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Kasungu National Park

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Hartebeest in Kasungu National ParkThe Kasungu National Park is Malawi's second largest (over 2,000km2) lying at approximately 1,000m above sea level. It is situated in the Central Region approximately 165km north of the capital city, Lilongwe and 289km south of Mzuzu. To the western side the Park borders with Zambia. Kasungu provides some of the best available game viewing in the country, particularly at the end of the dry season from August to November, a time when waters levels begin to dwindle forcing the animals to stay close to the remaining watering holes in the park.

Sable in Kasungu National ParkThe Park is warm from the months of September to May and cooler from June to August. Most years the park is closed during March, maybe earlier if the rains are heavy.

The roads are in better condition at the start of the dry season and has a network of untarred roads.

Depending on what you do the best time to visit the park is:- August to January for Game Viewing November to December for bird watching June to September for walking August to September for the flora November to February for the orchids and wild flowers. The best months for photography for August to February.

Elephant in Kazungu National  ParkThe park's vegetation consists mainly of Miombo woodland broken up by grassy river channels, known locally as Dambos.

A number of rivers flow through the park, the most important of which are the Dwanga and the Lingadzi, A tributary of the Lingadzi, the Lifupa, dams as Lifupa Lodge which creates the spot for game viewing within the park, especially to see the resident hippos. Kasungu is famed for it's population of elephants, though poaching is, even today, a big problem. A well as elephants it boasts a large variety of buck, including sable, roan, kudu, impala and as well as buffalo and zebra. Predators in the Park include, hyena, wild dog and serval. (I have even been lucky to see a leopard, but was many years ago).


Lifupa Lodge - Kasungu National ParkLifupa Lodge is an upmarket, ideally located, approximately 14km from the main entrance gate and overlooking the dam. It is a 40 bed luxury lodge, includes four suites, all overlooking the dam. It also has a further 16 superior en suite rondavels. I don't have up to date prices but it is definitely not cheap.

Adjacent to the Lodge there is a 24 bed self catering tented camp. There is a swimming pool at the lodge, facilities include an information centre and museum, shop, and petrol can be purchased. Activities provided by the lodge include open vehicle game drives, guided wilderness trails, sundowner cruises and visits to archaeological sites.

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Davies, What an awesome trip!!!! Everything went off without a hitch. We had the most incredible game viewing I think anyone could ever have. The hospitality of the Kenyan people was like no other in the whole world. The game viewing exceeded all our expectations. In the Samburu portion of the trip we saw a leopard get a kill, take it up in a tree, climb down and call for her cub and find her. There were many herds of Elephants, Grevy's zebra's, Reticulated Giraffes, Eland, Grant Gazelle's, Impala's, Bushbuck, Gerenuk, Grey Duikers, Dik-Dik's, Warthogs, Olive Baboons, Vervet Monkey's, Lions, Jackals, Genet and more, I'm sure! Our driver, tent steward, waiters and all the personnel went far beyond their duties to make everything so personal a...

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