Let’s Go on Safari: Liwonde National Park

July 9th

Have you ever wanted to go on a photo safari in Africa? Me too. Last summer I was lucky enough to visit Gorongoza National Park in Mozambique. However their civil war decimated the animal population and we saw little other than water buck and warthog. (They are beautiful in their own right but not necessarily safari-worthy on their own merit.)
Liwonde National Park in Malawi, on the other hand, has a ton of animals. So many elephant, in fact, they were capturing some of the herd and taking them to another park while we were there. The staff and grounds are pretty fantastic too. The safari went something like this:

Sunrise in Luwonde

Sunrise as we set off toward the park.

Arrival at Luwonde

The entrance, with its traditional African architecture.

Rules smules

Rules. So many rules for such a big place…

Huh. Yet they lead paid hikes?

I remembered this sign the next morning when we started off on foot for our photo tour that the park officials coordinated, of course.

The Safari Tent

Sleeping quarters for two.

Digs at Luwonde

Pretty swanky, eh? This place was so clean and comfortable. I loved these tents.

What are those on the flood plain?

What are those black things on the flood plain? Huh. Let’s get closer.

Sneaking up on me?

WOW! Where did you come from, Gorgeous?

Stupid Water Buck

Water Buck. Oy vey. I’ve seen enough of you. Scram! I’m trying to see your pachyderm friends.

Baby Monkey Hitching a Ride

You too Mama and Baby Baboon. Sure you are cute, but seriously. Did you see that elephant?

Time for some chow

Yeah. That one. Wow. You, Mrs. Elephant, are incredible.

Morning walk on the savannah

You’d be smiling like a goof ball too.


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22 Responses

  1. You were out in the open with the elephants?! That’s awesome! Real up close and personal shots, too . . .

  2. Great pics!

  3. I too would be grinning like a silly woman if I saw those animals close up. Great photos.

    Gill from Canada

  4. *happy sigh* Safaris are the best! Glad you got some fun time in while you were over there 🙂

  5. Absolutely LOVE elephants!

  6. Oh Kelli, those are awesome photos! You are one lucky girl. Thanks so much for sharing those with us.

  7. Is that your CO friend there in the foreground? I didn’t get to meet him before.

  8. Maria Cristina July 9, 2008

    Beautiful!!!! I hope to see that beauty with my own eyes some day.

  9. OMG! I love that sunset! Maybe one day I’ll go on safari. I always gravitate to the elephants at zoos (and otters too, but you won’t see them on safari.)

  10. oh that sunrise. gorgeous!
    the sign yesterday made me lol- the one about fire and biodiversity. The ecosystem where we live needs fire for biodiversity and my dh (who is a state park biologist and prescribed burn guy) has a shirt that says pyrodiversity = biodiversity.
    so I guess the lesson is that truly no one ecosystem fits all : )

  11. Welcome home Kelli! I’m just catching up on my posts, and your gorgeous photos are such a nice break from my long day at work! I love love LOVE the elephants!

  12. I am right now swooning over those elephants. WOW.

    Thank you thank you for sharing 🙂

  13. What breathtaking photos. Are you still pinching yourself?

  14. Oh my gosh! As always, your photos are spectacular. What a fantastic life experience. Welcome home.

  15. WoW Kelli! Looks like a memorable trip. I bet being out there with the animals in the open makes you realize just how small we really are. Those tents are actually a lot nicer than I would have thought, sort of cute too!

  16. Great pictures! I’ve always wanted to go on a safari. Thanks for sharing your adventures!!

  17. You got that close to a wild and unpredictable animal? I’m so jealous.

  18. Wow, wow, and wow! I am so in love with the photos you are posting.

  19. Your pictures are amazing.

  20. Oh my. Words fail me, y’know?

    BTW – Your sunrise in Africa trumps my sunrise in Yosemite. 🙂