Mvuu Lodge

Liwonde National Park

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 birds and other life that moves around the river. 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 can be seen.

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Mvuu Lodge

Nestled on the banks of a lagoon just off the Shire River on the western boundary of the wildlife-rich Liwonde National Park. Approximately 4 – 5-hour road transfer from Lilongwe. Flights are also available from Lilongwe.


8 thatched tents, one of which is a honeymoon suite. Room features include:

En-suite bathroom facilities (some of the rooms have baths and indoor and outdoor showers)
Mosquito nets
Private viewing platform looking out on the lagoon

2 Star Beds approximately 4kms away from the Lodge in the southern floodplains - including shower and toilet facilities

Tent Exterior Tent Interior Tent Interior Tent Interior Bathroom Tent Deck Star Beds Star Beds

Restaurant, Lounge, Wildlife Library and Bar
Swimming Pool
Camp fire

View from Dining Area Swimming Pool Lounge, Reception, Dining Area Dining  on the Shire River

Birding, river safaris, nature walks, game drives, night drives, village trips and biking trips. Guests can also visit the hides in the Old Rhino Sanctuary. The Shire River Trail and trips to Njobvu Cultural Village Lodge and Nanthomba School are also popular

Buffalo Incredible Birding Sunset on the Shire River Scenic River Safaris Sable Bee Eaters Game Drive

Children aged 6 years and older are accepted

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

Minimum age for walking activities is 12 years and for boating activities is 6 years

No family rooms but extra beds can be added to rooms

Open all year round

Nanthomba Full Primary School, the Nandumbo Health Centre and community engagement projects are initiatives that are currently facilitated by H.E.L.P. Malawi in Liwonde National Park. Central African Wilderness Safaris has had a long-standing partnership with H.E.L.P Malawi and continues to offer on-the-ground support to key projects where possible. Inspired to build a school outside Liwonde National Park (where Mvuu Camp and Lodge are located) and provide education for the children of the area, three Mvuu employees worked tirelessly with Chris Badger, CAWS Managing Director and a Mvuu guest to create an award winning public school and health center.  

Children in the Wilderness Malawi’s camp programme has been running for more than 15 years. Each year, CAWS closes down one of its camps to paying guests, to host 70 children at three one-week camps. The camps follow a comprehensive curriculum and a variety of activities are conducted to promote learning whilst instilling team work and confidence in the young participants.

Malawi is being deforested very rapidly. Many rural communities are reliant on firewood to cook and to provide warmth and light. The problem is not going to go away any time soon. Initiated by Master Banda and Children in the Wilderness kids, an indigenous nursery was started at Chintheche to provide saplings to communities to begin reforesting their areas. In 2012 a partnership was formed with a Swedish Company, Southbound and its owner, Ralf Holmstrom and formed a tree planting company named Root to Fruit. The company is run on strictly commercial lines. Two plots of land have been purchased and 12 people are permanently employed. To connect Root to Fruit with their eco-tourism operation, CAWS launched the ‘Tree with Every Trip’ initiative, through which guests travelling with the company can opt to add USD 2 to their trip, which will go towards planting a tree in Chintheche and offsetting atleast a small amount of the carbon emissions that their journey might generate.Since its inception Root to Fruit has planted over 100,000 trees.

Children in the Wilderness Malawi HELP Malawi Root to Fruit Root to Fruit Education through CITW

Power Source in camp is solar power in the rooms and generator to run the main area
There is WIFI in the main area of the lodge

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