Liwonde National Park Safaris

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Liwonde National Park is perhaps Malawi's best known game viewing area, providing a unique safari experience thanks to the inclusion of the Shire River. Defined by its quiet backwaters, lush forests and contrasting savannah plains, Liwonde is home to a remarkable biodiversity, which even includes black rhino.

Mvuu Camp Sunset boating on the shire river by Dana Allen Mvuu Camp Shire River by Dana Allen Mvuu Camp pod of hippo sighting on a Liwonde National Park safari by Dana Allen

While comparatively small in size compared to some of Africa's other national parks, spanning a modest 580sq km, Liwonde is packed with superb wildlife sightings and exciting activities to experience the park. While game drives and bush walks remain the standard means of exploration, with the Shire River running along the park's western boundaries the opportunity to take on boat safaris is an exciting one. Almost 2000 hippos and 2000 crocodile are found in Liwonde; they are easily spotted from your boat, along with other animals, including elephant that often frequent the banks.

Elephant are found in quite large numbers in the park, with over 500 recorded and some close-up encounters on offer. They are joined by buffalo, bushbuck, kudu, zebra, hyena and the rare lion sighting. Black rhinos are also found within the park's safe confines and are the focal point of Liwonde's conservation efforts and breeding programme. A 40sq km fenced sanctuary protects the endangered species, although they hardly have the reserve to themselves, with roan and hartebeest joining them.

On a Liwonde National Park safari you'll find birding is prolific and a number of rare species can be spotted if you're eagle-eyed. The elusive Pel's fishing owl can be seen around dusk, while fish eagles and weaver birds can be seen during the day./p>

Accommodation in the park is excellent: set on the banks of the river, Mvuu Lodge and nearby Mvuu Camp offer unrivalled views of river life as hippo languish on the banks in-front of the properties and elephant come down to drink.

Liwonde National Park Highlights

  • Malawi's best known game viewing area
  • Boat trips along the Shire River
  • Astounding crocodile, hippo and elephant sightings
  • The chance to see rare black rhino in a protected area of the park
  • Varying scenery from open savannah to tranquil lagoons

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Selected Liwonde National Park Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Liwonde National Park

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Days
9
Cost Per Person
From $3,250 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
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Locations
Lake Malawi, Liwonde National Park
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Southern Malawi Family Holiday

Days
9
Cost For Family of 4
From $14,750 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
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Locations
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Scenic Tour of Malawi

Days
9
Cost Per Person
From $3,410 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
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Locations
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Liwonde National Park Accommmodation

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  • Mvuu Lodge
    Tent interior

    Look out upon the Shire River from this well-appointed property, enjoy spectacular game viewing, stay in comfortable tented accommodation, which boast verandas, and visit the Rhino Sanctuary.

  • Mvuu Camp
    Tent interior

    Set in the Liwonde National Park, expect fantastic game viewing from Mvuu Camp. Watch as wildlife visit the adjacent Shire River to drink, stay in comfortable accommodation and visit Liwonde's Rhino Sanctuary.