Malawi is nicknamed “The Warm Heart of Africa”. Blessed with a rich diversity of fauna and flora, Malawi has nine national parks and wildlife reserves. Most notably, the Liwonde National Park, and the Nyika National Park, which is Malawi’s largest national park.
Buffalo and zebra are common sightings in most of Malawi’s reserves and parks. Bushbuck, grey duiker, kudu, grysbok, klipspringer and reedbuck are found in most of the protected areas. Roan and eland sightings are frequent in Nyika, whilst Liwonde and Kasungu are the most likely places to spot sable and waterbuck. The rarest species, Livingstone’s suni and the beautiful nyala, have good populations in Malawi’s Lengwe National Park.
Malawi also has a fantastic variety of birds, with over 650 recorded species spread across the different landscapes.
The jewel in the Malawi crown, however, is the lovely Lake Malawi, with an estimated 700 fish species, most of which can only be found here. With the rich fish harvest offered here, many traditional fishing villages are scattered along the shore. The Lake Malawi National Park, located at the southern end of the Lake, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was created to protect fish and aquatic habitats. The Park does have a fair amount of land and is home to other animals such as baboons.