Liwonde National Park
Malawi’s most popular national park may be small but has large populations of elephant, buffalo and impala which can be viewed on boat safaris as well as game drives.
In Liwonde I saw sable deer, initially hidden in long grass but later, there was a beautiful male in the open, just posing for the cameras!
Established in 1973, Liwonde’s reputation as a safari destination has grown, yet it’s still a place where you are free of crowds. Game viewing is varied with water and land-based options. Resident elephant, antelope, buffalo and zebra have in recent years been joined by cheetahs, lions and black rhinos. There is abundant birdlife, too, so there’s something for everyone.
- Boat safaris: Watching wildlife from the Shire River is Liwonde’s speciality. It’s a relaxing way to seek and see wildlife and get close to crocodiles and hippos in the water and elephants and plains game on the banks as they approach the river to drink. Bird watching is rewarding with over 300 species recorded including the African fish eagle, weaver birds and Pel’s fishing owl, the last best seen at dusk.
- Land safaris: Enjoy exciting 4x4 drives and wildlife sightings as you traverse the park. It’s a good way to see different areas of Liwonde and admire its lovely landscapes. A night drive allows you to experience the bush after dark as you go in search of nocturnal creatures. You become part of nature on a guided walk as you learn about plants, insects and other small details often overlooked from a vehicle and gain an understanding of the whole ecosystem.
- Somewhere to stay: There is just a handful of places of stay within the park but these offer a choice of styles and each provides great value, comfort, privacy and service as well as daily safaris. You’ll feel at home in Liwonde.