Although only 220 sq miles (580 sq km), Liwonde is perhaps the most popular of all the game parks in Malawi.
It is about 100 miles (160 km) north of Blantyre and only rather more than half that distance from the hotels on the southern Lake shore. Additionally, game viewing is enhanced because the River Shire flows along its western border.
Wildlife includes quite large numbers of elephants and the river attracts countless hippos and crocodiles. Antelope include kudu, sable and bushbuck. There are lions and leopards and, more recently, the black rhino has been re-introduced. Bird life is exceptionally varied. The river attracts fish eagles and weaver birds build their nests in the thin woodland. Pel’s fishing owl is often seen at dusk along the river’s edge.