MALAWI - LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK
depth guide to the seasons, animals, birds and wildlife
habitats of the African safari region of Liwonde National Park in Malawi.
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at the southern end of Lake Malawi along the
Upper Shire River (pronounced Shirree), and
borders Lake Malombe. As such it encompasses
riverine swamps, deciduous woodland, open
grassland and even mopane woodland on the
means that Liwonde has some of the most scenic
game viewing in Malawi and reputedly the best
bird watching in Southern Africa.
Mvuu Lodge is
the only accommodation in the park and is
a renowned upmarket lodge sited on the river
under a canopy of ancient trees.
those with a vested interest in the survival
of Liwonde National Park - the local chiefs,
farmers, National Parks, judiciary, Wildlife
Society and Wilderness Safaris (managers of
Mvuu Lodge) - have formed a committee to act
as a sounding board and motivator for most community
development projects around the park. This plays
an intrinsic part in the success of Liwonde
as a safari destination.
Although the number
of visitors has increased, Liwonde is still
quite peaceful and uncommercialised.
& BIRDS - AQUATIC LIFE
is abundant with a healthy population of elephants,
hippo's and crocodiles, who are best viewed
from a boat on the Shire River. Waterbuck wade
in lagoons and marshes, while the open savannah
and hills of the interior attract antelopes
such the elegant sable, impala and bushbuck.
Rhinoceros were introduced from South Africa
and although doing well, are often hard to find.
Predators include lion, leopard, serval, jackal.
A keen birder once
recorded 266 different bird species during a
two-night stay, so the area deserves its reputation
as being an exceptional birding spot. Rarities
include Pel's fishing owls, palmnut vultures,
ospreys, and Lilian's lovebirds.
Season: It rains mainly during the
hot season November to March. April and May
become dryer and cools down a little.
Dry Season: Liwonde is most
pleasant between the cooler months of June to
August and the dry season continues up until
• Large herds of elephants
• River trips
• Exceptional bird watching
is a malarial area
The park covers 212 miles² (550 km²)
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