Shire Eco Safari Camp  Verified Listing

  • Welcome to Shire Eco Safari Camp! in Liwonde National Park, Liwonde, Malawi, Malawi
    Welcome to Shire Eco Safari Camp!
  • Days are filled with boat safaris and game drives through Liwonde National Park, or unwinding in the observation hut and letting the animals come to you.
    Days are filled with boat safaris and game drives through Liwonde National Park, or unwinding in the observation hut and letting the animals come to you.
  • Nights are spent relaxing around a campfire and viewing the night sky free of light pollution through a powerful telescope.
    Nights are spent relaxing around a campfire and viewing the night sky free of light pollution through a powerful telescope.
  • Nights are spent relaxing around a campfire and viewing the night sky free of light pollution through a powerful telescope.
    Nights are spent relaxing around a campfire and viewing the night sky free of light pollution through a powerful telescope.
  • The Moon through our telescope
    The Moon through our telescope
  • As you go to sleep, you will swear that the hippos you hear grunting, are directly outside your room—and they probably are!
    As you go to sleep, you will swear that the hippos you hear grunting, are directly outside your room—and they probably are!
  • In the morning you will awaken to a medley of bird songs, including the ‘ooooomph, ooooomph’ of the rare and endangered southern ground hornbill.
    In the morning you will awaken to a medley of bird songs, including the ‘ooooomph, ooooomph’ of the rare and endangered southern ground hornbill.
  • Because the Shire River travels not only the length of Liwonde National Park but through it as well, the Shire provides the quintessential African river experience. Our boat, the Glen Morengie, departs near the camp for two and a half hours round trip. Some 2,000 hippos live along the 40km stretch of the Shire River (that’s more than one every 20 meters!), so close encounters are guaranteed!
    Because the Shire River travels not only the length of Liwonde National Park but through it as well, the Shire provides the quintessential African river experience. Our boat, the Glen Morengie, departs near the camp for two and a half hours round trip. Some 2,000 hippos live along the 40km stretch of the Shire River (that’s more than one every 20 meters!), so close encounters are guaranteed!
  • Reception hut
    Reception hut
  • Direction sign post
    Direction sign post
  • Bamboo chalet
    Bamboo chalet
  • Bamboo chalet
    Bamboo chalet
  • Bamboo chalet
    Bamboo chalet
  • Bamboo chalet
    Bamboo chalet
  • Bamboo chalet
    Bamboo chalet
  • Bamboo chalet en-suite bathroom
    Bamboo chalet en-suite bathroom
  • 12-sleeper dorm
    12-sleeper dorm
  • Camp grounds
    Camp grounds
  • Billy promoting environmental awareness
    Billy promoting environmental awareness
  • Meals at Shire
    Meals at Shire
  • Meals at Shire
    Meals at Shire
  • Meals at Shire
    Meals at Shire
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Breakfast included
Covid-19 H&S Certified
Parking on Premises
Restaurant
Shared lounge/TV area
Braai/BBQ Area
Child friendly
Shire Eco Safari Camp is the best choice for eco-tourists seeking a true wilderness experience in and around Liwonde National Park. Rustic bamboo chalets (with en suite toilet and shower) are scattered around densely vegetated grounds—if it wasn’t for the signs, you might miss them! For those on a budget, there is a dorm that sleeps twelve, or if you prefer, there is plenty of space for camping, with shared showers and toilets nearby. You may bring your own food to cook for yourself, or, for an additional fee, staff will prepare your meals. Days are filled with boat safaris and game drives through Liwonde National Park, or unwinding in the observation hut and letting the animals come to you. Nights are spent relaxing around a campfire and viewing the night sky free of light pollution through a powerful telescope. As you go to sleep, you will swear that the hippos you hear grunting, are directly outside your room—and they probably are! In the morning you will awaken to a medley of bird songs, including the ‘ooooomph, ooooomph’ of the rare and endangered southern ground hornbill.

Shire Eco Safari Camp, nestled between the southwestern boundary of Liwonde National Park and the western banks of the Shire River, offers an authentic Malawian bush experience. Whereas other camps in and around the park are run by South Africans and Europeans, Shire Eco holds the distinction of being the only camp in the area fully owned and operated by Malawians.





Billy’s vision for the camp is to promote environmental awareness through the preservation of the natural environment. His employees are all from the local community and hold positions of great responsibility within the camp, with the hope that they will learn the sustainable practices that the camp utilizes (permagardening, composting, efficient cook stoves, solar energy) and carry out these concepts within their own households. Billy has also connected with local primary and secondary school wildlife clubs and encourages frequent visits to the camp. As he says, "Only when you understand and love nature, are you willing to protect it."

​Shire Eco Safari Camp offers game drives that visit wildlife hotspots where you are likely to see elephants, water buffalo, impala, sable antelope, monkeys and some of the hundreds of bird species that are found in Liwonde National Park. The camp also offers boat safaris on the Shire River that bring visitors into the world of hippopotamuses, crocodiles, elephants, herons, kingfishers and a variety of other water fowl.

We offer various options for overnight accommodations: private chalet, dormitory, or campsite. Prices listed includes three meals. Discount prices are available for volunteers serving in Malawi. Packages include a boat safari or game drive, but do not include Liwonde National Park's entrance fee ($20 for international visitors or $10 for Malawi residents), due upon arrival at the park.

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Property Type Camp, Chalet, Guest Farm, Game Lodge, Self Catering
Cancellation Policy Strict
Can Be Used For Film Location, Still Shoots
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Liwonde National Park Reviews

Ben Bongo
17 August 2018
Liwonde National park was great, the receptionist was good. The tour guide was knowledgeable of the park. We saw elephants, hippos, impalas, monkeys, waterbucks and warthogs.
Superb. 5 out of 5