Weather and Landscape
The days in Liwonde National Park are incredibly hot and guests must remember to drink lots of water to stay well hydrated! We're at the very cusp of the dry season and although temperatures are high, it's possible to see storm clouds approaching in the distance accompanied by extremely powerful winds. It is only a matter of time until the rains arrive, putting an end to the dry season at Mvuu.
The heat and dryness of the park has turned Liwonde's water sources into game magnets. The Shire River draws herds of elephants to its banks throughout the day and they can be viewed with great ease from both the camp and lodge. Waterhole 3 in the rhino sanctuary is one of the park's many jewels - at this time it draws to it an abundance of elephant, bushpig, zebra, sable and buffalo along with a rich variety of birdlife.
A Month of Motherhood
Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of game viewing at this time of year, is the fact that many of the park's impala, elephant, warthogs and vervet monkeys can be seen with their young in tow. The interactions between females and their young are extremely intriguing to watch and allow for one to observe a great deal of protectiveness and caution. Vervet monkey troops can be seen climbing across the tress at camp and meandering up the lodge walkway with their young clasped tightly to their chests.
The Crocodile President Keeps Killing
The large crocodile that resides by the lodge lagoon (fondly called the President), which was seen killing a smaller crocodile last month, was seen with yet another dead crocodile in its grasp a few weeks ago. We've had a flood of great croc sightings, starting on 26th October, including two large crocodiles feeding on the carcass of a dead warthog by the northern side of Old Makhanga. The crocodiles in the Shire have a reputation for being extremely aggressive; they can often be seen basking on one of the sandbanks opposite Mvuu Camp and Lodge.
The Black Rhino Tracking Operation
Wildlife Vet Pete Morkel and the tracking team carried out a rhino conservation project and successfully fitted microchips in a number of rhino. This rhino operation was put in place to increase our surveillance of this endangered species and we hope that, as we continue to track, collar and monitor them, we can help ensure their continued protection.
David's Peculiar Encounter
"We were cruising along the Shire River with guests when we came across two male waterbuck fighting by the river bank. As the battle heightened, one waterbuck became tired and walked away towards the water's edge (which was teeming with basking crocodiles). In a matter of minutes a crocodile pounced on the unsuspecting waterbuck and dragged it into the water. In a twist to this "circle of life" type story, a big hippo which was resting nearby came to the rescue, charging at the crocodile and creating a window of opportunity for the waterbuck to escape from the crocodile's jaws and run onto dry land. As the wounded waterbuck tried to get further inland, the other waterbuck that it was fighting with chased it back towards the river's edge where a larger crocodile managed to grab it and disappeared into deeper waters with it in a flash."
"Great buzz with the staff - excellent hospitality and good guiding." - Kingsley Holgate.
"Excellent - especially Tom and Mathews, they provided us with service at its best and made our time at Mvuu very memorable."