Mvuu Lodge Liwonde National Park, Malawi

This small tented camp occupies a glorious position on a hippo lagoon just off the main Shire River. Mvuu means “hippo” in Tonga - very appropriate.

Accommodation comprises eight luxury tents, one of which is a romantic honeymoon suite. Each tent has en-suite bathroom facilities and its own spacious deck built to look over the water. Lodge facilities include a dining room, bar, lounge area and a swimming pool.

Activities include boat safaris, walks, birding, and traditional game drives by day and night. The Rhino Tracking Experience is a two- to three-hour guided drive and walk, tracking the endangered black rhino and learning how they are monitored and conserved.

Nearby Attractions

Liwonde National Park


Mvuu Lodge


There are eight standard tents which consist of seven twin bedded tents and one honey moon tent with a double bed and bath.


Some information on activities provided by the camp:

Rhino tracking

The “rhino walk” offers the opportunity to view the endangered Black Rhino in its natural habitat. Track the rhino of Liwonde National Park on foot with members of the Black Rhino Monitoring and Research Project. Experience the thrill of tracking in the bush alongside an intimate, close encounter with these magnificent animals This is an exclusive activity, which is not part of our regular activities, and is subject to availability. The walk is seasonal and at additional cost.



Day and night game drives

A great way to explore Liwonde National Park and experience its diverse selection of habitats and wildlife. During the day visit the sanctuary and the surrounding area to see sable, kudu, eland, zebra, waterbuck, impala, warthog, rhino and elephant. Enjoy 'sundowners' on the banks of the beautiful Shire River while watching kingfishers diving for fish, before embarking on a night drive to discover hyaena, owls, civets, genets, and various species of mongoose.



River cruises

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Shire River while on one of Central African Wilderness Safaris river cruises. Intimate encounters with elephant are a hallmark of this fantastic experience which enables you to get very close to these huge, majestic animals. Sip sundowners while listening to the snorts and bellows emanating from the many hippo pods scattered along the banks of the river, before witnessing the suns incredible show of purples and reds; splashed across the surface of the river as the sun slowly descends below the horizon.




Hide visit

Get closer to the wildlife of Liwonde National Park with a visit to Mvuu's water level wildlife hide. Watch as elephant, rhino and a host of other animals drink from the river just meters in front of you!




Visit to conservation research camp

Discover more about the important work being conducted by African Bat Conservation and Carnivore Research Malawi, with a visit to their research camp based at Mvuu. Feeling adventurous? Then head out with the bat researchers and help capture, record and tag some of Liwondes incredbily diverse selection of bats, or jump in a vehicle with the hyaena tracking team at dusk to discover the night time activities of these elusive predators.




Nanthomba School visit

Take a boat across the river, jump on a bike, and cycle 30 minutes to Nanthomba School. Experience first hand the pressures faced by both local people and Liwondes fragile ecosystems, as you cycle through villages situated along the parks boundaries. Once at Nanthomba School be inspired by the teachers and students of this incredible community project, and learn how NGO's such as HELP Malawi and Children in the Wilderness are helping to transform local communities and alleviate poverty by providing quality education to the children of rural Malawi.



Guided bush walk

Discover the intricate relationships between animals and their habitats with a guided bush walk. Find out more about insects and other smaller inhabitants of the park, while learning about trees and plants their medicinal properties and how they are used in traditional culture. Experience being able to get close to Liwondes incredible wildlife with minimal disturbance.





Liwonde National Park offers some of the best birding in Malawi. With over 400 species of bird listed within the park, Liwonde is a birders paradise, with an incredible variety of migrants arriving during rainy season. Specials include Brown-breasted Barbet, Böhm's Bee-eater, African skimmer and Livingstone's fly-catcher.

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