08 Apr 2015 / by Pilot Michael / in 2015 Africa Flying Safari
Camp Highlight – Mvuu Lodge – Malawi
Mvuu Lodge is a new stop for me. The Mvuu Lodge sits just west of Liwonde National Park, in Southern Malawi. Here we will have the very unique opportunity to view Rhinos. Because of a quite low number of predators, Liwonde is one of the only National parks that allow game walks instead of only allowing game drives. It’s always nice to have the opportunity to get closer to the land you’re in by walking.
Directly from Mvuu
Mvuu Lodge nestles discreetly on the banks of a lagoon just off the Shire River on the western boundary of the wildlife-rich Liwonde National Park. The main lounge building is set high above the water for long views up-river. Accommodation comprises eight tents for a maximum of 16 guests, each with en-suite bathroom facilities and a private viewing platform looking out on the lagoon. Lodge facilities include a dining room, pub, lounge area, wildlife library and a swimming pool.
Superb river cruises take in the languid Shire River, where guests may get close to hippo pods, bathing elephant, crocodile and a host of colourful birdlife.
A morning or afternoon walk with an experienced guide means that you may find a porcupine, Dickinson’s kestrel or inquisitive impala on foot and away from the confines of a safari vehicle.
Named after Chief Liwonde who had championed its protection, the Park harbours very diverse landscapes. Travel through these in search of equally diverse wildlife.
After a sundowner stop at some idyllic location, return to camp after dark, when a different wildlife component comes to life.
Game drives into the Rhino Sanctuary
There is a black rhino conservation programme and it is possible (with special permission) to visit the Rhino Sanctuary in the Park, which also contains other game and different bird species.
Liwonde National Park offers some of the best birding in Malawi. Specials include brown-breasted barbet, Böhm’s bee-eater, African skimmer and Livingstone’s flycatcher to mention just a few.