This weekend was absolutely amazing! The Lilongwe girls – Alisha, Brittany, Mylan, and I – went to Liwonde National Park to go on safari!
We neglected to plan ahead, and found ourselves making reservations mid-week, and figuring out transportation on Friday afternoon. Maybe not the best idea, but we managed to work it all out and have the weekend!
We left Lilongwe at 4am on Saturday, with our favourite taxi driver, Andrew. The other girls slept and I took pictures of the beautiful sunrise over the quirky mountains of Malawi.
We pulled into the Liwonde Safari Camp at 7:15am and Andrew parked about 2 metres away from an elephant! Marly and David, a couple who are helping the owner out, quickly ran over and got Andrew to back up before we caused an elephant stampede. What a start to the weekend!
We spent the morning relaxing on the property, and after lunch, headed out with another group of 4 visitors to go on a boat safari. The boat safari was wonderful – we spent the afternoon cruising the Shire River and by my estimations, saw over 100 hippos, around 100 elephants, 10 crocodiles, various deer-type animals and birds. It was fantastic!
We returned from the boat safari and shortly thereafter, headed out on a walking safari at dusk. We saw some warthogs, elephants (there were two younger ones fighting!), antelope, hippos – and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
In the evening, we had a huge buffet dinner and chatted with the other 6 visitors, Marly and David, and the owner, Frederick. I was exhausted from the long day, and headed to bed around 9 – only to be woken up by Mylan at 12:30, when the herd of elephants returned and walked right by our raised tent! It was so neat to look out the windows of the tent and see an elephant at eye level, only 2 feet away, ripping branches off the bushes next to us!
On Sunday morning, we got up nice and early again, to head out for a driving safari at 7am. We saw many more antelope, bushbuck, impala, sable, a family of elephants, a few water buffalo, monkeys, birds, and many warthogs.
We spent the afternoon reading on a viewing deck, and Andrew picked us up to return to Lilongwe around 3:30pm. Once again, I got some lovely pictures of the Malawian landscape, this time as the sun was setting.
I would definitely recommend visiting Liwonde if you ever make it to Malawi! We were all so amazed at how many animals there were, and how easy it was to see them – all weekend, we were crazily snapping photos of the each animal, not knowing if it would be the only one we would see, and now I have over 1500 pictures to weed through!
21/10/2013 03:01:27 am
What an awesome safari! Glad you could go and enjoy. It's still on my bucket list.
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