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Nyika Plateau - A view from our expert author


Nyika NP by Malawi Tourism, www.malawitourism.com

Nyika National Park © Malawi Tourism

Tucked into one of Malawi’s most isolated corners, Nyika’s montane scenery is a landscape unlike any other in the country, and one which reminds many visitors of Europe.

At the heart of the Nyika National Park, averaging over 2,000m in altitude, lies the gently undulating Nyika Plateau, where montane grassland and fern heather communities, notable for their prolific wild flowers during the rainy season, are interspersed with isolated stands of indigenous forest and exotic pine and eucalyptus plantations. Although the Nyika Plateau is very much the centrepiece of the park and the only part that is readily accessible to tourists, the Brachystegia-covered lower slopes of the Nyika range also lie within its boundaries. The plateau is thus one of the coldest parts of Malawi, moderate in summer but subject to fierce winds and sub-zero temperatures often recorded on winter nights.

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