Mvuu Camp

Liwonde, Malawi

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Mvuu Camp

Mvuu Camp offers a wide range of options including camping, self-catering and full board rates, as well as a range of activities. The activities on offer are the same as those offered at Mvuu Wilderness Lodge, but the camp is better suited either to families or those on a budget, as rates are more reasonable.

UNLEASH IT: ALONG THE SHIRE RIVER THAT DRAWS ALL FAUNA TO ITS BANKS.

 

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

A particularly rewarding way of arriving at Mvuu Camp is via the boat trip from Liwonde town. This river trip takes guests 30 km along the Shire River (pronounced Shiree), offering an excellent chance to see both game and birds amongst the ever-changing vegetation.

Your Stay
Mvuu Camp is a clever mix of stone and canvas chalets and specially-designed family tents, which total 12 units or 48 beds. An impressive thatched dining and lounge area offers a magnificent river vista that is framed by two large baobab trees. Dinners are sometimes held under the stars in a specially constructed boma. A custom-built education and conference centre with facilities for up to 40 delegates or smaller corporate and team building functions is available. The camp overlooks a broad stretch of the Shire River with a profusion of wildlife and the amazing birdlife of the Liwonde National Park.

Wildlife
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. It also boasts large numbers of impala, reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog and the majestic sable - which is rare anywhere else in Africa today. A dense population of hippo can be found in the Shire River and monstrous Nile crocodile are found lazing on the sandbanks.

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.

Experience
Activities at Mvuu Camp 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 wide range of options include boating trips on the Shire River, game drives, nature walks, a three-hour Rhino Tracking Experience (with 90% of the fee going to rhino conservation) and non-stop birding.

The activities on offer are the same as those offered at Mvuu Wilderness Lodge, but the camp is better suited either to families or those on a budget, as rates are more reasonable.

Getting There

The Mvuu Camp 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. It 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).

 
Mvuu Camp Liwonde, Malawi

Mvuu Camp

Rating                          Adventure Camp
Type                            Safari Lodge
No of rooms                  12
Max Occupants              34 guests plus leader/guides
Friendly                        Children
Interests                       Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                       Liwonde National Park


Standard Tents
There are seven twin bedded chalets. The twin beds can be moved together to make a double bed.

Family Tents
There are five family units with two beds per room. The bathroom is shared by both rooms.

Leader/ Guides Tents
Guides/tour leaders are accommodated in guest accommodation if available, otherwise in staff quarters.

Tent details
Mvuu Camp tents are built of canvas and stone and have en-suite facilities with shower. Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents are supplied. The tent is mosquito proofed and there is a private veranda.

Camp Description
The Main Area comprises of dining room and bar under thatch. There is a swimming pool, an education Centre and children’s play area. An internet café and library is available.

Electricity & Water
Camp has 220v generator powered electricity that is used for emergency. Plug points are available in each room for charging of batteries and sleep apnoea machines only. Please bring spare battery, charging unit and adaptors. 12v solar lights are used in the chalets.

Activities
The highlight here are the superb river cruises where guests may get close to wildlife and birdlife.
There is a black rhino reintroduction programme and it is possible (with special permission) to visit the Rhino Sanctuary in the Park, which also has reintroduced Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and buffalo.
Rhino tracking (limited to two guests of 18 years and above)

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
Morning wakeup call is at 0600h followed by a game walk. Return for breakfast before taking a boat safari and returning the camp for lunch. Afternoon game drives are at 1600h until sunset. Dinner, table d’hôte or occasionally curry buffet or braai (barbecue)

Seasons
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 30 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 09 December 2013
    High Season: 01 July 2013 to 31 October 2013 & 10 December 2013 to 10 January 2014


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of all ages are accommodated 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 activities is 13 years and for boating activities it is 6 years.
    The minimum age for rhino tracking is 18 years.

Other Policies
    Drinks are not included in the nightly tariff and are charged to the guests’ account.
    Daily service for a small locally paid charge.
    Payment can be affected by cash or the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard.
    Cards attract a 6% processing fee.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:          2:00 PM
    Check out:     12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:    1 night

 

Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park, covering 548km2, is considered the most prolific wildlife area in Malawi. The Shire River—the country's largest river and Lake Malawi's only outlet—forms the Park's western boundary and harbours a dense population of hippo, crocodiles and large numbers of elephant. Extensive flood plains surrounding the Shire sport dense riverine vegetation fringed by numerous borassus palms and baobabs.

Antelope such as impala, waterbuck, reedbuck and bushbuck are plentiful along the banks. In the east, relatively dry mopane woodlands are interspersed with candelabra trees, an area favoured by buffalo, yellow baboon and Lichtenstein's hartebeest. Sable occur at one of the highest densities in Africa and offer fantastic viewing, while one of only two breeding groups of black rhino in Malawi reside in the Park. Nearly 30o bird species occur here, with specials such as Bohm's Bee-eater, Livingstone's Flycatcher, Pel's Fishing-Owl, Lilian's Lovebird and Brown-breasted Barbet.

Birdlife
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. 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 home to the only population of Lillian's Lovebird in Malawi and also plays host to the rare Brown-breasted Barbet.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

Malawi has a hot sub-tropical climate with cool dry winters (May to October) and warm wet summers (November to April). 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.

Avoid the mid-summer months of January and February when temperatures can get uncomfortably hot and humid, rainfall is at its highest - and so is the risk of malaria - while some of the roads in the national parks becomes impassable.

Visa
For tourist visits, visas are NOT required by citizens of UK and most Commonwealth countries, the USA, Japan, most European Union countries and certain other countries. However, a full valid passport is required for entry into Malawi.

Health
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Check with your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.

Please note:
There is no risk of yellow fever in Malawi. The government of Malawi requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the UK.


Getting There

The Mvuu Camp 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. It 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).