Nyika National Park
Travel to Nyika National Park – Beautiful Flora and an Abundance of Fauna
Thanks to its numerous attractions and splendid landscapes, Nyika National Park is worth a visit while in Malawi.
Nyika is Malawi’s largest park with an area of about 3,200 square kilometres. The park extends across the great plateau which is essentially a granitic dome, with an environment that exists nowhere else in Africa. The name, Nyika, means “where the water comes from” as the plateau’s elevation makes it wetter than surrounding areas.The rolling scenery is at its best in the rainy season when over 200 types of orchid are in flower. The grasslands of Nyika are also rich in wildflowers in other seasons though.
The montane vegetation attracts large numbers of antelope from the diminutive duiker to eland and roan. Zebra are common. The park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa and there are a number of 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.
There are also over 400 species of bird that have been recorded in the park. The rare Denham’s bustard and the wattled crane are among those to be seen, as is the red-winged francolin – which is endemic to Nyika. Other attractions include waterfalls, a neolithic rock shelter, trout pools and even a “magic lake”.
Nyika is wonderful for trekking, mountain biking and horse riding safaris, as well as more conventional 4×4 excursions.
- Participate in trekking, mountain biking and horse riding safaris.
- Spot over 400 species of bird that have been recorded in the park.
- Enjoy visiting Malawi’s largest park.