Mvuu Lodge, like many places in Malawi, has a sort of peaceful understated charm which steals up on you, and makes the journey to Liwonde National Park well worthwhile.
What’s Mvuu Lodge really like?
Mvuu Lodge is very much a “proper” safari camp, with an emphasis on the bush and the wilderness rather than anything too glitzy. Rather, it has been designed to let nature in- it’s named after the local residents (Mvuu means hippo in Tonga) and elephants are often spotted in camp. There are just eight rustic-luxury tented chalets- all are ensuite and there’s a small deck overlooking the lagoon on which Mvuu Lodge is built. One of the chalets has a lovely tub and is generally reserved for honeymooners. Sandy walkways lead from here back to the main lodge, where there’s a fire pit, a small pool, and a convivial lounge and dining room.
What can I do at Mvuu Lodge?
We would absolutely recommend doing the boat safari from Mvuu Lodge, it’s an utterly tranquil experience and aside from elephant, hippo, and croc sightings, its likely to convince even the most reluctant twitchers that there’s something rather magical about Malawi’s birdlife. There are also walking safaris, and day and night game drives, which are excellent for spotting elephant in particular, though we would caution that while big cats are present in Liwonde National Park, they are seen but rarely. Rhinos are a recent addition to the park, and while you’re also unlikely to see these on a drive, for an extra fee you can visit the rhino research project and track the black rhinos (please note this is seasonal and must be arranged in advance). A visit to the bat researchers will give you another behind-the-scenes insight into conservation, and if you’re feeling like a lazy afternoon Mvuu Lodge has a small hide overlooking the river. Lastly, we can arrange for you to take a bike ride down to the nearby school and learn a little about how the local community live.
Giving back at Mvuu Lodge: Mvuu Lodge is an integral part of the surrounding community, helping (with the assistance of a generous guest), to build Nanthomba School, teaching over 400 pupils. It also participates in environmental education programmes for local children, and helps support the conservation operations of the park.
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