The name Kuthengo means 'wildlerness' which is apt, as the camp is located in the pristine environment of Liwonde National Park. It's a tranquil setting where you can take game drives, boat trips and guided walks to immerse yourself in nature. Accommodating a maximum of 10 guests, Kuthengo Camp retains an intimate atmosphere where you can feel at home between safaris.
You are likely to awake to the distinctive cries of fish eagles, which nest in the baobab trees near the camp, a call to action as you look forward to the day ahead. Rising early comes naturally here, as the sunlight fills the sky. and you set out on your first game drive or walk before the heat becomes too intense. Liwonde is home to a variety of wildlife including elephant, a range of antelope, hippo, crocodile and leopard. A number of species have been moved into the park in recent years such as black rhino, lion and cheetah, adding to its diversity. As well as fish eagles you can expect to see malachite and pied kingfishers, weaver birds and, with luck, Pel's fishing owl. 4x4 drives and nature walks are supplemented by boat rides in the green season (the end of December to early April), adding an extra dimension to game viewing.
Back in camp you can join fellow guests in the welcome shade of the lounge tent and, later, by the campfire, from both of which you are able to watch animals and birds by the Shire River. Meals are a sociable experience, eaten as a group in the dining tent or outdoors, an opportunity to share traveller's tales.
The 4 tents provide spacious accommodation, with the bedroom opening up to the river-facing veranda, the ideal place to rest and take in the views. The en-suite bathroom has his and hers hand basins and a bathtub, and there's an open air shower. The bed is draped with a mosquito net and includes an effective 'evening breeze' air conditioning system to keep you cool.
Photographs courtesy of Robin Pope Safaris
Open: Kuthengo Camp is open all year. It first opened in 2018.
Location: Kuthengo Camp is in Liwonde National Park and faces the Shire River. The nearest airstrip is about an hour’s drive away. By road the camp is a 4 hour journey from Lilongwe, and a 2.5 hour drive from Blantyre. Kuthengo’s sister lodge, Mkulumadzi in Majete Wildlife Reserve, is a 4.5 hour drive away.
Rooms: There are 4 guest tents made up of 1 double with a king size bed, 2 with twin beds and a family tent which can sleep 4. All are en-suite with twin hand basins, a bath and an open air shower. Beds benefit from ‘evening breeze’ air conditioning which keeps the air cool within the mosquito net. Every tent has a private river-facing terrace. Maximum guest capacity is 10.
Activities: Game drives by day and night in open top vehicles, guided walks, boating safaris between December and early April (the green season), hiking and bird watching are offered.
Facilities: The lounge and dining area are large, open sided structures with canvas roofs. There is a campfire. The camp has charging facilities for cameras and mobile phones. There is no TV at Kuthengo. There is a laundry service. The camp uses solar power and has a generator as back-up.
Dining: Meals are eaten as a group. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The minimum age for walking safaris is 12 years. The family tent sleeps up to 4 people. Parents need to keep children under supervision.
Health: This is a malarial area
Communication: To be advised.
Notes: Kuthengo Camp is owned and run by Robin Pope Safaris.
The rate includes all meals and local drinks. Premium drinks are available at extra cost. Extras can be paid in cash, with Malawi kwacha, US dollars, Euros and Pounds Sterling accepted.