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The small number of people who have undertaken the challenge of hiking off the plateau in the Nyika National Park in Malawi have experienced raw Africa at its best and are continually reminded of the immense value of wilderness in refreshing the body and spirit and understanding the importance of connection between man and nature.

 

The Nyika terrain is demanding and the distance travelled in a day in the steep, hilly wilderness areas, is surprisingly small until one becomes totally acclimatised.

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Exploring the Nyika National Park

The northern valleys are generally sunny, at least between dramatic thunderstorms during the rainy season, which is mainly January to March. It is an awe-inspiring experience to shelter in a good tent in the remote wilderness of the northern valleys and listen to the thunder roll around the landscape, echoing from hill to mountain to deep gully and lighting up the sky in a dramatic way, with not one single human light source to detract from the show. On the plateau grassland the black storm clouds set against a reappearing tropical sun in the evening turn the sward a true golden yellow like a ripening crop of wheat.


Whilst the Nyika light is a special experience, the Nyika darkness is even more so. The southern sky is clear and unambiguous at over 2000 m. Stars, comets and planets are seen with unbelievable clarity. Unlike the ever-busy lowland tropics, silence is all pervasive at night. This is a vast landscape; the visitor feels the vastness as they lie sandwiched between the mass of granite beneath them and the endless universe above. Stirrings in the grass are few, yet in the morning we see the evidence of massive movements of animal life, busily engaged in its nightly activity and challenging us to identify the signs in the dawn.