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Although only 220 sq miles (580 sq km), Liwonde is perhaps the most popular of all the game parks in Malawi.

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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.

Boat trips, guided walks and night drives and excellent guides make this a must see in Malawi.

The best time to visit the park is during the dry season from April to October. During this time, the bush is dry and open, making game easier to spot.

There are three seasons in the area:
November – March
When the rains begin, the conditions are generally hot and wet. Humidity peaks during January and February, and the bush is thick, making it difficult to spot game. However, Liwonde is magically turned from a dust bowl into an emerald paradise during this time, and is particularly beautiful.

April – August
Temperatures are cooler and rainfall drops during this period. It is advisable to take warmer clothing for activities during the early morning and evenings or on the river, particularly in July and August.

September – October
Temperatures are extremely high and it is very hot and dry during these months. The landscape is sparse and dry with limited vegetation cover, but game viewing is amazing.
 
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