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Chelinda Camp

Chelinda Camp

Chelinda Camp is situated on the Malawi’s Nyika Plateau and boasts immense vistas of high-altitude grasslands, rolling hills, and isolated ridges. Chelinda Camp is located within Nyika National Park, which is the country’s largest national park. The area is a wild and remote upland area and is distinguished as the only big game Afro-montane area in south central Africa.

Extensive patches of broad-leafed miombo woodland dominate in the lower altitudes. In summer, Nyika is a botanist’s delight with masses of wild alpine flowers, including eleven localized orchid species, as well as exquisite dieramas, gladioli, protea, and kniphofia.

Accommodation at Chelinda Camp is in four two-bedroomed chalets, each featuring a private bathroom, lounge, dining area with a fireplace, and a kitchen. These chalets are ideal for private groups with their own guide, and meals can be enjoyed in the chalets. The camp also offers six rooms with twin beds and en-suite bathrooms. These rooms share a dining area, bar, and lounge with luxurious furnishings and an inviting fireplace.

Game viewing is good in the area around Chelinda Camp as Nyika National Park is home to important populations of roan antelope, eland, Crawshay's zebra, southern reedbuck, bushbuck, warthog, spotted hyena, and side-striped jackal. Elephant and leopard also inhabit the park. The area is also a birding paradise, with over 400 bird species in the park including Red-winged Francolin, Pallid Harrier, Augur Buzzard, Mountain Cisticola, Mountain Marsh Whydah, Blue Swallow, and Denham's Bustard.

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

In the 1960s the Chelinda Pine Plantation was planted as an agricultural experiment. Both Chelinda Camp and its sister camp, Chelinda Lodge, are situated on the edge of this forest, with the trees serving as both a windbreak and source of firewood and timber in this grass-dominated environment. These non-indigenous trees are slowly being cut back under a government program to ultimately rehabilitate the original grasslands. Plans are to keep a core forest remaining around the Nyika National Park headquarters as the pines are not invasive and do not threaten the integrity of the ecosystem. In some small way, they will continue to add to the overall ambience and experience of the high plateau at Chelinda Camp.

Chelinda Camp and Chelinda Lodge are currently central to discussions between Wilderness Safaris and Malawi's Department of National Parks and Wildlife regarding collaborative conservation efforts which can be implemented in the region.

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