Liuwa 2004

We visited Liuwa with Eric and Brigitte Sumner with whom we had shared many wonderful safaris.

At the time Liuwa was still very much off the beaten track with very little information about routes and gps coordinates, however, we did have the coordinates for the King's well where we could obtain fresh water in Liuwa.  It meant that thorough planning and enough time to reach your daily destinations were needed for a trip like this.  We combined the safari with visits to Kafue and Lochinvar National Parks.  And, we were fortunate to see, the now legendary lioness, Lady Liuwa! Read more here... and here

Liuwa Plain National Park lies in Western Province, Zambia, west of the Barotse Floodplain of the Zambezi River near the border with Angola. The Park is governed by African Parks (Zambia) and the Barotse Royal Establishment, the traditional government of the Lozi people.  Liuwa Plain National Park was designated as a game reserve of Barotseland by the king, Lewanika, in the nineteenth century and became a national park in 1972. Liuwa Plain is situated on the upper Zambezi floodplains of western Zambia and is bounded by the Luambimba and Luanginga Rivers. Liuwa is characterised by seasonally flooded grassy plains dotted with woodland islands. Originally proclaimed by the King of Barotseland in the early 1880s, it was historically used as a royal hunting ground and was protected by the Lozi people.

Liuwa hosts the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa, offering spectacular sights of thousands of animals. Herds of zebra, tsessebe and lechwe also graze the plains and are stalked by predators such as wild dog, hyena, cheetah and lion. Liuwa also supports globally important bird populations, with more than 330 bird species recorded. This is truly one of the last untouched treasures in Africa's rapidly shrinking wilderness.