Nyika Plateau National Park sits on the Malawian border at the easternmost tip of Zambia and is an extension of the National Park in Malawi. This beautiful montane highland area sits at 2,000 metres above sea level and boasts sublime views. The landscape is characterized by vast rolling grasslands, green valleys, protea bushland, and green hills strewn with wildflowers. The rocky outcrops and small tropical forests boast fantastic views and walking trails, providing plenty of opportunities for visitors to gain insight into the fauna and flora of the area. The Chisanga Falls are located in Nyika Plateau National Park and is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The Park can be accessed from either Malawi or Zambia. However, if approaching from Zambia, a 4WD vehicle is necessary.
Wildlife viewing in Nyika Plateau National Park is amazing as the plateau’s landscape enhances the experience. Some of the larger wildlife in the Park includes zebras, roan, eland, warthogs, and the elusive leopard. Nocturnal species abound and include the likes of the honey badger, servals, civets, genets, bush pigs, and bush babies. For bird watchers, Nyika Plateau National Park is a haven, with migratory birds present between October and January. Some of the species include bar-tailed trogon, the moustached green tinkerbird, mountain greenbul and yellow-streaked bulbul, as well as the starred robin and Cape batis.
Nyika Plateau National Park is a wonderful destination throughout the year. The two prominent seasons are the cold and warm seasons. Between December and March, there is a lot of rain, and from June to August it can get very cold. The most vibrant time of year occurs during November and March after the rain. The Park comes alive with colour and migratory birds. Those seeking game viewing safaris should visit in the dry season—between June and August.
Guided game drives are the most popular safari activity, and those visiting Nyika Plateau National Park are in for a treat. There is an abundance of wildlife that roam the landscape, so safari-goers should always be on the lookout. From zebras and eland to warthogs and the elusive leopard, safari-goers will not be disappointed. Night drives offer plenty of nocturnal activities among the likes of honey badgers, servals, and bushpigs. Nightjars can also be spotted in the middle of the roads looking for insects across their hunting grounds. From October, the landscape shines like a jewel, with bursts of colour and lush scenery providing an epic backdrop to this stunning National Park. Furthermore, Nyika’s varied terrain is ideal for trekking, mountain biking and 4WD adventures.
Nyika Plateau National Park is separated into two parts; the Malawian side and the Zambian side, and visitors can’t go between the two sections without exiting the park and crossing the border before re-entering. Accommodation is available on the Malawian side of the park, so for enquiries, please contact one of our safari specialists here.