Safari in Liwonde National Park, Malawi

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Liwonde National Park, Malawi

I am on safari in Liwonde National Park, Malawi. The park is one of the country’s national treasures. It is rainy season now in Malawi and although the wildlife is not as teeming as in the Southern Hemisphere winter (June to November), elephants, hippos, birds, warthogs, bush bucks, water bucks, porcupines, antelopes should still be in abundance. The park is situated around the banks of the Shire River, a major waterway in the south of the country.

Malawi is a land-locked country of 14 million people located in Southern Africa. It is bordered on the south and the east by Mozambique, on the north by Tanzania and on the west by Zambia. The country’s most significant geographic feature is Lake Malawi, the third largest freshwater lake in Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

5 thoughts on “Safari in Liwonde National Park, Malawi”

  1. Hi Ryan! I happened upon your site while searching “lost baggage on ethiopian airlines”. Thanks for sharing your experiences – I found your reflections very insightful! I’m from Vancouver, but on my way to Mulanje shortly for a 4 week volunteering placement @ Mulanje Mission Hospital. I was actually planning to visit Liwonde National Park at some point!

    Cheers,
    Winnie

  2. Hi Winnie,

    Thanks for visiting and for the comment! I have not yet been that far south in Malawi but visiting Mulanje is on my short list of things to do this year! I have heard it is beautiful. Be careful, as climbing during the wet season may be treacherous!

    We had a great time at Liwonde National Park. Mvuu Lodge/Camp and Chingoni Hills Lodge are two options for staying in the park and going on safari game drives and the like. Lonely Planet for Zambia and Malawi has good info!

    Enjoy yourself. :)
    Ryan

  3. Hi Ryan,
    I was looking for info about the Liwonde park and if it was worth going there now, although it’s still the rainy season, and I got directed to your blog. If I understand correctly, you were just there now, right? And was it worth the visit or would you recommend waiting for the dry season?
    I just arrived to Malawi and will be here for the next 6 months, I’m actually working in the Zomba district.
    Any info would be more than welcome, thank you very much!
    Ilhame

  4. Hi Ilhame,
    Thanks for your mail! Yes we were just there a couple of weeks ago. I definitely recommend a visit. There are advantages and disadvantages to going in the wet season versus the dry season. You’ll see much more animals such as elephants and crocodiles in the dry season. On the other hand, the wet season is likely to be more affordable because it is not the peak safari period. But the landscape is beautiful: lush with vegetation, lots of animals around local watering holes, and being caught in a tropical rainstorm in the jungle is an amazing experience! :)
    Have fun!
    Ryan

  5. Hi there, I work at Liwonde National Park and I’m afraid there are no giraffe here so you might have got your pictures mixed up!

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