WILDLIFE

In an effort to encourage the return of big game, community leaders and local committees have agreed to stop the practice of burning the forest and savannah, tree felling, snaring and hunting with dogs. In a relatively short period of time, the ecosystem has begun to recover. Initially, the bird life increased due to an abundance of insects. Recently, however, the numbers of small mammals are surging, and it is hoped that this will encourage the return of the larger mammal species from the Niassa National Park, located 150 kilometres to the east.

Before the liberation and civil wars, the region boasted one of the best big game areas in the country, and has always been known for its biodiversity. Now hunting is illegal, and the wildlife that was decimated is slowly recovering. Species found in Niassa Province include buffalo, zebra, elephant, lion, leopard, sable, roan antelope, and the rare African wild dog. The bird life in Manda Wilderness region is also rich and varied. Click here to see a list of birds.

The crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi/Niassa provide spectacular snorkeling and diving, giving an opportunity to see many of the 1,000 species of brightly coloured tropical fish (some of which have yet to be identified) that the lake has to offer. Marine animals include two species of otter, hippopotami and occasional crocodiles. Game viewing can be done on foot or canoe.