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Mvuu Camp

Mvuu Camp

Mvuu Camp is situated on the banks of the Shire River on the western boundary of Liwonde National Park, Malawi's premier wildlife haven. The Shire River is Lake Malawi's only outlet and the country's largest river. Mvuu Camp gets its name from the Chewa word for hippopotamus. It overlooks a broad stretch of the Shire River, whose waters draw animals seeking to survive the region’s sometimes harsh climate. The most rewarding way to access Mvuu Camp is to take the twenty-mile boat ride Liwonde.

Mvuu Camp was custom-built for its situation, constructed of a mix of stone and canvas. The chalets and specially-designed family tents total twelve units, encompassing 48 beds. Each unit has its own private veranda that overlooks a secluded lagoon. It is a short walk to the impressive thatched dining and lounge.

Meals are enjoyed in the large dining area with wonderful views of the river. Guests can even dine al fresco under a specially constructed boma and see the stars as they come out at night. Mvuu Camp also has a newly constructed education and conference center with facilities for up to forty delegates.

Liwonde National Park is home to the largest remaining elephant population in Malawi, and one of only two breeding nuclei of black rhino reside here. The park boasts large numbers of impala, kudu, reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog, and the rare majestic sable. Buffalo, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, zebra, roan, and eland were virtually extinct in this region but have all been introduced into “The Sanctuary”—a large fenced area within the park. It is here that Liwonde's black rhino find refuge too. Hippo are common in the Shire River as are Nile crocodile.

The birdlife here is prolific, possibly the best year-round birding in southern Africa. More than 300 of Malawi’s 650 bird species occur in the park. Sightings of the rare and elusive Böhm's Bee-eater, African Skimmer, Palmnut Vulture, white-backed night-heron, and Dickinson's Kestrel are often made, while Livingstone's Flycatcher, Pel's Fishing-owl, and Spur-winged Lapwing are also found in the riverine strip. Liwonde National Park is also home to the only population of Lillian's Lovebird in Malawi.

Activities at Mvuu include day and night game drives across the savanna, river safaris promising close encounters with hippo, crocodile, and wonderful birdlife. Nature walks with experienced guides are a special treat.

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