Flights & getting there
The main park gate is 6km east of Liwonde town. From the gate to Mvuu Camp is 28km along the park track (closed in the wet season); a 4WD vehicle is recommended for this route. The park lodges offer transfers from Liwonde.
Another way in for vehicles is via the dirt road (open all year) from Ulongwe, a village between Liwonde town and Mangochi. This leads for 14km through local villages to the park's western boundary. A few kilometres inside the park is a car park and boat jetty, where a watchman hoists a flag to arrange a boat from Mvuu Camp or Mvuu Lodge to collect you. This service is free if you’re staying at the camps.
Alternatively, if you book in advance to stay at Mvuu Camp or Mvuu Lodge, you can organise a boat transfer–safari from Hippo View Lodge in Liwonde town for US$80.
For those without wheels, the best option is to get any bus or minibus between Liwonde town and Mangochi and get off at Ulongwe (make sure you say this clearly, or the driver may think you want to go to Lilongwe). In Ulongwe, locals wait by the bus stop and will sometimes take you by bicycle to the park (this takes about an hour and costs around MK4500).
Ulendo Airlink flies a few days a week to the Liwonde National Park airstrip (near Mvuu Camp and Mvuu Lodge), from Lilongwe (adult/child US$295/211), Likoma Island and Monkey Bay. Charter flights are also available, as are discounted seats on upcoming departures; check the 'bid to fly' section of Ulendo Airlink's website.