Liwonde National Park is located in Malawi, on the banks of the river Shire, near Lake Malombe. It is one of Malawi’s premier safari destinations, and one of its most popular parks. It is rich wildlife diversity, as it is made up of a host of habitat and ecosystem types. These include mopane woodland, riverine forest, savannah plains, swamps and grasslands. The park is also home to over 400 species of birds, including the spur-winged lapwing, African fish eagle and palm-nut vulture. Elephants are found in abundance in the park, and the river houses large populations of hippos and crocodiles. Predators are less prolific, but lion and leopard are found in the park and are fairly frequently seen. Guests are able to experience the thrill of walking safaris in addition to traditional game drive safaris. Boating and canoe safaris also take place on the river, a unique experience. Both luxury and more affordable safari lodges are found in the park.

Why we like it

Abundant and prolific wildlife; Over 400 bird species; Big 5, Amazing people

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 580 square km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Elephant
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Liwonde

Accommodation in Liwonde National Park

Mvuu Camp, Liwonde

Mvuu Camp is a safari camp located on the banks of the Shire River in Liwonde National Park, Malawi. Liwonde is a Big 5 park, and is also home to a diversity of other wildlife species, and over 400 species of birds. The camp consists of 12 accommodation units, which feature a mixture of family tents and stone and canvas…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Mvuu Lodge, Liwonde

Mvuu Lodge is located in Liwonde National Park in Malawi, on the shores of a lagoon. The park is rich in wildlife, and is home to species such as elephant, buffalo, hippo and zebra. The birdlife in the park is also superb. The lodge consists of eight luxury tents, each featuring en-suite facilities and private viewing decks that provide stunning…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Liwonde National Park

Magical Malawi Luxury Safari Tour

This safari tour takes guests on a 14–day adventure, covering all the highlights that the incredible country of Malawi has to offer. Everything from Big 5 wildlife viewing to thrilling beach and water sports are offered on this tour. It starts off with 3 nights in Majete Wildlife Reserve, a 70000-hectare reserve of woodlands and grasslands that are home to…

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Duration: 14 days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Malawi & Zambia Southern Tour

This safari tour takes you on a bush and beach adventure through Malawi's beautiful southern regions and the neighbouring safari region in Zambia. There are three different budget options for the tour, with varying accommodation styles for each. On the tour, you stay at the Latitude 13 Hotel or the Kumbali Cultural Village in Lilongwe, and visit South Luangwa National…

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Duration: 15 Days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Malawi Self-Drive and Island Hop Tour

This is a safari tour with a unique twist. You explore Malawi on a self-drive tour, using a vehicle provided by the tour company. You will visit a variety of destinations, encountering the diverse wildlife and natural beauty of this incredible country. On day 1, you arrive in Lilongwe, spending the night at a country lodge. The next day, you…

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Duration: 11 Days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Black Rhino
Spotted Hyena
Sable Antelope

Key Species

Sable Antelope

African Fish Eagle
Pel's Fishing Owl
Palm-nut Vulture
Spur-winged Lapwing

Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor Lizard

Euphorbia Candelabra

Mopane Woodland

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 7
Mammals: 8
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 7.5
Trees: 8
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