Lost amidst the forgotten grasslands of Zambia’s western expanses, the remote Liuwa Plains National Park is an ecosystem unique and complex. Explore this captivating park, rich with plains game and home to the largest wildebeest migration in Southern Africa.
- Visit one of Africa’s most remote parks
- Witness an ecosystem in recovery – now home to a reintroduced pride of lions
- Explore a unique landscape, covered with endless grasslands
- Track carnivores in the company of expert researchers from the Zambian Carnivore Program
Spend four nights at the simple camp of Matamanene, located in the heart of the Liuwa Plains National Park. Originally built as a home for rangers and researchers, this revamped camp is perfectly positioned for exploring the remote landscape.
Drive and walk across the endless grasslands – an expanse that is only disturbed by wildlife and waterholes. Track the plains game that throngs to this fertile savannah, led by expert guides. Get close to zebras, red lechwes, elands and tsessebes. Also spot the blue wildebeests that swarm these plains, migrating in such numbers that the park can lay claim to the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa.
In the skies and besides the popular waterholes, catch sight of the numerous bird species that inhabit the intriguing landscape. Storks, cranes and other water birds flourish here, and those sighted include rare wattled and crowned cranes.
ZAMBIAN CARNIVORE PROGRAM
Besides the plains game, track an array of predators across the flat landscape. Set out in the company of researchers from the Zambian Carnivore Program, which focuses on conserving large carnivores and protecting the fragile ecosystem in which they reside. Follow the researchers – who have a permanent camp in the park – as they track predators such as wild dogs, lions, cheetahs and hyenas. Learn about animal behaviours within the park.
Whilst still recovering, the park can already be considered a success story. Once home to just a singular lonely lion – known as ‘Lady Liuwa’ – it now supports a small pride of reintroduced lions. Tracked and collared, these lions are carefully monitored. Hyenas also thrive here, with clans of up to 60 individuals frequently spotted.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Liuwa Plains does not offer the density of game that can be found in other parks in Africa, but it can offer a safari experience like no other. Its remote locale and wild feel make for a fantastic combination. Staying at a tiny camp amidst a vast expanse, the feeling of isolation and seclusion is addictive.
And with plains game, carnivores and birdlife all beginning to flourish, the wildlife – set against a fantastically empty landscape – is worth the journey. The chance to explore beside dedicated researchers not only provides a fascinating insight into carnivore conservation, but also guarantees up-close sightings of some of the park’s most fearsome predators.
In 2016, there will be a number of set-departure trips featuring five nights at Matamanene Camp, rather than the usual four. Prices start from £4,950 per person. The dates (departing the UK) are as follows:
- 24th April, 2016
- 29th April, 2016
- 22nd November, 2016
- 27th November, 2016
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.