Liwonde National Park is located along the Upper Shire River, borders Lake Malombe, and lies at the southern end of Lake Malawi. It remains one of the hottest and most humid areas in all of Malawi. The Park features a variety of habitats including deciduous woodlands, open grasslands, mopane woodlands, and riverine swamps. Liwonde is home to various game with a healthy population of elephants, crocodiles, hippo’s, Burchell’s zebras, warthogs, greater kudu, baboon, water buck, mongoose, impala, vervet monkey, and bush buck. Black rhinoceros are rarely seen, but do reside in the area as well. Some common predators within the Park that can be viewed are lions, leopard, jackal, and serval. Most of these species can be seen by your typical 4X4 safari drive or for those more daring, Liwonde offers a canoe safari tour where tourists can get up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles, and other wildlife.
Another highlight of Liwonde is its exceptional bird watching and vast array of species living within the Park. Home to some uniquely rare species like palmnut vultures, Pel’s fishing owls, Lilian’s lovebirds, and ospreys; it is a haven for any bird lover. One of the more common species seen most frequently is the African Fish Eagle, Malawi’s official bird and one of the main attractions of the Park.