Nyika National Park
Nyika National Park
Nyika National Park was Malawi’s first certified park, founded in 1965. It is also the biggest of all the national parks in the country with no less than 3200km2 of beautiful, rolling scenery. Nyika Plateau is situated in the North of Malawi and is unique in Africa. The Plateau is on the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list for its cultural and natural beauty.
Wildlife of Nyika National Park
The montane vegetation of Nyika Plateau attracts large numbers of antelope, and zebra is common. Smaller mammals such as warthogs and bush pigs are also commonly found in the park.
In addition, Nyika is home to the highest population of leopard in Malawi! There have been a few sightings of nomadic males and recently a female lion! Although because of the size of the park they are hard to spot so keep your eyes peeled! Nyika is a birders paradise and more than 400 species have made the park their nest!
Vegetation of Nyika National Park
Nyika Plateau extends on a granitic dome and is like no other in Africa. The park is composed by a succession of hills with breath-taking views, valleys of Miombo woodland and evergreen forest. The high number of rivers and impressive waterfalls explain Nyika’s name: Nyika means “where the water comes from”. Thanks to these sources the plant life is abundant with more than 3000 plant species and 200 different types of orchids!
What to do in Nyika National Park
Mountain biking: Get on your bike and discover Nyika plateau. With a vast landscape to explore and lots to see – what better way than by bike!
Walks: If you prefer to travel by two legs rather than two wheels you can explore Nyika by foot. Not only does Nyika offer a wildlife experience but it is also full of attractions such as a neolithic rock, trout pools, and a “magic lake”!
Game drives: If two wheels aren’t enough for you, take four! Chelinda Lodge offer game drives to guests, which is the best way to see as much as possible. You can also self-drive around the park.
Fishing (catch & release): For those that like a relaxed sport you can give your hand at fly fishing in Nyika!
Who is the park good for?
Landscape lovers will be stunned by Nyika as well as bird watchers. If you have a passion for flowers or leopard you should definitely add Nyika to your list!