Nyika National Park

Malawi - North Malawi

Nyika is Malawi’s largest park. It extends across the great plateau. The name, Nyika, means “where the water comes from” and is, one of Malawi’s most important water catchments. The breathtaking scenery is at its best in the rainy season when over 200 types of orchid are in flower. The grasslands of Nyika are rich in wildflowers in other seasons.

Nyika is terrific for trekking and mountain biking and, as well as more popular 4×4 excursions. The vegetation attracts large numbers of antelope from the diminutive duiker to eland and roan. Zebra is common. The park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa, and there are some species of smaller mammals such as warthog and bushpig. Elephants and buffalo usually keep to the lower ground on the northern edge of the park, but lions and elephants have recently been seen on the high plateau.

Nyika National Park Hotels

Chelinda Lodge$$$

Chelinda Lodge offers spacious log cabins, which have sweeping views over Nyika’s rolling grasslands, which are often dotted with large herds of roan, eland and zebra. A pocket of hagenia woodland and forest, perfectly shelters this idyllic upland camp. Accommodation comprises eight warm log cabins made of pine with fireplace, en-suite bathroom and an upstairs viewing area, or room for accompanying children. Two chalets are joined to form an interconnected family unit. Elevated wooden walkw...

Chelinda Lodge
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