Field Study Site - Liwonde National Park

ABC is working in Liwonde National Park (LNP), and started research here in 2014. Liwonde lies at the southern end of Lake Malawi along the Upper Shire River (pronounced Shirree) and covers 548 kmĀ².

The landscape of Liwonde is highly diverse with dry Mopani woodlands covering the eastern half of the park interspersed with Candelabra trees. Areas of Miombo woodland can be found on a few hill slopes in the south and east, while Palm Savannah and Baobabs are found on the extensive floodplains of the river, which have a more tropical feel due to the dense vegetation along the river banks.liwonde wide
Liwonde supports the largest remaining population of elephants in the country as well as one of two populations of black rhino, most within a 4000ha fenced-in sanctuary in the park.

Other mammal species include: hippo, crocodiles, buffalo, aardvark, warthog, several antelope species and more than over 400 of the country's 650 bird species. Whilst hyaenas are currently the only big predators in the park, lions were once commonplace and the healthy populations of other large mammals will allow for the quick reintroduction of other predators.

Such diversity means that Liwonde has some of the most scenic game viewing in Malawi and reputedly the best bird watching in Southern Africa.

As of September 2015, African Parks concluded an agreement with the Government of Malawi to manage and operate Liwonde, alongside Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, for 20 years.

Liwonde is bursting with wildlife which flourishes on the rich diversity of habitats from floodplains and palm savannah to miombo and mopane woodlands. liwonde wide

Liwonde harbours a variety of wildlife including elephant, reedbuck, waterbuck and sable, hyaena, hippo, buffalo and zebra.

Regular visitors to camp include elephants, warthogs, baboons and vervet monkeys.



We are working in Liwonde to establish the National Bat Monitoring Programme conducting standardised bat trapping and acoustic surveys inside and outside the park to assess bat species diversity and abundance over time.

Find out more about our research in Liwonde on our research pages.


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