Nkhotakota, to the east of the region and 30km west of the Lake, is one of the two large game areas in the Central Region. Its vast 700 sq miles (1800 sq km) is of rugged terrain crossed by a number of rivers which tumble down the edge of the escarpment as they make their ways to the Lake. Most of the reserve is miombo woodland with large patches of tall grasses and occasional areas of rainforest. This is a wonderful example of true wilderness which particularly attracts those who wish to enjoy some walking, canoeing, fishing and climbing. There is not a lot of wildlife in the Park – although you can see elephant, various antelope and monkeys. Birdlife is prolific with giant kingfishers and palm nut vultures among the 130 recorded species.