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Getting There & Away

Given that Vwaza is well off the beaten track, the easiest way to visit is on a guided tour. In addition to its multiday tours incorporating the reserve, Nkhata Bay Safaris offers wildlife-watching day trips (US$125 per person) and overnight excursions (US$250 per person) from Nkhata Bay or Mzuzu. The minimum is three people.

If you’re travelling by public transport, first get to Rumphi (reached from Mzuzu by minibus for MK2000). From Rumphi, matolas (pickups) travel to/from the Kazuni area and you should be able to get a lift to the main gate for around MK1500. Minibuses also ply this route to/from Kazuni village, and can drop you by the bridge, 1km east of the park gate and camp.

By car, head west from Rumphi. Turn left after 10km (Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve is signposted) and continue for about 20km. Where the road swings left over the bridge, go straight on to reach the park gate and camp after 1km.