Shire River

Shire River Birds

Travel to Shire River – Home to Many Hippos

South west of Blantyre, the Shire river enters its final phase before leaving the country and joining the great Zambezi in Mozambique. This is the Lower Shire Valley, an extension of the Rift Valley and home to no less than three national parks and wildlife reserves. The river descends to the lower valley via a series of rapids and waterfalls before broadening out to meander along a wide floodplain utilised by vast sugar plantations.

The Shire River is 402 kilometres long and comes from the southern shore of Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi), of which it is the only outlet. The upper Shire River connects Lake Malawi with Lake Malombe.

The Shire River is Malawi’s most important river and is home to numerous hippos.  You can take organized boat trips on the river from Liwonde National Park.

  • Enjoy a sundowner while watching the hippos grunt and swim in the Shire River.
  • Visit nearby national parks and reserves.
  • Take a boat trip on the river to spot hippos.

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