North Malawi - Malawi
North Malawi has so much to offer visitors. Not as well-known as the rest of the country and with a lower population density, it is a region for those who wish to experience Africa at its most untouched. Its tranquil and astounding beauty will leave a lasting memory of all who set to discover this unique region.
Its great highlands categorise the north. Forming a wooded spine up from the central region. The Viphya Highlands is an undulating plateau rising 1800m. On the borders with Zambia and with Tanzania, in the north, other significant ranges include theMalinguMountains and the Misuku Hills. However, the most magnificent of all is the Nyika Plateau, towering to over 2500m. The rolling landscapes of the centre of the plateau are described as whalebacks, but the edges of this granite core are scarp-like especially in the north-east where it forms the boundary of the Great Rift Valley.
Malawi’s largest national park Nyika is here, populated by abundant species, including large herds of roan and eland antelope. North Malawi’s other protected area is the Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve, a lower lying area offering a more traditional bush-game experience.
The highlands of the north also influence the nature of the lakeshore, which in this region can be quite dramatic – fishing villages sitting at the base of cliff-like escarpments accessible primarily by boat.