Such diversity means that Liwonde has some of the most scenic game viewing in Malawi and reputedly the best bird watching in Southern Africa.
Mvuu Lodge is the only accommodation in the park and is a renowned upmarket lodge sited on the river under a canopy of ancient trees.
All those with a vested interest in the survival of Liwonde National Park – the local chiefs, farmers, National Parks, judiciary, Wildlife Society and Wilderness Safaris (managers of Mvuu Lodge) – have formed a committee to act as a sounding board and motivator for most community development projects around the park. This plays an intrinsic part in the success of Liwonde as a safari destination.
Although the number of visitors has increased, Liwonde is still quite peaceful and uncommercialised.
ANIMALS & BIRDS – AQUATIC LIFE
Game is abundant with a healthy population of elephants, hippo’s and crocodiles, who are best viewed from a boat on the Shire River. Waterbuck wade in lagoons and marshes, while the open savannah and hills of the interior attract antelopes such the elegant sable, impala and bushbuck. Rhinoceros were introduced from South Africa and although doing well, are often hard to find. Predators include lion, leopard, serval, jackal.
A keen birder once recorded 266 different bird species during a two-night stay, so the area deserves its reputation as being an exceptional birding spot. Rarities include Pel’s fishing owls, palmnut vultures, ospreys, and Lilian’s lovebirds.
Rainy Season: It rains mainly during the hot season November to March. April and May become dryer and cools down a little.
Dry Season: Liwonde is most pleasant between the cooler months of June to August and the dry season continues up until November.
• Large herds of elephants
• River trips
• Exceptional bird watching
This is a malarial area
The park covers 212 miles² (550 km²)