Chelinda Camp

Nyika Plateau & Northern Malawi, Malawi

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Chelinda Camp


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.

Game viewing is in the famous Nyika Grasslands surrounding the Chelinda Camp and include; Crayshaw’s zebra, roan antelope, eland, southern reedbuck, warthog, various duiker species, leopard and spotted hyaena. Wonderful birding with a host of easily seen specials include; red winged francolin, pallid harrier, augur buzzard, mountain cisticola, mountain marsh whydah, blue swallow 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. There are over 400 bird species around Chelinda Camp.

We Love
  • Chelinda Camp supports collaborative conservation efforts in the region
  • It supports The Nyika-Vwaza Trust for wildlife conservation in the area
  • Likely to see Roan Antholope and Eland which live on the Nyika Plateau
  • Leisurely hike to Climb Fingera Rock for the ultimate view across the Plateau
Need to Know
  • Chelinda Camp is an Adventure Safari Lodge with 10 luxurious rooms
  • Recommended stay is to take a three days programme
  • Located in Nyika National Park (North of Malawi)
  • Activities undertaken are wildlife safaris and birdwatching
  • Best for Couples, Wildlife, Adventure, Off the beaten track



Stay Chelinda Camp is an Adventure Safari Lodge with 10 luxurious rooms and chalets. The camp has two types of accommodation. Four chalets come with two bedrooms, bathrooms, a lounge, dining area with fireplace, and small kitchen. Six twin-bedded en-suite rooms with either a bath or shower are also available.

ChildCare Children of all ages are most welcome to stay at Chelinda Camp. There are four chalets with two bedrooms, ideal for families.

Dine Chelinda Camp has one restaurant and meals are served in the nearby main area, which has a large dining, bar and lounge area complete with comfortable furnishings and an inviting fireplace.

Safari Nyika is unique and the only possible way to enjoy it properly is to plan a 3-night stay at the Chelinda Camp that incorporates the myriad of experiences and habitats on display. Owing both to the pleasant cool climate and the distances of some of the game drive loops will often require a full day’s drive with lunch en route so no two days are typical.

Experience The recommended three-night Chelinda Camp tour includes an afternoon game drive to Chosi Viewpoint for sundowners and returning after dark. On day 2, take a full day’s drive around the Nyika plateau, stopping at one of many spectacular viewing points. While on third day, take a full day game drive and explore montane forest. Depart on the fourth day.

Chelinda Camp Nyika Plateau & Northern Malawi, Malawi

Location Chelinda Camp is situated in the 2607m high Nyika Plateau in the Nyika National Park. Located north of Malawi within Nyika National Park, the Chelinda Camp overlooks a clear water dam with views onto the open grasslands. The High Nyika Plateau is home to eland, roan antelope zebra, reedbuck, bushbuck, klipspringer, duiker, warthog, bushpig and blue monkey.

Getting There Chelinda Camp 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. Travel time by road 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.

When to go Malawi has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the rainy season, April to July is Malawi's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. Lake Malawi is at its clearest during the summer months, which are also best for bird watching, but game viewing is best in the winter months, when the bushveld is dry and animals seek out the waterholes.