Overview – Liuwa Plain NP
Liuwa Plain is Zambia’s hottest, off-the-beaten-track destination. The park was neglected for many years but recently came under the African Parks Foundation umbrella. Following this development, Norman Carr Safaris has opened a new, luxury, five-star lodge in 2017 and this opens up the park for high-end tourism. The park is home to a spectacular wildlife migration, involving thousands of blue wildebeest, zebra and other grazers, which gather at the beginning of the Wet season.
Pros & Cons
- Home to a migration of zebra, wildebeest and other grazers
- Very remote, little-visited park
- A chance to stay in Zambia’s most exclusive camp
- Game drives, walking safaris and boat safaris offered
- Only one, expensive lodge in the park
- Wildlife densities are low until the first rains arrive in November
- Very seasonal park, only accessible from July to mid-December
The biggest attraction in the park is the tens of thousands of blue wildebeest, accompanied by Burchell's zebra and tsessebe. They converge here at the beginning of the Wet season, with the first flush of green grass. Lion were recently re-introduced, and cheetah can sometimes be spotted hunting oribi. Spotted hyena is the most common predator, and several packs of wild dog are resident in the area as well.
Liuwa Plain has a very different environment to other Zambian parks. It is literally a vast, open, grassy plain that seemingly goes on forever. The grassland is only interrupted here and there by small depressions holding water, and the occasional cluster of palm trees.
Weather & Climate
Liuwa Plain has a hot, tropical climate that denies any extremes in temperature throughout most of the year. The mercury does rise in the build-up to the Wet season (November to April), making things uncomfortably hot on the ground. But at other times, especially in the Dry season (May to October), there’s not much change in daily temperatures. Nights, however, can get very cold in this season.
Best Time to Visit
Unlike most other parks, the Dry season (May to October) is not the best time to travel to Liuwa Plain. There are resident animals about in May and June. But it’s in the first month of the Wet season (November to April) that other wildlife migrates here. And that’s the best opportunity to see them – before the rain intensifies in January and closes off road access for the next four months.
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Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.
Liuwa Plain in western Zambia is the answer for safari goers who’ve dreamt of seeing tens of thousands of wildebeest migrating across the wide-open plains without another vehicle or person in sight. If you’ve ever sat in the Masai Mara...
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Liuwa Plain is fantastic, but not something for the first time safari tourist. The game is abundant, but not as diverse as in other parks. The scenery stunning but not diverse. The birdlife is just stunning!