Liwonde National Park - A view from our expert author

Malawi’s premier wildlife-viewing destination, this gorgeous national park is known for its impressive density of hippo and elephant.

Dominated by the sluggish Shire River and its lush fringing vegetation, Liwonde National Park evokes every romantic notion of untrammelled Africa, especially at night, when the air resonates with the uninhibited chirruping of frogs and grunting of hippos. And while this 548km² reserve has to rank as a second-string safari destination compared with the continent’s finest, it does offer the finest wildlife viewing and birdwatching in Malawi, and its aesthetic merits – this is the quintessential African river scene – elevate it close to being one of Africa’s truly great game reserves.

Liwonde National Park, Malawi by Dana Allen, Central African Wilderness Safaris

Tail to trunk in Liwonde National Park © Dana Allen, Central African Wilderness Safaris

Back to the top

Malawi articles

View all

Extraordinary experiences connecting with nature

Our pick of the best activities guaranteed to nourish the soul.


9 runs around the world

Some of our favourite alternative marathons from around the world.


Paradise found – Africa’s most exclusive islands

The Caribbean has long been championed as the destination for luxury, but Africa has its fair share of exclusive resorts. 


Related guides and other books

View all