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Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Lodge
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“Amazing!”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

I booked this in April 2011 in a 'wet season special' for $220 and it was my best ever Hotel or Safari lodge stay! The food was excellent and served either outside by the water or in the dining area overlooking the Shire.

My 'room' or 'lodge' overlooked an inlet and felt very much 'in the action' at night, hearing the birds fly past, hippos in the river, and possibly a lion in the background.

The Safari tours were top-notch and the drivers and guides were very experienced. I would love to go back one day in the dry season and enjoy the hotel and safari facilities all over again.

The early morning walk is worth it, if you can get up before sun rise (e.g. before 5am!)

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

An outrageous $15 per person per night (30% more than Kruger National Park!!!) to camp in a filthy, overcrowded camp site.

2 ablutions between over 40 people - campsite unkempt & filthy - so crowded we had to ask (uncooperative) people to move their tents so we could access our camp site - unhelpful staff - unimaginative restaurant menu (spaghetti, spaghetti, or spaghetti).

The NP is worth a visit, but please, please look at the several other options to camp very close to the gate. Not Mvuu.

Cannot comment on the Lodge itself.

Absolutely NOT recommended.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Our experience with Mvuu was top notch. My father and I took my two children, ages 3 and 4, and they LOVED our three nights at Mvuu. The kids LOVED the playground (swings, slide, sandbox, etc). They also LOVED the resident warthogs. These friendly guys were so enjoyable to watch. We also took six safaris with other families with children. All the families were extremely friendly. Our guide, Duncan, was the best. He is extremely knowledgable and kid friendly. He answers questions like, "What do elephants eat?" and "Why are elephants grey?" He also engaged the kids in guessing names of animals and matching the tracks to the animals. He is very patient and easy-going. The perfect guide. The elephants on the river safaris were gorgeous and active.

In addition, we have very strict dietary needs. Mvuu cooked for us EVERY meal to perfection. Our waiter was extremely attentive. On Malawi Independence Day, Mvuu put on a special celebration full of music and traditional dance. We are so thankful we took place in that experience.

Thank you, Mvuu, for the trip of a lifetime!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Roanoke, Virginia
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Mvuu Wilderness Lodge and Safari is a wonderful experience. Land and river safari experiences are available, and wildlife abounds! Guides are knowledgeable and most informative. The food is heavenly. Lodging accomodations are special. Flowers are placed on the beds with a welcome card. Hippos can be heard (and sometimes seen) from the chalets. The Mvuu staff are friendly, efficient and helpful. I HIGHLY recommend this experience to anyone traveling in Malawi.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Firstly, Mvuu Wilderness Lodge in Liwonde National Park should not be confused with its 'sister' property a little further down the river called Mvuu Camp (we were taken there for dinner and drumming one night - looked nice, though much larger and busier than Mvuu Lodge which we preferred).

Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is one of the most amazing places we have safari-ed, indeed ever stayed at. It is run by Wilderness Safaris, who run lodges in other countries in Southern Africa, and if looking to piece together another trip in Africa we would start with Wilderness Safaris (a) because of their organisational abilities and extra thoughtful touches, and (b) because they tout themselves as first and foremost a conservation and community focussed company, and they seem to stick to their word (from what we could tell at least). They employ and champion people who are from the local communities, some work at the lodges, others build furniture, soft furnishings and the like for the lodges. It feels much much more authentic than other safari lodges we've stayed at in Africa and certainly doesn't feel like some of the "everything's brought in from South Africa / Europe" places that one sometimes finds.

Liwonde National Park is beautiful, with a wide river going through it. The main buildings of the Lodge are sited on the river, and the 'rooms' are sited on a tributory. Everyone gets a water view, and therefore the sounds of hippos at night. The luxury at Liwonde is not seeing other people/vehicles and pretty much having the park to yourself - remember that this is likely to have an impact on the price charged by Mvuu Lodge / Mvuu Camp. More lodges/camps/beds tends to drive prices down, but things then get busier. Liwonde NP will suit people who have done safaris elsewhere, are not looking to tick off the Big 5, and who are looking for a bit more detail from the guides. They have about 600 elephants at Liwonde, rhino and zebra (both in a separate enclosure), hippo, crocs, porcupines, warthogs, mongoose, eland, roan antelope, waterbuck, and much more, but no lions or cheetahs for eg. Birdlife is prolific and impressive. You see all manner of animals and the guides are v v knowledgable, especially with small interesting details. Safaris are in open sided landrovers, on river boats (with a canopy) or by foot. If it's Big 5 action you're looking for, go elsewhere. Liwonde has a more subtle appeal. The landscape moves from river to grassland, to arid bushland then forest, in the space of a ten minute drive.

As for the lodge, wow was it a beautiful spot. About 8 stunning ‘rooms’ (they're more like houses) each overlooking the river, with decks to look at the animals, a hammock, outdoor showers, the biggest bed we've ever seen (swathed in a billowing mosquito net). Seriously romantic. We were woken by the sun rising in front of our tent/hut/cabin/room/house. It was all of these things - the size of a house, with a thatched roof, over 'tent' walls, with a wall of french doors that can be concertina-ed back, and at each 'end' of the 'house' in the gables there were mosquito screens meaning part of the room was 'open-air'. We went out early in the morning and found two eland noshing right there beside us.

The main restaurant building is raised so gets a great view and breezes (the sides are open). Food was good, though not outstanding. 'Hearty' perhaps best describes it. The service in the restaurant was outstanding, with drinks replenished often and special requests noted and remembered.

Our guide was called Matthews. He told us that he is from the local village and he started working at the lodge as a waiter/barman. If you need evidence of how the Wilderness Safari set-up works, Matthews is proof that their approach supercedes other operators. Through long term partnerships with local communities, here was someone who had been able to develop an intricate knowledge on the animals and birdlife we saw. Matthews' guiding and insight was the highlight of our stay.

The lodge has a small swimming pool with a few sunbeds for when you're not out spotting animals.

The pricetag is high there's no denying that. However the Lodge is quiet and private, and has great guides. Wilderness's other lodge/camp, Mvuu Camp, has a mixture of chalets, and self-drivers with their own tents and may be more suitable for groups. Robin Pope Safaris has apparently just acquired a concession in Liwonde NP and it will be interesting to see what their offering is.

Room Tip: Rooms are well spaced and completely private. There is one 'room' closest to the restaurant...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

First time staying at this type of lodge so maybe easily impressed but nonetheless had a great time. All staff were genuinely friendly and knowledgeable with most of the trips being just the two of us and the guide. Were extremely lucky for this time of year, (as normally they migrate north) to witness a troop of 30+ elephants taking to the water at close range from a boat. When we encountered a problem with accommodation previously booked elsewhere that was cancelled at short notice the staff willingly helped sort out an alternative. Met all our expectations.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Arbroath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

Mvuu Lodge in Malawi's Liwonde National Park, where I spent four days, under the management of Wilderness Safaris, is unforgettable. I was collected from a remote rural village by my driver exactly on time, taken to Liwonde by the route that I requested, accommodated in a wonderful lodge and provided with all the game-viewing excursions I wanted. The staff were all delightful, the food good, and the fauna wonderful. I was then transferred seamlessly to Kayak Africa's equally excellent resort on Mumbo Island, collected at the end of that stay and delivered to the airport, where WS's man took charge of the bags. As I stood in the check-in queue, the lady in the Lilongwe office who had been splendid in organising the whole trip phoned to ask me if all had gone well and to wish me a good journey home. I shall certainly be using WS again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Lodge
Address: Liwonde National Park, Liwonde National Park, Malawi (Formerly Wilderness Safaris)
Location: Malawi > Southern Region > Liwonde National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Liwonde National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Central African Wilderness Safaris Mvuu Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mvuu Lodge overlooks a secret, tranquil lagoon just off the Shire River, with the main lounge, dining and bar area set high above the water. Its extensive wildlife library and telescope make the most of the exceptional bird and other life that moves around the river, and the pool is perfect for cooling off at siesta time. Highlights In this lush area, the Shire and its floodplains draw an excellent diversity of animals to feed and drink, including a dense population of hippo, crocodiles and large numbers of elephant as well as sable, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, yellow baboon and waterbuck. Non-stop birding is guaranteed here. The Rhino Tracking Experience is a unique opportunity to join the rhino Protection Team scouts and your guide in tracking rare black rhino on foot; learn about their conservation - and end with a delicious bush breakfast or dinner. No visit is complete without meeting the friendly people of the nearby villages. ... more   less 
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