Malawi National Parks
Liwonde National Park
Liwonde National Park is situated to the south of the country and is bordered by Shire River to the west. It is over 200kilometres from the capital Lilongwe. The park has a diverse vegetation profile and has several species of game which include hippos, crocodiles, rhinos, kudus, warthog and a significant number of elephants. Visitors can look forward to game viewing and boat safaris on the Shire River. Nature lovers will also enjoy exploring the massive baobab trees common in the park, while the lagoon areas are host to various species of birdlife. Liwonde is one of Malawi’s best national Parks and it offers lodge and camp accommodation. The National Park offers Chiunguni Lodge which offers basic accommodation
Lake Malawi National Park
Lake Malawi National Park was created to preserve the marine life found in the beautiful lake. The park is a UNSECO World heritage site owing to its biodiversity. It was opened in 1980 and it the world’s first Freshwater Park. The lake has hundreds of fish species including some which are only found in these waters, specifically the Malawi Cichlids. The park has other interesting features which include the Bay area, gorgeous islands including Cape Maclear and the park area surrounding the lake which has a number of animals and birds like the fish eagles. The park is popular among tourists for its diving, sailing and snorkelling.
Nyika National Park
Nyika National Park is the largest national Park which was established in 1965; with an area of over 3000 square kilometres. The park is located in a highland region to the north so it is much cooler than most areas and it is also sparsely populated. Nyika National Park has varied picturesque relief with grasslands, valleys, some beautiful waterfalls and rivers. Wildlife found in the park as follows; zebra, leopard, sable, reedbuck, eland, warthog, civets, duiker and over 300 species of birds including some unique species. The park is accessible all year round and guests can also use the air strip to get there. Nyika National Park offers game drives, walking safaris, Trout Fishing and Birding. Some rare birds keen birders can look out for are the rare Denham’s bustard, mountain marsh widow, the wattled crane etc. In the rainy season the grassy fields are abloom with various flowers such as unique orchids which make for unforgettable photo opportunities.
Nkotakhota Wildlife Reserve
Nkotakhota Wildlife reserve is a large game reserve located in the central region of Malawi at the base of Chipata Mountain. An area which is mostly thick bush has been un-navigable for a long time but efforts have been made in the past three years to introduce roads as well as build tourist accommodation. The Parks authorities have also tried to reintroduce other types of game so as to balance the ecosystem. Nkotakhota is home to elephants, hyenas, buffalo, kudu, buffalo, sable and lions.
The Bua River among other rivers cut across the park and affords visitors the chance for some fishing. The area is also teeming with various birds. It is ideal to explore Nkotakhota on foot, via walking safari. There are two luxury lodges in the reserve as well as Tongole Airstrip for ease when flying.
Lengwe National Park
Lengwe National Park is located just 80kilometres out of Blantyre and is the southernmost park in the country. The park which has a few species of animals is most famous for being home to the unique antelope called the Nyala. However, there are several bird species. Vegetation in Lengwe National park is mostly woodland the area surrounding the park is mostly sugarcane plantations. There are a handful of natural waterholes and some manmade ones which become focal points for wildlife in the dry season. The perfect place to see the animals coming together to drink. There is only one lodge for visitors, Nyala Lodge and at the peak of the rainy season the park is sometimes closed A place that visitors may find interesting is the Tisunge Heritage Centre, an education centre established to preserve the culture of the Lower Shire peoples. Visitors can learn more at the library and museum, and buy some beautiful wares from the craft shop.