Expect magnificent vistas, rolling montane grasslands and outstanding birding with holidays to Nyika Plateau, a lush and beautiful uplands area. The largest national park in Malawi, covering a huge 3200sq km, Nyika offers a unique environment rich in both flora and fauna.
The rainy season is especially popular for floral displays, as over 200 types of orchid come into bloom - although wildflowers are known to appear throughout the year. Game viewing is excellent and there are strong populations of eland, roan and also the small duiker antelope. They are joined by zebra and smaller species such as warthog and bushpig. There's also the chance to see lion, elephant and buffalo, although sightings are in-frequent, with such large game preferring lower ground or the park's northern reaches. However, the park does possess one of Central Africa's highest leopard densities and, if you're lucky, you can enjoy excellent sightings of the stunning big cat.
While there is plenty of game to enjoy the real treat on offer here is the beautiful scenery and utter escape into wilderness. Nyika's streams, rolling hills and mountainous outcrops define the landscape as overwhelmingly explorable. Enjoy hikes and mountain biking or jump in the saddle for horse riding safaris across the plains, spotting some of the Plateau's 400 bird species along the way.
Discover waterfalls, enjoy a spot of fishing and uncover the secrets of a neolithic rock shelter while staying in the park. Chelinda Camp is one of the only properties found in Nyika and is a good choice: offering a unique alpine experience and rustic yet comfortable accommodation.
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