• Chelinda Lodge
  • Chelinda Lodge
  • Chelinda Lodge

Nyika Plateau

Visiting the Nyika Plateau is an unforgettable experience. Revel in one of Malawi’s most important water catchment areas. Nyikaaptly means "where the water comes from" and from here, the water flows down into Lake Malawi, cascading over many waterfalls on the eastern edge of the mountains.


Nyika is one of the Trans-Frontier Conservation Areas between Malawi and Zambia, some 500km from Lilongwe. This breath-taking 3,200 square kilometre Plateau comprises diverse ecosystems. Lush, undulating montane grassland, miombo woodland and savannah, interspersed with endemic herbs and heathers.


Absorb the terrific scenery, reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands. The rainy season sees the landscape transformed into an explosion of colour as over 200 orchid species blossom! Explore the park’s numerous waterfalls, Neolithic rock shelter, trout pools and even a ‘magic lake’.


Discover the Plateau landscape teeming with wildlife - zebra, bushbuck, reedbuck, roan antelope and elephants. Spot eland, warthogs, klipspringer, jackals, duikers, hyenas and serval. You simply have to see a leopard as the park boasts the highest concentrations of these elusive cats in central Africa.


Endemic chameleons, frogs and toads, several unique local birds, and a variety of butterflies attract enthusiasts from afar. If you are a birdwatcher, revel in sightings of some 400 bird species.Imagine seeing the rareWattled crane, Cinnamon dove, Starred robin, moustached Green-tinker birds and Red-winged francolin on Nyika Plateau? Get out those hiking boots and pump up your mountain bike - the Nyika Plateau offers some of the best trekking and mountain biking in Malawi. Or go for fantastic game drives and horseback safaris in the glorious open landscapes where wildlife viewing is particularly good all year round.  

Over the past 21 years we have booked more than ten thousand custom holidays across Africa.
The selection of designer holidays presented below is based on customer feedback and represents ‘the best of the best’.
If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for please contact us personally — with more than 1,000 selected partner properties in 16 countries we can and will create your dream holiday or honeymoon.

Kevin & Fiona Record - Founders, Owners and hands-on Managers