In the west of the Central Region, and bordering Zambia, is Kasungu National Park, an area of natural woodland and bush with occasional stretches of more open grass. This is a park which is relatively easy to drive around. Kasungu National Park, established in 1970, is the second largest in Malawi.
Poaching has reduced the number of some species of animals but there is still a lot of wildlife to be seen. Elephants and antelopes are common, as are small herds of buffalo and zebra. Predators include leopards, hyenas, servals and jackals. There is a significant number of hippos in the lake at Lifupa and, as elsewhere in Malawi, the birdwatcher is well catered for. Other animals native to the park include Sable antelopes, roan antelopes, kudus, impala and hartebeest and plains zebra and Cape buffaloes. 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.