Nyika

 

Nyika National Park is located in northern Malawi.

The park is known for its wildlife and plant populations. It has one of the greatest leopard densities in Central Africa, and the rainy season brings into bloom over 200 different types of orchids.

Other outdoor features include waterfalls, trout pools, and a neolithic rock shelter.

Access is by a single dirt road which branches north off the road from Rumphi to the Katumbi border post, continuing over the top of a plateau, where it forms the border with Zambia, then descends and continues north to the Chisenga border post.

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La Exotica Lodge Chintheche

La Exotica Lodge Chintheche

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Hill Of Grace

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Offering a barbecue and children's playground, Hill Of Grace is located in Katoto, 2.1 km from Mzuzu University. The bed and breakfast has a sun terrace and views of the garden, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$40

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Blue Canoe Safari Camp

Blue Canoe Safari Camp

Located in Matema Beach, 900 metres from Waterfall Hiking Trail, Blue Canoe Safari Camp features a terrace and a private beach area. Matema Hospital is 900 metres from the property. Free WiFi is featured . Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$40

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Ruhuwiko Hunt Club

Ruhuwiko Hunt Club

Featuring free WiFi and a year-round outdoor pool, Ruhuwiko Hunt Club offers accommodation in Mpapa. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

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Pataya Lodge

Pataya Lodge

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Landmark Hotel, Tukuyu

Landmark Hotel, Tukuyu

Landmark Hotel, Tukuyu offers accommodation in Tukuyu. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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White Sands Retreat

White Sands Retreat

Situated in Chintheche, 10 km from Old Bandawe Church, White Sands Retreat boasts a terrace and water sports facilities. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is fitted with a seating area. Towels and bed linen are offered. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Sangilo Sanctuary Lodge

Sangilo Sanctuary Lodge

Located in Mwamtawale, 1.9 km from Customs roadblock, Sangilo Sanctuary Lodge features a private beach area and water sports facilities. Hospital Clinic is 4.4 km away. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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The Grand Palace Hotel

The Grand Palace Hotel

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Landmark Hotel Matema Beach

Landmark Hotel Matema Beach

Situated in Matema Beach, 1.6 km from Matema Hospital, Landmark Hotel Matema Beach features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Offering free WiFi and a garden, Sunbird Mzuzu is set in Katoto, 600 metres from Supermarket (Mzuzu). Metro Supermarket is 600 metres away. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Hiking and Trekking
Nyika National Park is Malawi’s largest national park, with an area of 3200 km² (1250 sq mi). The park covers practically the whole of the Nyika Plateau in northern Malawi. Features along the trails include waterfalls, trout pools, and a neolithic rock shelter

Access to the park 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.
Wildlife and Plants
The park’s montane vegetation attracts large numbers of antelope, from the diminutive duiker to eland and roan. Zebra are common. The park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa and there are a number of species of smaller mammals such as warthog and bushpig. Elephants and buffalo usually keep to the lower ground on the northern edge of the park but lions and elephants have recently been seen on the high plateau.

The top is frequently in cloud in the rainy season which brings over 200 types of orchid into flower. The grasslands of Nyika are rich in wildflowers in other seasons as well. Nyika is recommended for trekking, mountain biking and horse riding safaris, as well as more conventional 4x4 excursions.

Over 400 species of bird have been recorded in the park. The rare Denham’s bustard and the wattled crane are among those to be seen, as is the red-winged francolin - endemic to Nyika.
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