On arrival in Blantyre, meet your representative who will be standing by at Chileka International Airport to transfer you to Mvuu Camp in Liwonde National Park, a 3-hour scenic drive from the airport, with an exhilarating 30-minute boat journey during the wet season.
Set on the banks of the Shire River, Mvuu means ‘hippo’ in the local Chichewa language. Settle into your spacious stone-and-canvas chalet, freshen up after your journey, and then relax for a moment on your verandah and gaze out over the river, which is home to dense populations of crocodile and hippo.
Liwonde National Park is hauntingly beautiful, with its languid floodplains and riverine forests that support a rich array of animals, among them vast herds of elephant. As you retire for dinner in the thatched dining area between two enormous baobab trees, look forward to an extraordinary four days of game viewing.
After breakfast, spend your mornings cruising the river, where crocodiles bask sleepily in the sun or slide silently off its banks into the water. Weaver birds rustle among its reeds; vervet monkeys gambol in the canopy above.
Mvuu Camp offers day and night boat trips, as well as game drives and walks with qualified scouts. Encounter elephants, hippos and sable antelope along the water’s edge. Birdlife is prolific as Liwonde National Park one of the finest birding spots in Africa: see African open-bill storks, squacco herons, African fish eagles, malachite kingfishers and blue-cheeked bee-eaters.
Embark on a game drive through the Rhino Sanctuary and its surrounding mopane woodlands for excellent sightings of rare black rhino, as well as herds of hartebeest and buffalo. Alternatively, spend the afternoon at camp, lounging around its natural-rock swimming pool or relaxing with a book on your private verandah, bringing the day to a close with a sundowner beside the river as animals come down to the water’s edge to drink. Dinners are served under the stars in the traditional boma or along the banks of the river, with bat hawks swooping over its waters and Pel’s fishing owls calling into the dusk…