Boat and 4×4 safaris are both excellent ways to see Malawi’s most popular park studded with ancient baobab and borassus palms. The river draws good numbers of elephant, as well as hippo and crocodile. You also have the chance of seeing leopard, lion and critically endangered black rhino here.
Mvuu Lodge and Camp on the River Shire’s bank is the only lodge within the park and excellent quality. The luxurious lodge offers four large ensuite tents and one stone and thatch honeymoon suite with views over the lagoon and there is also a natural rock hewn swimming pool. The camp has 12 units – a mix of stone and thatch chalets and family tents.
The park itself is only 580 sq km, 100 miles north of Blantyre.
The biggest threat to the park in the past has been human/wildlife conflict and the drain on local resources by the community. Before African Parks took over management in 2015 there was illegal fishing, deforestation and poaching. Over 16500 wire snares have been removed, illegal fishing has been eradicated, a perimeter fence to reduce human/wildlife conflict has been erected, 120 local rangers have been trained and employed, over 250 elephants and a small group of cheetah have been relocated to the park. Liwonde is a fabulous success story of how conservation can benefit all - much work still needs to be done with infrastructure, staff accommodation and water supply but the future is far brighter now for Liwonde, the local community and the wildlife of Malawi.
An amazing trip for those passionate about wildlife and conservation as you will get to visit 3 different wildlife reserves in Malawi all of which do vital conservation work including elephant translocation projects
A lovely short trip for those with just a week free - enough to do a wonderful safari and spend some time relaxing on the stunning Lake Malawi's sandy beaches