Malawi : Nyika Plateau
The Nyika Plateau is in the far north of the country and is a unique area of rolling montane grasslands stretching as far as the eye can see. It is an extraordinary area with pine plantations and huge numbers of plains game such as eland (herds of up to 300 in the summer), roan antelope (the highest concentration in Africa), zebra, reedbuck, bushbuck, klipspringer, three species of duiker (red, grey and blue), warthog, bushpig and blue monkey. The plateau is known for its rich and diverse flora, and amateur botanists will find the park highly rewarding in the summer months (November to March), when the wild flowers come into bloom. It’s also a great area for birders: this is one of the best places in Africa to see the localised wattled crane, Denham's bustard and mountain marsh widow, and remnant forest patches support a number of rare residents including the exquisite bar-tailed trogon.
Chelinda Lodge has re-opened under new management (Wilderness Safaris). It has spacious new log cabins with sweeping views over Nyika's rolling grasslands and activities include nature drives, informative walks, birding, fly-fishing for trout in local lakes, mountain biking and horse-riding. Further details to follow.