Liwonde: Hippo heaven
Although comparatively small (580 sq km), Malawi’s number one wildlife destination is hugely popular. With the breathtaking Shire River flowing along its western border, Liwonde offers boat safaris as well as game drives and walking safaris.
And there’s plenty to see. The river is teeming with over 2,000 hippos, plus crocs-aplenty, and it’s a mecca for thirsty elephants. You can go rhino tracking, and visit the fascinating rhino sanctuary here. Liwonde also attracts magnificent birdlife, from raptors to bee-eaters: as you take in the sunset, you’re likely to see Pel’s Fishing Owl along the river’s edge.
There are also leopards, baboons, hyenas, zebra, warthogs, various kinds of antelope and the occasional visiting lion. Stay at rustic lodges like Mvuu, set in the wilderness and surrounded by giant baobab trees, or the tented Liwonde Safari Camp.
How to get there:
Flights to Blantyre from the UK daily from £854*
or call 0844 375 9680
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* fares are correct as of 20 Mar 2013 and are subject to change and availability. Departure is from London Heathrow and a additional supplement applies for all other UK departure airports. Please refer to fare rules before making your booking.