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Kasungu National Par is a national park in Malawi. It is located west of Kasungu, about 175 km north of Lilongwe, extending along the Zambian border. Kasungu National Park, established in 1970, is the second largest in Malawi at 2,316 km2 and lying at approximately 1,000m above sea level on average. It is located in the Central Region approximately 165 km north of Lilongwe.

Most years the park is closed during March, during the wet season. The park is warm from the months of September to May and cooler from June to August. During the summer months a large variety of birds migrate to the park and bird watching is common between June and September.

Kasungu is Malawi's second largest National Park after Nyika, and is located in the central region of the country. The landscape covers 2 000km (1243 miles) and consists of woodland and bush, grassland and rolling hills, with a small lake and a wide marshy river course. Hippos are established at the lake and an estimated 300 Elephant remain after serious poaching in the past.

Buffalo, Zebra, Leopard, Jackal, Serval and antelope are all present here, as well as a wide variety of birds. Due to recent efforts, animal stocks and the accessibility of the Park have been improved, and it can now be toured in regular vehicles.

There is a lodge in the Park offering game drives and guided walks. Kasungu is only 160km (100 miles) from Lilongwe. The park also has many important Iron Age archaeological sites. The Park is Generally closed in March, as it is inaccessible due to the wet weather.

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Kuti is an ideal  getaway for peace and quiet  and only a 1 hour drive from Lilongwe on the way to the lake – just before Salima Town – great for families – we have no predators so it is very safe to walk, run or cycle around. We have beautiful sunsets, and lovely viewing of animals. We have outstanding birds ( over 250 different species) at Kuti. Kuti runs entirely on Solar power, we are eco-friendly, we also have an indigenous tree reforestation program. 

In a partnership with Lilongwe Wildlife Trust we have a One Health Program which combines Wildlife and Domestic veterinary research together with Human health – this outreach touches on the surrounding communities and gives us a scientific basis for any health issues be they human or animal.

We also have a partnership with Conservation Research Africa together with African Bat Conservation who are researching bats and their habitats and distribution and they also deal with bat relocations and exclusions. 

We have schools, universities and conservation groups from overseas and from locally whom we share conservation education of the biodiversity.    

We offer guided walks or guided self-drives or people can self-drive to see the animals. We have bicycle hire. We have conference facilities, self-catering facilities which can also be used for private functions. We also offer fully serviced functions as well. 

Our bar and restaurant facilities are open for day visitors as well as residents.

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Lake Malawi National Park is a national park at the southern end of Lake Malawi in Malawi, Southeast Africa. It is the only national park in Malawi that was created with the purpose of protecting fish and aquatic habitats. Despite this being its main purpose, Lake Malawi National Park includes a fair amount of land, including a headland, the foreshore and several small rocky islands in Lake Malawi.

The Lake Malawi National Park incorporates the beautiful Cape Maclear, a World Heritage Site. The park lies in the south of the country, and is the world's first freshwater park. It includes the land area around the cape and bay, as well as the Lake and islands as far as 100 metres offshore.

These waters are an absolute delight for snorkelling enthusiasts. There is also boating and canoeing on offer. There are 600 species of the colourful Malawi Cichlids, which are endemic here. This diversity of freshwater fish is unequalled in the entire world. The abundant freshwater fish will feed directly from your hand while snorkelling in Lake Malawi.

In the surrounding areas, various animals and birds can be found, including Baboons, antelope, Hyrax, Fish eagles, Hamerkops and Cormorants. There are a number of excellent places to stay, all of which offer many exciting activities. There are even some beautiful romantic island hideaways.

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Lengwe National Park is a national park in Malawi located near the town of Chikwawa and about 40 miles southwest of Blantyre. Lengwe's topography is unusual for Malawi and consists of open deciduous forests and dense thickets. It is the home of the reclusive Nyala antelope.

Situated in the south, 75km (47 miles) from Blantyre, this is the most southern of all the parks. This area is ideal for sugar cane production and much of the surrounding area has been taken over by plantations.

The Park has wonderful scenery; the waterholes are great places to spend some time bird watching and also taking walks in the bush. The park has large herds of Nyala as well as many smaller antelope. Baboons, Leopard and Hyena also reside here but are seen less often. There is only one place to stay in the reserve Nyala Safari Lodge.

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Located in the south of Malawi with the Shire River on its border, Liwonde National Park is considered to be Malawi's premier park, and is a must for visitors. This Malawi National Park has fabulous scenery and is well managed. Animal stocks include large numbers of interesting animals such as a great many Hippos and Crocodiles, herds (in their hundreds) of Elephant, Zebra and other antelope which come down to the water to drink.

There are only 2 types of accommodation in Liwonde National Park, a camp and a lodge, and visitors should be aware that Hippos often come up onto the lawns to feed at night. Expert guides take visitors on guided walks, boat trips and also night drives. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, and their bush lore is fascinating, as they give guests an insight into the lives of many animals.

Poor roads in the rainy season make the accommodation hard to access, but arriving by boat is the way to go, visitors can park near the jetty on the opposite side, raise the red flag provided and staff from the camp will come across the water to make the transfer.

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Majete is a Wildlife Reserve nestled in the south-western part of Malawi with an unlikely story of resurgence and restoration. 

Situated just south of Blantyre in the Lower Shire Valley in Malawi, Majete has taken on a new lease of life since a management change in 2003 and is well on its way to becoming a Big Five reserve. Large translocations of game to this 70 000 hectare Reserve have boosted the animal stocks considerably. Black Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Zebra, Hartebeest and many antelope species including Kudu and Roan can be found here.

Many more ambitious projects are underway. Fencing has been put in place and other translocations planned to further increase the existing animal stock. Leopards were re-located from the Kruger National Park in South Africa and Lion are to be reintroduced soon.

The aim is to restore Majete to the state that it was before human intervention making it a premier Big Five safari destination in Malawi. Leopards were the first to be reintroduced as they have less of an impact on prey populations.

Another major attraction of Majete is the Kapichira Falls, with stunning views and rock formations worn and created over thousands of years. There is a luxury tented camp and a community campsite with various activities now available.

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Nestled beneath the Chipata Mountain, a vast network of rivers weave their way through wooded hills, nourishing the dense miombo forests that make up Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.

Located in the central region, this is the largest game reserve in Malawi. Unfortunately the roads are just about inaccessible, but excellent walking safaris are possible with the services of a ranger or guide.

There are plans to improve the facilities and game management, which in the past have been left to their own devices. Currently facilities in the reserve are limited to camping, but lodges along Lake Malawi shore offer accommodation and can organise day trips into the reserve.

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The park covers practically the whole of the Nyika Plateau in northern Malawi, about 480 km north of Lilongwe and 60 km north of Rumphi by road. Access is by a single dirt road which branches north off the road from Rumphi to the Katumbi border post, and winds its way up the south-western scarp of the plateau, continues over the top, where it forms the border with Zambia, then descends the north-west scarp in a series of bends, and continues north to the Chisenga border post. On the top of the plateau, a spur goes east to Chelinda, the headquarters of the park nearer the centre. Although the park boundary comes within 35 km of Livingstonia there is no access from the eastern side.

The name Nyika means "where the water comes from" as the plateau's elevation makes it wetter than surrounding areas. Other suggested meanings are "wilderness" and "short grassland". The top is frequently in cloud, both in the rainy season and in the cold dry season when dense fogs, called Chiperoni, may persist well into the morning and sometimes all day. The persistent moisture brings over 200 types of orchid into flower. The grasslands of Nyika are rich in wildflowers all through the year but especially from January to April during the rains.

This is the largest and oldest National Park in Malawi. Most parts lie about 2 000 metres above sea level. The plateau is perfect for game drives and horseback safaris, as well as walks through the long grass. One of the most popular ways to see the region is to set out on a ten day Malawi Horse Safari.

This area is reputed to have the highest concentration of Leopard in Central Africa. Elephant and Rhino live on the lower ground; however this area is not easily accessible. On night drives various animals can be seen, including Hyena, Jackal and Owls or maybe even a shy Leopard.

There is a small airstrip near Chelinda Camp for access by air, otherwise the drive from Rumphi is uncomplicated, although it is mostly on dirt roads which are very rough, and a 4x4 vehicle is a must during the rainy season.

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Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve is a national game reserve in Malawi.

In contrast to the Nyika National Park on the Nyika Plateau, much of Vwaza is located on low-lying flat ground although the eastern side of the park is hilly. It is located to the southeast of the plateau and to the north of the floodplains of South Rukuru River and covers an area of 1,000 km2.

The government camp here closed down in 2007, and this may be the reason the reserve is not more popular, but it is a rewarding experience because of the stunning scenery and high concentration of game. There are private lodges nearby where guests can stay. This reserve lies in the north of the country on the Zambian border, and is a backpacker's delight. It is very accessible from Rumphi by car or public transport.

There are wonderful walks around Lake Kazuni (you must be accompanied by a game ranger) as well as 4x4 trails around the reserve. Animals resident around the lake include: many Hippos, Elephant and Buffalo. Many other smaller animals can also be seen, and the birdlife is excellent, with around 300 species recorded in the reserve.

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