First protected in the 1880s by King Lewanika of the Lozi People, Liuwa Plain National Park has a richly intertwined cultural and natural heritage that is felt throughout the park even today. The Lozi tribe still resides in and around the national park – the only place in Africa where this is so. Every year when the floods arrive, the king’s royal Kuomboka Procession makes its way down the river in a cacophony of drumming, dancing and singing. The region is under the conservation management of African Parks Network, and thanks to their dedicated efforts, the region has a growing cheetah and lion population, with 22 new cheetah cubs born in 2018.
The region is home to Africa’s second biggest wildebeest migration, varied plains game ranging from tiny oribi to enormous eland, cheetah, lion, hyena, and impressively diverse birdlife. In this unusual ecosystem, hyenas are the apex predators, with clans numbering up to 50 individuals. There are no tsetse flies, hippos or crocodiles. When the seasonal floods arrive between December and April, the birdlife flourishes, with many migrant species arriving to breed in the safety and abundance of the wetlands. Year-round, it is also home Africa’s densest concentration of endangered crowned and wattled cranes. Avid birdwatchers should consider the area a must-go destination.
Liuwa Plain is a photographer’s dream come true! As the only permanent camp in the park, we offer exclusive access for our guests. With seasonal flood plains, vast wildflower blooms, sweeping savannah vistas, and dramatic thunderstorms that build on the horizon, it is perfect for landscape photography. With virtually no other vehicles, you will have every sighting to yourself, allowing you to get the best angles on all the action.