Kasungu is Malawi’s second-largest national park. Once teeming with wildlife, the park has been heavily poached and, despite recent clampdowns, animal densities are low. The only lodge is well priced and located at Lifupa Dam, which has some resident hippos and attracts elephants in the Dry season. If wildlife viewing expectations aren’t too high, Kasungu offers a great bush experience.
Kasungu still has a good variety of animals despite the poaching problem and four of the Big Five are still present. Elephants regularly come to drink at the dam and buffalo can sometimes be found too. Lucky visitors might see a leopard on a night drive, and lions may be heard but they are rarely seen. Antelope species include the rare Lichtenstein's hartebeest, greater kudu, sable and roan antelope, and reedbuck.
Kasungu can be visited throughout the year, but the best time for wildlife viewing is July to October, from the middle to the end of the Dry season. At this time, animals are drawn to Lifupa Dam to drink.