Malawi Wildlife Highlights

Liwonde National Park is a major stronghold for elephants and hippo, whilst cheetah and lion have been re-introduced.

River cruises in particular are fantastic for getting up close to elephants, hippo and crocs in Liwonde. There is also a healthy black rhino population in the park, though seeing them is not always straight forward.

Up on the Nyika Plateau in the north of the country, the open plains are home to large herds of Roan antelope and this is one of the best places in Africa to view them. The area is also good for serval sightings.

In the south of the country, Majete National Park is home to the beautiful Sable antelope, and arguably the best place to see them in Africa after Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

As Malawi is a good birding destination, with varied habitats to explore, there are many birding highlights. African skimmer nest in large numbers along the Shire River in Liwonde, whilst other notable species include Livingstone’s flycatcher and Bohm’s bee-eater. The evergreen forests in upland areas such as Mulanje, Nyika and Zomba are also home to some sought rarer species such the White-chested Alethe, Olive-flanked Robin, White-winged Apalis, Green-headed Oriole and the Red-faced Crimsonwing.