- 5 tented rooms
- 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 (an old ox-bow side channel of the river) where the game can very often be spotted coming down to drink.
The 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
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
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 lifeblood 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
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 games, children should be carefully supervised at all times.
Power supply: Generator
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 minute 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.