Mvuu Camp Hippo

Mvuu Camp

Family-friendly chalets and campsite on the Shire River

In Liwonde National Park

A profusion of hippo, crocodiles, elephants and amazing birdlife, Mvuu Camp is an ideal location for some amazing safari activities.

Rebecca recently visited this fun Camp where she met an eclectic group of travellers from all over the world. Mvuu Camp strikes the balance between lively and incredibly family-friendly, but also peaceful and wild, as you should expect to find in such a remote nature reserve.

Mvuu, or 'hippo', Camp overlooks a broad stretch of the Shire River in Liwonde National Park. The Shire River, with its profusion of hippo, crocodiles and amazing birdlife, is an ideal location for some amazing safari activities, as well as enjoying sundowners by the shore. Mvuu Camp’s sister camp, Mvuu Wilderness Lodge, is more luxurious, offering the same activities. Mvuu Camp’s airstrip can be reached by one-hour flight from Lilongwe, or reach the camp by road in four hours with a final boat transfer across the Shire river.

The camp is a clever mix of stone and canvas chalets and specially-designed family tents. The accommodation comprises 13 chalets under a thatched roof, including five family two-bedroom chalets, as well as a nearby campsite. The rustic bedrooms are light and airy, with gauze windows allowing a breeze to flow through. An impressive thatched dining and lounge area offers a magnificent river vista that is framed by two large baobab trees. Dinners are sometimes held under the stars in a specially constructed boma.

Mvuu Camp offers a variety of activities including boat safaris on the Shire River, game drives, nature walks, a three-hour Rhino Tracking Experience (with most of the proceeds going to rhino conservation) and non-stop birding. Trips to community projects in nearby villages and Nanthomba School are also popular.

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