Apr 162009


Malombe is a lake in the Southern Region of Malawi on the Shire River with an area of about 420 km². Fed and drained by the Shire River, it lies in a broken depression running northwest from Lake Chilwa to Lake Malawi, parallel to the Shire Rift Valley. The lake is fed by the Shire River 12 miles (19 km) below its efflux from Lake Malawi and drains through that river’s exit from Lake Malombe’s southern shore. Rice and corn (maize) are grown along the lake’s marshy shores during the dry season, and commercial fishing is economically important.

Malawi - Lake Malombe



Location (14° 40′ S, 35° 15′ E)

Malombe is about 150 km north of Blantyre and 245 km southeast of Lilongwe. The closest town is Mangochi 19 km to the north, from where a further 68 km will take you to Monkey Bay on Lake Malawi National Park.

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Broad, languid and alternately fringed by riverine forest, Borassus palms and inundated floodplains, the Shire River (pronounced Shiree) is the country’s largest river and sets the stage for an awesome wilderness spectacle – the Liwonde National Park. Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is located in this intriguingly beautiful place.

Mvuu Camp is situated just south of Mvuu Lodge on the banks of the iconic Shire River in Malawi’s Liwonde National Park – the country’s premier wildlife haven. The Shire River forms the western boundary of the Park and as a source of water it draws all manner of fauna to its banks.