Shire River and the successful reintroduction of black rhino.
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching
Standing beside the Shire River in the south west of Malawi, this area of the Great Rift Valley is characterised by sculpted miombo woodland that undulates across the hills, which in turn overlook stunning river valleys and untarnished riverine forest; surprising then that so few decide to travel to this natural treasure.
Where: Southern Region
Ideal for viewing: Black rhino, African elephant, Burchell’s zebra, Cape buffalo, Leopard
Nyika Plateau National Park is Malawi’s largest National Park. Shared with neighbouring Zambia, it is a vast highland plateau of varied habitats set at about 2,500ms and consisting of open grasslands, upland forests and miombo woodland, sustaining copious wildlife including over 400 recorded species of birds.
Where: Chitipa Region
Ideal for viewing: Blue duiker, Bushpig, Leopard, Red and blue sunbird, Roan
This tiny, underrated reserve at the foot of Nyika Plateau makes an interesting contrast. Much of it is flat mopane and miombo woodland, although the eastern side is hilly. Its wetlands are a haven for more than 250 bird species. Wildlife moves freely between here and the Luangwa Valley in neighbouring Zambia.
2 recommended locations for extending your wildlife trip.
At 3,000 metres, this is one of Central Africa’s highest mountains, with an impressive array of peaks, plateaux, rolling grassland, montane forest and rushing streams. It’s a great area for hiking, staying in simple cabins with experienced guides. Around its base are the tea estates that were planted in the 1870s.
Malawi’s most accessible mountain, lies near the former colonial capital of Zomba and the southern tea estates. Consisting of a 1,800 metre high mountain, its forested slopes are laced with streams, waterfalls and lakes. The views from the top were once described as ‘the best in the British Empire’.