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The Liuwa Plains Zambia

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Liuwa Plains is one of the most special areas in Zambia and is a gorgeous wilderness. The park is officially called the Luiwa Plain National Park and it covers 3600 sq. kilometres of woodlands in a flat plain measuring 70 x 30 kilometres.

The park sits on the western side of the country and is part of the Zambezi catchment, so during the flood months the river swells and bursts its banks from a svelte 100 metre wide river to a 40 kilometre stretch - quite the most beautiful sight to see.

The landscape is completely flat and the skies vast - here you really are in the middle of wild, remote and isolated lands.

The Liuwa Plains is an immense wilderness with incredibly few visitors. It is home to, they say, the third largest migration of wildebeest in Africa and one can see herds of 1000 wildebeest moving across the plains.

There are about 35 000 blue wildebeest that live here moving between the western boundary and the centre of the plains. It is also good for other game including zebra, hyena, oribi, buffalo, roan (endangered) and tsessebe too (the fastest antelope in Africa). The birdlife is truly wonderful – wattled crane (endangered) crowned crane, waders, egrets, bustards and water birds – whistling ducks, knob billed, teal, and geese.

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From early May the water recedes and the animals move northwards drinking from waterholes that are able survive the whole year and where with the receding water, springs lovely fresh green grass for grazing.

As these grasses wither and deplete, the animals start turning south-eastwards again arriving in the southern fringes as the first rains start to fall late October and early November.

Of course seasons and weather patterns change all the time and one never knows when the animals are on the move, but generally there is always game widely scattered over the whole park as some remain in one place to defend their territories throughout the year.  

November to March is also considered a very good time to visit the park when your days can be spent exploring the plains and woodlands and doing walks, drives or a combination of both. There are lagoons and waterholes, literally filled with birds to walk around and miles of open plains to explore. This reserve is also home to the rare Shoebill Stork.

Here one can either have a private, tented mobile camp erected for you, guided by one of the finest guides in all of Africa and certainly the best guide in Zambia, or there is a simple permanent camp in situ now. There are plans to erect a luxury lodge here. We suggest that you go now!

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