Malawi Safari Overview
Malawi is a relatively small country, dominated by Lake Malawi and the Great Rift Valley. Malawi offers a generous variety of attractions including lakes, rivers, mountains, game parks and villages. Take the opportunity to sit perched on a mountain cliff above Cape Maclear, watching the brilliant red sun sink into Lake Malawi. With hundreds of species of fish, Lake Malawi is a haven for anglers. From the islands, visitors can enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving among a myriad of colorful fish. Liwonde National Park is situated in the south of Malawi and is the premier wildlife reserve. Liwonde incorporates the huge and scenic Shire River as well as quiet backwaters and lagoons, marshes, open savannah country, woodland and hills. As a result of the wide variety of habitats, there is a great diversity of plant, animal and birdlife, possibly the best birding location in central and southern Africa.
Lake Malawi, nearly 600 kilometers long and up to 80 kilometers wide, dominates the countryside. The Rift Valley is an ancient geological formation with fertile soils. Everywhere you go in Malawi one sees evidence of this. Throw down a seed and a plant or a vegetable grows. When David Livingstone arrived at the lakeshore in 1861, he was the first foreign explorer to see the lake. Lake Malawi offers endless pristine white sandy beaches, great snorkeling, and superb bird watching, especially in some of the indigenous inland forests. In addition, there are many opportunities to enjoy uncontrived cultural experiences in some of the surrounding villages, escorted by local guides who live in the area. Malawi is a wonderful, warm, friendly and welcoming country that offers visitors great scenery, interesting parks, and some of the friendliest villagers in all of Africa. If you are keen on experiencing African culture, Malawi is possibly the best country for this.
Liwonde National Park
The 58,000 hectare Liwonde National Park is situated in the south of Malawi and is the country’s premier wildlife reserve. Liwonde incorporates the huge scenic Shire River as well as quiet backwaters and lagoons, marshes, open savannah country, woodland and hills in the interior of the park. As a result of the wide variety of habitats, there is a great diversity of plant, animal and birdlife present. The birdlife is outstanding, possibly the best birding location in central and southern Africa, especially along the Shire River where African fish eagle, palmnut vulture, African skimmer and Pel’s fishing owl are fairly common. Bohm’s bee-eater, Likan’s lovebird, bat hawk, Livingstone’s flycathcher, whitebacked night heron and brownbreasted barbet are among the “specials”. The Shire River also provides a wetland where elephant drink and play, and snoozing hippos and basking crocodiles are often viewed. Elephant and sable antelope occur in large numbers as do hippo, crocodile, impala and waterbuck. Lion, leopard, serval and the rare oribi may occasionally be seen, and black rhino have recently been re-introduced from South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Camping out in remote areas of the Liwonde National Park is a highlight. Another unique adventure is a bicycle trip from the boundary of Liwonde to the local villages, giving one a superb cultural experience.
Nyika National Park
Attractions Attraction Location Lodges in or near Nyika National Park Chelinda Camp Chelinda Lodge Activities available in Nyika National Park Bird Watching Birdwatching Outdoor Activities Cycling & Mountain Biking Fishing Walking & Trekking Safaris Safaris by 4x4 Walking Safaris Join the mailing list Name: Email: ^ Scroll to Top Nyika National Park Region: North Malawi Attraction Type: Landscape / Scenic, Wildlife Nyika National Park Nyika is Malawi’s largest park with an area of no less than 1250 sq miles (3200 sq km). It extends across the great plateau which is essentially a granitic dome and its environment is like none other in the whole of Africa. The name, Nyika, means "where the water comes from" and it is, indeed, one of Malawi’s most important catchment areas. The rolling scenery is at its best in the rainy season when over 200 types of orchid are in flower. The grasslands of Nyika are rich in wildflowers in other seasons. Nyika is wonderful for trekking and mountain biking and, as well as more conventional 4x4 excursions. The horse riding safaris that were once a highlight look set to return shortly. The montane vegetation attracts large numbers of antelope from the diminutive duiker to eland and roan. Zebra are common. The park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa and there are a number of species of smaller mammals such as warthog and bushpig. Elephants and buffalo usually keep to the lower ground on the northern edge of the park but lions and elephants have recently been seen on the high plateau. For the birdwatcher, the park has a lot to offer: over 400 species have been recorded. The rare Denham’s bustard and the wattled crane are among those to be seen, as is the red-winged francolin - endemic to Nyika. There is such a lot to see in the vast park: waterfalls, a neolithic rock shelter, trout pools and even a ‘magic lake’ are just some of the attractions