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Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp
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“Beautiful Nature Park”
Reviewed May 10, 2014

We had a wonderful 2 night stay at Mvuu Camp. It was luxury chalet accommodation right on the Shire River with a deck to view crocodiles and hippos at a safe distance. The staff have customer service down to a science and since it is a maximum 40 person venue, you feel very welcomed and get lots of attention. The safari guides are very knowledgeable and we loved both the morning boat and evening drive. Walks are also arranged. The price is substantial but great value as it includes all meals, afternoon tea-etc. The food was buffet style and delicious with vegetarian options always a available. Fresh hot muffins or scones in the morning! I cannot say enough about the kind,polite and hard working staff. We booked with Wilderness Safaris in Blantyre with Saira who was very helpful.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Marketing M, Marketing Manager at Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp, responded to this review, August 3, 2015
Thank you for your kind words, and for choosing to stay at Mvuu Camp. All the best. Richard and the CAWS team.
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

I visited Mvuu camp when I was 3 months pregnant and was accompanied by my daughter and a niece both 13 years. we had a fantastic one night at the camp and another night at the lodge. The food was fantastic! the staff so amazing. The morning boat rides were really soothing - we spent time watch elephants bathing and showing off! hippos and crocs were plenty. The evening safari rides with stop overs to watch the sun set was great. I would love to share this exciting experience with my entire family and friends - one day I will come back!

Room Tip: All the rooms in the lodge are amazing
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Marketing M, Marketing Manager at Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp, responded to this review, August 3, 2015
Thank you for your review - we look forward to your return! Richard and the CAWS team.
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

These luxury tents are located on the banks of the Shire river. They took us on a boat transfer from the Hippo Lodge (about 45 min)...great ride! Kids enjoyed seeing the water animals... Staff is fantastic. Our guide Danger was extremely knowledgable and kind. Room was comfortable for being in the middle of the bush...

  • Stayed March 2014
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear Milenadi,

Thank you for your great review of our camp.

One of Africa’s more densely populated countries, Malawi is primarily well-known for the warmth and friendliness of its people, and we are thrilled that we were able to share our great staff with you.

Thank you again and we hope to welcome you and your family back to our camp soon.
The Mvuu Camp Team.
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

We had a wonderful two rainy season nights and 3 days. The boat transfer in was great, passing an amazing herd of elephant. We enjoyed boat, foot and car game viewing with Duncan who was highly knowledgeable and very funny. Comfortable accomodation and good food and drink from Billy and Max, when the vervet monkeys did not grab it first! Extraordinary to be in a park with virtually no other visitors and so many elephants, water buffalo, hippo, crocs, antelope and birds of all sorts. Really good all round!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Marketing M, Marketing Manager at Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp, responded to this review, August 3, 2015
Glad you enjoyed the boat transfer to the camp - it certainly is a great introduction to the park! Richard and the CAWS team.
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Standon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Mvuu Camp is located on the banks of the Shire River in the Liwonde National Park and thus is surrounded by a wide range of wildlife. Boat trips in the morning introduce you to hippos, crocs, elephants bathing, and a wonderful array of birds. Motor trips in the evening bring you close to elephants, buffalo, zebra, herds of various deer, hogs, small mammals and lots of birds. Neither the lion nor the rhino made an appearance, but that didn't in any way detract from the experience of being with an excellent guide in amongst the wildlife. Our guide was very experienced, clearly knowledgeable, and delightful company.
The camp itself is comfortable and well organised, the food is simple but good, and the staff are excellent.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Marketing M, Marketing Manager at Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp, responded to this review, August 3, 2015
Thank you for your review, and for choosing to stay at Mvuu Camp. We hpe to see you again soon! Richard and the CAWS team.
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Leicester
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

We stayed here for three nights in September 2013. We intended to camp but after looking at the situation of the lodges here - right by the river Shire - and discovering from the extremely welcoming and friendly staff that one of them was vacant, we opted for the lodge instead! This camp/lodge site is fantastic. The lodge and restaurant/bar are of a superb standard. The food is top notch - how they transport it in and cook it as they do, amazing! Most of all, the location and the guides make this unmissable if you are in search of wildlife. The birds and animals in, on, and alongside the river are stunning, and you see them all in close-up. Our guide was a lovely chap by the name of Angel and we cruised up and down the river, and drove through the bush for three days and saw everything but a rhino! It was very dry when we were there (they were pumping water from the river down to the watering holes in the rhino sanctuary) but it was still an amazing experience. Fully recommended. Camp if you desire (the site is very good) but bag a lodge if you can stretch your budget.

Room Tip: The camp site is situated behind the lodges so you do not have a direct view of the river but I am s...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marketing M, Marketing Manager at Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp, responded to this review, August 3, 2015
Thank you for sharing your experience of Mvuu Lodge. We're extremely pleased you had such a fantastic stay with us. Take care. Richard and the CAWS team.
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

really enjoyed the overnight stay at mvuu camp, lovely ghalet, just sitting the on the veranda watching the elephants was terrific. our guide, macleod was excellent; do get up for the early morning walk, sneaking up on elephants in the early hours can't be beaten.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp

Property: Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp
Address: Liwonde National Park, Liwonde National Park, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Southern Region > Liwonde National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Liwonde National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set amongst large, shady trees along the banks of the surging Shire River, Mvuu Camp offers a charming setting for those wishing to explore the country’s premier wildlife haven. Being Malawi’s largest river, the Shire attracts hordes of mammals and birds. Whether you are staying in one of our 12 attractive en-suite units or in the nearby campsite, you will find the atmosphere lively and dynamic. The impressive thatched dining and lounge area offers magnificent vistas over the river, framed by two large baobab trees. For those wishing to cool off in the midday heat there is an inviting pool. The camp is completed by a traditional boma for dining under the stars. Did you know?Since our inception into Liwonde in 1994, large areas of the Park have been rehabilitated; some 500 local people currently benefit financially from our camps.The diverse landscape includes relatively dry mopane woodlands interspersed with candelabra trees, patches of miombo, palm savannah and numerous baobabs on extensive floodplains and dense riverine vegetation.Your activities will include boating, game drives (day and night) and cultural visits to villages.Mvuu means ‘hippo’ in Tonga, referring to the large numbers that occur here. The Park is also home to elephant, rare black rhino, sable, waterbuck, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and, rarely, lion.The prolific bird life seen include African Skimmer, Palmnut Vulture and White-backed Night-Heron. ... more   less 
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Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Camp Malawi/Liwonde National Park

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