Malawi’s diversity of habitat is its trump card as far as game viewing is concerned. While the country may not offer the teeming herds and impressive predator viewing of Botswana or Zimbabwe, it does offer excellent viewing of some hard to see species in absolutely spectacular surroundings.
Liwonde National Park for example is one of the best places in Africa to see the beautiful jet black sable antelope. Large herds occur in the stunning mopane woodlands of the park and are seen by most visitors. Liwonde is also well known for its elephant population which occurs at a high density with herds of over 50 animals (and frequently over 100) grazing on the Shire River floodplain being a common sight throughout the year. The Shire River itself harbours a large hippo and crocodile populations with some very large crocodiles frequently seen sunning themselves on the sand banks.
In Nyika National Park the game viewing is totally different. The prizes here are the herds of roan, eland, common reedbuck and zebra that graze the open hillsides and give the plateau and idyllic, undisturbed air. Warthog and bushbuck are less conspicuous, but together with leopard and spotted hyaena are regularly seen.