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Liwondé National Park

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About Liwondé National Park

Country found in: Malawi
Parks total area: 548 km² (212 miles²)
Year established: 1973
Park wildlife: 31 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Absolutely!

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Liwondé National Park highlights

  • 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

Liwondé 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.

Liwondé 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 Liwondé 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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