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Malawi Parks

Kasungu National park is 2,316 km2 mainly of natural woodland and bush with occasional small patches of open grassland. This second largest park in Malawi widely known for animal tracking, bird watching and viewing of the wild orchirds.
Some of the attractions include viewing the largest herds of Elephants than any other park in Malawi, birdlife and a visit to some of the historical sites like the cave paintings and an iron kiln sited near the Zambian border.

This is the largest park in Malawi, the area is 1,802 km2 of rugged terrain. Some of the rivers that drain into Lake Malawi have their sources here, Countless streams and waterfalls which emerge from the steep edge of the escarpment, This woodland which has deciduous trees shed their leaves after the new foliage which usually burst forth into a colourful display. Attractions include various species of antelopes, large herds of Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Birdlife that includes the palm nut vulture, freckled nightjar, stone chat, just to mention a few. The Chipata Mountain (5374ft) is a great way to see the reserve and across Lake Malawi, undeniably the principle attraction of the reserve.

Nyika spans an extensive 3,134km2, and was gazetted as Malawi first National park in 1965. Composed of granite together with other crystalline rocks. The Nyika is one of the most important water catchment areas in Malawi. The plateau which forms the wall of the Great Rift valley is mostly uninhabited due its great height. This spectacular Reserve consisting of mighty hills, montane grassland with patches of green forest and savanna woodlands. Attractions include the scenic flora and fauna, variety of antelope, Zebras, horseback riding over the plateau, variety of orchids over 200 types only in this part of Africa

This reserve extends some 986km2 of rocky outcrops of hills that break the flatness of the landscape. Vwaza has a wonderful variety mix of vegetation from forest to grassland, thin woodland to marsh. An ornithological paradise as it supports a range of 450 species. Some of the attractions include large herds of elephants, herds of hippos in Lake Kazuni, birdlife.

At 548km2 Liwonde is one of the smallest parks in Malawi. The variety and numbers of game animals is better than any other park. The park is primarily mopane woodland, open grassland and deciduous trees. It is close to the Shire river on the western side of the park boundary. Some of the attractions include game viewing by water, herds of elephants, hippos, walking safari, black rhino birdlife (400 species) a variety of plain game and carnivores.

Lengwe is 809km2 of deciduous woodland and more dense tree growth along the stream courses. It is easily accessible and the good network of tracks makes iot easy to drive. A few visitors use this relatively small park which is an advantage. Attractions include, Buffalo, Leopard, a variety of antelopes, Birdlife of about 300 species.

At 691km2 is largely a scenic park, It supports a number of East flowing rivers which join the Shire river or it’s tributaries. The vegetation of mixed woodland and open grassland are dominant, hills on the western side break the slopes up to the Rift Valley’s edge. Attractions include THE SHIRE RIVER, series of falls- Kapichira falls, Murchison cataracts.

Mount Mulanje rises 9,850ft and is the highest mountain in Central Africa, The bare rock flanks which tower 7000feet above the surrounding plains is quite magnificient. The highest peak is Sapitwa. The Mount is largely syenite and granite igneous rocks with large crystals, the height of Mulanje is such that it creates it’s own climate, wettest areas to the south with rainfalls of 2000mm, and can also trigger the chiperoni during the dry seasons. Temperatures affected by the altitude can drop close to 0oC at night on the higher slopes. Activities include, Trekking the Mighty Mulanje, a walk to the busy market place Chitakali, the Golf club. Attractions include Birdlife, primates, small mammals, forest cobra, butterflies

The Nankumba Penisula is composed largely of granite which solidified below the surface only to be exposed as uplift occurred and erosion took its toll. Outcrops of this resistant rock form the rounded hills characteristic of the Lake Malawi National Park and its off shore islands. Cape maclear is the main headland and its name become synonymous with the whole peninsula. Declared as a protected forest reserve in early 1930s, and in 1980 much of the peninsula off shore islands were declared a national park. It boasts of having the largest numbers of fish species of any Lake in the World. This was the first park in the world to have a primary aim of conservation of fresh water fish, declared a world heritage site.
Attractions include, the largest fishing villages on the whole Lake,flora and fauna,Monkeys,Birdlife, Mwala wa Mphini a granite boulder. Activities include, kayaking, snorkeling, sail boarding, scuba diving and boating

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