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Malawi's National Parks & Reserves

Visit Malawi's National Parks & Reserves


Malawi has nine national parks. They are exceptionally diverse, ranging from the sprawling northern highlands of the Nyika National Park to the smallest and newest, Mwabvi Game Reserve in the south of the country.

Malawi's national parks are home to an amazing range of wildlife, thanks in part to the great drinking bowl of Lake Malawi and the rivers that drain into it. Elephants, hippos, zebras, buffalos and sometimes lions can be spotted, often crossing from neighbouring Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia in drier months. The Lake Malawi National Park protects the tropical fish and freshwater creatures that frequent this important fresh water resource. But whatever your Malawi travel plans, a visit to any of these parks will put you within touching distance of some of Africa's most amazing wildlife.


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Top itineraries in Malawi's National Parks & Reserves

Landscape, Chelinda Lodge, Nyika National Park, Malawi

Malawi in Style

14-day tailor-made holiday from £7,280 pp incl. flights

Malawi, known as the 'Warm Heart of Africa', is renowned for its friendly people, unspoiled landscapes and diversity of animal and birdlife.

Top places to stay in Malawi's National Parks & Reserves

Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Chelinda Lodge, Nyika National Park

Contemporary safari lodge

This charming lodge overlooks the vast plains and rolling grasslands of Malawi’s Nyika National Park, a region home to plentiful wildlife, including zebra, eland, elephant and leopard.

Mvuu Lodge, Liwonde National Park

Mvuu Wilderness Lodge, Malawi

Contemporary lodge

This quintessentially African safari lodge is situated on the banks of a lagoon – just a short distance from the Shire River on the western boundary of Malawi’s breathtaking Liwonde National Park.

Ku Chawe Inn, Malawi

Ku Chawe Inn, Malawi

Traditional lodge

With commanding views over southern Malawi's spectacular Zomba Plateau, Ku Chawe Inn offers a fantastic accommodation option in the heart of one of the country's most beautiful regions.

Where to go in Malawi's National Parks & Reserves

Majete Reserve

The Majete Wildlife Reserve in the Lower Shire Valley of southern Malawi is an intensely monitored, fenced off reserve. A number of important species have been successfully reintroduced and the park is now one of Malawi's best areas for wildlife watching.

Nyika National Park

The Nyika National Park in the north of Malawi is the country's oldest wildlife reserve. It's more than twice the size of Greater London and stretches over the Nyika Plateau. This highland area is wetter than the surrounding areas - Nyika means ‘where the water comes from' - and distinct from the r…

Liwonde National Park

The Liwonde National Park, to the south of Lake Malawi, is a classic African wildlife safari park. It stretches along the banks of the Shire River, an area of diverse vegetation where swamps and lagoons attract animals from the drier surrounding grassland and where baobab trees stamp vivid silhouet…

Lake Malawi National Park

The Lake Malawi National Park protects the aquatic life in the southern portion of Lake Malawi, the third largest of Africa's Great Lakes. As a Rift Valley Lake it is exceptionally deep and old - it is estimated to have existed for up to two million years - and the waters of Lake Malawi teem with l…

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