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Malawi has a total of nine national parks and wildlife reserves which are widely spread throughout the three regions.

 

We have Nyika and Vwaza wildlife reserves in the northern part, Kasungu National Park and Nkhotakota Reserve in the Central region; in the west and east respectively. In the South we have the
Elephant at majete Warthogs in liwonde  

well-known and famous Liwonde national park along the Shire River, Lengwe national park, Mwabvi and Majete Wildlife reserve in Chikwawa district. Near the southern limits of Lake Malawi is the world’s first freshwater national park at Cape Maclear. This is one of Malawi’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

 

Just an hour from Lilongwe and half an hour from the shores of Lake Malawi lies a little known wildlife reserve called Kuti.  This stunning bush retreat is home to all sorts of wildlife like zebra, impala, sable and giraffe.  Explore by car, bike, on foot or even horseback. Kuti has joined forces with Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, an award winning ‘People & Wildlife’ project based in the capital which has the benefit of bringing in additional volunteers and expertise.

 

Kuti’s diverse habitats (wetlands, savannah and miombo & brachystegia woodland)gives it a fantastic array of wildlife.  During last September’s game count the reserve gave a good record of big mammals. In total 52 Zebra, 63 Sable, 16 Warthog, 2 Bush pig, 7 Reedbuck, 1 Serval, 39 Bushbuck, 21 Duiker, 12 Wildebeest, 21 Kudu, 48 Waterbuck, 32 Nyala, 27 Impala and 2 Giraffe were spotted.  145 birds species were reported by the local birding group in January 2012.  

 

Malawi has a variety for safari. Our National Parks and Game Reserves do arrange and organize 4x4 open vehicles game drives or walking safaris. This gives you the appreciation for the landscapes and wildlife in our country. Other options include boat safaris along the Shire River. This is a wonderful way to see the animals close-up as they seem unfrightened by people in a boat. You can float close to the hundreds of hippos and watch the elephants drink just a few metres away.

 

 
  River trip around Liwonde national park Cichlids at otterpoint

Recently Majete re stocked and became the only National Park in Malawi with the Big 5. These include, the elephants, the lions, Rhinos, Buffalos and the Leopards. Malawi has a number of National Parks and Game Reserves offering different game viewing.  In the north are the unique Nyika Plateau and the Vwasa Reserve with one a highland and the other a lowland marsh area. The central region of Malawi has two vast game areas in Kasungu National Park and Nkhotakota Reserve.


Liwonde National Park is Malawi's premier wildlife park. It's setting is lovely along the banks of the Shire river, where you can view pods of hippo in the water and large herds of elephant on the side enjoying a drink and a splash and also a lot of crocodiles can be seen along the river. The bird life is fantastic and you're very likely to see African fish eagles displaying their skills as well as the rare Pel's fishing owl. Most people who visit will stay at the luxurious Mvuu Lodge. The best time to visit is during the cooler dry season from June - August as Liwonde can get very hot & humid during the rains. Lengwe National Park and

 

the wildlife reserves of Majete and Mwabvi are also available in the southern region. Near the southern end of Lake Malawi is the world’s first freshwater national park at Cape Maclear.
  Warthogs in liwonde  

Lengwe National Park is home to the Nyala antelope, which is indigenous only to this park in Malawi. Apart from the traditional Big 5, these parks are also home to over 300 bird species. A safari in Malawi is sure to be a memorable experience with plenty of game without the traffic. Choose your mode of safari from walking, horse riding, boating or driving in a 4x4 with expert guides.


Apart from the big five, smaller cats such as caracel and serval can also be seen. Antelopes, a wide range of monkeys, kudus, zebras, giraffes, birds, hippos and crocodiles are some of the animals also available. Visitors are relatively few in number, giving everyone the opportunity to experience and enjoy a memorable drive or walk.


Malawi is truly an ornithologist’s paradise. Few countries in the whole of Africa can rival Malawi’s range of bird species coupled with the relative ease of birdwatching. Around 650 species have been identified with over ten per cent not being seen in other parts of southern Africa. Best known is the fish eagle to be seen at the Lake and along the River Shire but, as with the Lake’s fish, the range of species is breathtaking.

 
 
   
 
 
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