The Liuwa Plains Mobile Safari
Liuwa Plains in the kingdom of the Lozi people, has long been a favourite destination of ours outside the Kafue and so every year we run a few set date trips to the West. Liuwa hosts one of the largest concentrations of wildebeest and zebra outside of the Masai Mara/Serengeti ecosystems and is home to lion and cheetah too, not to mention an unrivalled abundance of birdlife. Hyena numbers and interactions are second to none!
We take a maximum of six guests into Liuwa on each safari and base ourselves out of an exclusive mobile camping site. We suggest a 4 night safari and the peak months being from mid November through to May. We provide everything, from the tents and fine linen, the cuisine, cold drinks to the high-quality game viewing vehicles and most importantly, local knowledge and expert guiding.
Aside from the profusion of mammals, Liuwa Plains is about so much more. An unrivalled birders paradise, where the sheer volume of otherwise rare species leave your eyes wide open, with great flocks numbering in the hundreds of both rare wattled and crowned crane adorning the fringes of the water-filled pans. Overhead at sunset flocks of thousand upon thousand of black-winged pratincole hawk the plethora of insect life. Aside from the avian amazement, the other breathtaking spectacle is the sheer variety and uniqueness of the plant life in Liuwa. Vast pink lily filled plains as far as the eye can see are interspersed with yellow grangea lined pans, creating the most beautiful natural carpet to a scene filled with mammals and dramatic skies.
Days in Liuwa are spent gently game driving between sightings of inquisitive hyena, observing the tiniest grassland bird or swirling flocks of pelicans, following up on previous days unusual sightings to see how things naturally developed or possibly searching out concentrations of Wildebeest. Informality and flexibility are critical, frequent stops to get out and feel the grass under your feet, let the sounds of the wind across the plains and the plaintiff calls of hyena wash over you. There are lots of opportunities for photography both from the vehicle and at ground level.
Getting to The Liuwa Plains Mobile Safari
Charter flights are necessary to reach Liuwa, with the Kalabo Airstrip serviceable all year around and some 3 hour game drive from the camp locations
Liuwa Plains is remote, it is not possible to reach from Lusaka, Livingstone or the Kafue in one day unfortunately