Safaris to Liwonde National Park

Spend valuable time in Liwonde National Park, considered the most prolific wildlife area in Malawi. If you love smaller spaces and seeing numerous elephant and hippo, this place is for you. You won’t see many leopards or lions. But enjoy game drives, walks and boat trips ending with a fantastic sun downer looking over the Shire River.


Liwonde National Park appeals more to adventurers who want to see wildlife in a very off-the-beaten-track setting. Enjoy a safari with excellent guides who focus not only on the larger animals but on the smaller fauna and flora too. Combine your safari in Liwonde with sightseeing trips to Mount Mulanje and Lake Malawi to get a real feel for Malawi. Experience the upper shire river in the south of Malawi, where Liwonde sits on the southern tip of Lake Malombe. This spectacular wildlife reserve is only 580 square kilometers and a convenient 4 hours from Lilongwe, or 3 hours from Blantyre.


View impressive herds of impala, reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog and the majestic rare sable. Buffalo, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, zebra, roan and eland were historically hunted to extinction in the area. Find them protected now within ‘the sanctuary’. Black rhino mingle with these creatures in their 4 000ha fenced area within thePark. Are you a birder? Come and experience some of most exceptional year-round bird watching in Africa. Spot outstanding bird species such as Livingstone’s flycatcher, Pel’s fishing owl, Spur-winged lapwing, Lillian’s lovebird and the rare Brown-breasted barbet, easily sighted in Liwonde.


It is incredible to be in this diverse landscape. Be amazed at the dry Mopani woodlands covering the eastern half of the park, interspersed with candelabra trees. Drive through patches of Miombo woodland on a few hills in the south and east, then photograph palm savannah and baobabs on the extensive floodplains of the shire river.

Spend pleasant safari days in Liwonde between the cooler months of June to August – the dry season continues all the way up until November. The rains tend to come after November and temperatures begin to soar up into the high 30° C until March. April and May become dryer and the temperature cools down a little.        

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