go to content go to search box go to global site navigation

Malawi

Animals

Mammals

Malawi is not often thought of as a great place to see wildlife and if you’re looking for a stereotypical safari experience, you’ll be disappointed. However, for those less concerned with simply ticking off the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, black rhino and elephant - the country has plenty to offer. The main park is Liwonde, which has plenty of elephants, hippos, antelope species and bird life. Kasungu National Park is also home to elephants, as is Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, where you’ll also meet several antelope species, buffaloes and if you’re lucky, leopards. Nyika National Park is renowned for roan antelopes and reedbucks; you’ll also see zebras, warthogs and jackals, and at night you could well hear hyenas prowling around your tent. Nearby Vwaza Marsh is known for its hippos and, in the dry season, is the best place in the country to get up close and personal with elephants. In southern Malawi, Lengwe National Park supports a population of nyalas – at the northern limit of its distribution in Africa.