The undulating hills of montane grassland that characterize Nyika National Park have a starting elevation of almost 2500m, which sets bikers up for an incredibly fun ride while exploring the park. Central African Wilderness Safaris rents out mountain bikes or you can bring your own. There are endless route possibilities spanning all ability levels. So whether you are a novice keen to meander slowly through pine-coned forests or an adrenaline junkie excited to take on the 50km routes that offer some of the most picturesque cross-country biking in Africa, there is a trail in Nyika for you.
Nyika National Park
Nyika is Malawi’s largest park, with an area of 3200 square kilometers extending across the great Nyika plateau, which is a granite dome of rolling ‘whaleback’ hills cut by streams and interspersed with pockets of sheltered evergreen forest. Nyika has the added attractions of being inhabited by large numbers of animals and, at times, is shrouded in layers of mist for days.
Mountain biking lends itself naturally to excellent game-viewing opportunities as your approach is quiet, affording you close-up wildlife encounters that aren’t limited by the noise and frame of a safari vehicle. All routes have the potential for good animal sightings, with zebra, eland, roan antelope, warthog, bushbuck and reedbuck commonly seen as is great birdlife for those birding enthusiasts that visit Nyika. It really is a wonderful way of immersing yourself in nature, knowing it is just you and the park’s wild residents.
As we move towards more environmentally considerate safaris in Malawi, cross-country biking is an obvious choice of transport to reduce carbon emissions associated with vehicles in the park. By following the set dirt track routes, biking has minimal negative environmental impact, making it a sustainable method of exploring the park.
Get ready to saddle up for a cross-country biking adventure in Nyika National Park when you stay at Chelinda Camp and Lodge.