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Kasungu National Park

Introduction

Kasungu National Park Map
Kasungu National Park Map

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The Kasungu National Park is situated in the Central Region approximately 165km north of the capital city Lilongwe and 289km south of Mzuzu. The western side the Park borders with Zambia.

Kasungu provides some good wildlife viewing opportunities, particularly at the end of the dry season from August to November, a time when water levels begin to dwindle forcing the animals to stay close to the remaining water holes in the park.

The park's vegetation consists mainly of Miombo woodland broken up by grassy river channels, known locally as Dambos. A number of rivers flow through the park, the most important of which are the Dwanga and the Lingadzi, A tributary of the Lingadzi, the Lifupa, dams at Lifupa Lodge which creates a great spot for game viewing within the park, especially the resident hippos. Kasungu is famed for it's population of elephants, though poaching is, even today, a big problem and their numbers have dwindled in recent years. As well as elephants it boasts a large variety of antelope, including sable, roan, kudu, impala and hartebeest as well as buffalo and zebra. Predators in the park include, hyena, wild dog and serval.

The Park is warm from the months of September to May and cooler from June to August. Most years the park is closed during March, maybe earlier if the rains are heavy. The roads are in better condition at the start of the dry season and the park has a network of untarred roads. It is possible to self-drive in the Kasungu National Park.

 Depending on what you want to see and do the best time to visit the park is:

  • Wildlife viewing - August to January
  • Bird Watching - November to December
  • Hiking - June to September
  • Orchids and wild flowers - November to February
  • Photography - August to February

There is limited accommodation within the park. Upmarket Lifupa Lodge is ideally located, approximately 14km from the main entrance gate. It is a 40 bed luxury lodge, including four suites, all overlooking the dam. It also has a further 16 superior en-suite rondavels. Nearby is a 24 bed self-catering tented camp.

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