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The Nyika Vwaza (UK) Trust

Working for environmental & wildlife conservation in Northern Malawi

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Guide to Nyika

Cover for guide book Nyika, by Sigrid Anna Johnson


In 2017 NVT published ‘Nyika – A guide to Nyika National Park, Malawi‘ by Sigrid Anna Johnson. This has now been issued as a pdf (with minor revisons): Nyika – A guide to Nyika National Park, Malawi (2023 PDF Edition). Care has been taken to ensure the guide is readable on mobile phones, tablets and PCs. We are most grateful to Sigrid for making the guide freely available.  

This 232-page guide gives an informative and fascinating explanation of the ecology, geology, climate, history and communities of The Nyika. Exquisite photos and helpful descriptions show the vegetation, wildflowers, wildlife, mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and butterflies of the park, with full species lists.

Author, Sigrid Johnson, has written the guide to be useful for students, researchers, visitors, wildlife tour guides, and all manner of flora and fauna enthusiasts. It also makes an enjoyable read for those with less specific interests. We hope it will be used in Malawi, by Malawians.

Sigrid produced the original edition of the guide after living on the Nyika from 1986-8 and, when she retired from the Canadian Diplomatic Service, she undertook to produce this new guide. She and her husband, Don McMaster, renewed their acquaintance with the Nyika Plateau during a month-long visit in 2014.

Printed Edition (2017)

The guide is a convenient 13.5 x 21.5 cms and has fold-out covers for easy reference to maps and animal identification silhouettes.

The Guide is priced at £20 (plus postage if outside the UK). To buy please use the Nyika Guide Order Form   or contact The Hon Secretary and Treasurer, 50 Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4NA; Email:

Books and Pamphlets

We also have books and pamphlets available for sale:

African Naturalist – The Life and Times of Rodney Carrington Wood 1889-1962 – David Happold. Priced at £18 per copy plus postage and packaging.

Malawi – Endangered Beauty – David Kelly; hardback. Priced at £27.50 plus postage and packaging.

To purchase any of the following please contact The Hon. Secretary, contact details as above.


The Trust commissioned David Kelly a renowned wildlife artist to paint a series of pictures of animals, birds, butterflies and flowers found on the Nyika.  These are available for sale packs of notelets featuring paintings of flowers, birds, animals, (each having 5 cards per pack) and butterflies (6 cards per pack) found on the Nyika They are in A6 folded format (150mm x 105mm) and are blank on the inside. Each pack costs £5.50. They can be ordered by email or post from The Hon Secretary and Treasurer, 50 Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4NA; Email: The pack samples are shown below.