Everything about the holiday was just perfect. Elsa's Kopje was brilliant - we were the only guests until the last evening so they took really good care of us.
Liwonde National Park
Liwonde is Malawi's premier wildlife park with a very healthy population of elephant and a river overflowing with crocodile and hippo, there are also a number of antelope species including the beautiful sable antelope. There is a programme to re introduce species which were once endemic to the area into the park and rhino, eland. wildebeest, roan, hartebeest and zebra are all now present.
The park lies to the south of Lake Malawi and includes Lake Malombe, The Shire River and Eastern Upper Shire Plain.
A safari in Liwonde can be easily combined with a few days on the shores of Lake Malawi.
The park is well managed and the varied scenery very attractive which compensates for the slightly lower variety of mammals to be found here. It is also a paradise for bird watchers with over 400 of the 650 species found in Malawi spotted here. Birdlife in Liwonde National Park includes Boehm's and Carmine Bee-eatrs, numerous weavers and bishops. Raptors include the African Fish Eagle, Palm-nut vultures, Western Banded and Brown Snake Eagles. The excellent guides take you on boat trips and guided walks, as well as night drives
The best time to visit Liwonde for a safari is between May and November when it is drier.