Overview – Lengwe NP
The original reserve here was set aside to protect the most northerly surviving population of nyala antelope. Since then, nyala have been introduced in the more northerly Majete Wildlife Reserve, but Lengwe is still a stronghold for these majestic antelopes. The park is low key and underwhelming, lacking most of the big safari animals. However, the well-priced lodge and accessibility for self-drive visitors make it a worthwhile destination.
Pros & Cons
- Low-key, off-the-beaten-track destination
- Comfortable mid-range lodge in the park
- Stronghold of the rare nyala antelope
- Game drives and walking safaris are available
- Only one lodge in the park
- Small park with limited road network
- Limited variety of wildlife
Lengwe is not a Big Five destination. If you are lucky, you might see buffalo. Elephant, rhino and lion are absent. You might see some leopard tracks, but these big cats are very shy and rarely seen. The main attraction is the stately nyala antelope. Other mammals you might see include impala, duiker, warthog, and samango and vervet monkeys. Spotted hyena is often heard at night.
Lengwe is in the Shire Valley and is mostly densely vegetated, especially along the rivers. The wooded savannah is dotted with pockets of impressive baobab and palm trees. Several watering holes are a focal point for wildlife in the Dry season.
Weather & Climate
Lengwe has defined Dry and Wet seasons. The rains occur from November to April. At this time, afternoon showers are common and humidity is high throughout the day. The Dry season months from May to October are cooler overall, although temperatures peak in October just before the rains start. The middle of the Dry season sees pleasant daytime temperatures and cold nights.
Best Time to Visit
The Dry season (May to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing in Lengwe. At this time, animals congregate around the waterholes close to the camp and the accessible driving circuit. Daytime temperatures are quite pleasant in the middle of the Dry season but it can get chilly at night. Warm clothing for early morning drives is recommended. Midday temperatures can be uncomfortably hot in October at the end of the Dry season.
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Where the buffalo and nyala roam
There is nothing earth-shattering about this park, but if you’re looking for pleasant midrange accommodation and the ability to self-drive, this affordable place might just work for you. There is plenty of wildlife around the lodge, but...