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•~Ukwerut River has very accommodating rooms, and the friendly host is a walking wealth of information on the park's flora and fauna. Delicious, home-cooked meals are taken en famille and at night guests gather to chat in the lantern-and candle-lit lounge; or there's a private nook behind the fireplace if you're feeling unsociable. Walking and canoeing safaris are US$12.50 per person and night drives are US$15. It also has a camp site, a few minutes' walk away, with dorms, tented rooms and fantastic views over the park.

Mvuu Camp (camping per person US$5, accommodation-only/full-board chalets per person US$357140) Managed by Wilderness Safaris (pi70) in Lilongwe, this camp is deep in the northern part of the park on the banks of the river. Stone chalets have tented roofs, lavish interiors and verandas overlooking the river, and the small but accommodating camp site has spotless ablution blocks and self-catering facilities, including utensils. Alternatively, you can eat at the open-plan thatched restaurant; the food is excellent. There's also a bar and lounge area with wide lake views. Full-board rates include two wildlife activities, and children between four and 12 are charged half price, but those under six are not allowed on wildlife-viewing trips.

Njobvu Cultural Village (full-board huts per person US$50) This village is actually 6km from the western boundary of Liwonde National Park and offers visitors a rare opportunity to stay in a traditional Malawian village. The experience includes dancing and crafts displays and allows you to participate in the daily activities of village life. All proceeds go directly to the community; you can book at Mvuu Camp or through Wilderness Safaris (pl70).

Mvuu Wilderness Lodge (full-board chalets per person US$240; 10) A short distance upriver from Mvuu Camp (and also managed by Central African Wilderness Safaris), this lodge has large luxury double tents with private balconies overlooking a water hole where wildlife and birds are active. There's a maximum of 10 guests, so this place is relaxed and intimate, with attentive staff and excellent food. There's also a small swimming pool. Rates includes park fees and all wildlife drives, boat rides, bird walks etc.

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