Almost the entire Nyika Plateau is a National Park, Malawi’s largest, and one of the most unusual in Africa. Mainly high rolling grassland, Nyika is a wonderland of flowers.
Ground orchids, proteas, irises, aloes... it’s a botanist’s paradise. Nyika has a scale of its own. Everything seems dwarfed by the vast landscape, trout dams seem mere puddles, and the pine plantation at Chelinda clings to a rise in the ground like a skull cap. Herds of eland, the largest of the antelope, seem most perfectly proportioned here.
The eastern edge of the plateau forms the wall of the Great Rift Valley. It is possible to hike all the way down to Livingstonia, and going on foot is the very best way to appreciate the scale of Nyika without overlooking the exquisite detail. There are rainbow trout in the dams, and mountain bikes for hire..