Our documentary crew and talent literally drove straight from the village in Namwera (where there were a few sore muscles no doubt from learning to farm) to Liwonde National Park where we settled in for the afternoon and evening at the basic but comfortable Liwonde Safari Camp. After all, what good is a family trip to Africa without the opportunity to see some wildlife? In filming a documentary about foreign cultures it is not only important to meet the people of a region, but also get a taste for the natural beauty of the land and wildlife.
Liwonde is a place I go to rather frequently but usually when we have visiting tourists who want a taste of National Geographic. But you can’t always guarantee spotting elephants. (I have yet to see a lion or rhino in Liwonde in more than ten years.)
In our case of mid November we managed quite nicely between an early morning game drive and later morning boat cruise. That time of year is hot and not yet raining, meaning the elephants know they have to come down to the river to hang out in the water and spend their days. (But just two weeks later we had no such luck as the rains had started in enough to give elephants a few mud puddles in areas unknown to tourists and their obtrusive vehicles.)
Here are a few favorite shots from Liwonde, thus officially ending our documentary filming time in Malawi.
Coming up next, something completely different…