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Liuwa Plains, Zambia

Liuwa Plains National Park

One of Zambia’s – if not Africa’s – most remote parks, the Liuwa Plains National Park lies in the far west of Zambia, close to the Angolan border.

Proclaimed a game reserve in the 1880s, by the king of the local Lozi people, it was once used as a royal hunting ground. Seasonal flooding inundates these fertile grasslands, which are dotted with enclaves of native woodland.

Although home to relatively few predators, the park is famed for its sizeable clans of hyenas. And thanks to patient conservation and reintroduction work, a small population of lions once again survives here.

Hyena, Liuwa Plains National Park, Zambia
Liuwa Plains National Park, Zambia
Wildebeest, Liuwa Plains National Park, Zambia
Wildebeest, Liuwa Plains National Park, Zambia
hyaena, Liuwa Plains, Zambia
Hyena, Liuwa Plains National Park, Zambia

Why you should visit Liuwa Plains National Park

  • See clans of hyenas of up to 60 animals
  • Spot 300 species of birds, including the rare and endangered wattled and crowned cranes
  • Admire the plains game that flourishes here, with red lechwes, zebras and wildebeests all seen in their thousands
  • Witness the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa
  • Meet Lady Liuwa, once the park’s last remaining lion
  • Track wild dogs, lions, cheetahs and hyenas with researchers from the Zambian Carnivore Program.

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Bird Watching

Spot 300 species of birds, including the rare and endangered wattled and crowned cranes.

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Hyenas

Encounter the park’s huge clans of hyenas – some as large as 60 individuals.

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Plains Wildlife

Admire the game that flourishes here, with red lechwes, zebras and wildebeests, all seen in their thousands.

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The Wildebeest Migration

Witness the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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