• LIUWA PLAIN NATIONAL PARK

Liuwa Plain National Park

Liuwa Plain in western Zambia has one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa, dating back to the late 19th century when the King of Barotseland appointed his people as the custodians of the reserve.

Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia has one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa, dating back to the 19th century where the King of Barotseland, Lubosi Lewanika, appointed his people to be the custodians of the park and its wildlife. They maintain that sentiment today. With an estimated 10,000 people legally living within the park, Liuwa is a prime example of how people and wildlife can co-exist and benefit in a shared landscape. Each year, Liuwa hosts the second largest wildebeest migration on the continent, numbering around 30,000 individuals – this is one of the most glorious spectacles on the planet. But this was not always the case. Before African Parks assumed management of Liuwa in 2003, in partnership with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) and the Barotse Royal Establishment, wildebeest and zebra were in steep decline, grasslands were threatened by rice fields, and all but one lonely lioness remained, “Lady Liuwa”. 

In 2008, African Parks began a series of lion reintroductions to reunite this last lioness with her own kind, and thus new life began as she slowly joined a pride that grew to 10 lions. Over a similar period, eland and buffalo were also reintroduced to the park and the plains game began to increase, providing a healthy prey base for the lions, as well as for the cheetahs and hyaenas. As a result of effective law enforcement, poaching levels subsided and community land-use plans were implemented along with sustainable fish harvesting and other community projects, providing alternative livelihoods for local people. Sadly, 2017 saw the natural passing of Lady Liuwa who lived to the ripe old age of 18, but she left behind a legacy of a small but growing pride of lions, living their lives together on Liuwa’s flourishing plains.

Liuwa Plain Highlights

  • Liuwa’s wildebeest migration is the second largest on the continent. These charismatic animals and the lions who follow them have become world-renowned, landing the park on the New York Times ’52 Top Places to Visit’ list in 2018. 
  • Thanks to our partnership with Time+Tide, Liuwa now has a five-star luxury camp, King Lewanika Lodge, which was featured in TIME Magazine’s ‘2018 100 Greatest Places’ and Travel + Leisure’s hotel ‘It List’ for 2018.
  • Liuwa now employs 127 full-time employees and over 100 seasonal workers, making it the largest employer in the region with over 95% of its workforce being local residents.
  • Liuwa supports 28 schools that provide education to more than 11,000 students and covers over 100 scholarships a year.
  • Liuwa’s carnivore population is on the rise; the cheetah population is recovering, and the spotted hyaena population is thriving with an estimated population of over 350.
  • An aerial survey was completed in 2019 with results indicating stable ungulate populations: 30,000 wildebeest, 4,000 plains zebra, and 120 buffalo were recorded.
  • In response to the drought of 2018-2019, which caused failing crops and food shortages in local communities, the park provided food relief, approximately 3,000 bags of maize meal, to 600 of the most vulnerable households in Liuwa, reaching 3,600 people.

TOURS

1st Tour

7 Night South Luangwa

Time + Tide Camps Bush camps – Kakuli & Mchenja

Option to add-on to 1st tour.

2 Night stay in Lusaka

2nd Tour

7 Night Lower Zambezi

Time + Tide Chongwe

Option to add-on to 2nd tour.

2 Night stay in Lusaka

3rd Tour

7 Night Liuwa Plain

Time + Tide King Lewanika

Typical itinerary

Day 1. Arrival at Airport

Transfer to Camp

Depending on time of flight meals will be arranged accordingly

Before dinner- Meet and greet rest of tour participants and tour-leader, discuss interests and ask some questions.

Day 2-7.

Typical daily schedule

  • 05:15 Wake-up call and light breakfast at the restaurant
  • 06:00 Photographic safari in a private vehicle with guide driver and a photography guide
  • 10:00 Return to the lodge for a break
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 12:30 Free time
  • 15:00 Tea and coffee and snack / briefing about afternoon program
  • 15:30 Start the late afternoon and evening safari
  • 18:00 Sun downers at a scenic spot in the park
  • 18:30 Spotter in passenger front seat with a spotlight for nocturnal animals
  • 19:30 Return to camp
  • 20:30 Three-course dinner will be served
  • 21:00 Free time

Day 8.

Depending on flight time breakfast will be served before transfer to Airport.

What’s Included?

  • Casual talks, briefings or workshops appropriate to each day’s activities
  • Flexible instruction topics to suit photographers of any skill level
  • All safari activities (two game drives per day except day of arrival/departure)
  • Services of the lodge guides & staff
  • Relevant park fees
  • All meals, national beer (Mosi), soft drinks and bottled water
  • Laundry service
  • Accommodation

What is Not Included?

  • International airfare and/or other transportation between your home and Internal flights, Zambia (flights can be arranged at extra costs)
  • Visas  – Zambian tourist visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal purchases (including curios, drinks not specified, telephone, etc.)
  • Gratuities
  • Optional extra activities

Suggested Camera Gear and Clothing

  • 2 Camera bodies (for peace of mind / fast switching of focal lengths)
  • Spare memory cards, batteries and charger. Small multi outlet electric extension cord to charge 3 devices at one time
  • Lenses: Long telephoto lens 300/400/500, 150-600 zoom or 100-400 zoom with 1.4/1.5 Tele converter, telephoto lens 70-200 or equivalent, Wide angle lens for wider wildlife images
  • Flash (external), extra batteries, A flash bracket (Inexpensive ones available from Neewer, Vello and Stroboframe), flash off-shoe cord to eliminate ‘green-eye’ when photographing animals at night
  • Notebook, laptop or additional storage devise
  • Gimbal Head (vehicle has mount), please bring your own arca-swiss plates with you.
  • Binoculars
  • Empty bean bag (rice to fill at camp)
  • Tripod/monopod
  • As a general guide, comfortable, casual, wash and wear clothes are recommended. Please note that muted colours are recommended for game viewing. Khaki, green, beige and neutral colours are recommended.
  • Shirts with long sleeves (even in summer, as protection from the sun and mosquitoes).
  • T-Shirts
  • Shorts or a light skirt
  • Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
  • A jacket, fleece or sweater is recommended for early morning and evening game drives
  • Comfortable walking shoes and/or sandals
  • Sun block, sunglasses, hat, insect repellent, moisturizer and lip-salve are all essentials

Booking & Payment

Every photographic tour need minimum of 4 people on tour otherwise will be cancelled and deposits paid will be returned.
First enquire about space on specific tour. If available ask to book and confirm booking by making required deposit.
Only payment via direct transfer is accepted.

Cancellation Policy

Deposit are non-refundable on Confirmed tours with minimum required people on tour, if minimum requirements is not reached deposits will be returned.
If a tour is cut short and/or any of the services included in the price not used , there will be no refund.
Full payment is due 60 days before the tour start date.
59-30 days 50% of tour fee
29 or fewer before departure date 100% of tour fee

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