Wildlife & Animals – Lengwe NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
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By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Malawi.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Malawi.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Malawi.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Malawi.

Lengwe doesn’t have a large variety of wildlife. Animals here are quite relaxed though, and this is a good park to enjoy the wildlife often overlooked in Big Five destinations. The only Big Five animal you are likely to see is buffalo. There is quite a variety of antelope including nyala, impala, duiker, bushbuck and the stately greater kudu.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
HippoNone
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraNone
LionNone
LeopardVery Rare
HyenaRare

Wildlife Highlights

The original reserve was first set aside to protect the beautiful nyala antelope, which can now also be seen at nearby Majete. Although common in Lengwe, it is at the most northern edge of its natural distribution. Another more difficult-to-spot antelope worth looking out for is the tiny suni. Spotted hyenas are seldom seen but their whooping and laughing can often be heard at night.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Dry season from May to October is the best time for viewing wildlife in Lengwe. Wildlife is easier to spot because vegetation isn’t as thick and impenetrable, and animals gather around the waterholes.

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