Mvuu Lodge

Liwonde, Malawi

On Request

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Mvuu Lodge

Mvuu Lodge nestles discreetly on the banks of a lagoon just off the Shire River (pronounced Shiree). The Shire River is Lake Malawi's only exit - making it the largest in the country - and forms the western boundary of the internationally acclaimed Liwonde National Park.



We Love
  • Mvuu Wilderness Lodge and Mvuu Camps are actively involved in conservation efforts in the Liwonde National Park.
  • About 500 people living outside the park benefit financially from the existence of Mvuu Wilderness Lodge and Mvuu Camp.
  • Mvuu hosts over 2 000 schoolchildren annually from all over Malawi on day visits to Liwonde National Park and Mvuu Camp.
Need to Know
  • Children of all ages are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
  • Please check Children’s Policy for age restrictions for each activity.
  • The Camp has a 220v generator. Lighting in the chalets is via 12v solar power.

The Review

Mvuu Lodge overlooks a tranquil lagoon just off the Shire River with the main lounge area set high above the water in an area of captivating variety and beauty. It has an extensive wildlife library and telescope to make the most of the exceptional bird and other life that moves around the river.

Your Stay
Accommodation comprises eight tents, one of which is a romantic honeymoon suite. Each tent has en-suite bathroom facilities and its own deck built to look over the water. Lodge facilities include a dining room, pub, lounge area and a swimming pool.

Mvuu means "hippo" in Tonga and the name epitomises the large numbers of pods of these water-loving mammals that float in the river. In this lush and fertile area, an excellent diversity of animals - including elephant and sable antelope, impala and waterbuck - can be seen. Other animals seen here are baboon, vervet monkeys, bushbuck, leopard, and bushpig are also found and the birdlife is spectacular all year, including specials such as Böhm’s Bee-eater.

The birdlife here is prolific - probably the best year-round birding in Southern Africa. Over 300 of the country's 650 bird species occur in the Liwonde National Park, with gems such as Böhm's Bee-eater, African Skimmer, Palmnut Vulture, White-backed Night-heron and Dickinson's Kestrel often sighted.

Activities include boating, walks, birding, and traditional game drives by day and night. The Rhino Tracking Experience is a three-hour guided walk, tracking black rhino and learning how they are monitored and conserved. No visit to Mvuu is complete without a visit to one of the villages on its boundaries.

Getting There

The Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is situated to the south of Lake Malawi in the Liwonde National Park. The camp overlooks a lagoon of the Shire River, the main drainage river from Lake Malawi. It can be reached by air from Lilongwe in about one hour and Blantyre in 40 mins. It is also connected with Club Makalola (20 mins) and Likoma (1 hr 15 mins). Driving time from Lilongwe is about 4 hours and Blantyre is 3 hr 30 mins.

Mvuu Lodge Liwonde, Malawi