Unicaf University Students Visit Liwonde National Park
Unicaf University organises regular social events to encourage interaction and networking amongst its students and to strengthen the sense of belonging to the wider Unicaf fraternity. A visit to the Liwonde National Park and the Hippo View Lodge to admire wildlife from up close and take photographs was the latest fun day out enjoyed by Unicaf University students on Saturday, the 7th of December.
More than 40 students from Lilongwe and Blantyre set off from the UUM campus early in the morning for the long drive to Liwonde Park, located in southern Malawi, near the borders with Mozambique. A tour guide escorted the students and staff around the reserve, pointing out the animals’ favourite watering holes, mainly along the banks of the Shire river, running through the park.
Liwonde has a population of around 12,000 large mammals including African buffalos, antelopes, baboons, black rhinoceros, elephants, hippopotamus, impala, kudu, monkeys and crocodiles and is home to more than 380 different bird species. Wild orchids, acacias, reeds and evergreens are the most common endemic flora species in the park.
It was a very hot day in Liwonde and many animals were hiding in the shade of trees and shrubs to cool down. The students were excited to view a herd of elephants, including a cute baby elephant, as well as several other wild animals roaming freely in the park. Following an exciting photo safari that lasted for two hours, the group had lunch and set off for the Hippo View Lodge, visiting historic Kamuzu bridge on the way. After taking more photos of wild animals at Hippo View the Unicaf University student group made their way back to Lilongwe, tired but grateful for the brilliant day trip the University had offered them.