Mvuu Camp

Liwonde National Park, 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. There are 12 tents, built of canvas and stone with en-suite facilities.

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. Rich birdlife include over 650 bird species in the Liwonde National Park.

Activities at Mvuu Camp revolve around boating trips on the Shire River and game drives. 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.

We Love
  • Mvuu Camp 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
  • Explore the Shire River on a boating trip to see hippo and wild animals
Need to Know
  • Mvuu Camp is an Adventure Safari Lodge with 12 comfortable tents
  • Activities undertaken are birding, nature walks, game drives and boating
  • Located in in the Liwonde National Park, central-south of the country
  • Best for Family, Wildlife, Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism



Stay Mvuu Camp is an Adventure Safari Lodge with 12 comfortable tents. The camp is a clever mix of stone and canvas chalets and specially-designed family tents, which total 48 beds. There are seven twin bedded chalets and five family units with two beds per room. The bathroom is shared by both rooms. Guides/tour leaders are accommodated in guest accommodation if available, otherwise in staff quarters.

The Camp The main Mvuu Camp area comprises of dining room and bar under thatch with magnificent river vista, framed by two large baobab trees. Dinners are sometimes held under the stars in a specially constructed boma. The camp overlooks a broad stretch of the Shire River with a profusion of wildlife and the amazing birdlife of the Liwonde National Park. There is a swimming pool, an education Centre and children’s play area. An internet café and library is available. 

ChildCare Children of all ages are welcome to stay at the Mvuu Camp 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 boating activities is 6 years, walking activities is 13 years and rhino tracking is 18 years.

Safari Daily routine at the Mvuu Camp begins with morning wakeup call at 0600h followed by a game walk. Return for breakfast before taking a boat safari and returning to the camp for lunch. Afternoon game drives are at 1600h until sunset. Dinner, table d’hôte or occasionally curry buffet or braai (barbecue).

Experience The highlight at the Mvuu Camp 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 to visit the Rhino Sanctuary in the Park, which also has reintroduced Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and buffalo. Rhino tracking is limited to two guests of 18 years and above. Also, the birdlife here is prolific, probably the best year-round birding in Southern Africa.

Mvuu Camp Liwonde National Park, Malawi

Location 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.

Getting There Mvuu Camp 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.