Nyika Plateau National Park (Malawi)

Nyika Plateau National Park Travel Guide and Trip Resources


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Rolling grasslands of Nyika


The National Park at the Nyika Plateau in northern Malawi is quite unusual. Rolling green hills as far as the eye can see can momentarily confuse you into thinking you are in the American mid-west or other more familiar territory.

But once you see a herd of zebras zipping about to break the predictability of the scenery, you find yourself reminded that in fact it is a very different part of the world you're in.

At a size of 3200 km², Nyika is the largest park of its kind in Malawi and covers nearly the entire plateau with the same name. Besides zebras it is one of the best spots to catch sight of leopards, antelope, elephants and hyenas, while in recent years there has been talk of lions being introduced. Access to the park is through quite a long drive on dirt back roads.

GIven its gentle terrain, Nyika is great for mountain biking, hiking or 4x4 drives. Because of the high altitude (around 2,000m), temperatures here are low. Especially in the period of May until August it can get very cold here at night. [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Nyika Plateau National Park is a region in Malawi. It is situated at an altitude of 6499ft and the best airport to fly into is ZZU (Mzuzu, Mzuzu)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in Malawi is the Malawian kwacha (MWK)

Nyika Plateau National Park Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
68 70 70 70 66 64 63 66 72 73 73 72

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
5.7 5 5.9 6.6 2.4 1.1 0.7 0.1 0.4 1.1 2.8 4.8

More Nyika Plateau National Park travel resources

We will keep it brief here. There is the checking out the Wiki and Nyika Lonely Planet article, as well as Malawi Tourism.


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