Liuwa Plains National Park

Liuwa Plains

Travel to Liuwa Plain N. Park – Great Gnu Migration

Liuwa Plain is a remote park of pristine wilderness situated in the far west of Zambia. Game is spread out across the plains and takes some finding, but to encounter a vast herd of blue wildebeest, a prowling wild dog, or a dozing pride of lions in this forgotten corner of Africa is especially fascinating because of its completely natural and uncommercialised state.

In November, with the onset of the rains, the massive herds of blue wildebeest arrive from Angola, traversing the plains in their thousands, very often mingling with zebra along the way or gathering around water holes and pans. In November as the rainy season begins, dramatic cloud formations erupt as the storms build, creating spectacular skylines. With the onset of the rains, carpets of flowers explode around the pans.

Jackal, serval, wildcat, wild dog as well as lion and hyena are the main predators found in the park. Many birds migrate here during the rains and massive flocks of birds can be seen as they migrate south. Some of the more notables are the white bellied bustards, secretary bird, red billed and hottentot teals, crowned and wattled cranes, long tailed whydah, sooty chat, yellow throated longclaw, large flocks of black winged pratincoles around the pans, fish eagle, tawny eagle, marshall eagle, woodland kingfisher and pink throated longclaw.

Game viewing by vehicle is the only way of seeing the wildlife in the park.

Mata Manene Safari Camp is situated within a forest island on the wide Liuwa Plain. Relax here in comfort in luxury safari tents with en suite hot showers.

Private access demands at least two 4WD vehicles, complete self sufficiency in terms of fuel, catering and camping supplies as well as a healthy degree of offroad driving experience. From Katima Mulilo to Kalabo the road is fine only up to the Nangweshi/Senanga ferry. From that point to Kalabo the drive can take up to 2 days (180 km) with low-range driving over very sandy roads. Accessing Kalabo from Mongu depends on the seasonal levels of the Zambezi. It is not recommended to attempt this park without a guide as there are no roads and it is easy to get lost.

  • The plains are dotted with woodlands which make for excellent birding
  • As well as wildebeest other antelope found include oribi, red lechwe, steinbuck, duiker, tsessebe and roan
  • See an abundance of hyena following the November wildebeest migration


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