Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve is nestled at the foot of Nyika Plateau and offers a wonderful outdoor experience. The reserve has an impressive mix of vegetation, including forest and grassland, as well as thin woodland and marshland—all of which attracts a fantastic range of birdlife. The reserve spans approximately 250,000 acres and is located to the southeast of the plateau and north of the South Rukuru River’s floodplains, along the Zambian border north-west of Mzuzu.
Because there are no restrictions on wildlife movement between Zambia and Vwaza, migrant herds of elephants and buffalo are common. Kudu and impala are plentiful; eland, roan, and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest are less common; however, bushbabies frequently visit the camp at night.
A total of about 300 bird species have been identified in Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve, including storks, herons, and white-faced tree ducks, making it a great location for birding enthusiasts. Herds of thirty or forty elephants are common, as are big herds of hippos—Lake Kazumi, near the reserve's main entrance, is known for its hippos. Buffalo are abundant in the reserve, although their erratic behaviour makes sightings unpredictable.
The best time to see wildlife is from July to October when all of the water in the bush has drained and animals concentrate near dependable water sources. Many animals come to drink at Lake Kazumi in front of the camp during this
For the avid bird watchers, Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve boasts an excellent array of birdlife, with goliath herons, uncommon white-winged starlings, and pearl-spotted owls among the species. Traditional guided game drives follow a network of wildlife trails, while those with a sense of adventure can explore the intriguing walking trails around the reserve.
Because there is presently no full-time accommodation in Vwaza Marsh for casual tourists, it is recommended that safari-goers visit Vwaza Marsh only as part of a mobile safari organized by Wild Safari Guide.
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