Why you should not miss out on Malawi’s rich wildlife!

Malawi is one of the smallest countries of Africa but it will still surprise you with its rich bio-diversity. The warm heart of Africa has so much to offer and if you are someone who is tired of the commercialism plague, Malawi is perfect for you. No long ques, no crying babies, no irresponsible tourist and no crowded places. It has lush green forests, an unexploited wildlife, and clear blue skies with an absolute pleasant weather… this humble country has got everything!

And, trust me, it is absolutely untouched by the uninteresting people. It’s very rare to have this landlocked country into the bucket list of the regular tourists. So, while it’s nice and clean here, why not explore it?

I moved to Malawi a year ago and have had the pleasure to enjoy its wide variety of flora and fauna. It’s a vibrant and friendly country with sandy white beaches at the Lake Malawi and a richer wildlife. If you are seeking for a wild adventure, here are the best national parks of Malawi. It has Liwonde National Park and Majete Game Reserve in the south, Kasungu National Park bordering Zambia, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in the north and the Nyika National Park which is the largest in Malawi. Don’t expect to spot all the animals in a short span because this ain’t a zoo! But, if you are lucky and patient, you will spot a few exotic birds and the wild cats, roaming about in their natural habitat.

Take a look at these gorgeous wild animals that I managed to capture on my lens:

  1. Waterbuck

It is a large antelope found primarily in the South Central Africa. They are mostly found grazing near water bodies and drink relatively larger amounts of water! They literally live on grass and water. The females have a white circle patch on their haunch and the males sport a pair of horns. They are not too shy and will happily pose for you in the forest.

So, if you happen to be around a river or a water body, look out for these curious little guys!

2. Elephants

All around the world, you will either see these hefty wrinkled animals used for joy rides or tied up in zoos. But, elephants in the South and Central Africa are spotted naturally, going about their regular routine. Their ears are prominent and bigger than the ones found in Asia. I managed to capture an entire family of these big animals. They are mostly found in groups and even the big cats stay away from them. A piece of advice: never ever get near a baby elephant if you find them venturing alone. The mother elephant will charge you with whatever she has got!

3. Hippos

Hippos are also a very common sight in Malawi. You will find them dipped in rivers and ponds all day long. Even though they feed on the grass, they are still dangerous. They mark their territory with their poop and are extremely possessive about their space. Even the crocodiles drop their pants and go nowhere near the hippos. They move out of the water after dark and are known to cause damage to property! So, don’t mess around with these big guys!

4. Leopard

Leopards were not a very common sight in Malawi but thanks to the conservationists, we have a few wild cats. They are solitary animals and often found on trees, feeding on their prey. They hate company but love their kids. Their everyday routine includes hunting, sleeping and eating. You are extremely lucky if you manage to spot one of these big cats. I have seen some happy and lots of disappointed faces. Pro Tip: Just be a little patient! 

5. Kingfisher

Apart from the wild animals, Malawi has over 650 bird species which is a relatively high number for a small country. A lot of Kingfisher varieties are spotted of which I happened to capture the Malachite Kingfisher bird. Its psychedelic colours cannot be missed even if you are not much of an observer. They are mostly found near rivers with heavy wooded settlements. If you happen to see one, keep your lens handy and just capture these radiant birdies.

What’s your favourite animal? Would you want to visit Malawi to enjoy the deep blue waters of Lake Malawi and experience the natural wildlife?

Don’t forget to comment below if you have any questions.

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