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Mvuu Wilderness Lodge

Mvuu Lodge is located in Liwonde National Park set in lush vegetation on the banks of a quiet lagoon. Mvuu means “hippo” in Tonga and the name epitomizes the large numbers of hippo pods that inhabit the Shire 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.

Mvuu Lodge is one of Malawi’s finest wilderness camps set in lush vegetation on the banks of a quiet lagoon flowing off the Shire River.

The lodge has 8 stunningly designed tents overlooking the water’s edge, constructed from wood, stone and canvas all with ensuite bathrooms.

Mvuu means “hippo” in Tonga and the name epitomizes the large number of hippo pods that inhabit the Shire.

Mvuu Lodge offers an exclusive and luxurious safari experience in the heart of Malawi’s premier wildlife destination.

The raised dining area overlooks a lagoon.

Style

Tents designed of wood, stone and canvas

Rooms

7 twin/double

Open Season

Open all year round

Safari Experience

We offer early morning game drives and evening game drives into the Park and nearby ESOM sanctuary (a large enclosure inhabited by black rhinos and other endangered species in the park).

We offer boat safaris on the Shire River where a large population of hippos lie scattered in pods.

Many large crocodiles are also found lazing on the sandbanks of the River.Elephants come to the banks of the Shire to graze and quench their thirst and occasionally enter the river to cool off from the day’s heat.

A scenic ride on the river is provided as the dense riverine vegetation eventually merges with mopane woodlands, patches of miombo woodland, baobab trees and unworldly candelabra trees.

With the constant sound of birds calling and gliding over the river, all aspects of a boat safari down the Shire combine to create a unique and unforgettable experience.

Highly trained guides provide walking safaris for guests in the early hours of the morning accompanied by armed scouts.

The emphasis is on the smaller things which easily get overlooked during the game drives.  Information is provided on animal tracks, insect life, birds, indigenous trees, bushes wild flowers and herbs.  .

Wildlife & Birdlife

Mvuu means “hippo” in Tonga and the name epitomizes the large numbers of hippo pods that inhabit the Shire 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.

Game drives also allow for observing herds of impala, reeduck, waterbuck, warhog and the majestic sable.  Buffalo, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, zebra, roan and eland can also be spotted on a drive into the 4,000 ha sanctuary.

The birdlife here is prolific – probably the best year-round birding site in Southern Africa.

Over 300 of the country’s 650 bird species occur in Liwonde National Park, with gems such as Bohm’s Bee-eater, African Skimmer, Palmnut Vulture, White-backed Night heron and Dickinson’s Kestrel often sighted.

Others such as Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Spur-winged Lapwing can also be found in the riverine strip.

Liwonde National Park is also home to the only population of Lilian’s Lovebird in Malawi and also plays host to the rare Brown-breasted barbet.  Rare sightings of predators include leopard, serval, side-striped jackal and the occasional lion.

Added Extras

Natural rock swimming pool

Star bed platforms sleep 2 – 4 for a “back to nature” experience. (4km north of the lodge with bucket shower and eco loo).

Boat trips to Nanthomba School.

Day trips and night stays at Njobvu Village Cultural Lodge.

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