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Mvuu means “hippo” in Tonga and the name epitomizes the large numbers of hippo pods that inhabit the Shire River. Mvuu Camp offers affordable comfort and adventure and is ideal for families and group travellers. Mvuu Camp is located near the western boundary of Liwonde National Park.

The camp comprises of stone and canvas chalets that blend harmoniously with the surroundings of the Park.

All 12 chalets are located near the Shire river’s edge and within 5 minutes walk of the reception and dining area.

All chalets have en-suite bathrooms with a rustic rock finish.

The camp accommodates a maximum of 34 guests in five family tents and seven twin/double tents.

All tents have private verandas, are mosquito proofed and amenities are supplied in each bathroom.

The thatched dining area and lounge provide magnificent vistas of the nearby Shire River and a variety of flora and fauna surround the camp.


7 Twin bedded and 5 Family stone and canvas chalets all ensuite



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.

Take a scenic ride on the river 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. Armed scouts accompany guests on walking safaris.

The emphasis is on the smaller things which can 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

Game is abundant with a healthy population of elephants, hippos and crocodiles, which are best viewed on a boat safari along the Shire.

Waterbuck wade in lagoons and marshes, while the open savannah and hills of the interior attract many antelope species.

Rhino’s were introduced from South Africa and can be found in the ESOM Santuary (a large enclosure inhabited by black rhinos and other endangered species in the park).

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, reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog 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

Bike rides to Njobvu village.

Nanthomba school tours.