Southern miombo woodlands
|Southern miombo woodlands|
Map of the Southern miombo woodlands ecoregion
|Biome||Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands|
|Area||408,200 km2 (157,600 sq mi)|
|Countries||Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.|
It is one of four miombo woodlands ecoregions that span the African continent south of the Congo forests and East African savannas.
The Eastern miombo woodlands covers the hills and low plateaus in the watersheds of the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers, north and south of the Zambezi, and north and east of the Limpopo. The drier Zambezian and mopane woodlands occupy the lowlands along the Zambezi and its major tributaries, including the Shire and Lugenda, and the lowlands of the Limpopo. To the north and northwest, the Eastern miombo woodlands transition to the Central Zambezian miombo woodlands. To the southwest, they transition to the Southern Africa bushveld. The Southern Zanzibar-Inhambane coastal forest mosaic bounds the ecoregion on the southeast, along the Indian Ocean coast.
Protected areas and conservation
Mozambique's Zinave National Park is partly within the ecoregion, as are Zimbabwe's Chizarira and Matusadona national parks, Malawi's Kasungu National Park, and Zambia's Lower Zambezi, Lukusuzi, and South Luangwa national parks.