Mvuu Lodge was Liwonde National Park’s first in the park and is in the key location for wildlife viewing. Based on the river there are regular hippos, crocs, antelope and elephants on the ‘front lawn’. The food and staff here are excellent from incredible sundowner snacks to the best burger in Malawi (a blue cheese roll!) thanks to resident chef Wayne! The guides are in a league of their own and they are extremely friendly. Many of them have seen the park depleted of wildlife and now re-stocked by African Parks and can tell you interesting tales of all developments undergone by African Parks.
This was my first time to be in the park at this time of the year. It has a different charm to it in the rainy season, the smell of rain, new tributaries cascading into the shire river, hippos out during the day and those enormous palm trees that frame the Charlie Charlie jetty washed clean of cormorant droppings. Mvuu lodge is splendid, service is wonderful, food scrumptious and the game drives and boat safaris are an adventure even in the rain. We had Justin as our guide, always calm always cool, he has great passion for the bush that enhances the experience.
Last visited by Tapiwa, Sales & Reservations Manager – Jan 2019
Mvuu Lodge may well be one of my favourite places in Malawi, with epic river views from the deck it is the perfect place to spot resident wildlife. The guides, staff, food and rooms are all incredible and well thought out. It is one of the few places I don’t have any criticism of!
Chloe, Marketing & Sales – Jan 2019
Malawi’s little gem…I loved everything about it. From the yummy meals and snacks, friendly, knowledgeable staff and guides to the large private rooms (the balcony is a peaceful spot to enjoy a lazy afternoon). Mvuu Lodge ticks all the boxes. The river safari was amazing, especially if you are twitcher, so much birdlife around and you aren’t short of hippo sighting…very entertaining too!
Jen, Marketing & Sales – Jan 2019
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Liwonde National Park
8 double luxury safari tents
Malawi’s wildlife, photography and conservation
Yes (minimum age 6 years)
All year round
Yes (can be temperamental)
Mvuu Lodge is set in a prime location of the park. Situated on the Shire River it has a wealth of water-based animals, birds and is generally a hub of activity, to name a few, I have personally seen elephants, hippo, warthog, bushbuck, crocs, mongoose, monkeys and waterbuck right outside the deck of my chalet. The newly introduced lion and cheetah have chosen the lodge to be within their territory and have even had a cheetah kill in their car park!
You can do a huge range of game activities from the classic safari walks and game drives, to gentle boating safaris to admire the water-birdlife and animals coming down to the water to drink. Their safari hides are a real highlight and the wide variety of habitats make this place amazing year-round for photography.
The food here is in a class of its own. I may be biased as their chef regularly sends me his homemade chilli sauce to Lilongwe but the variety of fresh foods and comforting puddings are certainly of a high international standard. From creatively using fresh chambo fish from the lake to growing a lot of their own fresh fruit and veg you can be sure you will leave a few pounds heavier than when you arrived!
Liwonde is Malawi’s star of the show when it comes to conservation. From the huge 500 elephant translocation from Liwonde and Majete up to Nkhotakota to the reintroduction of cheetah in 2018 who mated and gave birth to cubs on mothers’ day! Lion was then introduced, and leopard just waiting for their visas, there are now plans for wild dogs to be introduced and even more black rhino, this is truly a wildlife haven.
Having found more snare wire than animals when African Parks first arrived, the park has since turned itself around with many poachers switching sides to become rangers. It must be said, unlike elsewhere, the poaching was more due to poverty and a necessity to eat than the ivory trade in its neighbouring countries and with a healthy black rhino population thriving it is a joy to see a conservation success story! CAWS who own Mvuu Lodge have long had a hand in the rhino rehabilitation project, assisting African parks and involving themselves in helping the surrounding local community and it is clear to see the staff here are treated like family!
The experience is unique and totally customized for preferences. There are 3 types of safari encounters available – walking, driving via Land Rover, and boating along the Shire river. Lions had just been introduced in July/Aug and we surprised how close we got to them. Elephants, hippos, cape buffalos, and many species of antelope along with yellow baboons and monkeys.
The luxury chalet/tents are great places to stay with private decks that overlook a grazing area.
What a great place to have an adventure!! The grounds for the lodge are absolutely beautiful and the food is plentiful and delicious! The guids are second to none and you will learn so much about the habitats of the animals. A must do for your next stay in the region!!!
Staying in Mvuu lodge was really something else. From the food to accomodation to the staff it really was faultless. The setting is unreal, as you can watch hippos and antelope from the dinner table and your shower! Our guide catered to our specific interests allowing us a star gazing opportunity. A perfect destination I would strongly recommend.