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Liuwa Plain

Feel the rhythm drummed by the hooves of migrating wildebeest, the wing beats of cranes taking flight, and the distant rumble of a thunderstorm on the horizon.
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Liuwa Plain camp

Wildebeest migration
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Liuwa Plain National Park
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Activities

Day + night drives
Nothing beats encounters with magnificent African wildlife during both day and night drives. Our award-winning guides provide a wealth of knowledge to enrich the experience.

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Walking safaris
Explore the untamed beauty of the Liuwa Plain with our experienced guides at your side, sharing their knowledge of flora and fauna. Our amazing guides make every step thrilling, allowing you to become part of the landscape rather than a mere spectator.

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Sleepout
Feel the thrill of early explorers while camping out on the vast plains with only the wildlife and stars for company. It's an experience you will never forget.

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Canoeing
A special activity offered for guests between late January to early April when the flood plains are high. With no hippos, crocs or tsetse flies, this is a wonderfully tranquil experience where you can hop out and enjoy the water for yourself.
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History

Boasting one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa, Liuwa Plain was proclaimed a protected area in the early 1880s by the head of the Lozi tribe, King Lewanika.
Its 3,660 km2 of broad savannah are home to the second biggest wildebeest migration on the continent, a flourishing cheetah population, the famed Lady Liuwa lion pride, Africa's densest concentration of endangered wattled cranes and other rare game. Yet it remains one of Africa's greatest secrets. After running safaris from a more basic camp for a few years, Time + Tide King Lewanika opened in 2017.
The first permanent camp in the area and run entirely on solar, the lodge was conceived in collaboration with African Parks. Since 2003, AP has managed the national park in partnership with the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife and the Barotse Royal Establishment, the monarchy of the Lozi people who live in and around the park.
A hidden gem for modern explorers

Our people

The family is revered in Africa. It's a precious bond, a connection of hearts and spirits that is unbreakable. At Time + Tide, we're that kind of family.
  • Management
  • Team
  • Guides
Dave Wilson
Norman Carr Safaris Managing Director
Abraham Banda
Norman Carr Safaris Senior Guide and Staff Investment Manager
Aubrey Njobvu
Norman Carr Safaris Operations Manager & Senior Guide
Glenn Evans
General Manager
Jason Njobvu
Operations Manager
John Njobvu
Norman Carr Safaris Maintenance Manager
Shaddy Nkoma
Norman Carr Safaris Senior Guide
Lawrence Banda
Norman Carr Safaris Camp Manager and Senior Guide
John Kasonga
Norman Carr Safaris Camp Manager and Senior Guide
Philemon Banda
Norman Carr Safaris Camp Manager and Senior Guide
Prince Mutale
Norman Carr Safaris Camp Manager and Senior Guide

Facts

3,660 km2
The vast and remote Liuwa Plain National Park is one of Africa's last untouched wilderness areas. Situated on the upper Zambezi floodplains of western Zambia, it is bounded by the Luambimba and Luanginga Rivers.

It has a long and rich history, having originally been proclaimed a protected area by the King of the Lozi people in the 1880s. The monarch is called the Litunga, meaning 'keeper or guardian of the earth'. It is the only national park in Zambia where people live inside the park, as well as in the surrounding areas. The Lozi people who reside in the area were originally placed in the park by the Litunga as his official gamekeepers.

Since 2003, the park has been managed by the conservation non-profit, African Parks, in partnership with the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife, and the Barotse Royal Establishment.

In addition, the park hosts a burgeoning cheetah population, hyenas in clans of 50 or more as the apex predator, zebra, red lechwe, eland, buffalo, tessebe and more than 300 bird species, including abundant crowned cranes and endangered wattled cranes. Every year, tens of thousands of blue wildebeest graze their way north (starting in early July), and return southwards in October when the rains build up and fill the many pans with the nutritious forage they feed on.

The Park hosts a burgeoning cheetah population, the apex predator, hyena, in clans of up to 50 individuals, abundant zebra, red lechwe and tessebe herds and more than 300 bird species including rare and endangered wattled cranes.

The landscape holds a special magic in every season. In October and November, dramatic thunderstorms gather on the horizon, building up to awe-inspiring spectacles that refill the pans and give life to a flush of colourful wildflowers. The stark contrast of green and gold grasslands against the dark and ominous blue of a rising storm is simply spectacular. When the plains are flooded from January - May, the shimmering blue lagoons are dotted with lilies and large flocks of wading birds moving like calligraphy across the land. Truly a sight to behold!
Famed for
Lady Liuwa
(no longer the last lioness)
Rare + endangered
bird species
Hyenas - Apex predator
in clans of up to 50
Second largest Wildebeest
migration on earth
Lower Zambezi South Luangwa