Malawi is blessed with no less than nine national parks and wildlife reserves.
The big five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) can be seen in Malawi as well as a splendid range of antelope and other smaller cats such as caracel and serval. Hippos are to be found in large numbers, so much so that they are almost symbolic of Malawi's prolific wildlife.
The variety of fish, over 600 species, to be seen in the Lake Malawi National Park is unequalled anywhere else in the world. Malawi's birdlife is renowned. Best known is the fish eagle to be seen at the Lake and along the River Shire but, as with the Lake's fish, the range of species is breathtaking.
In July 1994, after the government had studied the problems inherent in the delivery of tertiary education in the country, the former President of The Republic of Malawi, His Excellency Dr. Bakili Muluzi, decided that a new University should be established and that it should be located in the Northern Region.