Malawi's nine national parks and wildlife reserves cover a great variety of landscape and vegetation types. A safari in Malawi is about memorable experiences, plenty of game in beautiful surrounding areas, no convoys of vehicles as is characteristic of some African parks. Fewer number of visitors gives you the opportunity to experience all types of safaris: in 4x4, by boat, on horse back or on foot.
LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK
Liwonde National Park is Malawi's smallest park covering an area of 548 sq km. It is one of the finest and most visited tourist destination in Malawi. Despite its size, the park can relatively boast a high concentration of wildlife. Game viewing is enhanced because of the Shire River that flows along its western border. This allows boat safaris as well as the usual ones by 4x4 and foot.
Shire River attracts a population of countless hippos and crocodiles, several herds of elephants are commonly seen, newly introduced Cheetah. Other wildlife include kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck, impala, buffalo, sable antelope, zebra, warthog, baboon and velvet monkey.
Birdlife is exceptionally varied. Liwonde is a top destination for birdwatchers in Malawi. The park is home to localised woodland species, such as brown-breasted barbet, Boehm’s bee-eater, Lilian’s lovebird, Livingstone’s flycatcher, collared palm thrush and green twinspot along with more sparsely distributed mopane specialists such as racket-tailed roller and pale-billed hornbill.
Activities include: boat safaris, night and day game drives, game walks, canoe trips.
NYIKA NATIONAL PARK
Nyika National Park is a place you should not miss in Malawi. With over 3000 sq km, towering over 2400m above sea level, Nyika offers some of the most breath-taking views. It has rolling hills, lush grassland, forested valleys, miombo woodland and evergreen forests. You can experience this amazing and beautiful park through walks, mountain biking, day and night game drives.
Commonly seen mammals include: zebra, roan antelope, eland, bushback, reedback.
Other mammals include: warthog, bushpig, klipspringer, monkeys and baboons. Elephants can be spotted at the lower edges of the park.
Nocturnals include: side striped jackal, civet, spotted hyena and leopard.
Over 400 species of bird have been recorded in this park. The rare denharms bustard and the wattled crane are among those to be seen, as the red winged-francolin endemic to Nyika.
MAJETE GAME RESERVE
Majete is located in Chikwawa south of Malawi and covers and area of 70,000 hectares. It is characterised of beautiful grassy glade, and riverine areas to wet miombo woodland and marula savanna. Here you have a chance to view elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, black rhino, eland, kudu, sable, hartebeest, zebra, giraffe, nyala. This is Malawi's big five nature reserve.
VWAZA MARSH GAME RESERVE
Vwaza marsh offers traditional bush experience. It has a wonderful mix of vegetation, forest and grassland, thin woodland and marsh. This rich habitat attracts a splendid range of birdlife, nearly 300 species have been recorded. Notable ones include - Goliath Heron, Openbill Stork, rare White winged Starling. Typically the reserve has large herds of Elephants, buffaloes, and a variety of antelopes including Roan, Greater Kudu, Impala, Puku. Warthogs are also found as well as hippos in Lake Kazuni. Other include Baboons, Monkeys.