Mvuu Lodge Camp

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Liwonde National Park, our next destination.  With high hopes Carlos inquires at the gate weather or not they have Roan Antelope.  The ranger confirms that they indeed have Roan Antelope and that they are in the same enclosure as the Black Rhino.

Liwonde, although dry, has a life line in the form of the Shire River flowing through it.  Probably the river with the most water we have seen in Malawi.  There is life in abundance in and around it.  The green areas is a delight to the eye after having traveled through long stretches of desperately dry country.

As an added bonus Liwonde had just had a good shower the day before our arrival.  Pools of water can still be seen everywhere and the trees seem to have sprouted new green leafs over night.  I call the colour of the new leafs  "fresh green" . One of my most favorite colours.  It is an absolute pleasure to drive through the park.

Elephants in Liwonde have a great affinity for Baobab trees.  Just about every second or third tree has been disfigured or in some cases completely destroyed by the elephants.  When I have time I would like to find out why they go for the Baobab in particular.

Just as in most of the other Game parks we visited, Warthogs or Bushpigs can be found here in great numbers.  Most of the adults have three or more little ones.  They are comical to watch at the best of times. The little ones are so cute and yet so ugly. In the Mvuu Camp they have become part of the furniture, so to speak.  They roam around and are not at all put off by the many humans that visit their home.

Mvuu Camp is lovely! Well run and in a good state.  it is situated on the Shire Rivers banks with amazing view up and down stream.  They offer boat safari's and game drives. Although we normally do self drives, Carlos signed up for one as it would be the only way we could get access to the enclosure where both the Black Rhino and the Roan Antelope can be found

Shortly after sunset Carlos returned with no sighting of an Roan Antelope to speak of.  Sad, sad situation.  They saw the Rhino - even at close distance, Sable and others but no Roan Antelope.  We will have to look elsewhere.

Late afternoon and through the night one can hear the deep sounds of the hippo coming from the river.  We could not help but remember the poor hippo's of Katavi when we saw these lucky hippos in enough water for at least 3 parks. 

Next morning a hippo waltzed through camp pass our tent. We had been down to the river just a couple of minutes before.  Thank goodness we did not cross paths.  It had been grazing somewhere during the night and was on its way back to the river. The Warthogs came to inspect the new comer but soon lost interest.  Carlos followed it all they way to the river.  This is the kind on unexpected happenings that makes parks interesting.

Today we are off to Lake Malawi once again.  This time Monkey Bay and Cape Maclear.


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