Liuwa Plains National Park lies in the Western Province of Zambia, west of the Barotse Floodplain of the Zambezi River near the border with Angola. Liuwa Plains National Park was designated as a game reserve of Barotseland by the king, Lewanika, in the nineteenth century and became a National Park in 1972. The area covers 3600 km2 and has been an African Parks project since 2003 through a partnership with the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and the Barotse Royal Establishment – the traditional government of the Lozi people. Liuwa Plains is situated on the upper Zambezi floodplains of western Zambia and is bounded by the Luambimba and Luanginga Rivers. Liuwa is characterised by seasonally flooded grassy plains dotted with woodland islands. Liuwa hosts the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa, offering spectacular sights of thousands of animals. Herds of zebra, tsessebe and lechwe also graze the plains and are stalked by predators such as wild dog, hyena, cheetah and lion. Many people will know the story of the famous lioness known as lady Liuwa. For nine years she roamed the expansive plains alone after massive poaching and illegal trophy hunting had wiped out her fellow felines. This led to African Parks’ strategy to re-introduce lions to the park, using Lady Liuwa as the key member around which to develop the pride. Last year three lion cubs were born, the first born in Liuwa in a decade. The birth of cubs means that Liuwa now boasts a lion population of six. Liuwa also supports globally important bird populations, with more than 330 bird species recorded here.
Norman Carr Safaris are in the process of building a luxury Camp called Kokomo which they plan to open in 2016. Watch this space for further information on this exclusive camp. This year Norman Carr Safaris will be running an upgraded Matamanene Camp and running a number of 4 and 5 night Safaris in May, June, July and October, November and December. For further information on these safaris and dates, prices and availability please contact us.
People and Places has partnered with Robin Pope to offer 3 Five night safaris into Liuwa Plains National Park in May and November, privately guided by Robin Pope and staying at Matamanene Camp. There is probably no other guide who knows this park better than Robin; 2015 will be his 13th year guiding there. With its remoteness in the western part of Zambia, and limited access for both self drive and operators, this is the perfect safari for those clients wanting something truly special and memorable. Contact us for further information on dates, prices and availability.