Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 5
Mammals: 8
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 5
Trees: 8

Lookout for

Red Duiker
Honey Badger
Serval
Elephant
Leopard
Jackal
Buffalo
Zebra
Roan Antelope
Eland
Warthog

Nyika National Park is the largest park in Malawi and is located on the western border with Zambia. It lies at a high altitude of 2000 metres above sea level, and as such, consists of a unique combination of grasslands, forested valleys, and rocky outcrops. The plateau provides stunning, spectacular views of the surrounds, with remarkable cloud formations forming on the horizon. Another unique feature of Nyika is its incredible variety of wildflowers, which bloom spectacularly throughout the year, and especially during the rainy season from January to April. Visitors can marvel at over 20 types of orchid found carpeting the park’s rolling grasslands. Wildlife found in the region include herds of roan antelope, zebra, eland, jackal, hyena and serval. The park is also home to over 400 species of birds. Nyika also has one of the highest densities of leopards in Africa and these elusive cats are commonly seen.

Why we like it

Unique scenery; Amazing views and vistas; Spectacular wildflowers; 400 bird species; Leopard and serval hotspot

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 3100 square km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Leopard
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Mzuzu

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Chelinda Camp, Nyika Plateau Full Board
Chelinda Lodge, Nyika Plateau Full Board

Tours & Trips (click on the links below)

Tour / Trip Budget Duration
Magical Malawi Luxury Safari Tour Super Luxury 14 days
Malawi Northern Explorer Tour 7 Days / 11 Days

Key Species

MAMMALS
Leopard
Elephant
Roan Antelope


BRIDS
Denham’s bustard
Red-winged Francolin
Wattled Crane
Yellow-streaked Bulbul


REPTILES
Southern African Python
Nyika Whistling Chameleon
Nyika Girdled Lizard
Nyika Variable Skink


TREES
African Redwood
Miombo
Ebony
Yellowwood


HABITAT TYPES
Grasslands
Forested Valleys
Rocky Outcrops