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Malawi - National Parks & Game Reserves

National Parks and Game Reserves Mwabvi Game Reserve Nyika National Park
Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve
Kasungu National Park
Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
Lake Malawi National Park
Liwonde National Park
Majete Wildlife Reserve
Lengwe National Park
Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve

Malawi is a naturalists paradise, and boasts as rich a variety of large mammals as most African Countries; including the so called big five - buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros. There are over 170 species of mammals and some 649 recorded species of bird.

As with everywhere, human population pressures have meant that most the big game species are now restricted to game reserves and national parks. Although these reserves are not as famous as some found in other East African countries, they offer comparable and excellent game viewing.

To get the most out of a wildlife viewing safari you will need to take into consideration the climate. The best times of the year for game viewing is during the dry season August to November. Some parks will be closed or impassable without a four wheel drive vehicle during the raining season, particularly January to March.


Nyika National Park

NYIKA NATIONAL PARK
Nyika National Park is situated 129km northwards from Mzuzu and 68km from Rumphi. The name, Nyika, means "where the water comes from" as the plateau's elevation makes it wetter than surrounding areas.
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Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve

VWAZA MARSH WILDLIFE RESERVE
Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve sees very few visitors , despite its easy access, inexpensive accommodation and rich diversity of animals and birds. It lies southwest of the Nyika Plateau, to the north of the floodplains of South Rukuru River and covers an area of 1,000 km².
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Kasungu National Park

KASUNGU NATIONAL PARK
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
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Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

NKHOTAKOTA WILDLIFE RESERVE
Nkhotakota Reserve is situated 115km to the North East of Lilongwe, on top of the Rift Valley escarpment above the lake. It is the oldest established reserve in Malawi.
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Lake Malawi Marine Park

LAKE MALAWI MARINE PARK
overing an area of 94 km2, Lake Malawi National Park was designated a National Park in 1980 becoming the world’s first freshwater national park and a World Heritage Site.
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Liwonde National Park - Sable Antelope LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK
Liwonde National Park is located 120km north of Blantyre, about 60km north of Zomba and 236 kms away from Lilongwe. It lies on the banks of the Upper Shire River, south of Lake Malawi, bordering Lake Malombe to the north and encompassing a large area east of the river.
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Majete Wildlife Reserve

MAJETE WILDLIFE RESERVE
The Majete Wildlife Reserve lies in the Southern area of Malawi, in the Lower Shire Valley, which is part of Africa's Great Rift Valley. It takes approximately an hour of driving from the city of Blantyre to reach the Reserve. It is the only park in Malawi to home the BIG 5.
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Lengwe National Park

LENGWE NATIONAL PARK
Lengwe National Park lies within the lower Shire Valley about 80kms south of Blantyre and bordering to the west with Mozambique. The natural vegetation of the area is mixed woodland and grassy dambo
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Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve

MWABVI WILDLIFE RESERVE
Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve covers an area of only 350km² and is Malawi's smallest park. It is located on Malawi's southernmost tip and borders with Mozambique.
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