Liwonde National Park
From Blantyre heading north on the Zomba Road, the most prolific national park in Malawi is found, Liwonde National Park. Liwonde National Park is perfectly situated along the magnificent Shire River and visitors can either choose to enter the park by driving through the main park road, which is always in good condition during the dry season, or the best option is to take a boat transfer up the mighty Shire River and arrive at your Malawi lodge in true safari style! Liwonde National Park is well known for it’s high population of elephants and the park also boasts of rhinos, buffalos, hyenas, and zebras as well as the famous hippos and crocodiles who spend their days on the banks of the river.
For visitors staying in Blantyre, it is possible to go for day game drives and enjoy lunch at one of the lodges before returning later in the afternoon to Blantyre. Other activities like sunset cruises, overnight river boat cruises and safaris can be organized as well as cultural visits in the nearby Njobvu Village.
Majete Wildlife Reserve
Driving south from Blantyre towards the great Lower Shire Valley, one will witness the stunning views offered by this unique escarpment road. The most inspiring game reserve, Majete Wildlife Reserve, is reached just 2 hours from Blantyre making it ideal for day visits as well as overnight stays. The road winds through hillside villages and visitors can watch local people doing there daily chores and selling different goods on the side of the road. Breath taking views and amazing features of the Shire River can be seen as you drive down the winding road as the temperature rises. The main entrance into the park is reached through a well-kept dirt road which is 17km away from the main road.
Once in the park it is possible to go on game drives with or without a guide and enjoy your lunch at the lodge restaurant or have a picnic at one of the parks view points. Majete Wildlife Reserve has recently been taken over by African Parks and has a good stock of wildlife within it’s boundaries including, elephants, eland, nyala, warthog, zebra, waterbucks and many more. Game drives can be spiced up by stopping at a stunning view point overlooking Kapichira Falls which is the source of hydro-electrical power in Malawi.