Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

Nkhotakota, found east and close to the Lake, is actually one of the 2 huge game areas within the Central part. Its huge 700 square miles or 1 800 square kilometers is of rocky ground intersected by a several rivers that flow down the rim of the escarpment as they find their way towards this Lake. The majority of this reserve is miombo wood-land with huge patches of high grasses as well as infrequent patches of rainforest. It is an amazing example of genuine wilderness that mostly attracts people that desire to have walking safaris, fishing as well as climbing. This reserve is hard to access since there are a small number of roads or passable tracks. The variety of mammals is as excellent as anyplace in Malawi even though the surrounding makes viewing challenging. Birdlife is plentiful with palm nut vultures as well as giant kingfishers among the one hundred and thirty documented species.
The previous two years have seen the launching of brand new, expertly managed accommodation within Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve actually for the very first time. 2 lodges of international standard have been constructed: Tongole Wilderness Lodge plus Bua River Lodge.


Nkhotakota Game reserve is in central Malawi and covers nearly 1800sq km near Lake Malawi. It is dramatically located near the Great Rift Valley escarpment and the rugged terrain dominates the park’s scenery.

The vegetation is majorly miombo woodlands, riparian forests and grasslands spread to some areas. This game reserve is good for walking safaris, fishing on river Bua and adventure hiking. Bua River boasts catches of Mpasa and Lake salmon among other species of fish although fishing is by authorization!

There are more than 50 different species of mammals in the reserve including buffalos, lion, hyena, leopard, elephant and several species of antelopes. More than 150 birds are recorded in the park such as Pel’s fishing owl, Palmnut vulture, fishing eagle, kingfisher and may other woodland species.

There are two lodges in the reserve Bua river lodge and Tongole wilderness lodge. A  designated campsite near Bua river offers self catering camping facilities.

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