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Biosearch Expeditions Responsible Wildlife Research Expeditions in Nyika National Park, Malawi

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Landlocked Malawi lies at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley and is bounded by Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania. It lies between 9° and 17° south of the equator. Its climate may be loosely described as sub-tropical but varies considerably, being much influenced by altitude and Lake Malawi, which forms much of the country's eastern border. The dry season is from May to November. Malawi has a rural economy based on subsistence farming and fishing on the lake but also with large tobacco and tea estates. The country is one of the world's poorest and is slightly smaller than England at 45,747 square miles. As more of the population migrates from the countryside, the towns are growing fast. The population, living mainly in the the south of the country, is around 14 million. The varied countryside is characterised by a string of high plateau regions from the north to the south of the country, of which Nyika is one, and isolated rocky intrusions which conspicuously stick out of the flat landscape.

The Development of the Nyika National Park and its conservation

Exploring the Nyika National Park

Nyika National Park and the adjacent Vwaza Wildlife Reserve are situated in the north of Malawi . It is Malawi 's largest protected area; with Nyika extending to over 3134 km 2 and Vwaza to around 986 km 2 . The terrain varies from low lying wet season marshland at around 1000 m to over 2600 m at the highest point, Nganda Peak. The National Park is some 500 km by road north of Lilongwe . The road is good for most of the way but the last 40 km or so, as the dirt road rises up the escarpment, can be difficult and slow at times, depending on the state of grading and the season.

Exploring the Nyika

History of the Nyika