Visit Nyika Plateau, Malawi
After a couple of years in the tourist wilderness due to government red tape, the Nyika Plateau is back as one of the highlights of any trip to Malawi.
Wilderness Safaris have recently won the rights to the concession, meaning you will be guaranteed high standards of service and accommodation for your stay in this special place.
Averaging over 2,000 meters in altitude, Malawi's largest national park provides visitors with a completely different experience of Africa. The Nyika Plateau is gently undulating and covered in montane grassland, interspersed with endemic herbs and heathers. It can be a cool and refreshing haven after a hot safari or a relaxing start to a trip around Malawi.
The breathtaking scenery, almost reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, is the park's greatest asset, but game watching is also enjoyable and rewarding. There are almost 100 mammal species, including Burchell's zebra, leopard, roan antelope, eland and hyena, while the presence of hundreds of species such as wattled crane make it a birder's paradise.
The open landscapes of the plateau make for easy viewing all year round, with horse riding safaris a major attraction. Visitors to the park will invariably stay at Chelinda, which also operates a stable to suit all levels of horse riders.
It is definitely possible to get much closer to animals such as zebra and roan on horseback than it is on foot or in a vehicle, and the scenery somehow seems more striking from this viewpoint.
You can additionally explore the area with a guide or independently on game drives, walks and mountain bikes.
Suggested itinerary featuring Nyika Plateau
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Nyika Plateau, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Nyika Plateau
- Vwaza Marsh 59 kilometers away
- The Northern Lakeshore 92 kilometers away
- Viphya Forest Mountains 107 kilometers away
- Lake Malawi 126 kilometers away
- Likoma Island & Mozambique Lakeshore 186 kilometers away
- Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve 255 kilometers away
- Lilongwe 371 kilometers away
- The Southern Lakeshore & Cape Maclear 391 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Nyika Plateau
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Nyika Plateau. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Chelinda Lodge is nestled in a pine forest with views over the stunning Nyika Plateau. Activities on offer include games-drives (note, it's not a Big Five destination), mountain biking, fishing and guided walks.