Mvuu Camp

Top choice lodge in Liwonde National Park

Run by the excellent Central African Wilderness Safaris, Malawi's premier safari operator, Mvuu sits on the river in the realm of myriad hippos and crocs. The camp comprises a main restaurant building and, nearby, scattered chalets with cosy interiors, step-in mozzie nets, comfy beds, immaculate linen and stone-walled bathrooms.

By night, prepare to walk past warthogs to your quarters, hear lumbering hippos passing your door, or wake to a bull elephant grazing on fallen figs next to your window. There's also a small campsite with spotless ablution blocks and self-catering facilities. Dinner is communal and the food hearty in the open-plan, thatched restaurant; campers can join meals for US$18 to US$25, as well as the wildlife walks (US$25), drives and boat trips (US$35).