Tented lodge room with one bed

Myuu Wilderness Lodge


  • 5 tented rooms
  • Open
  • All year

Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is named after the Chewa word for hippopotamus – Mvuu – and lives up to its name as a great place to spot a good variety of river wildlife. Situated on the banks of the Shire River in Malawi’s Liwonde National Park, the lodge has five tents on decks and overlooks a lagoon (a old ox-bow side-channel of the river) where game can very often be spotted coming down to drink.


Location: Liwonde National Park, Malawi

Ideal length of stay: 3 – 4 nights

Directions: The lodge has an airstrip five minutes’ drive away and from there it’s a one-hour flight to Lilongwe and a 35-minute flight to Blantyre

Key personnel

Owner: Wilderness Safaris

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: When last we visited, the food at Mvuu was very good.

For Breakfast before the activity, there was always a selection of cereals, fruit salad, toast and a fresh pot of tea or coffee.

Brunches were served in the main bar area – and we only had lunch once during our stay, which was meatballs in a rich spicy tomato sauce, rice and a selection of salads and fresh bread.

Our dinner was served near the fire pit, and accompanied by the munching of an elephant close by! We were served devilled chicken, roasted potatoes and a good selection of vegetables. Pudding was a delicious fruity melba pie, followed by teas and coffees.

Dining style: Group Meals

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: No drinks are included at Mvuu

Special interests

Birdwatching: The best birdwatching is from the boat trips that the lodge offers – notables include the fish eagle, purple-crested turaco (we heard this well before we saw it!), bee-eaters, lilac-breasted rollers, and a great selection of water birds. To my delight we were able to find a painted snipe!

Wildlife safaris: The wildlife in the park centres around the river, the life-blood of the park. Families of elephants can often be found bathing and drinking, and the population of hippos is huge. We were lucky enough to find a group of sable during one of our drives.


Attitude towards children: Children are welcome

Equipment: None

Generally recommended for children: Yes, above the age of 12 due to the game in the area.

Notes: With plenty of elephants around, and other big game, children should be carefully supervised at all times.

Central communications

Power supply: Generator

Communications: None

TV & radio: None

Health & safety

Malarial area: Yes

Medical care: All of the managers are first aid trained – the nearest doctor is in Liwonde which is 45 minutes drive away.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Security measures: There are unarmed night watchmen at night.

Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers outside the rooms and in the common areas.


Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: Laundry is included.

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