King Lewanika Lodge
Norman Carr Safaris
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  • Zambia's most exclusive camp
  • The only permanent camp in the Park
  • The plain is an amazing canvas for photography

Largely untouched by crowds and paved roads, Liuwa Plain National Park boasts one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa; it was proclaimed a protected area by the lodge's namesake, King Lewanika of the Lozi tribe in the early 1880s.

Built and operated by Norman Carr Safaris, King Lewanika Lodge was conceptualized in collaboration with our extended safari family, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, and African Parks, the conservation non-profit that manages Liuwa Plain in partnership with the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife and the Barotse Royal Establishment.

The camp retains its safari authenticity with canvas drops, indoor and outdoor showers, decks overlooking the vast Liuwa Plain and the use of thatch and grass in the main area. All furniture was curated as a nod to old world safari days, using leather, cotton, and canvas. The Villas offer total immersion in the vast landscape, allowing travelers to experience nature's masterpieces in a simple, sustainable, and meaningful way.

With top-notch, experienced guides and intimate safari excursions, we bring unrivaled access and absolute exclusivity to the unspoiled region. Guests can tap into the magic of Liuwa Plain National Park, which is home to the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa, a growing cheetah population and famed lion prides.

Liuwa Plain is an area rich with stories - one of our favourites is the legend of Mambeti and Lady Liuwa. Mambeti of the Lozi tribe, lived, died and was buried nearby to camp, legend has it she was reincarnated into Lady Liuwa, the lioness and matriarch of Liuwa's lion pride. Local people believe that this explains why the lioness is receptive to people and spends so much time in the same woodlands area frequented by the elderly lady in her twilight years.
Doubles or twins
Sweeping vistas and
abundant life
Jan - Jul
Oct - Dec
Rate from $1070pp
Photographer's dream
Need to know
  • Open late October - mid July (closed late July - early Oct)
  • Accommodates up to 15 people
  • One Villa is a Family Suite (1 double + 1 triple)
  • Runs on solar power
  • Limited internet and no phone signal
  • 2.5 hour drive through the Park from Kalabo Airstrip
Insider tips
  • 2nd biggest wildebeest migration in Africa
  • Safari away from the crowds
  • Unique animal behaviour - hyenas hunting in clans of up to 50
  • Rare and endangered birds
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