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

Accommodation in Nyika National Park

Chelinda Lodge, Nyika Plateau

Chelinda Lodge is a safari lodge located in Nyika National Park, Malawi. The lodge is nestled among trees and overlooks the rolling grasslands of Nyika, which are home to herds of zebra, antelope and buck. Chelinda Lodge is made up of six cabins, each constructed from wood and featuring a host of excellent facilities. The lodges are double-storeyed, with the…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Chelinda Camp, Nyika Plateau

Chelinda Camp is located in Malawi’s Nyika National Park, high up on the Nyika Plateau. The camp provides stunning views of the region’s rolling hills and grasslands, and also overlooks a dam. The camp is made up of two types of accommodation: four two-bedroom chalets, as well as six en-suite twin-bed rooms. The chalets have en-suite facilities, lounges and dining…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Nyika National Park

Malawi Northern Explorer Tour

Different budget and accommodation options; Visits both beach and bush locations; Either 7 or 11 days

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Duration: 7 Days / 11 Days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Red Duiker
Honey Badger
Roan Antelope

Key Species

Roan Antelope

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

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

African Redwood

Forested Valleys
Rocky Outcrops

Wildlife Ratings

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