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The Nyika Vwaza (UK) Trust

Working for environmental & wildlife conservation in Northern Malawi

Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve

The Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve are the largest and most important protected areas in northern Malawi with a combined area of over 4000 km². Both are of great ecological value with the Nyika including a unique montane ecosystem of grasslands and rainforest, while the very different Vwaza Marsh consists of lower-lying wetlands and woodlands. Between them they protect a wide range of habitats, a large variety of mammal species, over 400 species of birds, and numerous endemic species of plants and animals. Both areas have great potential as tourist attractions.

Where is the Vwaza Marsh?

Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh on Malawi map

Vwaza Marsh

The Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve covers 986 km² and is one of the most ecologically diverse of protected areas in Malawi. Varying in altitude between from 1000 to 1660 m it ranges from dissected hills and pediments to dambos (poorly drained grasslands) and wetlands typical of the Central African Plateau. Of particular interest are the mopane woodlands on clay floodplains, the most northerly occurrence of this African tree.