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Mvuu Wilderness Lodge

Mvuu Wilderness Lodge

Mvuu Wilderness Lodge overlooks a beautiful lagoon just off the Shire River in Malawi’s Liwonde National Park. The Shire River is Lake Malawi's only outlet and the country's largest river. The river provides Mvuu Wilderness Lodge with its name, as mvuu is the Chewa word for hippopotamus. It forms the backdrop for the wilderness and wildlife spectacle known as Liwonde National Park.

Accommodation at Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is in eight spaciously luxurious tented suites, sleeping a maximum of sixteen guests, thus giving the camp a unique intimate feel. Each tents has en-suite bathroom facilities and a private veranda offering breathtaking views onto the lagoon and the countryside beyond. One tent has been set aside as a honeymoon suite.

The main lodge is set high above the water, allowing views of the surrounding landscape. There is a dining room, pub, lounge area, extensive wildlife library, natural rock swimming pool, and a hide overlooking the river.

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 Wilderness Lodge 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. Liwonde’s Black Rhino Reintroduction Programme may be visited by arrangement. Or spend a night in Ligwangwa, a typical rural Malawian village. Mvuu also plays host to over 2,000 Malawian schoolchildren each year from all over Malawi, encouraging a sense of appreciation and responsibility for Malawi's threatened natural heritage.

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