Mvuu Lodge

Liwonde National Park, Malawi

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Mvuu Lodge


Mvuu Lodge overlooks a tranquil lagoon just off the Shire River with the main lounge area set high above the water for captivating view. It has an extensive wildlife library and telescope to make the most of the exceptional bird and other life that can be observed around the river. Mvuu Lodge comprises eight tents, one of which is a romantic honeymoon suite.

Mvuu meaing "hippo" in Tonga, the name epitomises the large number of pods of these water-loving mammals that float in the river. In this lush and fertile area, wildlife includes elephant and sable antelope, impala and waterbuck. Other animals seen in the area around the Mvuu Lodge are baboon, vervet monkeys, bushbuck, leopard, and bushpigound. Over 300 of the country's 650 bird species occur in the Liwonde National Park.

Activities at the Mvuu Lodge 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.

We Love
  • Mvuu Lodge supports conservation efforts in the Liwonde National Park
  • About 500 local people benefit financially from the existence of these two camps
  • Mvuu hosts over 2 000 schoolchildren annually from all over Malawi
  • Its where wild animals, including hippo roam casually through the camp
Need to Know
  • Mvuu Lodge is a Classic Safari Lodge with 8 comfortable tents
  • Activities undertaken are birding, nature walks and wildlife watching
  • Located in in the Liwonde National Park, central-south of the country
  • Electricity is provided by solar energy with a back-up generator, if required


Stay Mvuu Lodge is a Classic Safari Lodge with 8 comfortable tents. Mvuu Lodge comprises seven spacious twin-bedded tents and one honey moon tent with a double bed and bath, each with en-suite bathroom facilities and a private viewing platform looking out on the lagoon. 

The Camp Accommodation in this Mvuu Lodge can be grouped with the nearby Mvuu Camp which sleeps up to 36 guests. Lodge facilities include a dining room, lounge area, extensive wildlife library, a hide overlooking the river and a natural rock swimming pool.

ChildCare Children of 6 years and above are welcome to stay at the Mvuu Lodge and partake in activities with all other guests. Children up to 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room. The minimum age for walking is 13 years and for rhino tracking is 18 years. 

Safari Activities at Mvuu Lodge revolve around boating trips on the Shire River and game drives (morning and afternoon/evening). Nature walks and bike rides are also incredibly popular. The Rhino Tracking Experience is a unique activity that comprises an introduction to the plight of the black rhino, a three-hour guided walk into rhino territory is conducted by armed Rhino Protection Team (RPT) scouts and Wilderness Safaris guides. 

Experience The birdlife around Mvuu Lodge 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, which is home to the only population of Lillian's Lovebird in Malawi and also plays host to the rare Brown-breasted Barbet. The Liwonde National Park is also about people, and a culture tour to one of the villages is recommended.

Mvuu Lodge Liwonde National Park, Malawi

Location The Mvuu Lodge is situated to the south of Lake Malawi in the Liwonde National Park. It overlooks the Shire River, the main drainage river from Lake Malawi.

Getting There Mvuu Lodge can be reached by air from Lilongwe in about one hour and Blantyre in 30 mins. It is also connected with Club Makalola (20 mins) and Likoma (1 hr 15 mins). 

When to go Malawi has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the rainy season, April to July is Malawi's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. Lake Malawi is at its clearest during the summer months, which are also best for bird watching, but game viewing is best in the winter months, when the bushveld is dry and animals seek out the waterholes.