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.
Top itineraries in Malawi's National Parks & Reserves
Malawi, known as the 'Warm heart of Africa', is renowned for its friendly people, unspoiled landscapes and diversity of animal and birdlife.
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Top places to stay in Malawi's National Parks & Reserves
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.
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.
Where to go in Malawi's National Parks & Reserves
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.
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…
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…
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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