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Lengwe National Park Safaris

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Exodus Safaris is very pleased to present Lengwe Safaris, an immersive adventure into the untouched wilderness of Lengwe National Park in Malawi. Situated in the southern region of the country, Lengwe National Park is a hidden gem renowned for its diverse ecosystems, pristine landscapes, and abundant wildlife. With a dedication to sustainable tourism and conservation, Lengwe Safaris curated by Exodus Safaris offer travelers a unique opportunity to explore this remote corner of Africa while contributing to its preservation.

Starting a Lengwe Safari with Exodus Safaris promises an unforgettable journey filled with thrilling wildlife encounters and breathtaking scenery. Led by experienced guides with intimate knowledge of the park, participants embark on game drives, walking safaris, and birdwatching excursions, allowing for close encounters with a variety of species including elephants, antelopes, baboons, and a myriad of birdlife.

From the lush riverine forests to the open savannahs, Lengwe Safaris provide travelers with the chance to connect with nature and gain insights into the delicate balance of ecosystems within the park. With comfortable accommodations and personalized service, Lengwe Safaris with Exodus Safaris offer a truly authentic and enriching safari experience that celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of Malawi’s Lengwe National Park.

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What to Do on the Lengwe National Park Safari

Game Drives

Game drives are the primary and most popular activity in Lengwe National Park. Experienced guides and rangers will take you on a safari vehicle to explore the park’s various habitats and seek out its wildlife. You can expect to see animals such as impalas, bushbucks, kudus, sables, baboons, leopards, and spotted hyenas. Game drives are typically conducted in the early morning and late afternoon when animals are most active.

Bird Watching

Lengwe National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers. With over 300 species of birds, including raptors, waterfowl, and songbirds, the park offers fantastic bird-watching opportunities. Bring your binoculars and a field guide to identify the many avian species you’ll encounter.

Nature Walks

Guided nature walks are a great way to experience the park up close and at a slower pace. Knowledgeable guides will lead you on walking safaris through the park’s diverse ecosystems, pointing out interesting flora and fauna along the way.

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Picnicking

Many parts of the park have designated picnic areas where you can relax and enjoy a meal while surrounded by the natural beauty of Lengwe National Park. Be sure to bring your own food and supplies.

Wildlife Photography

Lengwe National Park provides excellent opportunities for wildlife photography. Capture the stunning landscapes, diverse animal species, and birdlife while on your safari. It’s important to bring appropriate camera equipment and be mindful of the park’s rules and guidelines regarding photography.

Cultural Experiences

Some safari operators may offer cultural experiences that allow you to interact with the local communities and learn about the culture and traditions of the people living near the park. This can provide a well-rounded view of the region.

Night Drives

Some safari operators offer night drives, providing a chance to spot nocturnal animals such as leopards, hyenas, and nightjars. These excursions often require special permits and are subject to park regulations.

Relax and Enjoy Nature

Part of the appeal of Lengwe National Park is the opportunity to relax and immerse yourself in nature. Whether you’re simply gazing at the stars, enjoying a sunset, or listening to the sounds of the wilderness, taking in the natural beauty of the park is a vital part of the safari experience.

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When is the best month to travel to Lengwe National Park?

Lengwe National Park in January

  • Weather: Warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F).
  • Wildlife: January is a great time for birdwatching as many migratory bird species can be spotted. Additionally, you can see elephants, hippos, and various antelope species.
  • Events: No major events, but it’s an excellent time for a birdwatching safari.

Lengwe National Park in February

  • Weather: Similar to January, warm and sunny.
  • Wildlife: The wildlife viewing remains consistent, with a focus on birdwatching and opportunities to see larger mammals.
  • Events: No major events, but it’s a great time for a general wildlife safari.
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Lengwe National Park in March

  • Weather: The end of the rainy season, with temperatures remaining warm. Some showers may still occur.
  • Wildlife: The landscape is lush, and it’s a good time for birdwatching and observing the birth of many animal species.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a safari focusing on newborn animals and the lush greenery.
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Lengwe National Park in April

  • Weather: The end of the rainy season, with occasional showers. Temperatures remain warm.
  • Wildlife: April offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities as animals gather around water sources. Birdwatching is still rewarding.
  • Events: No major events, but it’s an ideal time for a general wildlife safari.

Lengwe National Park in May

  • Weather: Dry season begins, with warm temperatures.
  • Wildlife: May is a good time to see a variety of wildlife as animals congregate around water sources. Birdwatching remains excellent.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a safari focusing on the concentration of animals around waterholes.

Lengwe National Park in June

  • Weather: Dry and cool, with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 25°C (50°F to 77°F).
  • Wildlife: The dry season continues, making wildlife easier to spot. Elephants, lions, and other large mammals are commonly seen.
  • Events: No major events, but it’s an ideal time for a general wildlife safari.

Lengwe National Park in July

  • Weather: Dry and cool, with temperatures similar to June.
  • Wildlife: Wildlife viewing is excellent, with a focus on larger mammals. July is also a good time for birdwatching.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a safari with a focus on larger mammals and birdwatching.

Lengwe National Park in August

  • Weather: Dry and cool, similar to July.
  • Wildlife: August is a prime time for wildlife viewing, especially for larger mammals. Birdwatching opportunities continue.
  • Events: No major events, but it’s an ideal time for a general wildlife safari.

Lengwe National Park in September

  • Weather: Dry and warming up, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F).
  • Wildlife: Wildlife viewing remains excellent. September is a good time to see a variety of animals in their natural habitat.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a safari with a focus on diverse wildlife.

Lengwe National Park in October

  • Weather: Warm and dry, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 35°C (68°F to 95°F).
  • Wildlife: October is a great time for wildlife viewing, as animals are still congregating around water sources. Birdwatching is rewarding.
  • Events: No major events, but it’s an ideal time for a general wildlife safari.

Lengwe National Park in November

  • Weather: The beginning of the rainy season, with temperatures remaining warm.
  • Wildlife: Wildlife viewing is still good, although vegetation starts to become denser. Birdwatching remains a highlight.
  • Events: No major events, but consider a safari with a focus on birdwatching.
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Lengwe National Park in December

  • Weather: The rainy season, with occasional heavy showers. Temperatures remain warm.
  • Wildlife: Wildlife viewing is still possible, but vegetation may hinder visibility. Birdwatching is a highlight.
  • Events: No major events, but it’s an ideal time for a birdwatching safari.
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FAQ about Lengwe Safaris

  • The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, zebras, baboons, and over 300 species of birds.
  • Yes, Lengwe National Park is in a malaria-prone region, so it's important to take necessary precautions, such as malaria prophylaxis and using mosquito nets.

Lengwe National Park experiences a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. The dry season typically runs from May to September, while the rainy season is from December to March.

There are various lodges and campsites in the vicinity of Lengwe National Park, offering a range of accommodations from basic camping to more comfortable lodges.

You can reach Lengwe National Park by road from major cities in Malawi. The closest airport is Chileka International Airport in Blantyre, from where you can arrange for transportation to the park.

Yes, the region is inhabited by the Lomwe people, and some safari operators offer cultural excursions to learn about the local way of life.

5 Best Accommodations While On Lengwe Safaris

Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve Campsite (Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve)

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Offering a rustic yet authentic safari experience, the Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve Campsite is situated within the Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve, adjacent to Lengwe National Park. Visitors can pitch tents or park their RVs in designated areas surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African bush. Facilities are basic, with shared ablution blocks and limited amenities, but the real draw is the opportunity to immerse oneself in nature. Campers can enjoy self-guided game drives, birdwatching, and bushwalks, all while enjoying the tranquility of the reserve. Approximate price: $10 – $20 per night.

Mwembezi Lodge (Chikwawa District)

Nestled on the banks of the Shire River, Mwembezi Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a picturesque setting just a short drive from Lengwe National Park. The lodge features spacious chalets with en-suite bathrooms and private verandas overlooking the river, where hippos and crocodiles can often be spotted. Guests can relax by the pool, enjoy boat safaris along the river, and take guided excursions to Lengwe National Park and other nearby attractions. The lodge also offers delicious meals showcasing local flavors and ingredients. Approximate price: $50 – $100 per night.

Hippo View Lodge (Chikwawa District)

As its name suggests, Hippo View Lodge offers unparalleled views of the resident hippo population in the Shire River, making it a unique and memorable place to stay near Lengwe National Park. The lodge’s comfortable rooms and chalets are tastefully furnished and equipped with modern amenities, ensuring a restful night’s sleep after a day of safari adventures. Guests can relax on their private verandas, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy sundowners overlooking the river as hippos wallow in the water below. The lodge also offers guided boat safaris, fishing trips, and cultural experiences in the surrounding area. Approximate price: $60 – $120 per night.

Lengwe River Lodge (Chikwawa District)

Located just a stone’s throw from the entrance to Lengwe National Park, Lengwe River Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a serene riverside setting. The lodge’s spacious tents are set on raised platforms overlooking the river and feature en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, and private verandas where guests can relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush. Guests can take guided game drives and bushwalks in Lengwe National Park, enjoy birdwatching along the river, or simply unwind by the pool with a refreshing drink in hand. The lodge also offers delicious meals prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Approximate price: $80 – $150 per night.

Zomba Forest Lodge (Zomba Plateau)

While not located directly adjacent to Lengwe National Park, Zomba Forest Lodge offers a unique and tranquil base from which to explore the park and its surroundings. Nestled on the slopes of the Zomba Plateau, the lodge is surrounded by pristine forests and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Guests can choose from cozy chalets or rustic cottages, all tastefully furnished and equipped with modern amenities. Activities include guided hikes and mountain biking on the plateau, visits to nearby waterfalls and tea estates, and day trips to Lengwe National Park for guided safaris. The lodge also prides itself on its farm-to-table cuisine, with many ingredients sourced from their own gardens. Approximate price: $100 – $200 per night.

Types of Lengwe National Park Safaris

Game Drives

Game drives are the most common and popular type of safari in Lengwe National Park. These can be conducted in open vehicles with experienced guides, providing an opportunity to see the park’s wildlife up close. You can choose from shared group tours or private game drives for a more personalized experience.

Walking Safaris

Guided nature walks allow you to explore the park on foot, providing a more intimate and immersive encounter with the landscape and its flora and fauna. It’s an excellent way to connect with nature and appreciate the finer details of the ecosystem.

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Night Drives

Night drives offer the chance to spot nocturnal animals that are less active during the day, such as leopards, hyenas, and owls. These are typically conducted with spotlights to locate and observe wildlife in the dark.

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Birdwatching Safaris

Lengwe National Park is a haven for bird enthusiasts. Specialized birdwatching safaris cater to those interested in spotting and identifying the park’s numerous avian species. Experienced birding guides can help you make the most of your birdwatching adventure.

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Cultural Safaris

Some operators offer cultural safaris that combine wildlife viewing with visits to local communities near the park. This provides insights into the culture and traditions of the region, allowing you to interact with local residents.

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Self-Drive Safaris

If you’re an experienced and adventurous traveler, you can opt for a self-drive safari. Rent a suitable vehicle and camping equipment and explore the park at your own pace. This option offers more flexibility and control over your itinerary.

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Photographic Safaris

Tailored for photography enthusiasts, these safaris focus on capturing the best wildlife and landscape shots. Guides with photography experience can help you find the best angles and lighting conditions.

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Luxury Safaris

For those seeking a high-end experience, luxury safaris in Lengwe National Park offer top-notch accommodations, gourmet dining, private game drives, and spa facilities. These safaris emphasize comfort and exclusivity.

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Budget Safaris

Budget safaris provide a more affordable way to experience Lengwe National Park, often with basic accommodations and shared group tours. These options are ideal for travelers looking to explore the park without breaking the bank.

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Family Safaris

Family-oriented safaris include activities suitable for all ages and often have guides experienced in engaging and educating children. These safaris ensure that the whole family can enjoy the experience.

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Hiking and Trekking Safaris

For the more active traveler, hiking and trekking safaris are available, offering opportunities to explore the park’s terrain on foot over extended periods.

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Customized Safaris

Some operators offer the flexibility to create a customized safari experience, tailoring the itinerary, activities, and accommodations to your specific preferences and needs.

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Everything About the Lengwe National Park Safaris

Lengwe National Park

Lengwe National Park is a unique and relatively small national park located in the southern region of Malawi. Before planning your safari to Lengwe National Park, make sure to check the park’s current status, accommodations, and any travel advisories to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit. Here’s everything you need to know about Lengwe National Park safaris

Location

Lengwe National Park is situated in the Chikwawa District of Malawi, near the border with Mozambique. It is approximately 45 kilometers south of Blantyre, Malawi’s second-largest city.

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Park Size

Lengwe National Park covers an area of around 887 square kilometers (342 square miles), making it one of Malawi’s smaller national parks.

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Wildlife

The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, zebras, antelopes (such as impalas and nyala), baboons, and over 300 species of birds. While it may not have the same density of wildlife as larger parks, it offers a unique and intimate safari experience.

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Vegetation

Lengwe National Park is characterized by lush vegetation, rolling hills, and the presence of the Shire River. The landscape is predominantly miombo woodland and grassy plains.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Lengwe National Park for wildlife viewing is during the dry season, which typically runs from May to September. The peak months for game viewing are July and August when the vegetation is less dense, and animals gather around water sources.

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Accommodations

There are various accommodation options available in and around Lengwe National Park, ranging from campsites to lodges. Some popular choices include Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve Campsite, Chikwawa Forest Lodge, and private lodges within the park.

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Guided Safaris

Visitors to Lengwe National Park are required to go on guided safaris with experienced rangers. These rangers are knowledgeable about the park’s flora and fauna, enhancing the safari experience.

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Activities

Safari activities in Lengwe National Park include game drives, birdwatching, night safaris, and boat rides on the Shire River. Cultural excursions to nearby Lomwe villages are also possible.

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Accessibility

The park is accessible by road from major cities in Malawi, and the nearest airport is Chileka International Airport in Blantyre. It’s important to note that road conditions can vary, so be prepared for different types of terrain.

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Conservation Efforts

Lengwe National Park is part of Malawi’s conservation efforts, and the entry fees and contributions from visitors help support the protection and maintenance of the park and its wildlife.

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Unique Features

Lengwe National Park offers a more intimate and less touristy safari experience compared to some of the larger African national parks. The park’s small size and unique ecosystems make it a special destination for nature enthusiasts.

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