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Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve is a 1,000 square kilometre low-lying reserve that has rich wetlands, making it a haven for wildlife, with over 250 bird species recorded.

Osprey, fish eagles, palm-nut vultures and martial eagles are resident here in good numbers and there are plenty of owls to see and hear as well. Barred, giant eagle, scops, and pearl-spotted owls are all regular sightings.

Common mammals here include elephant, hippo, Cape buffalo, greater kudu, impala, bushbuck, warthog, yellow baboon, grey duiker, puku and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest. Also found are roan antelope, eland, Burchell’s zebra, reedbuck, Sable antelope and klipspringer. Numbers of predators are not very high, but lion, leopard, spotted hyena and wild dog all occur.

Vwaza makes an interesting and contrasting location from the highlands of Nyika.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: bushpig, African elephant, greater kudu, osprey, palmnut vulture
  • Where: Rumphi District, Malawi