Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve

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Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Kazuni 1.jpg
Lake Kazuni, Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve
Location Malawi
Area 1,000 km²

Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve is a national game reserve in Malawi.

In contrast to the Nyika National Park on the Nyika Plateau much of Vwaza is located on low lying flat ground although the eastern side of the park is hilly. It is located to the southeast of the plateau and to the north of the floodplains of South Rukuru River and covers an area of 1,000 km².

The park is characterised by Mopane and Miombo woodland and marshy wetlands which attracts a significant number of birds to the reserve.[1]

Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve is rarely visited by many, largely due to poor road conditions and difficult terrain and inaccessibility.

The variation in animal number of species type may vary from season to season as they cross the border with the North Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Typically the reserve has large herds of buffalo and elephants, and a large variety of antelope including roan, greater kudu, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, eland and impala.[2]

Moses the orphaned elephant that now is at Jumbo Foundation elephant orphantage in Lilongwe Malawi, was rescued by rangers at Vwaza Marsh in the South Rukuru river. [1]

Notable birdlife include Goliath Herons, Openbill Storks and the rare White-winged Starling. Lake Kazuni is located in the reserve and supports a notable hippo population.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve, Southern Destinations, Retrieved on July 1, 2008
  2. ^ Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve, Expert Africa, Retrieved on July 1, 2008

Coordinates: 11°02′33″S 33°46′31″E / 11.0425°S 33.7753°E / -11.0425; 33.7753