The Shire and its floodplains draw all manner of animals to feed and drink. There are incredible opportunities to track the rhino here and see amazing birds.

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.

Mvuu Camp which is a few minutes drive from the lodge offers a more affordable option with 5 twins and 5 family units as well as a large restaurant and bar area, boma area and swimming pool.

Activities include boat safaris, walks, birding, and traditional game drives by day and night. The Rhino Tracking Experience is a two- to three-hour guided drive and walk, tracking the endangered black rhino and learning how they are monitored and conserved. No visit to Mvuu is complete without a visit to one of the villages on its boundaries to experience authentic African village life.

Our Rating:  4 Hand Rating

Location: 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. Scheduled flights available 3 times a week from Lilongwe

Number Rooms: 8 tents, one of which is a honeymoon suite

Room Features: en-suite bathroom facilities (some of the rooms have baths and indoor and outdoor showers), mosquito nets, bathrobes and private viewing platform looking out on the lagoon

Power Source: solar power/ solar water and back up generator

Other Features: dining room, lounge area, wildlife library, swimming pool

Activities: track the rhino (extra charge), birding, river safaris, nature walks, game drives, night drives, village trips and biking trips

Child Policy: children aged 6 and older are welcomed

Season: open all year