IntroductionMalawi's finest national park lies on the banks of the Shire River and Lake Malombe, just south of Lake Malawi. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and elephants are the most commonly sighted large animals, and black rhino, waterbuck, warthogs, bushbuck, baboon, kudu and sable are occasionally seen. Large predators are scarce but include spotted hyena, leopard and the occasional vagrant lion. The best way to see the game is from the river itself, and the lodges in the park organize boat safaris as well as game drives. Liwonde is well-known for its birdlife, and is an excellent place to seek out rarities such as the Pel's fishing owl, white-backed night heron, African skimmer and Boehm's bee-eater. The park is closed December-April during the rainy season. 135 mi/220 km southeast of Lilongwe.
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