Nyika Plateau is a beautiful, highland area, lying on the Malawian border, at the eastern-most tip of Zambia. The park is an extension of the National Park on the Malawian side, which incorporates the part of the plateau that crosses the border.
Sitting 2 000 metres above sea level, the views from the Plateau are spectacular with dramatic cloud formations on the horizon. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Africa. The higher elevations are open, undulating grasslands with incised valleys, creating panoramic views, slopes of wildflowers, rolling green hills, rocky outcrops, and small, tropical forests. Due to the elevation of Nyika Plateau, it is pleasantly warm during the day as opposed to the intense heat of the valley below.
Nyika’s varied terrain is perfect for trekking, mountain biking and 4×4 adventures. The montane vegetation attracts large numbers of antelope-like duiker, eland and roan, and the park even has one of the highest densities of leopard in central Africa! Over 400 species of bird have been recorded including rare species of the rare Denham’s bustard and the wattled crane, as well as the red-winged francolin, endemic to Nyika.