Nyika is Malawi’s largest park. It extends across the great plateau. The name, Nyika, means "where the water comes from" and is, one of Malawi’s most important water catchments. The breathtaking scenery is at its best in the rainy season when over 200 types of orchid are in flower. The grasslands of Nyika are rich in wildflowers in other seasons.
Nyika is terrific for trekking and mountain biking and, as well as more popular 4x4 excursions. The vegetation attracts large numbers of antelope from the diminutive duiker to eland and roan. Zebra is common. The park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa, and there are some species of smaller mammals such as warthog and bushpig. Elephants and buffalo usually keep to the lower ground on the northern edge of the park, but lions and elephants have recently been seen on the high plateau.