Mvuu Lodge

Liwonde, Malawi

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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.

UNLEASH IT: AT MVUU LODGE THAT OVERLOOKS A TRANQUIL LAGOON WITH CAPTIVATING VIEWS.

 

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.

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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

Mvuu Lodge

Rating                         Classic Camp
Type                           Safari Lodge
No of rooms                 8
Max Occupants             16 guests plus leader/guides
Friendly                       Children
Special Interests           Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                       Liwonde National Park


Accommodation at Mvuu Lodge comprises seven spacious twin bedded tents and one honey moon tent with a double bed and bath for a maximum of 16 guests, each with en-suite bathroom facilities and a private viewing platform looking out on the lagoon.

The accommodation in this camp can be grouped with the nearby Mvuu Camp which sleeps up to 36 guests.

Lodge facilities include a dining room, pub, lounge area, extensive wildlife library, a hide overlooking the river and a natural rock swimming pool.

Electricity & Water
Electricity is provided by a 220v generator. There are no plugs in the tents but can use plugs at reception if necessary. 12v solar lights are used in the tents

Activities
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, conducted by armed Rhino Protection Team (RPT) scouts and Wilderness Safaris guides, and ends with a delicious bush breakfast or dinner. In this way, guests have the unparalleled opportunity of tracking black rhino and seeing them on foot, whilst also getting involved in the practicalities of monitoring - all the while contributing to conservation, as 90% of the fee paid goes to rhino conservation projects in Liwonde. Rhino tracking (limited to two guests of 18 years and above)

Enthusiasts will be able to participate in virtually non-stop birding around Mvuu Lodge. The Liwonde National Park, by its very nature, is about people as well, and no visit to Mvuu Lodge is complete without experiencing the local culture in one of the villages.

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 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 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, included in the nightly tariff
    Payment can be affected by cash or the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard and American
    Express.

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.

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 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.