Built in a tranquil, secluded location on the banks of a palm-fringed lagoon just off the Shire River, Mvuu Wilderness Lodge lies within the Lilongwe National Park, Malawi’s premiere wildlife-viewing destination.
Often rated as the best safari lodge in the country, Mvuu offers an intimate and exclusive bush camp experience, featuring 8 spacious tents, each with en-suite bathrooms (complete with sunken stone baths and outdoor showers), huge beds and a private deck overlooking the lagoon. High on style and home comforts, there’s regular afternoon tea with homemade cakes and lodge guests simply have to bang a drum to order room service.
The main building at Mvuu is set away from the river, on higher ground, and facilities here include a thatched dining area (which serves hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners), a bar, lounge, and a small, natural rock swimming pool. There’s also a communal viewing deck, complete with telescope (there are over 300 species of bird here to keep an eye on), and a library of field guides to the local flora and fauna.
While Lilongwe is not a guaranteed big 5 destination, the wildlife on view in and around Mvuu is still spectacular, and the lodge organises boat trips, walks, bike rides and traditional game drives (day and night), all in aid of experiencing dense populations of hippo and Nile crocodile, as well as large numbers of elephant, sable, impala and waterbuck.