Liwonde National Park


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Brilliant game drives in normally 'quiet' Malawi!

Written on: May 18, 2013   |   I visited in April 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 but who needs that? Just sit outside your tent and wait long enough and elephants and hippos will just wander right through!! Little unnerving considering this was not long after my Okavango Delta elephant encounter (feel free to read my review on that, it was nuts!).

Aaaaanyway, we drove into the park on the first day and it was truly gorgeous, luscious, great riverside animal spotting, saw loads of ellies and hippos, all sorts of antelope (still not good at working out which is which) and a whole family of really huge baboons. Stopped by the Mvuu Camp for a sunset boat ride...WOW now THAT camp looked divine and very luxurious indeed. Joined some of the people who were staying there and did say service and amenities were top notch and not all that expensive considering so hmmmm maybe next time.

The sunset boat ride along the Shire was great and we got quite close views of hippos. The camp also does night game drives, but you can do those on your own if you have your own wheels anyway. Repeated our day drive the next day and saw lots of animals, just more of the same.

All in all, a fantastic park with LOTS of hippos & elephants in a country which doesn’t offer the best game drive chances in Africa so, if you’re in Malawi, I’d highly recommend checking it out.
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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.

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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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