Chelinda Camp

Nyika Plateau, Malawi

On Request

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Chelinda Camp

Chelinda Camp offers a truly African alpine experience. Located on the high grounds above the Nyikia Plateau, it overlooks a crystal-clear dam with panoramic views of rolling hills, isolated ridges and open high-altitude grasslands.


We Love
  • Chelinda Camp and Chelinda Lodge are currently central to discussions with the Malawi's Department of National Parks & Wildlife regarding collaborative conservation efforts which can be implemented in the region.
  • The Camp is partnering with The Nyika-Vwaza Trust, an independent organisation that is involved in environmental and wildlife conservation in the Nyika area.
Need to Know
  • Nyika is unique-the only possible way to enjoy it properly is to plan a 3 day programme that incorporates the myriad of experiences and habitats on display.
  • Children of all ages are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
  • Children up to 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
  • All rooms have Paraffin lamps. The Camp has a 220v generator for emergency.

The Review

Chelinda Camp is located within the Nyika National Park, Malawi's largest park. It is a wild, untouched and remote upland area, boasting the distinction as being the only big game Afro-montane area in south central Africa. The vistas are of high-altitude grassland, isolated hills with evergreen forest pockets and the Nyika Plateau. In summer, Nyika is a botanists' delight with masses of wild alpine flowers: including 11 localised orchid species, exquisite dieramas, gladioli, protea and kniphofia.

Your Stay
The camp has two types of accommodation. Four chalets each with two bedrooms, bathrooms, a lounge, dining area with fireplace, and small kitchen are ideal for private groups with their own guide; private meals can be enjoyed in the chalet. Six twin-bedded en-suite rooms with either a bath or shower are also available; guests here take meals in the nearby main area, which has a large dining, bar and lounge area complete with comfortable furnishings and an inviting fireplace.

Core game viewing is in the famous Nyika Grasslands surrounding the camp and quantities and species will vary with time of year - Crayshaw’s zebra, roan antelope, eland, southern reedbuck, bushpig, warthog, various duiker species, bushbuck, leopard, serval, and spotted hyaena. Leopard can be seen in the daytime owing to the temperate climate. Wonderful birding with a host of easily seen specials - red winged francolin, pallid harrier, augur buzzard, mountain cisticola, mountain marsh whydah, blue swallow (seasonal: August to April) and Denham’s bustard.

Activities at Chelinda Camp revolve around day and night nature drives which explore the rolling hills and patches of evergreen forest of the Nyika Plateau. Nature walks and mountain biking are also very popular.

Birders will be pleased to know that some 400 bird species can be found around Chelinda Camp.

Getting There

Situated in the north of Malawi within Nyika National Park, the Chelinda Camp overlooks a clear water dam with views onto the open grasslands of the High Nyika Plateau. It can be reached by air from Lilongwe in 2 hours, from Mzuzu in 25 minutes, from Chintheche in 40 minutes and from Likoma in one hour.

The Camp can also be reached by road though road condition will vary from excellent to poor depending on time of year. It is usually in reasonable condition but definitely only for high clearance vehicles. Travel time from Mzuzzu is 4 hours, from Chintheche is 6 hours and from Lilongwe 9 hours.
The last 110km from Rumphi is on a dirt road.


Chelinda Camp Nyika Plateau, Malawi