Liwonde National Park


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Pied Kingfisher in acacia tree. Liwonde National Park
Pied Kingfisher in acacia tree. Liwonde National Park
About Liwonde National Park
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Parks total area:
548 km² (212 miles²)
Year established:
1973
Anti-malarial:
Absolutely!
Park wildlife:
  • The landscape consists of swamps, dry woodlands and grasslands, interspersed with Candelabra trees, Palm Savannah and Baobabs
  • Located in one of the most humid, densely vegetated areas of Malawi
  • The park is a conservation turn-around, with a growing population of black rhinos, elephants and other species, including the big five: buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos
  • Visit during the cooler months of June and August
  • Liwonde National Park is home to the big five

Liwonde National Park lies at the southern end of Lake Malawi along the Upper Shire River. It is considered to be one of the hottest, most humid areas of Malawi. The landscape is highly diverse, consisting of swamps, dry woodlands and grasslands. The park is interspersed with Candelabra trees on the eastern half, while Palm Savannah and Baobabs are found on the floodplains of the river, giving the park a more tropical feel due to dense vegetation.

Liwonde National Park is home to the “big five”: the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and the buffalo. The park is also known to have the best year-round bird watching in Central and Southern Africa, providing a home for the Spur-winged Lapwing, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Pel’s Fishing-Owl, Lillian’s Lovebird and the rare Brown-breasted Barbet. While the best bird watching is thought to be during the rainy season, tracks in the park can be closed off due to flooding, which also means some safari drives and walks may not be available. Liwonde National Park can generally be accessed by road, air and water, through the Shire River.


When to visit Liwonde National Park

If tourists want a chance to experience all the activities that the park has to offer, it is best they vacation during the cooler months of June and August. It rains mainly during the hot season, which runs from November through March. Although, Liwonde is accessible all year round, one thing to note is if visitors decide to drive to the park, during the wet season they will have to be boated into Mvuu Wilderness Lodge and Camp in handmade, but stable wooden boats.

 

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(3/5 stars) Written on: Feb 23, 2016   |   Visited: Nov 2015.
I visited Liwonde for the first time in early November 2015. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Liwonde. I went on one game drive and one boat safari. The game drive was not particularly good - unfortunately, we didn't see much. Although we saw a hyena which is quite rare for Liwonde.

Although the game drive wasn't up to scratch the boat safari was incredible - it... read more

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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jan 28, 2016   |   Visited: Dec 2015.
I had the pleasure of visiting Liwonde National Park in Malawi for two nights in December 2015. We stayed at 'Bushmans Camp' lodge, which I was very impressed with as a budget accommodation option. The food was particularly impressive. Wildlife could literally walk right through your camp at any point! I could have spent weeks on their viewing platform looking out ... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 18, 2013   |   Visited: Apr 2012.
After spending a week relaxing at the modest but good Lake Malawi Camp we decided to head to Liwonde as we were sorely missing our game drives! We based ourselves at the Liwonde Safari Camp which was just outside the park gates. Greta camp, BEST showers and yummy food AND an almost walk-through animal highway! Apparently the camp has since built a viewing platform ... read more
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