Lengwe National Park

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Lengwe National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Lengwe National Park
Map showing the location of Lengwe National Park
Location Malawi
Nearest city Blantyre
Coordinates 16°15′28″S 34°45′05″E / 16.25778°S 34.75139°E / -16.25778; 34.75139Coordinates: 16°15′28″S 34°45′05″E / 16.25778°S 34.75139°E / -16.25778; 34.75139
Area 887 km²
Established 1970
Governing body Department of National Parks

Lengwe National Park is a national park in Malawi located near the town of Chikwawa and about 40 miles southwest of Blantyre. Lengwe's topography is unusual for Malawi and consists of open deciduous forests and dense thickets. It is the home of the reclusive Nyala antelope.

The climate of Lengwe is hot and dry, and the only source of consistent water is from the rain. Many man-made water holes have been constructed to attract and maintain the animal population. The government operates the Nyala Lodge for visitors.

Animals that inhabit this park are the spotted hyena, leopard, warthog, kudu, impala, Samango monkey, reedbuck, Cape buffalo and suni. Interesting birds, particularly shrikes, rollers, bee-eaters and the Yellow-spotted nicator.