Located at the southern tip of Lake Malombe in the south of Malawi, Liwonde National Park is truly a national treasure worth experiencing. While Malawi is not as well known for the big game as other African countries, Liwonde is brimming with wildlife that literally sits at your doorstep making this national park the most popular in the country.
It is a must-see attraction for anyone wishing to make the most of their time in the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’.
HISTORY AND CONSERVATION
Liwonde National Park was proclaimed in 1973 after Chief Liwonde championed for its recognition as an area of importance for Malawian wildlife heritage. To this day a committee comprised of local village chiefs, farmers, a judiciary, and Wilderness Safaris (who manage the Mvuu Wilderness Lodge and Camp) continue the most active conservation work in the country. They also work hard to expand community development projects around the park, which play an important role in the success of Liwonde National Park as a safari destination.
TRAVEL TO THE PARK
Blantyre, the commercial capital of Malawi, is the closest city to Liwonde with a travel time of only 30 to 40 minutes by plane. However, visitors may prefer to travel from the capital city, Lilongwe, which is in the center of the country and only a little further afield. With the availability of an airstrip in the park, a common option for visitors is to travel by chartered flight.