Liwonde National Park
Liwonde National Park spills with more than 545 elephants, 1900 hippos, 500 water buffaloes and 1800 crocs. It's a comparatively small reserve set in dry savannah and forest over 584 sq km, and you can walk, drive and putter along the serene Shire River to make the best of it.
Majete Wildlife Reserve
Majete Wildlife Reserve is a rugged wilderness of hilly miombo woodland and savannah, hugging the west bank of the Shire River. Poaching in the 1980s and 1990s left the park utterly depleted and dilapidated, but since it was taken over by African Parks (www.africanparks-conservation.com) in 2003, things have really been looking up.