Liwonde National Park is considered by many as Malawi’s prime wildlife destination. It was proclaimed in 1973 and consists of 548 sq km of diverse and spectacular landscapes, dry mopane woodlands, candelabra trees, miombo woodland, palm savannah and numerous baobabs adjoining the extensive floodplains of the Shire River where dense riverine vegetation adds a tropical feel to the habitat.
The Shire River, almost 1km wide in certain places, is home to a population of approximately 2000 hippo and attracts a wide variety of magnificent wildlife. Situated inside the park is a fenced sanctuary 4 000 hectares in size and home to rare and endangered species, including the black rhino.
Liwonde National Park offers some of the most incredible game viewing in Malawi and some of the best bird watching in Southern Africa. Accommodation types vary, catering for both luxurious and adventurous needs.
Liwonde National Park is well-managed, stocked with large numbers of wildlife and decorated with beautiful scenery and landscapes with woodlands, the Shire River and Lake Malombe.
Excellent guides employed at the select lodges have an innate knowledge of the area and are able to take guests on guided walks, game drives, night drives boating safaris.
The mixture of riverine, mopane and grassland habitats provides a variety of birdlife, and recently a few black rhinos were reintroduced to the area.
Liwonde is sparsely populated with tourists and it seems Malawi’s small yet brimming national park has remained undiscovered. There are only a few lodges and visitors will feel like the experience is all their own.