Sangwala Trail
Sangwala Trail for guests of Chelinda Camp and Lodge in Malawi

Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) have recently introduced the Sangwala Trail for guests of Chelinda Camp and Lodge in Malawi. The Sangwala Trail, a three day fully-catered trek, that spans across 43km of montane grasslands and woodlands offers guests an incredible journey across Nyika National Park.

Nyika National Park is Malawi’s largest park, extended across the great plateau with an environment like none other in the whole of Africa. Nyika is wonderful for trekking with stunning sights to been seen across the rolling scenery. Nyika truly is an untouched wilderness that very few get the chance to visit and explore. This trail will offer the best of Nyika.

The three-day tour begins at the Chelinda accommodation (lodge or camp, depending on where you are staying) and follows the road to dam 3 from where the trail cuts south west to Sangule. Guests will rest here in the overnight camp.

The second day follows the road to Lake Kaulime and follows the descent to the Zungwala River, the site for the next overnight camp. A total of 15km will have been covered on this day.

The third and final day is the most strenuous part of the expedition and involves a steep ascent from Zungwala to the western edge of the air strip. Three streams are crossed during this sector of the trail. If preffered, there is an alternative shortcut which brings hikers back to Chelinda.

When crossing the unique terrain of Nyika, guests will be fronted with a vast amount of wildlife including Zebra, warthogs, roan, eland, reedbuck, bushbuck and duiker. A huge variety of birdlife could also been seen along the journey. Nyika is known for its thriving population of Leopards, so there is a chance of spotting them along the way (as many as ten sightings per week currently).

The Sangwala trail is fully catered with three substantial meals per day, including snacks and water between meal times. All camping equipment will be provided, and there is even a hot water shower at each overnight camp. Guests are only required to carry a small day bag of personal essentials with them. The total cost for this excursion is 350USD.


For more information on the Sangwala Trail, please contact Central African Wilderness Safaris through their dedicated page here.

If you would like to discover more about Nyika, you can do so by visiting this page.