Wildlife & Animals – Vwaza Marsh WR

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.

Although right at the entrance gate, Lake Kazuni feels like the heart of the park. Hippos and crocodiles are a constant presence. Around 2,000 buffalo and 300 elephant are thought to be resident. Herds of elephants can often be seen drinking and bathing in the lake – it’s not uncommon to see collected herds numbering more than 100 animals – and buffalo are usually nearby on the floodplains.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
HippoAbundant
BuffaloCommon
ZebraOccasional
LionRare
HyenaRare
Wild DogVery Rare

Wildlife Highlights

Some antelope to look out for at the lake include puku, greater kudu, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, roan and eland. Deeper in the reserve, in thick mopane woodland, there is a chance of seeing sable antelope. Although elusive, several big cats can sometimes be spotted: lion, leopard, caracal and serval.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Dry season, stretching from May to October, is the prime time for wildlife watching in Vwaza Marsh. Animals gather around the lake and other permanent water sources, and the thinner vegetation helps with wildlife spotting.

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