Blessed with one of the seven natural wonders of the world and an abundance of wildlife, water and vast open spaces, Zambia offers unforgettable holidays exploring the real Africa.
Introducing Liuwa Plain
Away from the crowds associated with some more developed safari destinations in East and Southern Africa, Zambia offers one of the most exciting safari experiences in all of Africa. The perfect spot for an off-the-beaten-track safari with outstanding game viewing on offer, Zambia is the perfect destination for safari aficionados looking for something a little different. For those looking for an even more unique experience, look no further than Liuwa Plain in the far west of Zambia – one of the most amazing, yet least explored, of Africa’s national parks. Here's why this little-known park has so much appeal...
The annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti and Masai Mara is one of the most iconic wildlife experiences that the African continent has to offer. Imagine then that on a visit to Liuwa Plain National Park you can witness Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration. Tens of thousands of blue wildebeest converge on this open plain from September to June, and the beauty of this destination is you will be sharing the experience with just a handful of other intrepid wildlife enthusiasts who have ventured to this exclusive golden grassland.
One of the unique features of Liuwa is the predator hierarchy, with a clan of hyena numbering 50 acting as the apex predator. Lion are also found here with the famous Lady Liuwa leading her own pride of three cubs, but in Liuwa they are notable for their small numbers more than anything. The plains here are the perfect environment for cheetah, with flat open spaces and tall grass being the prime environs for hunting. Impressive sightings of the elusive wild dog have also been reported here, most recently captured in Attenborough’s latest series ‘The Hunt’ on the BBC. Liuwa is also a birder’s paradise with over 330 species of rare birds, including huge flocks of pelicans and both crowned and wattled cranes being found here from May to July.
Offering a safari experience to the most untouched and seldom-visited parts of Zambia is tricky logistically and currently the only way to do this is with a set departure trip run by Norman Carr Safaris and staying at Matamanene. However, with the opening of their new camp Kokomo scheduled for 2017, this wilderness experience will become more accessible.
There is no denying that Liuwa Plain is very much a niche product, but for the safari aficionado you can do no better. An experience like no other currently on offer, it is the ultimate way to get off-the-beaten-track and enjoy one of Africa’s newest experiences. But go now, whilst it’s still a true wilderness!
Want to include a stay in Liuwa Plain in your next trip to Zambia?
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