Liwonde National Park & The South

Holidays in Liwonde & South Malawi

Situated just to the south of Lake Malawi, the expanse of Liwonde National Park joins Lake Malombe and the upper Shire River. The variety of habitat in Liwonde National Park is immense, ranging from open savannah, hills and woodland to lush and richly vegetated marshes, lagoons and the floodplains of the broad and slow flowing river.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Journey up the river by boat for the best up close and personal elephant sightings - as well as some of the best bird watching opportunities in southern Africa
  • Sleep out under the stars on the tree platform of Mvuu Lodge - you'll be woken up by birds, and be able to listen to their dawn chorus from beneath duvet

Our guide to holidays in Liwonde National Park & The South

The diversity of landscapes in Liwonde National Park, which ranges from savannah plains to thick woodland, means that Liwonde has prolific wildlife and some of the most scenic game-viewing in Malawi and comes highly recommended by Original Travel as somewhere just a bit different but well worth exploring.

Wildlife in the park includes healthy populations of elephant and hippo, crocodiles, zebra, buffalo, monkeys and many species of antelope including waterbuck and sable. Predators include lion, leopard and jackal.

The concept of 'bush and beach' may be well-known, but a combination of Liwonde National Park and a luxury lodge on the shores of nearby Lake Malawi would make for an original and excellent African trip. Elsewhere in the south of the country is Blantyre, the country's largest town, with historical monuments and a variety of attractions close by. South of Blantyre is the magnificent Mount Mulanje and the beautiful Thyolo tea estates it overlooks. The old capital town of Zomba and the famous views from Zomba Plateau are also a short drive away.


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Original Highlight

The bird-life is particularly abundant in Liwonde and widely regarded as offering the best bird watching in Southern Africa - more than 400 species have been recorded here.

Eleanor, Original Traveller

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 23°C / 73°F
  • Rainfall — 22cm / 8.8 inches
Flight from London

9:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs


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