Liwonde National Park is an area of natural beauty lying along the banks of the Shire River.
Miyala Camp: Our full report
Sadly Miyala Camp will not be opening for the foreseeable future. We are unsure of the current situation so please call us for an update.
Miyala Camp is located the southern part of Malawi’s Liwonde National Park, with views over the Chikalogwe Flood Plain created by the meandering Shire River. Miyala Camp is an exciting new camp which is due to open in July 2014, so we’ve not yet had the chance to visit, but we have high hopes for it.
Miyala is being built and will be run by Robin Pope Safaris, one of the top safari companies in Zambia and Malawi. They also run Pumulani, one of Malawi’s best beach lodges, and a clutch of camps in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, including Nkwali, Nsefu Camp and Tena Tena.
We’ve been dealing with these lodges for many years; they have consistently been very good and so we’re quietly confident that Miyala Camp will also be excellent. However, until we’ve visited it ourselves, here is the information that we’ve been told about it:
The main area at Miyala Camp is divided into two sections, a lounge and dining area; with large decks overlooking the fire pit and with a view of the Chikalogwe Plain.
Miyala Camp has four luxury safari tents, set below the main camp area with private decks, rock bases and swing bridges. Each tent includes a bedroom and lounge area, en-suite bathroom with a bath, double basin and outdoor shower.
Activities at Miyala consist of game drives, hiking, walking and boating safaris. Game drives are offered in both the morning and evening, on a daily basis. Walking safaris are a highlight at Miyala, and there are three distinct environments close by: You can walk in the plains, where you’ll find herds of impala, sable, waterbuck and other game; hike up one of the park’s only real hills, Chiunguni Hil; or stroll through the lowland forests in search of interesting birdlife.
Boating safaris offer a more relaxing game watching experience, getting close to hippos, crocs and elephants. Birding enthusiasts might also be particularly tempted by the boating safaris, which offer the opportunity to see the rare palmnut vulture and Pel’s fishing owl.
Our viewAlthough it’s got no track record of its own to date, Miyala Camp comes from a great ‘stable’ of camps – Robin Pope Safaris are a top-notch operation which usually deliver a great experience. Liwonde’s a lovely park, and Miyala’s location puts it in reach of a variety of environments – so it’s likely to become the park’s top lodge unless Mvuu raises its game.
Ideal length of stay: We’d expect 3-4 nights would be normal, and given its location in the far south of the park, it can probably combine well with older Mvuu Lodge – although best to visit Mvuu first.
Directions: Miyala Camp is an hour-long flight by light aircraft from Lilongwe, followed by a scenic road transfer through the park.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Robin Pope Safaris
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Most drinks are included, including local spirits and beers, and some South African wines. Premium brands, such as champagne and imported whiskies, are not included.
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages welcome
Power supply: Solar Power
Power supply notes: Solar power is the camps main electricity supply, although there is a backup generator available for cloudy days.
Water supply: Borehole
Water supply notes: Tap water comes from a borehole and is safe to drink, alternatively bottled water is available at no extra cost.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Disabled access: On Request