Boat Safari at Malawi’s Liwonde National Park with Zeb the Duck

Wow!   I am going to camp at Mvuu Wilderness Camp in Liwonde National Park.

Liwonde National Park in Malawi

We drive to the Shire River and wait for a boat to take us across the river to the lodge and camping area.   We see these hippos on the edge of the river.

Hippos on the bank of the Shire River

Hippos on the bank of the Shire River

Here comes our boat.

Elephant in the Shire River

Elephant in the Shire River

It is passing an elephant in the river!  This is fantastic.   Today will the first safari for this Colorado Traveling Duck.  Mom and two of the humans have been on safaris before, but I am so excited for my first time seeing the animals in the wild.

Shire River from lodge

Shire River from lodge

After getting settled in, we will go on a boat safari.

On the boat for river safari

On the boat for river safari

We are on the Shire River, looking at a resort.

Lodge from river

Lodge from river

Isn’t this monkey wonderful?

Cute monkey

Cute monkey

We passed several crocodiles, but check out the teeth on this one.

Big teeth. And many of them.

Big teeth.  And many of them.

Several waterbuck are along the river; I like mom and child here.

Waterbuck with young

Waterbuck with young

There are so many hippos here.

Hippos with birds

Hippos with birds

They are really big!   The hippos seem to prefer the water.   I think these three, watching, must like us.

Hippos are watching us

Hippos are watching us

I like the warthogs.   They have long shaggy hair on their neck and upper back.

Warthog

Warthog

Our Bradt guidebook for Malawi, says Liwonde is one of the top sites for bird watching in Malawi.   The book also says there are about 2,000 hippos along the river and several crocodiles.   Some of the crocodiles are “terrifyingly large.”   I believe the book.   This bird has a beautiful bright blue head.

Beautiful blue head

Beautiful blue head

Here is a tree full of Malawian birds.

So many birds

So many birds

Another great bird.

Regal bird

Regal bird

There are so many, but I can’t post all the photos.   The sun is getting lower and I like the way the sun’s rays come through the clouds.

Rays of sun through clouds

Rays of sun through clouds

As the sun sets, we return to the lodge and our tents for the evening.

Sun setting over the Shire River in Malawi

Sun setting over the Shire River in Malawi

I know I am going to love safaris.   Tomorrow we will drive in a safari vehicle to look for more animals.   This is a great African day.

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