Elephants seen from our side of the river at Liwonde Safari Camp
After spending a few days of rest on the shores of Lake Malawi we got on the jeep of the owner of the Fat Monkey (the resort where we had stayed at the lake) and headed south, looking for a national park that the good had recommended from Andre (our Norwegian friend of Vilanculos): Liwonde.
The man left us halfway and from there we made a finger to get to our destination. After the days of a break surrounded by white faces in Cape Maclear, it felt good to be back on the canned road in a van full of smells and bright colors.
We arrived at a gas station near a small town at the warmest time of the day and Ophir called the owner of the Liwonde Safari Camp, which would be our accommodation right in the park's limits. Frederik He would pick us up in about 20 minutes so I took the opportunity to go to the town market and buy vegetables, rice and some other things.
The powerful baobabs of Liwonde
Frederik arrived as his great green jeep and took us to his camp. What to say about Frederik ?. A very charismatic character. This Dutchman who seems to be around forty, traveled to Africa about 10 years ago and, like so many others, was trapped by life in nature, the light and the authenticity of the African people. Since then he returns to his country of birth once a year, at most. He would tell us - on one of the nights we ended up chatting, beer in hand, by candlelight in his outdoor bar - that he can no longer endure the rush and pace of life of European civilization.
It was low season and there were hardly any tourists in the camp so we could choose a good place to plant our tent.
He Liwonde National Park It has an area of about 550 square km and is one of the best places in this part of Africa for bird lovers. More than 400 different species have been cataloged. However, you will also find a large number of elephants and hippos, several kinds of antelopes (the most numerous being impala), crocodiles and some other mammals. As for predators, a group of lions have returned to the area from neighboring Mozambique, but both they and the leopards and hyenas are really elusive.
After my experience at Kruger Park