Kasungu National Park
|Kasungu National Park|
Elephants at Lifupa Dam in Kasungu National Park
|Area||2,316 km2 (894 sq mi)|
Kasungu National Park, established in 1970, is the second largest in Malawi at 2,316 km² and lying at approximately 1,000m above sea level on average. It is located in the Central Region approximately 165 km north of Lilongwe.
Most years the park is closed during March, during the wet season. The park is warm from the months of September to May and cooler from June to August. During the summer months a large variety of birds migrate to the park and bird watching is common between June and September.
Flora and fauna
The vegetation consists mainly of Miombo woodland with grassy river channels, known locally as Dambos. A number of rivers flow through the park, notably the Dwanga and the Lingadzi and its tributary, the Lifupa, which creates an important spot for hippo surveyal in the park at the Lifupa Lodge. Kasungu is known for its population of elephants although is threatened by poaching. Other animals native to the park include Sable antelopes, roan antelopes, kudus, impala and hartebeest and plains zebra and African Buffaloes. Predators in Kasungu National Park include, hyenas, Cape wild dogs and servals. The South African cheetah was thought to be extinct in the late 1970s.
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- Kasungu National Park, The Africa Guide, Retrieved on June 29, 2008
- IUCN Cat Specialist Group (2006). Conservation Strategy for the Lion Panthera leo in Eastern and Southern Africa. IUCN, Pretoria, South Africa.
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